Catherine Clarke has been shortlisted for the 2017 Agent of the Year award at the British Book Awards. The winner will be announced at an awards ceremony held on 8th May at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

The Kim Scott Walwyn Prize 2017, co-chaired by Catherine Clarke, announced this year’s shortlist on 14 March, at the London Book Fair. Four of the five shortlisted women are from small independent companies, or houses they have started themselves. They are: Sarah Braybrooke, MD of Scribe UK; Candice Carty-Williams, marketer at PRH’s Vintage; Alice Curry of Lantana Publishing; Amy Durant, publishing director at Endeavour Press; and Zeljka Marosevic, co-publisher of Daunt Books. The winner will be announced on 10 May, at a ceremony on the roof of Carmelite House in London. More details are available at

Celebrating Rosamunde Pilcher‘s 92nd birthday, the photo shows her next to the Wall of Fame at the Hachette offices, where Tim Hely-Hutchinson gave a champagne lunch in her honour.


UK rights in a business book that itself challenges current business orthodoxies, THE CHALLENGE CULTURE by Nigel Travis, the British CEO of iconic American global company Dunkin’ Donuts, have been sold to Piatkus Books on behalf of the Zoe Pagnamenta Agency.  Piatkus will publish in 2018.

Spanish rights to THE FEUD by Tim Leach, the story of a feud between two families of outlaws, set in medieval Iceland and inspired by Norse mythology, to Grijalbo.

Drummond Moir at Hodder & Stoughton has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights, in a 24-hour pre-empt, to BBC journalist David Robson‘s THE INTELLIGENCE TRAP: Why Smart People Make Stupid Mistakes and How to Avoid Them, a proposal that shows the many counter-intuitive ways that intelligence can lead to failure – and builds an argument for a wiser way of thinking. Italian rights to Ponte alle Grazie, Spanish rights to Paidós, Brazilian rights to Sextante.

Katy Follain at Quercus has acquired world rights in NOT THAT KIND OF LOVE by Clare & Greg Wise, a moving, thought-provoking and surprisingly funny book, that is both a wonderful description of a journey to death and a celebration of the act of living. Publication: Feb 2018.

Will Hammond at The Bodley Head has acquired World English Language rights in Catherine Fletcher’s new book, THE CRUCIBLE OF EUROPE: ITALY AND THE RISE OF THE WEST. Her most ambitious book to date, it will show how the tumultuous events in Italy in the sixteenth century turned Europe’s focus westwards and set the tone for the next 5 centuries.

Fiona Kennedy has acquired world rights for her new imprint Zephyr (Head of Zeus) in Lauren St John’s standalone short novel, The Snow Angel, for Christmas 2017 publication. Set in Africa and the Scottish Highlands, The Snow Angel tells the story of Makena, a Kenyan girl whose dream is to climb mountains. When her life is shattered, she embarks on a quest for a place she can call home. The Snow Angel is a deeply moving novel about love, loss and slum ballet. It will be illustrated by artist, Catherine Hyde.

A C Grayling’s new book DEMOCRACY AND ITS CRISIS has just been acquired by Bill Swainson as his first non-fiction title at Oneworld, for publication in September 2017.  A clarion call  for our times, it will look at what representative democracy is, how it evolved; why it is in crisis, and what the remedy might be.

UK & Commonwealth rights for the first two books in Alex Reeve’s debut Victorian crime series, THE DROWNING MAN, sold to Alison Hennessey at Bloomsbury for her new Raven list. The book introduces Leo Stanhope, an assistant coroner hiding a big secret: he was born a woman but is living as a man. When Leo is accused of killing local prostitute Maria, he stands to lose not just the woman he loves, but his freedom and ultimately, his life.

David Fickling Books have just acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in two more novels by Lisa Williamson, whose debut YA novel THE ART OF BEING NORMAL won the Waterstones Teenage Prize. Her second book, ALL ABOUT MIA, has just been published in the UK.

Costa-winning Linda Newbery is writing THE KEY TO FLAMBARDS for David Fickling Books (world rights), a modern story taking us back to Flambards, the house created by K M Peyton in her classic 1967 novel set in WWI and adapted for television in 1979.

World rights in Dolman Travel Book Award winner Nick Jubber’s new book, A CONTINENT OF EPICS, have been bought by Nick Davies at John Murray Press for the Nicholas Brealey list. Jubber will travel across Europe, looking at the epic poems that shaped the continent’s collective identities and what they can tell us about what it means to be European today.

Simon Thorogood at Canongate has bought world rights to Dan Richard’s OUTPOST at auction. In this new book, the author of Climbing Days will examine cabins, sheds and bothies perched at the edge of the wilderness from Scotland to Svalbard to Wyoming.

Sam Wilkin’s new book, TURMOIL!, which puts today’s tumultuous politics in their historical and geopolitical context, has been sold to Profile for publication in spring 2018.

Oxford historian Marc Mulholland’s first trade book, THE MURDERER OF WARREN STREET, which tells the extraordinary true story of revolutionary and murderer Emmanuel Barthelemy, has been sold to Hutchinson in a pre-empt.  Hutchinson have British Commonwealth rights and will publish in August 2018.

Kat Gordon’s sweeping novel THE HUNTERS, set in Kenya, sold at auction to Holly Ainley at Borough Press. German rights were pre-empted by Hoffmann und Campe and French rights were acquired at auction by Fleuve.

Roderick Beaton, distinguished Professor of Modern Greek and Byzantine History at Kings College London,  is writing GREECE – BIOGRAPHY OF A MODERN NATION for Simon Winder at Penguin Press who has brought World English Language Rights; Greek rights have been sold to Patakis. Delivery is 2018.

Hodder have acquired UK rights in best-selling historian John Dickie’s THE CRAFT: HOW THE FREEMASONS MADE THE MODERN WORLD, a definitive history of how the Freemasons began as a democratic guild in London and spread rapidly to America, Europe and India. US rights sold to Public Affairs; Italy: Laterza; Germany: Fischer. Netherlands: Ambo Anthos.

ANNA HOPE’s third novel, again to Jane Lawson at Doubleday. A contemporary novel set in London about three women in their late thirties, exploring themes of female friendship and infidelity.

Atico de los Libros have bought seven of John Julius Norwich’s backlist titles,  SICILY, THE MIDDLE SEA, A HISTORY OF VENICE, SHORT HISTORY OF BYZANTIUM and BYZANTIUM Volumes I, II and III for Spain.