Posted by: billpurdue | September 16, 2010

A few of this Autumn’s new releases

This week it’s time to have a look at some of the new releases, published this month as well as forthcoming ones. As I’ve said before, Autumn and early Spring are the busiest times for new publications and of course, at this time of year, publishers have the Christmas market in mind.

Let’s begin with a new “Jack Reacher” novel by Lee Child called Worth Dying For [Bantam £18.99, but expect big discounts 978-0593065662]. Reacher is an ex military cop and maverick hero. This is number 15 in the series: the previous novel ended on a cliffhanger with Reacher trapped in a desperate situation, but he’s obviously survived to fight another day. The story centres around an unsolved case of a missing eight-year-old girl, already decades-old, but certain people don’t want him to find the truth about what happened.

By the way, though now living in America, Lee Child was born in Coventry, graduated from Sheffield University and moved across the pond after being made redundant from his television job in Manchester. I’m sure he’s never looked back. Worth Dying For is due out at the end of the month

Following the bestselling “At My Mother’s Knee”, Paul O’Grady has now come up with The Devil Rides Out [Bantam £20 978-0593064245] in which he recalls his life from around the age of eighteen. His even more hilarious and outrageous (so we are told) memoirs take him through marriage, fatherhood, bereavement, working in an abattoir amongst other places and his first steps on the stage as Lily Savage.

By the way, does anyone remember the Dennis Wheatley novel of the same title ?

In 1980, Bernard Cornwell began writing the first of the “Sharpe” series of books and he’s still bringing them out as well as the Starbuck Chronicles, the Arthur series, the Grail quest series and so on. His new book The Fort [HarperCollins £18.99 978-0007331727] is not part of a series, but takes place during the American War of Independence. Set in 1779, it features many of the famous characters from the war, such as Paul Revere and John Moore. Released on 30th September, this will be Bernard Cornwell’s 51st book.

It seems to me that fans of vampire novels are always spoiled for choice. At the end of the month, Alyson Noel’s Dark Flame [Macmillan Children’s Books £6.99 978-0330520614] is due out in paperback. In this, the fourth in the “Immortals” series, Ever Bloom is finding that immortality is a curse rather than an advantage. Spells backfire and Ever turns to dark magick to help her break free from a curse. Lots of magick and lots of romance too it seems.

Also four new paperback editions by Stephenie Meyer will be released in October: “Breaking Dawn”, “New Moon”, “Eclipse” and “Twilight”.

Also in October, Kathy Reichs has a new release : Mortal Remains [Heinemann £18.99 978-0434014712] . This is another story featuring forensic anthropologist Temperance Brennan – Tempe for short – who is called in to examine the body of a man who apparently died in a helicopter crash in Vietnam forty years before. The question then arises: who is buried in the soldier’s grave? Then there are various body parts being washed up on a Hawaiian beach, so it sounds like it’s pretty gory. Not for the faint hearted!

Finally a mention of the forthcoming literary festival in Sheffield during October called “Off the Shelf”. Events are too numerous to list here, but here are a few highlights: Jenny Éclair on 13th Oct, Simon Armitage, Anne Sansom and Peter Sansom also on 13th Oct; an evening with Tony Benn on 14th Oct; Neil Murphy on “Neil’s War”on 17th Oct; Alastair Campbell on 28th Oct. That’s just a few of the many events, not to mention the Sheffield Readers’ Day in the Town Hall on 16th Oct, lots of workshops as well as events in community libraries. For more information, phone the Arts Service in the Central Library on 0114 273 4716 / 4400 or go to the website www.offtheshelf.org.uk

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