Phoenix Literary fiction MMP July £7.99 320pp 978 1 7802 2193 9 eBook: £7.99 / 978 1 7802 2228 8
MARIA SEMPLE This One Is Mine
The sparkling debut novel by Maria Semple, author of the hugely acclaimed, Women’s Prize-shortlisted Where’d You Go, Bernadette. Violet Parry is living the quintessential life of luxury in the Hollywood Hills with David, her rock ’n’ roll manager husband, and her darling toddler, Dot. She has the perfect life – except that she’s deeply unhappy. David expects the world of Violet but gives little of himself in return. When she meets Teddy, a roguish small-time bass player, Violet comes alive, and soon she’s risking everything for the chance to find herself again... This One is Mine inspired Helen Fielding to call Semple ‘a fresh, flamboyantly witty new voice’. ‘Maria Semple writes like a cross between Nathanael West and Dorothy Parker. This One Is Mine is a trenchantly funny portrait of Los Angeles life that rings uncomfortably true’ – Darren Star, creator of Sex and The City Maria Semple has written for hit shows including Arrested Development, Ellen and Saturday Night Live. Her second novel, Where’d You Go Bernadette, was shortlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction and won the Melissa Nathan Award.
Location: Seattle, USA Available for Interview www.mariasemple.com f/AuthorMariaSemple
W&N Fiction • July 2014
W&N Literary Fiction HB July £12.99 240pp 978 0 297 87102 6 eBook: £12.99 / 978 0 297 87104 0
GRÉGOIRE DELACOURT The First Thing You See
From the author of international bestseller, The List of my Desires, a wonderfully heartwarming novel about who we try to be and who we really are. Arthur Dreyfuss leads a simple life as a young mechanic in a small French town. So when he opens his door one evening to find a distraught Scarlett Johansson, he is more than a little overwhelmed. But, although the woman puts on an American accent, it quickly becomes clear that she is actually Jeanine Foucamprez and her story is very different from that of the Hollywood starlet. As Arthur and Jeanne go beyond their first impressions and begin to understand each other, a tender story unfolds about two fragile souls trying to love each other. Grégoire Delacourt’s first novel won five literary prizes in his native France. His second, The List of my Desires, was a runaway No. 1 bestseller, with rights sold in 27 countries and over half a million copies sold in France alone.
Location: Paris, France Available for Interview www.gregoiredelacourt.com f/Grégoire Delacourt