Category: New Deals

New deal for Tim Harford

Tim Harford’s latest book. HOW THE WORLD ADDS UP, has been commissioned by his regular UK and US publishers, Little Brown and Riverhead, for delivery in 2019 and publication in 2020.

New deal for Martin Meredith with Simon and Schuster

Martin Meredith has been commissioned by Iain Macgregor of Simon and Schuster to write ZIMBABWE – A History. Martin is author of many books on Africa including the bestselling THE STATE OF AFRICA.

US deal for A C Grayling

Will Heyward at Penguin Press in the US has acquired North American rights in A C Grayling’s forthcoming HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY, out from Viking in the UK in April 2019.

New deals for Diarmaid MacCulloch

Diarmaid MacCulloch is planning a major work: SEX AND THE CHURCH – A HISTORY for delivery in 2023. It has been commissioned by Penguin Press UK, Viking USA and C.H Beck in Germany.

New Deal for Richard Ovenden

Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden’s BURNING THE BOOKS: A HISTORY OF THE DELIBERATE DESTRUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE has been acquired in a pre-empt by Georgina Laycock at John Murray, for publication in 2020. Critica pre-empted Spanish language rights, and in Italy, Solferino won an 8-way auction. Suhrkamp have German rights after a 4-way auction, and Arabic rights… Read more »


Jonathan Cape have commissioned THE GUILT AND THE GINGERBREAD – Life in the English Country House 1945-74. This is a sequel to his best-selling THE LONG WEEKEND – Life in the English Country House Between the Wars .  Basic Books have commissioned for the USA.  

US deal for Alec Ryrie

Alec Ryrie’s UNBELIEVERS, A HISTORY OF THE ABOLITION OF GOD, has been sold to Joy de Menil at Harvard University Press.  HarperCollins have UK rights.

New deal for Richard Koch with Little Brown UK

Bestselling business guru and author of THE 80/20 PRINCIPLE Richard Koch’s next book, HOW TO BE UNREASONABLY SUCCESSFUL, has just been sold to Little Brown UK in a world rights deal, for publication in summer 2020


The first acquisition for grime artist Stormzy’s imprint at Penguin Random House, #Merky Books, is TAKING UP SPACE by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, a book tackling the urgent issues of access to higher education by two recent university graduates. TAKING UP SPACE will be an indispensable guide as well as a manifesto for real… Read more »

station jim by Louis de Bernières to Harvill Secker

Harvill Secker have acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to STATION JIM by Louis de Bernières, a charming children’s book for Christmas 2019, inspired by the dog ‘Jim’ who was brought to Slough Station as a three month old puppy in 1894 and began working as a Canine Collector for the Great Western Railway Widows and… Read more »