Category: Agency News

Mance and Newbery Make the Case for Treating Animals More Humanely

This summer saw the passing of the Animal Welfare Sentencing Act: a landmark legislation increasing the maximum prison term for animal abusers from six months to five years. The Act shows a rising preoccupation about the way we treat animals, introducing one of the toughest sentences in Europe for cruel abuses of animals (such as… Read more »


It’s that time of the year again, when all the summer reading lists are published in full force. This summer may not be entirely back to normal – with many of us perhaps destined for grey-skies staycations – but we are nonetheless overjoyed to see eleven of our books chosen as the page turners to… Read more »

Three FBA Authors Elected as Fellows of the Royal Society of Literature

It was announced on Tuesday 6th July that the Royal Society of Literature (RSL), the UK’s charity for the advancement of literature, has appointed 29 new Fellows, including Reni Eddo-Lodge, Will Eaves and Edmund de Waal. Once a year, the RSL elect new Fellows through a process of nomination by existing Fellowship holders, under the… Read more »

Roderick Beaton Wins the 2021 Runciman for His Book Greece

Roderick Beaton has made history as the first person to ever win the Anglo-Hellenic League Runciman Award four times. In an online ceremony last Thursday, Beaton was announced to be this year’s winner for his book Greece: Biography of a Modern Nation, which was published by Allen Lane in 2019. The Runciman Award began in… Read more »

Sleepless Martinis, Going Big, and Feeling the Magic

Last week was event-packed for us here at the agency, beginning on Monday with the launch of Clover Stroud’s “tender, blazing, funny, unflinching” (Rachel Joyce) My Wild and Sleepless Nights at the Bloomsbury Club, which set Instagram on fire and even featured a special “Sleepless Night” martini: You can buy Clover’s brutal and beautiful memoir… Read more »

Miss Austen Hits Sunday Times Bestseller List

We are delighted to see that Gill Hornby’s “magnificent” (Spectator), “richly imagined” (Mail on Sunday), and “entirely Austenian” (Observer) novel Miss Austen has made the Sunday Times hardback bestseller list, coming in at number six in its first week of release, on only three days sale. The news comes on the back of a weekend… Read more »

Felicity made MBE in New Year Honours list

We are thrilled to see the founder of our agency and all-round superagent Felicity Bryan recognised in the New Year Honours for Services to Publishing, joining the likes of Gok Wan, Gabby Logan, and Cricket heroes Jos Buttler and Joe Root in being made an MBE in the 2020 list.  It also saw a Damehood… Read more »

The Super-Darb, Hotsy-Totsy FBA Books of the Year Round-Up 2019

It’s the final month of the final year of the decade… and you know what that means.  Yep, in just under three weeks we’ll be in the Roaring Twenties 2: Roar Harder™.  Flapper hats and Charleston swingsteps at the ready!  But first, there’s the little matter of the 2019 Books of the Year and the… Read more »

North Parade Newsletter: Spooky Special

The clocks have run backwards and All Hallows’ Eve is almost upon us, so this month we’ve decided to question the FBA offices about the scariest books ever written. But first, what’s been happening in October? Well, across the country, an F word has been on everyone’s lips, but in the book world that F… Read more »

The North Parade Newsletter, September-October

Change was rife at the FBAtrium last month as administrator and digital manager Amy left Oxford for a new life with her boyfriend in London (there was cake, there was champagne, there was sadness).  Alice—who’d previously run admin for the Oxford Creative Writing MSt—joined the team in her stead, though, and former intern Aoife (ex-Waterstones)… Read more »