Monday, February 23, 2009

Winners and losers in New Voices

Two riverside offices in London may not be happy this morning. Random House, by Vauxhall Bridge, only has one title on Waterstone's New Voices for 2009 list, while Penguin, by Waterloo Bridge, does not have any at all. Of the 12 titles - all of which will be heavily promoted in the chain's 300-odd stores - half are from independent publishers, although some are vastly more indepedendent, ie small, than others. The two happiest publishers will be Arcadia - a tiny operation working out of two rooms in Fitzrovia - and HarperCollins, which has three titles on the list.

The full list is as follows: A Kind of Intimacy, Jenn Ashworth (Arcadia Books); Ablutions, Patrick DeWitt (Granta); An Equal Stillness, Francesca Kay (Weidenfeld & Nicholson); Black Rock, Amanda Smyth (Serpent’s Tail); Days of Grace, Catherine Hall (Portobello); Guernica, Dave Boling (Picador); The Street Philosopher, Matthew Plampin (HarperCollins); Ten Storey Love Song, Richard Milward (Faber); The Earth Hums in B Flat, Mari Strachan (Canongate); The Piano Teacher, Janice Y K Lee (HarperPress); The Rescue Man, Anthony Quinn (Jonathan Cape); and The Vagrants, Yiyun Li (Fourth Estate).

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