A new crime and thriller imprint Black Thorn breaks cover as authors, press and publishers mingle

The Vanessa Bell Room at The Charlotte Street Hotel was the venue for the ‘Black Thorn criminally good tea’: Canongate’s pre-launch media event for Black Thorn, its new crime and thriller imprint.

The imprint, which will be part of Canongate, will launch in May.

Canongate MD Jamie Byng was joined by Jason Bartholomew (joint CEO of Midas PR), Sophie Ransom (Deputy Director of Books at Midas PR) and journalists Natasha Cooper (Literary Review), Marcel Berlins (The Times), Jon Coates (The Sunday Express), Barry Forshaw, (The FT and i), Ali Karim and Mike Stotter (Shots).

Four authors were also on hand: from the US was Catherine O’Connell (The Last Night Out; May) plus David Hewson (The Savage Shore; May), Simon Brett (The Liar in The Library; June) and Caro Ramsay (The Suffering of Strangers; also June).

Guests were offered a traditional tea or something stronger in the form of bottles of Black Thorn sloe gin.

Jamie Byng, Canongate MD said: “When we were assessing Severn House as a possible acquisition, one of the many exciting opportunities that we felt it offered was the launch of a crime paperback list, drawing from Severn House’s outstanding roster of books and authors. So I am thrilled that we are now able to share our plans for Black Thorn which we believe is going to be a great success and which adds a distinctive new strand to Canongate’s publishing output.”

The new imprint will be managed by Holly Domney as publishing coordinator with Sophie Ransom at Midas PR spearheading the launch media campaign and the first four authors.

Holly Domney said: “The authors on the Black Thorn list are crime writing veterans and their experience shows in the quality of their stories. Catherine O’Connell’s The Last Night Out was so gripping I nearly missed my train stop. Simon Brett’s The Liar in the Library made me laugh out loud. The variety of titles within Black Thorn’s catalogue will feed the hungriest of crime fiction readers who need to devour one mystery, then reach for the next one.”

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