Category: News

The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2019 is open for submissions

Co-chaired by Felicity Bryan Agent and MD, Catherine Clarke, the Kim Scott Walwyn prize recognises the professional achievements and promise of women in publishing. It is open to any woman who has worked in publishing in the UK for up to seven years. Founded in 2003, the Prize honours the life and career of Kim Scott… Read more »

UK Premiere of YULI

The UK premiere of YULI – a film based on Carlos Acosta‘s memoir, NO WAY HOME – is at the Glasgow Film Festival on 23 February, before going on general release on 12 April. Watch the official film trailer here.

Sally Gardner and David Almond make the longlist for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019

MY SIDE OF THE DIAMOND by Sally Gardner (Hot Key Books) and THE COLOUR OF THE SUN by David Almond (Hodder Children’s Books) have been longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019 The lists were selected from a total of 254 nominations by youth librarians from across the UK and Alison Brumwell, chair of the judging panel, said:… Read more »

Tribute to Rosamunde Pilcher by Felicity Bryan, February 14th 2019

It was in 1973 that I first experienced Rosamunde Pilcher with her keen eye and her gentle wit.  We were having lunch. I was a fledgling agent at Curtis Brown literary agency which had represented Ros for her short stories and novels since 1948.  We had immediately felt at home with each other – in… Read more »

Tim Harford gives a TED talk, and wins a Japanese Office Furniture Award

Tim Harford, whose writings reveal the economic ideas behind everyday experiences has given a TED talk – A Powerful Way to Unleash your Natural Creativity. “What can we learn from the world’s most enduringly creative people? They “slow-motion multitask,” actively juggling multiple projects and moving between topics as the mood strikes — without feeling hurried…. Read more »

Oxford Literary Festival – who’s speaking?

The Oxford Literary Festival has become something of an institution over its two-decades-plus existence, and we are once again delighted to see a number of our authors feature in this captivating week of “intellectual viagra”, as the inimitable Lucy Worsley once put it. And speaking of Lucy, she appears on the very first day of… Read more »

New Deal for Farhan Samanani

Cecily Gayford at Profile has bought UK & Commonwealth rights to the first book by social anthropologist and Max Planck Institute research fellow Farhan Samanani’s COMMONWEALTH. The book, which will be published in 2020, is a wide-ranging and hopeful exploration of how humans live in diverse societies. Using his own anthropological research, but also looking… Read more »

New deal for A C Grayling

Oneworld have acquired world rights in A C Grayling’s THE GOOD STATE, a lucid exploration of the fundamental principles that should underlie a democratic constitution that receives its legitimacy, its powers, their use and scope, from the active consent of the governed. Oneworld published his acclaimed DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS in 2017.

Rosamunde Pilcher

Rosamunde Pilcher has died in Dundee at the age of 94.  Felicity has represented her since 1973, when she was at Curtis Brown, and they have been together for more than 40 years. During that time Ros’ early novels earned critical acclaim in New York, leading to publisher Tom Dunne at St Martin’s Press encouraging… Read more »

New deal for James Hamilton

Weidenfeld have commissioned James Hamilton, author of the highly acclaimed Gainsborough: A Portrait (‘compulsively readable’ Sunday Times) to write a biography of John Constable, the revolutionary nineteenth-century painter of the landscapes and skies of southern England.