trident Media GrOup
Among the big titles Trident is shopping in Germany is Lisa Scottoline’s One Perfect
Lie (St Martin’s, Apr 2017), a thriller about a single mother attempting to keep
her son, a high school pitcher, away from a criminal-minded teammate. Another
big novel for the shingle is Charlatans by Robin Cook (Putnam, pub date not set),
which Trident says “explores the dark side of our fascination with social media”.
Among the big titles WH will be pushing in Frankfurt is Stephenie Meyer’s
The Chemist (Little, Brown, Nov), the first adult thriller from the author of
the Twilight Saga; rights have been sold in 27 countries to date. From
Michael Lewis is The Undoing Project (Norton, Dec), about the work of
the psychologists Daniel Kahneman and Amos Tversky, whose research on
judgement has “challenged fundamental beliefs about human nature”.
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Memoirs by Elton John tells the story of his life and extraordinary career
“with exceptional candour and wit”. A top fiction title for Wylie is the debut
novel from Mad Men creator Matthew Weiner, Heather, the Totality (Little,
Brown, manuscript due in Nov), about a seemingly perfect family in
Manhattan and a man with a far more imperfect life who is on a “collision
course” with them. From James Ellroy is This Storm (Knopf, manuscript due
in autumn 2017), the second volume in the author’s Second LA Quartet.
The Madonna of the Mountains by Elise Valmorbida is an intimate and sharply
observed account of a woman’s fight to keep her family alive and thriving, set in
the Veneto in Italy and spanning nearly three decades following the First World
War (Faber UK). Also: novels by Willy Vlautin, Julianne Pachico, Sarah Baume.
Everything But the Truth by Gillian McAllister centres on newly pregnant
Rachel and boyfriend Jack as their future is thrown into question when
both of their pasts are unearthed (Michael Joseph UK; Dutch, Polish,
Russian rights sold; French under offer).
Brian Cox and Jeff Forshaw’s new book Universal: A Guide to the Cosmos
(Allen Lane UK; Da Capo US) shows that, by asking questions about the world
around us, anyone can think like a physicist and grasp the breathtaking grandeur
of our cosmos. Also: Eugenia Cheng on infinity, Christopher Harding on Japan.
Gavin Menzies, author of the NY Times bestseller 1421: When China Discovered
America, turns his attention to Neanderthals: the Untold Story, discovering
that they were the world’s first sea traders, adorned their bodies with art,
and created and played musical instruments. Also: Bryan Sykes on dogs.
The Earth Gazers by Christopher Potter explores how the first photographs
of the Earth seen from the orbit of the Moon changed life on Earth for all of
us (Head of Zeus UK). Also: books by Roger Moorhouse and Gordon Corera.
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The Lost Pianos of Siberia is part travelogue, part history in which Sophie Roberts
tells the story of Siberia as she searches for its historic pianos (Transworld UK).
Sometimes I Lie by Alice Feeney is a psychological thriller debut from a
recent Faber Academy graduate (HQ UK; Rowohlt Germany; AST Russia).
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The Germans: A Moral History of Germany by Frank Trentmann
explores how a society transitions from one of totalitarianism, conquest
and war crimes to one so peaceful, caring and compassionate (Allen Lane
UK; Knopf US; De Arbeiderspers the Netherlands; Fischer Germany).
Also: Katherine Frank on suicide, Dr Julia Shaw on memory.
In I’m Wrecked, This Is My Journal by Shannon Cullen, Publishing Director
of Puffin, Wreck This Journal meets The UnMumsy Mum (Luitingh-Sitjhoff
the Netherlands; Planeta Spain; De Agostini Italy).
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The Queen of Bloody Everything is a first adult novel by award-winning
children’s writer Joanna Nadin, and follows Dido Jones on a quest for her
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