NEWS

Award-winning YA writer Clare Furniss gave a talk to younger writers at the UEA Festival of Literature for Young People (FLY) in April. She said, ‘I had such a great day at the FLY Festival. It was wonderful to see so many young people being encouraged to explore books, reading, writing and their own creativity. The whole festival had a really inspiring atmosphere and it was a pleasure to be involved.’

Louis de Bernières and Allegra Huston will be speaking at the Port Eliot Festival, 27th – 30th July.

Felicity Bryan Associates were praised as a literary agency ‘powerhouse’ in industry publication The Bookseller‘s profile of the company (07.07.17). Subscribers can read the feature here.

Lucy Worsley with her editor Maddy Price and Felicity Bryan at the launch of JANE AUSTEN AT HOME at Daunt’s in Marylebone.

Catherine Clarke has won the 2017 Agent of the Year award at the British Book Awards.

The winner of this year’s Kim Scott Walwyn Prize is Alice Curry, founder of Lantana Publishing, a London-based independent publishing company and this year’s UK nomination for the Bologna Prize for Best Children’s Publisher of the Year. In her role as Publisher at Lantana, Alice has commissioned award-winning picture books that celebrate diverse and multicultural voices, working with authors and illustrators from almost twenty countries. Alice accepted the award at a ceremony on the rooftop of Carmelite House in London on 10 May, and Mary Beard gave the keynote speech.

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.

NEW DEALS

Sarah Savitt at Virago has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to THE BRINK OF BEING: Portraits of Miscarriage by Julia Bueno, a moving and necessary book about an experience that is often misunderstood and kept under wraps, but affects one in four pregnancies worldwide. It draws upon the author’s own life, her work as a psychotherapist, history and science, and will be published in Spring 2019. North American rights have been bought, on exclusive submission, by Lindsey Schwoeri at Penguin.

Frankie Gray at Transworld has acquired WEL rights in THE HOUSE SWAP by Rebecca Fleet in a six-figure pre-empt. When a young couple organises a house swap to have a break away, the wife slowly realises from clues left in the house that the person they have swapped with is someone she used to know and, for reasons that gradually become clear, was very much hoping to forget.

German rights to Goldmann, Italian rights to Longanesi and French rights to Laffont, all in six-figure pre-empts for two books. US rights to Pam Dorman books, also a six-figure pre-empt. Spanish and Catalan rights to Suma (PRH). 8 publisher auction in Poland.

Laura Stickney at Pelican has acquired UK rights in Professor Michael Wooldridge’s THE ROAD TO CONSCIOUS MACHINES, the turbulent story of artificial intelligence and where it’s leading us, for publication in 2018.  Mainland Chinese rights have sold to Shanghai Dook for a six figure dollar sum.

Macmillan Children’s Books (MCB) have signed a six-figure deal for world rights in four new middle-grade novels by internationally bestselling and award-winning Lauren St John. The first, KAT WOLFE INVESTIGATES, will be published in spring 2018. Venetia Gosling, publishing director at MCB, said: ‘Lauren St John taps in so brilliantly to a child’s yearning for adventure, of making their mark on the world – and her stories both enchant and inspire.  She writes warm, intelligent, engaging adventures which are perfect for contemporary readers, but with timeless appeal.’

Simon and Schuster have acquired World English rights in two new YA novels by Clare Furniss. Her most recent novel, HOW NOT TO DISAPPEAR, is shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2017 and the Independent Bookseller Book Week Award.

David Pilling’s THE GROWTH DELUSION – Why Economists Are Getting it Wrong And What We Can Do About It, has been commissioned by Alexis Kirschbaum at Bloomsbury and by Tim Duggan at Tim Duggan Books (Crown). Pilling is the Financial Times’ Africa Editor and his book on how GDP is a poor measure of genuine growth and promotes inequality is truly dynamic.

Michael Joseph have commissioned Marcus Chown, Lawrence Freedman, Suzannah Lipscomb and Michael Wooldridge to write for their Ladybird Expert series.  Marcus Chown is the Expert on The Big Bang, Lawrence Freedman on Nuclear Deterrence, Suzannah Lipscomb on Witchcraft and Michael Wooldridge on Artificial Intelligence.

World rights to renowned electronic musician Tim Hecker’s book IN SEARCH OF OBLIVION, about the human obsession with loud noise, sold to Fourth Estate / HarperCollins.

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. Rights were also bought at auction in the US by W.W. Norton, and the book has now sold in a total of 13 countries worldwide.

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.

UK & Commonwealth rights for the first two books in Alex Reeve’s debut crime series, THE DROWNING MAN, sold to Alison Hennessey at Bloomsbury for her new Raven list. French rights for two books have also been sold to Editions Bragelonne. The series introduces Leo Stanhope, an assistant pathologist in Victorian London hiding a 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.