Headline has launched a "Year of Dorothy" celebrating author Dorothy Koomson, who celebrates 20 years in the publishing industry this month (July 2023), with a host of events and appearances planned.

The "Year of Dorothy" was launched at a 20th anniversary party on the rooftop of Carmelite House on 5th July with guests including fellow authors and publishing friends Jendella Benson, Louise Doughty, Sareeta Domingo, Lola Jaye, Sunny Singh and Carolynn Bain from Afrori Books.

Also in attendance were Koomson’s agent Antony Harwood, plus Smooth Radio’s Angie Greaves, BBC 1Xtra’s Richie Brave and Black Girls Book Club founders Natalie Carter and Melissa Cummings-Quarry.

Dorothy Koomson, the Queen of the big reveal has been a LoveReading favourite for some time. A multi-award-winning, internally best-selling author, journalist and podcaster. She also has a new podcast called The Big Reveal to support her 20th year celebrations. Check it out, and listen to her Book Club Choice each episode.

Stimulating and entertaining, her novels span from suspense and thrillers through to family drama and relationship. They oh-so consistently evoke emotions, and quite often thoroughly provoke thoughts too. She was our Guest Editor in Summer 2021 and we continue to love her books and look out for her new reads.

Jennifer Doyle, publisher at Headline, said: “We are so proud to celebrate 20 years of Dorothy Koomson. Dorothy is an inspiration to so many and has had a huge influence on the publishing industry since the publication of her first novel, The Cupid Effect. We have had quotes from authors and journalists across the industry showing their love for Dorothy and her brilliant books, which is testament to the impact she has had. This celebration couldn’t be more deserved. Happy anniversary, Dorothy!”

A special 20th anniversary hardback edition of The Cupid Effect has been published, with Koomson’s entire backlist repackaged in new livery and a “What Dorothy book are you?” quiz. 

Additional appearances this year include SlaughterFest and Brighton Book Festival with celebrations continuing at Harrogate Crime Festival on 21st July, Capital Crime on 31st August and Bloody Scotland on 15th September.

Koomson’s 19th novel, Every Smile you Fake, is due to be published in February 2024. 

Scroll below to peruse Dorothy's incredible list of books, and click here if you'd like to read her Guest Editor piece and find out 5 books she recommends.