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Brand and Literacy

Dorothy Koomson


Dorothy Koomson is an award-winning, global bestselling author whose novels include the Sunday Times bestsellers The Friend, That Girl from Nowhere, The Ice Cream Girls, The Woman He Loved Before, The Chocolate Run and My Best Friend’s Girl. Translated into more than 30 languages with sales that exceed 2 million copies in the UK, Dorothy’s books are powerful, thought-provoking and compelling ‘emotional thrillers’ where moral dilemmas are central and where the complex emotions of family and friendships are explored.

Her third book, My Best Friend’s Girl, was selected for the Richard & Judy Summer Read promotion and her novels The Ice Cream Girls and The Rose Petal Beach were both shortlisted for the British Book Awards in 2010 and 2013, respectively. A TV adaptation loosely based on The Ice Cream Girls was first shown on ITV1 in 2013.

EDPR has worked with Dorothy and her publishers since 2012 and were originally charged with building Dorothy’s profile and readership year-round via enhanced media placements, brand partnerships and events.


What we did

EDPR work closely with Dorothy and her publishing team to ensure her promotional activity is innovative, ground-breaking, and constantly evolving. As the fiction market has changed, so has our approach, but there has been one constant - and that is our message of INCLUSION. This sits at the heart of all that Dorothy does and she is a passionate advocate for libraries, the transformative power of reading and literacy for all.

Over the years, we have partnered with the National Literacy Trust and Little Green Pig, a Brighton and Hove based charity that offers free writing workshops for young people in need. Dorothy has also been a featured author for The Reading Agency's Quick Reads and World Book Night campaigns. She was a judge for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2022 and is an ambassador for Brighton Book Festival.

Now the author of 19 novels and the biggest selling Black author of adult fiction, Dorothy continues to use her platform to support new writers and hosts The Happy Author podcast. She was included on the Powerlist 2021 as one of the most influential Black people in Britain, and GQ Style named her one of 11 Black British trailblazers.

Dorothy's latest novel, Every Smile You Fake, is out in paperback on 29th August 2024.

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