#BeMoreJackie by SJV
JESSIE BURTON AND BARBARA TAYLOR BRADFORD AMONGST AUTHORS SUPPORTING SIMON & SCHUSTER’S JACKIE COLLINS RELAUNCH
On 21st March 2019 Simon & Schuster UK published four new-look editions of bestselling Jackie Collins novels featuring introductions from high-profile author fans. Lucky, Thrill!, and Hollywood Wives were re-published in ebook format, and The World Is Full of Divorced Women in both ebook and paperback. There is new artwork accompanying each reissue and supported by a special launch event and celebration at Waterstones Gower Street. The new editions and their accompanying introductions are as follows:
The World is Full of Divorced Women, introduced by Veronica Henry
Thrill! introduced by Barbara Taylor Bradford
Lucky introduced by Jessie Burton
Hollywood Wives, introduced by Helen Ellis
Jackie Collins was a creative force, a trailblazer for women in fiction, and, in her own words, ‘A kick-ass writer!’. Since her 1968 debut The World is Full of Married Men, her books have sold in their millions in more than 40 countries and she is one of the world’s top-selling novelists. Jackie passed away in September 2015 after privately battling breast cancer.
Ian Chapman, CEO of Simon & Schuster UK and International, and a close friend of Jackie Collins, said:
“Jackie was kind, brilliantly astute, with a wicked, mischievous sense of humour, and a consummate storyteller. She made her craft look easy, like all great practitioners. I – along with many others – miss her still and often expect to see her appear suddenly in our midst. Jackie was a wonderful friend, too, always there to offer advice, support and wisdom. We have long made a solemn commitment to ensure that her legacy endures and are incredibly proud to have the opportunity to republish several of her bestselling novels in a fresh and exciting way. Jackie continues to be a hugely important author on our list and we hope to welcome a new generation of readers to her fabulous work.”
Publication was marked by a special launch event and celebration at Waterstones Gower Street on Thursday 21st March, featuring a stellar line-up of authors coming together to celebrate the work of Jackie Collins. The line-up featured Veronica Henry, bestselling novelist and author of a new introduction to The World Is Full of Divorced Women, Grazia Books Editor and author Alexandra Heminsley who worked with Collins in the early 2000s and Crystal Rasmussen, journalist and author of Diary of a Drag Queen (Ebury). They were chaired by lifelong fan and author of Bollywood Wives, Alex Khan.
There was an audience Q&A and guests were encouraged to glam up and bring along their favourite Jackie Collins novel to share. The best dressed won a signed Jackie bookplate.
The launch of these backlist titles is the first in a planned programme of re-releases featuring more famous names supporting with new introductions.