LIT­ER­ARY SE­CRETS

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Make some room on your book shelf: we’ve un­cov­ered the new way to get your rec­om­mended reads

If you usu­ally judge your next book by its cover, well, don’t. Now try judg­ing it by its im­print in­stead. What’s an im­print, we hear you cry? Turns out, they’re um­brella de­part­ments within large pub­lish­ing houses that spe­cialise in spe­cific gen­res – and they’re the way to get your rec­om­mended reads. Here’s our pick of the lat­est launches.

Fleet Who’s be­hind it?

Lit­tle, Brown

What’s their spe­cial­ity?

Lit­er­ary fic­tion and non-fic­tion – it’s headed up by Ur­sula Doyle, who dis­cov­ered The Lovely Bones. Ex­pect beau­ti­ful prose.

Their big­gest hit?

Col­son White­head’s The Un­der­ground Rail­road, loved by Oprah and Obama – it’s a tale of es­cape from slav­ery in the Deep South.

What’s next? A pa­per­back of Saints For All Oc­ca­sions by J Court­ney Sul­li­van – two sis­ters travel from Ire­land to Amer­ica.

Raven Books Who’s be­hind it? Blooms­bury What’s their spe­cial­ity?

Crime, thrillers and sus­pense. So those books that have you read­ing them on es­ca­la­tors/in the toi­let at work/when your best friend’s hav­ing a break­down, sim­ply be­cause you need to find out what hap­pens.

Their big­gest hit?

Laura Pur­cell’s The Silent Com­pan­ions – a ghost story about Ella who dis­cov­ers a locked room, hold­ing a 200-year-old diary and a wooden fig­ure that looks just like her.

What’s next? Eerie thriller This Is How It Ends by Eva Dolan. A build­ing of ten­ants is evicted by de­vel­op­ers, and all that re­mains are two women... and a body hid­den in a lift shaft.

Pop Press Who’s be­hind it? Ebury What’s their spe­cial­ity?

Those nov­elty books that suc­cess­fully tempt you at the till when you’re buy­ing that crit­ics’ favourite. Three months later, you’ve read it cover to cover, while the Elena Fer­rante re­mains gath­er­ing dust.

Their big­gest hit?

Pride And Prej­u­dice & Emo­jis. Be­cause the heart-eye emoji was surely cre­ated just for Mr Darcy, yes?

What’s next? Fancy Frenchies – French bull­dogs in cos­tumes. Pretty much what it says on the tin.

Spring Who’s be­hind it? Orion What’s their spe­cial­ity?

Health and wellness. Which ba­si­cally means any­thing that makes you feel like this book will change ev­ery­thing.

Their big­gest hit?

They love a celebrity-backed ti­tle, and have pub­lished books by Fearne Cot­ton and Dav­ina McCall. Want life ad­vice from smi­ley tele­vi­sion women? This is the place.

What’s next? Emo­tional Re­silience by Dr Harry Barry. More than just a rhyming name, he’s a GP turned best-sell­ing au­thor. In this tome, he of­fers ways to safe­guard our men­tal health.

Di­a­logue Who’s be­hind it? Lit­tle, Brown What’s their spe­cial­ity?

Pub­lish­ing houses aren’t ex­actly known for their di­ver­sity – and Di­a­logue wants to change that. They source tal­ent from a wide range of UK com­mu­ni­ties.

Their big­gest hit?

Hav­ing just been launched, it’s too early to tell, but our money is on im­mi­grant story The Leavers by Lisa Ko – it’s al­ready been short­listed for a ma­jor award in the US.

What’s next? One More Chance by Lucy Ayr­ton. Pris­oner Dani is haunted by mem­o­ries of the child she aban­doned as a baby, when new cell­mate Martha of­fers a way she could see her... at a cost.

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