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InfernoAs Christmas is over and the year moves swiftly to its end, we can take a retrospective look back to the success stories of 2013. Alex Ferguson’s bestselling autobiography topped the UK year end book sales list, and Dan Brown’s Inferno was the year’s bestselling fiction novel. Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl, though published back in 2012, had an astonishingly impressive 2013 and came in third in the UK sales chart this year.

To get you in the mood for 2014, why not take a glimpse at the books to expect on our shelves over the next twelve months. We Love This Book have a list of next-to-be-released young adult books by British authors, from historical fiction to witchy tales: 2014 YA The Observer have created a preview article for 2014’s new titles: The Observer ‘Reading Ahead’

Experts are predicting that next year will see the reinvigoration of the ‘self-help’ craze in book publishing. Publishing house Vintage will be producing 12 titles for the series titled Shelf Help. Second-hand bookshops may need to start expanding their self-help sections for 2015…

Paul Torday, author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, died at the age of 67 last week. Salmon Fishing was Torday’s debut novel, and was made into a film starring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt in 2011.

An article posted over at BBC news posits some curious dilemmas regarding the current desire by publishers for remakes and ‘continuation literature’. With the recent announcement of David Lagercrantz taking over writing duties for the late Stieg Larsson’s Millennium series, reporter Victoria Lindrea queries the sudden demand for such projects. Is it worthwhile for the fans of the original author, or simply an obvious cash-in for publishers? Was William Boyd’s recent 007 novel Solo a necessary addition to the James Bond canon? Will Sophie Hannah’s forthcoming Hercule Poirot novel revitalise interest in Agatha Christie’s mysteries for contemporary readers? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Happy New Year!

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