BBC Audiobooks is celebrating after a title in their new writers range went straight to No.3 in the iTunes fiction chart and No. 18 in the overall audio chart competing against established acts such as Ricky Gervais.
Hyperpsychoreality Syndrome, written by Wayne Holloway-Smith, is one of a new publishing range BBC New Writing, which went live on iTunes this week. The range is intended to bring together some of the UKs best new writers and offers new talent the opportunity to have their work read by top actors and professionally published and distributed by BBC Audiobooks.
There are six titles in the launch wave:
Frank written by Geoff Geis
Read by Clive Mantle
Despite warnings from his new found friends, ex-University lecturer Frank spies on his old life from beyond the grave.
Fox Fur written by Kirsty Jansen
Read by Finty Williams
A homeless girl living in a junk shop collects stories about the people she meets. Who is she? How did she get there? And what secrets is she hiding about her past?
Hyperpsychoreality Syndrome written by Wayne Holloway-Smith
Read by Will Thorp
Madams, Monsieurs, call this narrator many things: a bit of a rotter – maybe, a touch pretentious – perhaps, a sharp dresser – almost certainly, but never naive, never complacent. When it comes to steering clear of the universe’s threat to his health, he is, unquestionably, wise beyond his years. Journey with him from Egham to Waterloo as he discovers how to outwit fate with its own rules.
Beach Combing written by Rachel Crofts
Read by Simon Shepherd
When Alan and Mika’s summer explorations are cut short by a grisly discovery, they can’t understand why their parents seem so upset. Will their beach ever be just a playground again?
Flaws written by Yvonne Moxley
Read by Bill Wallis & Nerys Hughes
Margery and her husband had an old-fashioned marriage. He clicked his fingers and she obeyed. Then his world changed. Dramatically. Margery was now in charge of the rules, one by delicious one.
Orange Out written by Silke Stienen-Durand
Read by Daniella Denby-Ashe
Who would change their name for fame? Roberta would, and as ‘Orange’ she’s sure she can use reality TV to become the next top model. But after fighting off the competition, perhaps it’s herself she has to be careful of?
All are available exclusively from iTunes for the first three months for £1.95 per title.