Category: News

Sally Gardner new ambassador for Listening Books

Authors Jenny Eclair, Kit de Waal, Sally Gardner and Bali Rai have been made ambassadors for national audiobook charity Listening Books as it marks its 60th anniversary. The four authors will help to promote the work of the charity and the importance of audiobooks as an accessible way for everyone to enjoy reading. Listening Books… Read more »

New deal for Anna Hope to co-edit Letters to the Earth

Grace Pengelly, Assistant Commissioning Editor at William Collins, has bought world rights in LETTERS TO THE EARTH.  Published in partnership with climate movement Culture Declares Emergency, the letters will be co-curated by Anna Hope, and introduced by Dame Emma Thompson. Publication will be this November. LETTERS TO THE EARTH, a collection of letters from the… Read more »

I AM DYNAMITE! longlisted for the HWA Non-fiction crown

I AM DYNAMITE! by Sue Prideaux has been longlisted for the 2019 Historical Writers Association Sharpe Books Non-fiction crown. The shortlist will be announced on 4th September, and the prize giving will be on 6th November.

New foreign deals for Peter Gatrell

Peter Gatrell’s The Unsettling of Europe: The Great Migration, 1945 to the Present, which is published by Penguin Press in August, has sold to Ginkgo Book Co. for Simplified Chinese Character rights and to Giulio Einaudi Editore for Italian rights.  Basic are publishing in the US.

Peter Gatrell is elected as a Fellow of the British Academy

Four University of Manchester academics have been made Fellows of The British Academy, in recognition of their contribution to the humanities and social sciences. Professor Peter Gatrell is among 76 distinguished scholars to be elected to the prestigious fellowship. He first established his academic reputation as an economic historian of tsarist Russia. Since then, his research has broken new… Read more »

New deal for Emma Smith, author of the best-selling ‘This is Shakespeare’

Penguin Press UK and Pantheon US have commissioned PORTABLE MAGIC, a history of our intimate relationship with reading by Emma Smith, Professor of Shakespeare Studies at Hertford College, Oxford and author of the best-selling This is Shakespeare.  Rights have also been acquired by Mondadori in Italy and Azbooka-Atticus in Russia.

Sue Prideaux wins Hawthornden Prize 2019

Many congratulations to Sue Prideaux who won this year’s Hawthornden Prize for her biography of Nietzsche, I AM DYNAMITE! The Hawthornden Prize is a British literary award that was established in 1919 by Alice Warrender.  

Professor Ulinka Rublack wins top history prize

“Professor Ulinka Rublack, Early Modern European History specialist and a Fellow of St John’s College, wrote The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Defence of his Mother about Katharina Kepler who was caught up in the witch hunts which swept across Europe in the 16th and 17th centuries. Around 50,000 women were killed for being ‘witches’ –… Read more »

Welcoming our new intern

Aoife is a former Waterstones bookseller who graduated in 2018 with an MA in History from the University of Manchester, where she specialised in researching the connection between memory and the physical landscape in post-conflict communities. In 2016 she worked as an intern for Foreign Language Teaching and Research Press (FLTRP) in their Beijing offices…. Read more »