Pin on Sheikh BooksSheikhs feature a lot in these million-selling novels, but are seldom found reading books in them too much wooing and stamping and looking cruel ; but were they to read Desert Rapture or The Moonlit Oasis or The Falcon's Mistress, would they be surprised to discover how often they fall in love with rather ordinary-looking British women, with coltish virgins and plain-but-plucky athletes? Would they be interested to learn how invariably they're described as possessing strong jawlines, high cheekbones and jet-black eyes? So can other alpha-male stereotypes, especially cowboy ranchers, business moguls, billionaires mere millionaires need not apply any more and swarthy plutocrats of indeterminate employment, known only as "the Spaniard," "the Italian" and inevitably "the Greek". They're all at the heart of a publishing phenomenon which celebrates its centenary on Thursday, and can boast some extraordinary statistics. Their books are translated into 25 languages and sell in international markets.
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That prince of sales figures, Harry Potter, has shifted million books in his year career. Compare this to our domestic market for literary fiction, where some critically acclaimed novels sell so few copies that the author might well have been better to bypass the publishers and knock them off on a photocopier. In , the company was launched as a publisher of general fiction, as well as etiquette guides and manuals for modern living. It became clear very quickly, however, that romances outsold all else. The character of the list has changed immeasurably, but if the company has retained anything from those first years, it is its policy of encouraging new writers alongside its stars. It was Charles Boon who realised that the future of the company lay with women's fiction and during the First World War, as life became harder and men more scarce, he began to focus on the escapist romance novels for which the house is now known.
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She met her future husband when she was 14, and they married after she completed a degree at Edinburgh University. They have five children, the eldest is a natural child, the two mediums are adopted from Sri Lanka, and a the two small from Guatemala. The family lives in a country house surrounded by a woodland garden, which is wonderfully private. She started writing again when she was at home with her first child. It took several attempts before she sold her first book in and the delight of seeing that first book for sale in the local newsagents has never been forgotten. Now, there are over 10 million of her books in print worldwide. She often uses Mediterranean and South American settings, because she thinks the hot and sunny climates are more atmospheric.
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The company moved towards escapist fiction for women in the s. In , the publisher was bought by the Canadian company Harlequin Enterprises, its North American distributor based in Toronto, with whom it had a long informal partnership. Its print books are presently out-numbered and out-sold by the company's e-books , which allowed the publisher to double its output. The publisher has been criticised for books that are considered low-brow and formulaic, although this has also been cited as one of the reasons for their success. An early signing was the mystery and crime writer Victor Bridges.