Last week, we heard that Clare Mackintosh’s debut novel, I Let You Go, has now sold over a million copies worldwide.
Clare is the Festival’s original founder and at the same time as running ChipLitFest she was creating 2015’s fastest-selling crime thriller debut. I Let You Go stayed in the Sunday Times top 10 for twelve weeks and was a New York Times bestseller. In 2016 the book was awarded the Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year and the prestigious Prix du Polar International award in France.
Clare’s second novel, I See You, has made the Sunday Times number one slot and was the highest-selling hardback psychological thriller published last year. I See You will be published in paperback shortly before ChipLitFest.
Catch up with Clare to hear about both of these runaway successes and how she is getting on with her third novel, Let Me Lie, at 20:00 on Friday 28 April in the Theatre.
Bryony Gordon’s publishers are celebrating 10 weeks in the top 10 for Mad Girl. Her fast, funny and frank account of living with depression and OCD is striking a chord with readers around the country. It’s also up for Non-Fiction Narrative Book of the Year in the British Book Awards. So it’s no wonder that tickets are selling fast for her Saturday midday session in the Town Hall.
Nadiya Hussain’s Bake Me A Story has been shortlisted in the British Book Awards’ Children’s Book of the Year. We won’t hear if she has won by the time of ChipLitFest – the winner is announced on 8 May – but we are delighted to welcome the 2015 winner of the Great British Bake Off to talk about her novel The Secret Lives of the Amir Sisters at 14:00 on Saturday 29 April.
Who will be the stars of the future? Here’s a tip: come to our New Voices session. Last year we introduced Fiona Barton and Joanne Cannon – both now British Book Award shortlisters. This April we bring to you: Wyl Menmuir, a Booker longlisted author for The Many, along with prize-winning Abir Mukherjee whose second book is due out this summer and brand new voice, Harriet Cummings. 10:00 Saturday 29 April.
Another British Book Awards shortlister is Kit de Waal, writer of My Name is Leon. We’re delighted that this exciting new author will be joining Julie Mayhew and Keith Stuart in our Unbroken Voices slot on Saturday 29 April at 14:00. All three have a real talent for drawing us into the unstable and challenging worlds of teenagers and children.
And finally, on the list for British Book Awards Independent Publisher of the Year is the amazing Unbound, which brings authors and readers together in a wholly new way. In the past few years John Mitchinson has created a community that has pledged £3 million through crowdfunding and brought new writers to our attention. Some of Unbound's successes are at ChipLitFest 2017, Salena Godden is one of the essayists from The Good Immigrant and You Took the Last Bus Home is the debut poetry collection from Brian Bilston. Join John and new author Suzie Wilde to find out more in our Sunday Writers’ Workshop at 15:00.