Congratulations to Will Eaves who is on the Republic of Consciousness Prize 2019 longlist for his novel, MURMUR. An annual prize for small presses, the criteria is “hard-core literary fiction, and gorgeous prose”. “Murmur is a marvel. Will Eaves has conceived an avatar for Alan Turing and then conjured up his dream world to muse on what… Read more »
THE COMMON THREAD by John Sulston and Georgina Ferry has been optioned by See-Saw Films with backing from the BBC.
Anne McNeil at Hodder Children’s Books, publisher of the Costa-shortlisted THE COLOUR OF THE SUN, has acquired World English rights in David Almond’s as-yet-untitled next novel, and also world rights in his novella ISLAND, adapted from a World Book Day short fiction, to be illustrated by David Litchfield. Jane Winterbotham at Walker Books has acquired… Read more »
UK and Commonwealth rights in 27 year old paleobiologist Thomas Halliday‘s YESTERDAY’S WORLDS: TRAVELS IN EARTH’S EXTINCT ECOSYSTEMS, a lyrical, on-the-ground geological history of the world, has sold to Laura Stickney at Penguin Press after a 6-way auction. US rights have been acquired by Hilary Redmon at Random House US, in a major deal, with… Read more »
Mondadori have just acquired Italian rights in THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF THE SULTAN SALADIN by Jonathan Phillips. Bodley Head publish the UK edition in April 2019, and Harvard University Press in November 2019. ‘Outstanding. Jonathan Phillips has written a compelling account of arguably the most inspirational of Islamic military heroes.’ Christopher de Bellaigue, author of… Read more »
Huge congratulations to Tim Harford who has been awarded an OBE in this year’s Honours list for services to improving economic understanding. Absolutely well-deserved, and fantastic news!!
It’s that time of year again! The ground is frosty, the pies are minced, our stomachs are swelling with anticipation… and the papers are full of their Book of the Year roundups. This year we must have been very good indeed, because our authors have been featured in so many BotY specials it’s hard to… Read more »
ASIA’S RECKONING by Richard McGregor has won the PM’s award for best non fiction book of the year. The Prime Minister’s Literary Awards celebrate outstanding literary talent in Australia and the valuable contribution Australian literature and history makes to the nation’s cultural and intellectual life.
THE KEY TO FLAMBARDS has been chosen as one of Books for Keeps’ ‘Books of the Year 2018’ Chosen by Ann Lazim from CLPE, she says it is “chosen for an excellent and three-dimensional portrayal of a young amputee. In relation to the injury Newbery depicts her protagonist experiencing a convincing and rarely depicted range of… Read more »
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.