Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: A New Chapter in Best Sellers; What Are to Be the Hot Reads of 2007? Hannah Stephenson Makes Some Suggestions

Newspaper article The Journal (Newcastle, England)

Culture: A New Chapter in Best Sellers; What Are to Be the Hot Reads of 2007? Hannah Stephenson Makes Some Suggestions

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PARANORMAL romance, misery memoirs and celebrity autobiographies were big sellers last year and they look set to remain the hot reads of 2007.

Successes in 2006 included The Dangerous Book For Boys by the Iggulden brothers, Peter Kaye's The Sound Of Laughter and Labyrinth, by Kate Mosse, which picked up the Richard and Judy Best Read award.

This year it could be the girls' turn as Penguin publishes The Great Big Glorious Book For Girls by Rosemary Davidson, which aims to take women back to a time when they made coconut ice with their grandmothers.

Industry insiders also predict the focus could be on the classics, as publishers repackage favourites by Arthur Conan Doyle, Charles Dickens and Jonathan Swift.

Alison Bone, senior reporter at The Bookseller, says: "Classic publishing will be big. Sherlock Holmes and others in Conan Doyle's backlist will be rebranded and have new, more contemporary covers, following the successful rebranding of Jane Austen's work this year."

Paranormal romance will also be big next year, she predicts.

"Vampire and werewolf romances have really taken off in America and are following suit over here, as names including Laura K Hamilton and Christine Feehan have been making their mark."

The celebrity gravy train shows no signs of slowing, with famous faces from David Cassidy to Pete Doherty pouring out their hearts in print. Waterstone's spokesman Jon Howells says: "Victoria Wood is one of the most popular faces on British TV, so her new TV series and book should both do well." Victoria On Victoria sees the comedienne go in search of her namesake's legacy and travel to places such as Victoria in Nova Scotia and Zambia's Victoria Falls. Could she take over from Michael Palin as the nation's favourite wanderer?

Howells predicts that two books will dominate 2007.

The first is the seventh and last Harry Potter book, Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows. …

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