Buzz Books 2020: Fall/Winter – Publishers Lunch

2 June 2020
Buzz Books 2020: Fall/Winter Book Cover Buzz Books 2020: Fall/Winter
Buzz Books
Publisher's Lunch
May 14th 2020

Buzz Books 2020 presents passionate readers with an insider’s look at 30 of the buzziest books due out this fall season. Our “digital convention” features such major bestselling authors as Ken Follett, Matt Haig, Jonathan Lethem, and Sue Miller. Other sure-to-be popular titles are by Rumaan Alam, J’nell Ciesielski, Vendela Vida, and Bryan Washington. At the end of most excerpts, you will find a link to the full galley on NetGalley!

Buzz Books has had a particularly stellar track record with highlighting the most talented, exciting debut authors. Simon Stephenson’s novel about a humanlike bot has already been optioned for film, while Finnish sensation Max Seeck’s thriller is due out as a television series. Robert Jones Jr.’s The Prophets and Richard Osman’s The Thursday Murder Club were both sold at auction.

Our nonfiction selections include an inspirational World War II story, Three Ordinary Girls: The Remarkable Story Of Hannie Schaft And The Oversteegen Sisters: Teenaged Saboteurs and Nazi Assassins by Tim Brady, a true crime read; We Keep the Dead Close by Becky Cooper; and the incisive Can't Even: How Millennials Became The Burnout Generation by BuzzFeed columnist Anne Helen Petersen.

I really appreciate and enjoy curated information especially about books and general writing insights. NetGalley is in an excellent position to curate, analyse and promote many books to be published with leading publishers.

Buzz Books 2020: Fall/Winter gives reading addicts the opportunity to see what’s coming from new and favourite authors. Some of my favourites I’m looking forward to are John Banville, Kevin Barry, Fanny Flagg, Matt Haig, Ken Follett, Fredrik Backman, Marilynne Robinson and Jonathan Lethem. Plus all the big thriller writers such as James Patterson, Jo Nesbo, Michael Connelly, David Baldacci, Lee Child, John Grisham etc. have books being released.

Favourite authors are a given and I’ll read them for sure, but for me, the huge value this book brought, was the chance to read excerpts from the debut and emerging authors. Some who seem to be getting a lot of press include; Max Seeck (The Witch Hunter), Simon Stephenson (Set My Heart to Five), Richard Osman (The Thursday Murder Club) and Gina Wilkinson (When the Apricots Bloom).

The book is split into four parts: Fiction, Debut, Nonfiction and Young Adult, plus a very useful index.

This is an extremely useful reference and well worth getting your hands on. Some gems to look forward to and some exciting possibilities. Many thanks to Dita for her encouraging review and recommendation, and also Publishers Lunch and NetGalley for providing me with an ARC copy in return for an honest review.

Peter Donnelly

Founder of The Reading Desk, supporting readers, authors, publishers and book industry. Top Reviewer on Amazon, Goodreads, and NetGalley

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