There is Nothing Sweeter than a Free Book!

A London Book Haul

You may have noticed that I’ve been to The London Book Fair, god knows my Twitter feed has been full of stuff about it.

For those of you who don’t know much about it, The London Book Fair is the global marketplace for rights negotiation and the sale and distribution of content across print, audio, TV, film and digital channels.

It is an annual event that sees more than 25,000 publishing professionals, authors, and students arrive in London for the week of the Fair to network, attend seminars, and kick off the year of business.

Perhaps even more important, however, is the metric tonne of free stuff that one can acquire.

Okay, so maybe that’s not as important as everything else that goes on there, but I couldn’t resist creating a little post about the free books that I managed to acquire from the various publishers at the Fair. You’ll have to keep your eyes peeled for these, some of which aren’t published until 2018!

After the Fire

after the fire

Published by Usborne, Will Hill’s After the Fire was one of the first books I picked up at the LBF. This is an uncorrected proof copy so, at the request of the publisher, won’t be quoting anything from the book itself. I have, however, found a pdf on Usborne’s website which gives some information from the book. You can find that here. I have also quoted some of it below.

Disquieting, thought-provoking and unforgettable, After the Fire is the story of a girl growing up in a fenced-off community away from the normal world who discovers that everything she once believed in is a lie. Taking inspiration from the Branch Davidian religious sect and the 1993 Waco Siege*, After the Fire is a new and exciting direction for Will. Rebecca says of the acquisition: “Will Hill is currently known for his action-packed plots in Department 19, and with After the Fire he will become known for writing a literary novel which is absorbing, truthful, and beautiful too. A story of identity and vulnerability, where freedom is denied at every turn – this book will break your heart and make you question: would I have the strength to act in the same way?”

This will be published June 2017.

Find Me

fine me

Find Me by J.S. Monroe is published by HeadofZeus. This was another relatively early pick up at the LBF. Find Me is a recently published thriller with some very good reviews. This isn’t a proof copy, so I’m free to write the blurb below.

Five years ago, Rosa walked to the pier in the dead of night, looked into the swirling water, and jumped. She was a brilliant Cambridge student who had just lost her father. Her death was tragic, but not unexpected.

Was that what really happened?

The coroner says it was suicide. But Rosa’s boyfriend Jar can’t let go. He sees Rosa everywhere – a face on the train, a figure on the cliff. He is obsessed with proving that she is still alive. And then he gets an email.

Find me, Jar. Find me, before they do…

Tangerine Sky & Beyond a Satin Sea


Tangerine Sky & Beyond A Satin Sea are a collection of poems and stories respectively. Edited by Terence Portelli, these books bring together poems and stories written by recipients of the National Book prize for both poetry and prose as organised by the National Book Council, Malta, between 2001 and 2013.

The Good Daughter

Good Daughter

This is one hefty volume, larger than the trade paperbacks featured above. Karin Slaughter’s The Good Daughter will be published this July by HarperCollins. Again, this is an uncorrected proof copy so I am unable to quote from the book. The quote below is from the HarperCollins website.

The stunning new standalone, with a chilling edge of psychological suspense, from the No. 1 bestselling author of the Will Trent and Grant County series.

Twenty-eight years ago, Charlotte and Samantha Quinn’s happy smalltown family life was torn apart by a terrifying attack on their family home. It left their mother dead. It left their father Pikeville’s notorious defence attorney devastated. And it left the family fractured beyond repair, consumed by secrets from that terrible night.

Twenty-eight years later, and Charlie has followed in her father’s footsteps to become a lawyer herself the archetypal good daughter. But when violence comes to Pikeville again and a shocking tragedy leaves the whole town traumatised Charlie is plunged into a nightmare. Not only is she the first witness on the scene, but it’s a case which can’t help triggering the terrible memories she’s spent so long trying to suppress. Because the shocking truth about the crime which destroyed her family nearly thirty years ago won’t stay buried for ever

The Woman in the Window


Another book published by HarperCollins here. A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window isn’t coming until January 2018! I feel incredibly lucky to have received a copy this far in advance. Of course, this is also a proof copy, which I am unable to quote. So I’ve pulled this quote about the book from the Curtis Brown website.

Anna Fox lives alone in the New York City brownstone that once housed her happy family. Acutely agoraphobic and separated from her husband and daughter, she spends her days chatting online to strangers, watching old movies, drinking too much wine and keeping tabs on her neighbors.

Then the Russells move in next door: a father, a mother, their teenaged son. At first watching them makes her yearn even more keenly for the reunion of her own nuclear trio. Then Anna observes what seems to be a shocking act of violence, and her precariously constructed world begins to crumble. But what has she really seen? What has she imagined? And what will be the consequences of her accusation?

The Woman in the Window is a taut and twisty Hitchcockian thriller in the vein of “Rear Window.”

Writers of the Future


This last book is a nice hardback from a publisher that focuses solely on L. Ron Hubbard. Writers of the Future is a book about the titular award given to science-fiction and fantasy writers. It is, perhaps, more of a coffee table book, but it is quite nicely typeset inside.

These were some of the books I received at the London Book Fair, I also received a multitude of sample chapters, pens, and other tidbits that were too numerous to put on this list!

What’s the best free thing you’ve ever received? Drop me a comment and let me know.

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Thanks for reading!

5 thoughts on “There is Nothing Sweeter than a Free Book!

  1. Mandie Hines

    Quite a collection there, Jordan. I’m interested to see if any of these books make an appearance in one of your future book reviews. Hitchcockian thriller sounds interesting, but I wonder if it lives up to its description.

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    1. You’re right, Mandie. Once of my greatest concerns when picking up a book is whether it lives up to what is says it is, and Hitchcock’s shoes are a size HUGE.

      Then again, it was all free so… I guess it doesn’t matter as much. 🙂

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  2. I am soooo (!) jealous. From where I live, attending any event dealing with books or literature requires a long drive or flight reservation.
    The books you (pre-)review interest me in about the same order you presented them. The L. Ron Hubbard one sticks out, though, because of all the Scientology stuff in the news lately.

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    1. I feel for you. It sucks that so many good literature-related festivals are so far away. I felt in the same position for a while (and I only had a long drive).

      The L. Ron Hubbard one was strangely foisted upon me for expressing interest in writing science fiction. I won’t complain though!

      I hope you get the chance to go some time, it really is worth the time.

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