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, 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 »
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 »
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 »
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 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 »
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.
IN EXTREMIS: THE LIFE AND DEATH OF THE WAR CORRESPONDENT MARIE COLVIN by Lindsey Hilsum, has been shortlisted for the Plutarch Award 2019 from Biographers International Organization in the US, a literary organization devoted to biographers and biography. The award honours the best biography published in 2018 and is the only international literary award judged and presented by… Read more »
YULI, a film directed by Spanish actor and filmmaker Icíar Bollaín that tells the story of Cuban ballet superstar, Carlos Acosta, received five nominations for the Spanish “Goya” awards – Spain’s national film awards. YULI premiered at the San Sebastian International Film Festival in September and is based on Acosta’s memoir, NO WAY HOME. Watch the official… Read more »
We are proud to announce that Carlos Acosta is to be Director of the Birmingham Royal Ballet Company starting in 2020. “It is a tremendous honour and privilege to have been appointed to lead Birmingham Royal Ballet. I am a great admirer of its heritage and of what David Bintley has done to establish it… Read more »