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INTRODUCING SPRINGBOARD


CONTENTS JULIA QUINN


The writer behind the hit Netflix series ‘Bridgerton’ discusses her new-found popularity with UK readers.


Supplement & Conference 1st March–5th March 2021 Your essential guide to the spring’s biggest books.


At the heart of publishing since 1858. ISSN 0006-7539 Springboard TAHMIMA ANAM


Four novels in, the Bangladesh-born writer changes tack with her latest, The StartUp Wife.


Written by Camilla Reid Illustrated by Axel Scheffl er


SERGEI LEBEDEV ALISON BECHDEL TIM MARSHALL ROSA RANKIN-GEE ODES TO THE BOOKSELLERS 08


Russian expat Sergei Lebedev, hailed by some as ‘the new Solzhenitsyn’, chats about his latest work, Untraceable.


10


The celebrated comics writer and queer icon reveals images from her latest, a journey into the world of fitness.


12


After smash hit Prisoners of Geography, journalist Tim Marshall returns with follow-up The Power of Geography.


15


Kent coast-based creative Rosa Rankin-Gee talks sex, drugs and the county’s coastline, ahead of Dreamland.


17


Eight writers responded to a call-out for a piece of poetry paying homage to the booksellers of the UK.


FRANCISCO GARCIA CHRISTINA SWEENEY-BAIRD IAN WILLIAMS 20


Missing persons investigations, and their place in the public consciousness, underpin Francisco Garcia’s début.


22


A world without men is the premise for a book that was conceived after the author had a near-death experience.


22


Former Channel 4 and NBC News journalist Ian Williams turns his gaze to China in a new, revealing exposé.


NADIA SHIREEN 24


Author and illustrator Nadia Shireen’s latest may strike a chord with parents, as it centres on children’s tantrums...


PETER SWANSON PETER HAIN


Fifty years on from the pivotal Stop the Tour protests, one of its central figures assesses its legacy.


MARTIN PENNY FARIDAH ÀBÍKÉ-ÍYÍMÍDÉ


Ábíké-Íyímídé’s Ace of Spades was the subject of a bidding war and has set social media abuzz.


ELLE MCNICOLL 32


A vocal advocate of neurodivergent representation in kids’ books, Elle McNicoll discusses her second kids’ novel.


28


A dark true crime case was the kernel of a new series by Martin Penny—but his TAILs takes a lighter, comic turn.


30 26


Crime impresario Peter Swanson discusses the inspiration behind his new novel, and why he’s resisted series fiction.


28 INTRODUCING SPRINGBOARD


A number of strands came together in the creation of Springboard, The Bookseller                    


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