Lucy Worsley appointed an OBE

Posted on 16/11/2018, in News

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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‘Best Books of 2018’ – New Statesman

Posted on 15/11/2018, in News

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 Deal for Richard Ovenden

Posted on 30/10/2018, in New Deals, News

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, in New Deals, News

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, in News

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, in News

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, in News

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, in News

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, in New Deals, News

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, in News

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 – TAKING UP SPACE

Posted on 08/10/2018, in Agency News, New Deals

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, in News

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, in New Deals

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, in New Deals

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, in New Deals, News

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, in Agency News, News

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, in News

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, in News

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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We are hiring: Experienced Royalty and Accounts Administrator

Posted on 26/09/2018, in Agency News, News

Salary £25,000 to £30,000 depending on experience. Publishing industry experience. Inputting all of the information from publisher’s royalty Earned & Unearned statements onto author contracts in a prioritized manner and to time scales. Managing royalty queries. Creating custom reports for Agents when required. Working knowledge of Excel and other Office…

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Thame Literature Festival

Posted on 21/09/2018, in News

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, in New Deals

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, in Awards

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, in New Deals

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, in New Deals

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, in Awards, News

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, in News

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, in New Deals

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, in New Deals

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, in New Deals

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, in Awards

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, in New Deals

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, in New Deals

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, in New Deals

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, in New Deals

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, in Agency News

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, in News, TV, Film & Radio

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, in News

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, in News

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, in Awards

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, in Awards, News

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, in News

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, in News

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, in Agency News, News

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 December 1st for…

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