Sue Prideaux wins Hawthornden Prize 2019

Posted on 11/07/2019

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.  

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Professor Ulinka Rublack wins top history prize

Posted on 05/07/2019

“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…

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Welcoming our new intern

Posted on 04/07/2019

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…

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Day out at Blackwell’s

Posted on 27/06/2019

Catherine, Caroline, Sally and Carrie had an inspiring day out at Blackwell´s book shop on Friday 21st July. The tour started in the beautifully restored Gaffer´s office named after Sir Basil Blackwell (son of the original founder), the first bookseller to be knighted. Zool Verjee and David Kelly, the sales…

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Edinburgh Festival – author talks

Posted on 25/06/2019

In an era of contradiction and division the 2019 Edinburgh International Book Festival invites authors and audiences to find new stories to give meaning to the world.  Running from 10-26th August, the 2019 programme brings together writers from all over the world for the most international gathering in the Festival’s…

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New deal for Jon Savage

Posted on 24/06/2019

Faber Social have bought world rights excluding USA and Canada in Jon Savage’s new book, provisionally entitled All Pop is Gay, to be delivered in 2021.

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Speaker line-up at Chalke Valley History Festival

Posted on 18/06/2019

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…

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New deal for Matthew Burton with Wren and Rook

Posted on 11/06/2019

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.

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New deals for Sue Prideaux

Posted on 10/06/2019

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.

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

Posted on 10/06/2019

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…

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The Growth Delusion shortlisted for The Orwell Prize for Political Writing

Posted on 10/06/2019

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…

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Sally Gardner’s MAGGOT MOON adapted for stage

Posted on 29/05/2019

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…

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THE DAM by David Almond wins Andersen Prize 2019 in Italy

Posted on 28/05/2019

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…

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

Posted on 17/05/2019

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…

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Hay Festival – who’s speaking?

Posted on 16/05/2019

The Hay Festival of Literature & Arts is an annual literature festival held in Hay-on-Wye, Powys, Wales, for ten days from May to June. Devised by Norman, Rhoda and Peter Florence in 1988, the festival was described by Bill Clinton in 2001 as “The Woodstock of the mind”. This year…

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LADY JANE shortlisted for Young Quills prize

Posted on 15/05/2019

Thrilled to see LADY JANE by Lucy Worsley shortlisted for the Historical Association’s 2019 Young Quills prize for historical fiction! “Subjects ranging from the discovery of dinosaur bones to Anglo-Saxons kings, Egyptian mysteries, life in the Soviet Union and Antarctic exploration have all been explored through the lives of characters…

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Lucy Worsley wins BAFTA for SUFFRAGETTES

Posted on 13/05/2019

Suffragettes with Lucy Worsley won a BAFTA TV Award 2019 for Specialist Factual in what was a competitive year after so much fantastic television. Well done, Lucy. Greatly deserved!  

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MURMUR – a “future classic” – wins Wellcome book prize

Posted on 02/05/2019

We are absolutely thrilled that Will Eaves’ Alan Turing inspired novel, MURMUR won the Wellcome Book Prize 2019. Winners were announced last night. ‘Will Eaves’s fictionalised account of the chemical castration of Alan Turing, Murmur, was hailed as “a future classic” as it won the £30,000 Wellcome book prize on…

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Diarmaid MacCulloch shortlisted for Elizabeth Longford Prize

Posted on 23/04/2019

Diarmaid MacCulloch’s Thomas Cromwell: A Life (Allen Lane) is on a shortlist of four for the 2019 Elizabeth Longford Prize for Historical Biography. Roy Foster (chair) said: “These biographies demonstrate how four remarkable people not only made their own history, but sensed the zeitgeist and came to personify it -…

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New deal for Nick Potter

Posted on 16/04/2019

Nick Potter’s THE MEANING OF PAIN: what it is, why we feel it, and how to overcome it is a brilliantly thought-provoking examination of how the stress of modern life is making us hurt. Foreign sales are mounting: sold to DeA Planeta in Italy, to Otwarte in Poland – both…

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New deal for Hella Pick

Posted on 11/04/2019

Alan Samson at Weidenfeld has bought UK and Commonwealth rights in Invisible Walls, the autobiography of Hella Pick, former Kindertransport child and the first woman journalist to cover major news stories for The Guardian.

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New Deal for Svenja O’Donnell’s moving memoir

Posted on 11/04/2019

Clare Bullock of Ebury has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in journalist Svenja O’Donnell’s moving memoir Where the Trees Whisper, which uncovers her grandmother’s hidden past and how she was shaped by the loss of her homeland during the Second World War.  Andrew Nurnberg Associates have sold rights to Droemer…

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‘Kat Wolfe Investigates’ shortlisted – Best Crime Novel for Children

Posted on 10/04/2019

KAT WOLFE INVESTIGATES by Lauren St John has been shortlisted for CrimeFest’s Best Crime Novel for Children (8-12) in the 2019 awards. Eligible titles were submitted by publishers, and reviewers of fiction for children and young adults voted to establish the shortlist and the winning title. Winners will be announced…

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Jonathan Coe wins BAUER award 2019 in Italy

Posted on 10/04/2019

Jonathan Coe attended a speaking event with Flavio Gregori and a dinner with members of the Italian public as part of Crosses of Civilisation, an International Festival of Literature in Venice hosted by Ca ‘Foscari University of Venice where he was presented with the BAUER award. “From the first year…

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New deal for Greg Wise

Posted on 05/04/2019

Katy Follain has acquired World rights in Last Christmas: Memories of Christmases past – and hopes for future ones by Greg Wise and Emma Thompson. It is a compilation of short personal essays written by a wide range of people – from actors, politicians and singers to homeless people, charity…

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Welcoming our new intern

Posted on 03/04/2019

Camille was born in Scotland but is a dual national (French mother and Scottish father) which, it turns out, is a rather handy thing to be in the current climate. She has an MA in English Literature from the University of Edinburgh and an MSc in Publishing from Edinburgh Napier…

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Will Eaves’ MURMUR wins Republic of Consciousness prize

Posted on 29/03/2019

Will Eaves with MURMUR (CB Editions) is one of two prize winners for the Republic of Consciousness prize 2019 along with Alex Pheby, LUCIA (Galley Beggar Press). They won £3,500 each, with £2,500 going to the press and £1,000 to the author. The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses rewards the…

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MURMUR and I AM DYNAMITE! longlisted for Rathbones Folio Prize

Posted on 19/03/2019

Murmur (CB Editions) by Will Eaves, and Sue Prideaux’s I AM DYNAMITE – A Life of Friedrich Nietzsche (Faber) have been longlisted for the Rathbones Folio Prize. Open to English-language writers from around the world, the Rathbones Folio Prize, which rewards the best work of literature published in the UK,…

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MURMUR shortlisted for Wellcome Book Prize

Posted on 19/03/2019

Will Eaves’ Alan Turing-inspired novel Murmur (CB Editions) has been shortlisted for the 10th anniversary of the Wellcome Book Prize celebrating the best new books that illuminate the many ways that health, medicine and illness touch our lives. Inspired by the life of Alan Turing, Murmur by Will Eaves fictionalises the devastating period before…

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Oxford literary festival – more authors announced

Posted on 06/03/2019

We are into March, with the Oxford Literary Festival getting closer and closer, and happily even more of our authors have been booked to appear. On Monday, 1st April, Ursula Buchan talks about her biography of John Buchan—BEYOND THE THIRTY-NINE STEPS—explaining how there was much more to her acclaimed grandfather…

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New Deal for Henry Mance

Posted on 05/03/2019

Bea Hemming at Jonathan Cape has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights at auction to award-winning Financial Times journalist Henry Mance’s In the Company of Animals, a wide-ranging, personal and sometimes humorous journey looking at how we live with other animals and how that might change in the future. North American…

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‘MURMUR’ shortlisted for Republic of Consciousness Prize

Posted on 26/02/2019

The Republic of Consciousness Prize for Small Presses rewards the best fiction published by publishers with fewer than 5 full-time employees, yearly. We are thrilled that MURMUR by Will Eaves,  published by CB Editions has been shortlisted for the prize. Each press on the shortlist is awarded £1000, and all…

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The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2019 is open for submissions

Posted on 19/02/2019

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…

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UK Premiere of YULI

Posted on 19/02/2019

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.

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

Posted on 13/02/2019

Tim Harford, whose writings reveal the economic ideas behind everyday experiences has given a TED talk – A Powerful Way to Unleash your Natural Creativity. https://www.ted.com/talks/tim_harford_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…

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Oxford Literary Festival – who’s speaking?

Posted on 11/02/2019

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…

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New Deal for Farhan Samanani

Posted on 11/02/2019

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…

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New deal for A C Grayling

Posted on 11/02/2019

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.

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Rosamunde Pilcher

Posted on 07/02/2019

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…

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New deal for James Hamilton

Posted on 04/02/2019

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.

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In Extremis by Lindsey Hilsum shortlisted for two awards

Posted on 01/02/2019

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…

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‘Murmur’ by Will Eaves on the Republic of Consciousness longlist

Posted on 15/01/2019

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…

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Major new deals for Thomas Halliday

Posted on 11/01/2019

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,…

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New deal for Jonathan Phillips – THE LIFE AND LEGEND OF THE SULTAN SALADIN

Posted on 11/01/2019

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…

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An OBE for Tim Harford

Posted on 02/01/2019

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!!

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Books of the Year, 2018!

Posted on 18/12/2018

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…

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Richard McGregor – Prime Minister’s Literary Awards winner 2018

Posted on 06/12/2018

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.

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Linda Newbery and David Almond – Books of the Year 2018

Posted on 28/11/2018

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…

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New deal for Tim Harford

Posted on 28/11/2018

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.

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US deal for A C Grayling

Posted on 28/11/2018

Will Heyward at Penguin Press in the US has acquired North American rights in A C Grayling’s forthcoming HISTORY OF PHILOSOPHY, out from Viking in the UK in April 2019.

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David Almond shortlisted for 2018 Costa Book Awards

Posted on 26/11/2018

Multi-award winning author, David Almond’s beautiful novel THE COLOUR OF THE SUN has been shortlisted for the 2018 Costa Children’s Book Award. ‘…it embodies my constant astonishment at being alive in this beautiful, weird, extraordinary world.’ – David Almond

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THE BALLROOM optioned by Parallel Films

Posted on 22/11/2018

Photo courtesy of Jonathan Greet. THE BALLROOM by Anna Hope has been optioned by Parallel Films for award-winning film-maker Aisling Walsh (AN INSPECTOR CALLS, MAISIE) to write and direct.        

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Lucy Worsley appointed an OBE

Posted on 16/11/2018

TV historian Dr Lucy Worsley has been appointed an OBE for services to history and heritage. Lucy Worsley is Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces and the author of many non-fiction books including If Walls Could Talk, Cavalier, Jane Austen at Home, and her biography of Queen Victoria published in September this year. She has also written…

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New Statesman ‘Best Books of 2018’

Posted on 15/11/2018

As the end-of-year ‘best books’ roundups start to roll in, it’s always exciting to see our authors making the lists. Featured in “Best books of 2018” by New Statesman: I Am Dynamite!, Sue Prideaux’s biography of Nietzsche (Faber & Faber), Peter Frankopan’s The Silk Roads (Bloomsbury), and Lords of the Desert: Britain’s Struggle with…

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New deals for Diarmaid MacCulloch

Posted on 13/11/2018

Diarmaid MacCulloch is planning a major work: SEX AND THE CHURCH – A HISTORY for delivery in 2023. It has been commissioned by Penguin Press UK, Viking USA and C.H Beck in Germany.

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New Deal for Richard Ovenden

Posted on 30/10/2018

Bodley’s Librarian Richard Ovenden’s BURNING THE BOOKS: A HISTORY OF THE DELIBERATE DESTRUCTION OF KNOWLEDGE has been acquired in a pre-empt by Georgina Laycock at John Murray, for publication in 2020. Critica pre-empted Spanish language rights, and in Italy, Solferino won an 8-way auction. Suhrkamp have German rights after a…

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NEW DEAL FOR ADRIAN TINNISWOOD

Posted on 29/10/2018

Jonathan Cape have commissioned THE GUILT AND THE GINGERBREAD – Life in the English Country House 1945-74. This is a sequel to his best-selling THE LONG WEEKEND – Life in the English Country House Between the Wars .  Basic Books have commissioned for the USA.  

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Anna Hope contributes to anthology on the Armistice

Posted on 26/10/2018

Anna Hope is one of thirty authors who have contributed to a beautiful new anthology, ARMISTICE published by French publisher, Gallimard. The contributors express their thoughts on what the Armistice evokes for them, to commemorate the centennial of the Armistice of 1918.    

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Welcoming our new client, Tiffany Watt Smith

Posted on 25/10/2018

We are very excited to welcome our new client, Tiffany Watt Smith. Tiffany is author of Schadenfreude: The Joy of Another’s Misfortune (UK, Wellcome/Profile; US, Little Brown), published this month to high praise: Is our zeitgeist a Spitegeist? – The Guardian,  The Joy of Another’s Misfortune by Tiffany Watt Smith — why we love a…

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David Almond becomes an ambassador for new children’s book prize

Posted on 25/10/2018

We are very proud that David Almond is an ambassador for the Hachette Children’s Novel Award, an exciting new initiative set up by Hachette Children’s Group (HCG) partnering with New Writing North (NWN). The prize is for debut children’s writers of middle-grade or young teen fiction who have written a complete but…

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Carlos Acosta wins prestigious dance award

Posted on 17/10/2018

On October 15th Carlos Acosta received The Queen Elizabeth 11 Coronation Award from the Royal Academy of Dance.  It is recognised internationally as the highest award in Dance. It  was presented by Darcey Bussell, President of the Royal Academy of Dance at a ceremony in Spencer House, London.

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US deal for Alec Ryrie

Posted on 16/10/2018

Alec Ryrie’s UNBELIEVERS, A HISTORY OF THE ABOLITION OF GOD, has been sold to Joy de Menil at Harvard University Press.  HarperCollins have UK rights.

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Big news for Peter Chapman

Posted on 10/10/2018

THE LEHMAN TRILOGY, Sam Mendes’ sell-out play for the National Theatre, which takes its inspiration from Peter Chapman’s THE LAST OF THE IMPERIOUS RICH, will transfer to the Park Avenue Armory in March 2019

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New deal for Richard Koch with Little Brown UK

Posted on 10/10/2018

Bestselling business guru and author of THE 80/20 PRINCIPLE Richard Koch’s next book, HOW TO BE UNREASONABLY SUCCESSFUL, has just been sold to Little Brown UK in a world rights deal, for publication in summer 2020

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New Deal – TAKING UP SPACE

Posted on 08/10/2018

The first acquisition for grime artist Stormzy’s imprint at Penguin Random House, #Merky Books, is TAKING UP SPACE by Chelsea Kwakye and Ore Ogunbiyi, a book tackling the urgent issues of access to higher education by two recent university graduates. TAKING UP SPACE will be an indispensable guide as well…

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BBC History Weekends

Posted on 04/10/2018

Two BBC History Weekends are coming up this month, in the lovely cities of Winchester (5-7th Oct) and York (19-21st Oct), with some of FBA’s top historians taking part. In Winchester, Diarmaid MacCulloch discusses his major new biography of Henry VIII’s right-hand man, THOMAS CROMWELL: A LIFE, lauded by Hilary…

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station jim by Louis de Bernières to Harvill Secker

Posted on 04/10/2018

Harvill Secker have acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to STATION JIM by Louis de Bernières, a charming children’s book for Christmas 2019, inspired by the dog ‘Jim’ who was brought to Slough Station as a three month old puppy in 1894 and began working as a Canine Collector for the…

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Julie Summers’ new book to S&S

Posted on 04/10/2018

Simon and Schuster have acquired world rights all languages in Julie Summers’ new book, provisionally entitled THE MOST POWERFUL WOMAN IN LONDON, for publication in 2020. The book’s central figure is Audrey Withers, who edited Vogue through the difficult years of World War Two in London, combining glamour with practical…

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Major deals for Violet Moller

Posted on 04/10/2018

Violet Moller’s The Map of Knowledge – How Classical Ideas Were Lost and Found, a History in Seven Cities, to be published by Macmillan UK and Doubleday US,  has sold in Italy to Francesco Anzelmo at Mondadori and in Spain to Miguel Aguilar at Taurus.

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Welcoming our new intern

Posted on 02/10/2018

We are pleased to welcome Robin Ganderton to the FBA team. Robin has joined us as our latest intern and will be working with us until the end of December. Born in Wales, Robin studied literature at York and has just completed a master’s in Creative Writing at Oxford.  His…

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MURMUR by Will Eaves shortlisted for the Goldmiths Prize 2018

Posted on 27/09/2018

Huge congratulations to Will Eaves for making the shortlist for the Goldsmiths Prize 2018 with MURMUR. “Murmur is a novel of multiple ideas, which seems right given its main protagonist, Alec Pryor, is loosely based on the predicament of the philosophical mathematician, Alan Turing.  It is also a novel forged from…

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HOW I LIVE NOW – Meg Rosoff to be ‘July Read’

Posted on 27/09/2018

As part of the campaign to celebrate women’s voices across the literary world, The Women’s Prize for Fiction in partnership with Natwest bank has launched a Young Adult Reading List. We are thrilled that the chosen book for July is Meg Rosoff’s HOW I LIVE NOW, a powerful and unforgettable story…

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Thame Literature Festival

Posted on 21/09/2018

A number of our authors will be appearing at the Thame Literary Festival in Oxfordshire this October. On Friday 19th October Mr Peacock’s Possessions author Lydia Syson will be appearing with author Anna Mazzola discussing their books with Nicole Russell at Thame Library. Also on the Friday, Jambusters author Julie…

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Deal for Ridley

Posted on 21/09/2018

Matt Ridley has agreed a deal with Fourth Estate for his new book, How Innovation Works. This major new title from the acclaimed science and economics writer will explore the concept of innovation, drawing on a wide range of fields including evolutionary biology and archeology as well as technology, politics…

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UK Literacy Association Longlist

Posted on 18/09/2018

We are delighted that three of our children’s authors are longlisted for the UK Literacy Association Awards. Stardust by Jeanne Willis has been chosen in the ages 3-6 category, The Children of Castle Rock by Natasha Farrant in the ages 7-11 category; and The Colour of the Sun by David…

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Castro History to Faber

Posted on 06/09/2018

UK and Commonwealth in Ten Days in September, Simon Hall’s new book about Castro’s eventful visit to New York in September 1960, to Laura Hassan at Faber, for publication in 2020. Simon Hall is Professor of Modern History at the University of Leeds, and a Fellow of the Royal Historical…

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US Deal for Agent Jack

Posted on 06/09/2018

US rights in Robert Hutton’s AGENT JACK: The True Story of MI5’s Secret Nazi Hunter have been sold to Michael Flamini at St Martin’s Press for publication in 2019. Throughout the Second World War, Britain’s defence against the enemy within was Eric Roberts, a former bank clerk from Epsom. Equipped…

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Stephen Jay Gould Award

Posted on 04/09/2018

We are delighted that Professor Tim Birkhead has been award the Stephen Jay Gould award for communicating science. Professor Birkhead received the award at a ceremony in Montpelier, France in August. Tim Birkhead is Professor of Behavioural Ecology at Sheffield University and a Fellow of the Royal Society. He has…

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Cheltenham Literature Festival

Posted on 04/09/2018

We are thrilled that some of our authors will be taking part in the Cheltenham Literature Festival this year, which takes place on 5 – 14 October. Peter Frankopan, author of the 2015 global bestseller, The Silk Roads is Guest Curator of the festival. He will be leading two discussions:…

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Boy, Girl, Sea to Zephyr

Posted on 10/08/2018

Zephyr have acquired world rights in Chris Vick’s Boy, Girl, Sea, a powerful novel about two teenagers shipwrecked off the Moroccan coast, in the same storm but from different boats, who survive against the odds and form a deep bond. Publication is set for 2019. Chris Vick’s first book Kook,…

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Monster Deal for Downham

Posted on 09/08/2018

David Fickling Books and Scholastic US have acquired World English language rights in Jenny Downham’s new YA novel Monster, for publication in 2019. Jenny’s debut novel, Before I Die, won the Waterstones inaugural teenage book prize and the Branford Boase Award, and sold over 1.3 million copies worldwide. It was…

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Marvellous Machines

Posted on 09/08/2018

Scribe’s children’s imprint Scribble have acquired world rights in Mr Shaha’s Marvellous Machines by Alom Shaha, a follow-up to his highly successful book of practical science experiments for children, Mr Shaha’s Recipes For Wonder. Emily Robertson will illustrate the new volume, which is set for 2020 publication. Alom Shaha is…

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Plitt named a Rising Star

Posted on 24/07/2018

We are delighted that agent Carrie Plitt has been selected by The Bookseller as an industry Rising Star. The Bookseller pointed to Carrie’s success championing ‘thoughtful non-fiction’, ranging from Reni Eddo-Lodge’s bestselling, prize-winning Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People About Race (itself the Bookseller’s Non-Fiction Book of the Year),…

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More McTavish Mayhem

Posted on 17/07/2018

Meg Rosoff’s adorable dog McTavish is set for further adventures. Barrington Stoke have acquired world rights in McTavish Takes The Biscuit, in which the Peachey family take part in a disastrous bake-off, and McTavish On The Move, in which the Peacheys up sticks to a new home, with all the…

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Frankopan explores The New Silk Roads

Posted on 17/07/2018

International bestseller Peter Frankopan returns this autumn with The New Silk Roads: The Present and Future of the World, publishing in November 2018 (Bloomsbury). The Silk Roads quickly became an international phenomenon when it published in 2015 and has sold over a million copies worldwide. The New Silk Roads brings the…

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Faber Deal for Daykin

Posted on 17/07/2018

Faber Children’s Books have acquired world rights in Chloe Daykin’s next two novels, The Secret of the Shadow Snap Girl, set in Peru, and The Voice Catcher, set in Venice. Chloe’s first novel, Fish Boy, was shortlisted for the Branford Boase award in 2018, and her new book The Boy…

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Gill Hornby New Deal

Posted on 17/07/2018

Miss Austen by Gill Hornby, a moving, fictional account of Cassandra and Jane Austen’s final years, was pre-empted by Selina Walker at Century (World English Language) for a six-figure sum. Miss Austen is scheduled for publication in spring 2020. Gill is a journalist whose debut novel, The Hive, sold to Little,…

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Welcoming our new intern

Posted on 06/07/2018

We are delighted that Grace Nyaboko has joined us as our latest intern and will be working with us until the end of September. Grace graduated from Newcastle University in 2017 with a law degree. She loves being creative and writes poetry which you can find on her blog astudentoflifewritingblog.wordpress.com. She…

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The Astronomer and the Witch

Posted on 19/06/2018

Ulinka Rublack’s The Astronomer and The Witch has been optioned to Andy Patterson of Sympathetic Ink Ltd., producer of The Railway Man and Girl with a Pearl Earring. The Astronomer and the Witch: Johannes Kepler’s Fight for his Mother tells the extraordinary true story of when Joseph Kepler’s widowed mother,…

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OBE for Lucy Worsley

Posted on 11/06/2018

We are delighted that historian and author Dr Lucy Worsley has been awarded an OBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List for services to history and heritage. Lucy Worsley is Joint Chief Curator at Historic Royal Palaces and the author of many non-fiction books including If Walls Could Talk, Cavalier, Jane…

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John Julius Norwich

Posted on 04/06/2018

Historian John Julius Norwich has died in London at the age of 88. Felicity Bryan has represented him since 1975 and he was a much-loved and admired author at our agency. John Julius was born in 1929, the son of the politician Duff Cooper – later Viscount Norwich – and…

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French Award for Anna Hope

Posted on 31/05/2018

Anna Hope has won the 2018 Elle readers’ grand prix des lectrices for her second novel, The Ballroom. The Elle Readers’ Grand Prix was founded in 1970 and is chosen by readers. The Ballroom was published in January 2016 and was selected for Richard and Judy’s Autumn promotion. It has…

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Flood of Awards for Reni Eddo-Lodge

Posted on 12/05/2018

Reni Eddo-Lodge’s Why I’m No Longer Talking to White People about Race has been in the Sunday Times Top Ten bestseller list for 35 consecutive weeks. In May Reni won the 2018 British Book Award for a work of Narrative Non-Fiction. The judges described the book as ‘brilliant’ and ‘breathtaking’. Reni…

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The Silk Roads an international phenomenon

Posted on 01/03/2018

International phenomenon and New York Times and Washington Post bestseller The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan has sold over a million copies around the world and has been praised by French Prime Minister Edouard Philippe as “un livre magnifique”; ‘magnificent’—Sunday Times; ‘history at its most invigorating’—Wall Street Journal; ‘the most…

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Mary returns with Fast Cakes

Posted on 23/01/2018

Fast Cakes is the unmissable and definitive baking book from Mary Berry. Mary has incorporated her ‘all-in-one’ method of preparation into as many recipes as possible, so her recipes are faster to make than ever. Nearly 100 of the bakes take only 10 minutes to make and Mary has included…

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Paid Internship Scheme

Posted on 22/01/2018

Felicity Bryan Associates offer a regular 3-month, paid internship programme at our offices in Oxford. The internships run from January – March, April – June, July – September, and October – December. The deadline for each placement is one month prior to its start. The next deadline is September 1st for…

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