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Phoenix Fiction MMP August £7.99 272pp 978 1 7802 2513 5 ebook: £7.99 978 1 7802 2514 2

BENJAMIN SVETKEY Leading Man A bittersweet love story set in shadow of the Hollywood Hills that’s perfect for fans of Nick Hornby and David Nicholls, from a leading American entertainment journalist. Max Lerner has it all figured out. He’s got the girl – his childhood sweetheart Samantha. He’s got the job – reporter for a national magazine. Life is sweet. Until his aspiring actress girlfriend leaves him for his childhood hero, Johnny Mars. Can Max win her back by throwing himself into the world of celebrities, hangers-on and wannabes? Or will he get more of an education than he bargained for? Uproariously funny and exquisitely poignant, Leading Man will take you back to your first love, your first heartbreak and the first time your heroes let you down. ‘A funny, sharp deconstruction of our fameobsessed, media-savvy culture, a charming love story, and a ridiculously fun read’ Gillian Flynn Benjamin Svetkey has spent two decades flying around the world visiting film sets and writing stories about movie stars as a writer and editor for Entertainment Weekly. He has also published stories in the New York Times and Rolling Stone.

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W&N Fiction • August/September 2013

W&N Fiction HB September £12.99 304pp 978 0 297 86616 1 ebook: £12.99 978 0 297 86614 5

J. W. IRONMONGER The Coincidence Authority From Costa First Book Award nominee J.W. Ironmonger, a tale of two people searching for love in a random universe. One seagull and four pieces of bread decide the course of one woman’s life. But is the rest just coincidence? This is the dilemma faced by Thomas Post, an expert on coincidences. Post believes everything can be explained by the cold laws of chance. That is, before he meets Azalea Lewis. The coincidences that have befallen Azalea are outrageously improbable and she is about to send Post’s carefully ordered world into disarray. The Coincidence Authority is a gentle, heart-warming novel about a search for meaning and what makes us human. ‘Huge fun to read, sneakily sad in places. A tragicomic – but mostly comic – meditation on memory and humanity’ Mark Watson on The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder J.W. Ironmonger was born and brought up in Kenya. He is the author of The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder, which was shortlisted for the Costa First Book Award and the Guardian’s Not the Booker Prize.

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Location: Market Drayton, Shropshire Available for Interview notablebrain.blogspot.co.uk @jwironmonger