Super Thursday: one day sees 544 new books fighting to be Christmas hits

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More than 500 books due out on UK publishing’s biggest day, including memoirs by Eric Idle and Michael Caine, a new Jacqueline Wilson novel and a test book by GCHQ

Booksellers up and down the country are preparing for the annual deluge of hardbacks published on what has become known as Super Thursday, which will see more than 500 new books by authors from David Attenborough to Jacqueline Wilson hit the shelves today.

Given the name by the Bookseller magazine – in the vein of annual shopping events Cyber Monday and Black Friday – 4 October marks the start of the race for the Christmas No 1 in the book charts. This year, there will be 544 new hardbacks released – 40 more than last year.

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