Category: News

Speaker line-up at Chalke Valley History Festival

In the heart of the beautiful Wiltshire Chalke Valley, the festival runs from 24th – 30th June 2019. Throughout the week you can expect over 150 talks from eminent historians, TV personalities and experts on a wide range of topics. Many of our authors have been booked to appear. Don’t miss out on a chance… Read more »

New deal for Matthew Burton with Wren and Rook

Educating Yorkshire’s Matthew Burton has signed a deal with award-winning non-fiction imprint Wren and Rook at Hachette Children’s to write Go Big: The Insider’s School Survival Guide, for publication in May 2020.

New deals for Sue Prideaux

Sue Prideaux’s I AM DYNAMITE! THE BIOGRAPHY OF FRIEDRICH NIETSZCHE has been bought by Les Novateurs in France and Klett Cotta in Germany, making a tally of 18 translation deals.

Rosamunde Pilcher Memorial Tribute by Felicity Bryan, May 31st 2019

Rosamunde Pilcher Memorial Tribute    May 31st 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.  By now I… Read more »

The Growth Delusion shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing

THE GROWTH DELUSION: THE WEALTH AND WELL-BEING OF NATIONS by David Pilling (Bloomsbury Publishing) has been shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing. The Orwell Prize for Political Writing (formerly The Orwell Book Prize) is one of the UK’s most prestigious prizes for non-fiction, awarded to the book or pamphlet which comes closest to… Read more »

Sally Gardner’s MAGGOT MOON adapted for stage

The award-winning novel Maggot Moon by Sally Gardner is adapted for the stage by Jemma Kennedy in a production which runs at the Unicorn from 26 September to 27 October. Jesse Jones directs the piece, which is for 9 to 13 year-olds and set in a sinister 1950s Britain, that has spies everywhere. –

THE DAM by David Almond wins Andersen Prize 2019 in Italy

David Almond‘s THE DAM, illustrated by Levi Pinfold is an Andersen Award prizewinner for ‘Best Illustrated Book’. The Award Ceremony was held at Palazzo Ducale in Genoa on Saturday 25 May, in the context of Genoa City of the Book for Children and Young People – a national review of reading and narrations, which gathers meetings, exhibitions… Read more »

MIDDLE ENGLAND optioned by BBC Studios

MIDDLE ENGLAND by Jonathan Coe has been optioned by BBC Studios with Dick Clement and Ian La Frenais (Porridge, The Likely Lads) attached as screenwriters.

Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads (junior) shortlisted for Information Book Award

Peter Frankopan‘s THE SILK ROADS (illustrated edition) published by Bloomsbury and illustrated by Neil Packer has been shortlisted for the Information Book Award in the 12-16 category, sponsored by the SLA. See the full shortlist! The Information Book Award is an annual event, in its ninth year, and is a major development for information books,… Read more »

Fortnum & Mason ‘Personality of the Year’ award for Mary Berry

Mary Berry CBE wins a Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Award 2019 for ‘Personality of the Year’ voted for by the public. Congratulations, Mary! The awards recognise excellence in food and drink writing, broadcasting and photography. For over three centuries, Fortnum & Mason has been passionate about seeking out and championing the very best… Read more »