A few years ago Diane Setterfield had a bestseller with her debut novel The Thirteenth Tale. Her next book, Bellman & Black, is due out in October and is "a classic ghost story set in a Victorian mounring emporium". I shall look out for that, and for the dramatisation of The Thirteenth Tale, starring Olivia Coleman and Vanessa Redgrave, which will be on our screens later in the year.
Waterstones' summer Book Club titles include Bernardine Bishop's Unexpected Lessons in Love which I reviewed here - an interesting choice, I think. Curiously, I can't find the summer list on Waterstones' own site, but you can see the other titles here.
Margaret Atwood fans in and around London may like to note that she will be appearing at the Bloomsbury Institute on Friday 30th. August, talking about her forthcoming novel MaddAddam, the final book in the Oryx And Crake/The Year Of The Flood trilogy. I have heard her speak, and she is enormously entertaining.
The Desmond Elliott Prize for 2013 has been won by Ros Barber for her novel in verse The Marlowe Papers, "an enthralling, innovative and exceptionally accomplished debut which combines the grip of a thriller with the emotional force of a sonnet". This has had stunning reviews - and has elicited strong reactions - and it's firmly on my TBR pile.
Apologies if you can't access it, but The making of a must-read is a very interesting article on book marketing and the big push, in campaign terms, which can make a book outsell all others. It highlights Lottie Moggach's Kiss Me First which will be out later this week, but also mentions The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker - which I wrote about here - as an example of a book which despite a big campaign has yet to earn back its very large advance. It's a novel I enjoyed but did not love, and I'd put that down to its rather muted emotional pitch and lack of truly engaging characters.