Mitchell Beazley acquires memoir of survival and optimism by
founder of Ghost
February 23rd, 2023
Mitchell Beazley, part of the Octopus Publishing Group, has acquired Free Spirit by Tanya Sarne, founder of the fashion brand Ghost. Publisher Alison Starling acquired world English-language rights from Piers Blofeld of Sheil Land Associates for publication on 6th April.
Full details here: The Bookseller
Paterson Joseph longlisted for Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction
February 14th, 2023
The longlist for the Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction features novels by Paterson Joseph, Sean Lusk and Elizabeth Lowry. In total, 12 novels are in contention for the £25,000 prize, including Joseph’s The Secret Diaries of Charles Ignatio Sancho (Dialogue Books)
Full details here: The Bookseller
Jane Fraser's debut novel ADVENT wins the Paul Torday Memorial Prize 2022
June 1st 2022
Jane Fraser's debut novel ADVENT (Honno) has won the Paul Torday Memorial Prize in this year's Society of Authors Awards. The Paul Torday Memorial Prize is awarded to a first novel by a writer over 60, the age when Paul Torday published his first novel, SALMON FISHING IN THE YEMEN. Jane received the award in a ceremony at Southwark Cathedral. More details about the prize and this year's shortlist here: The Paul Torday Prize | The Society of Authors
Janice Hallett longlisted for CWA New Blood award
April 25 2022
Janice Hallett's debut THE APPEAL has been nominated for the Crime Writers' Association New Blood Award for debut fiction. Full details here: The Bookseller - News - Hawkins, Billingham, Hallett and Banville on CWA Dagger longlists
HarperFiction pre-empts 'unforgettable' steamy rom-com from debut author Soto in two-book deal
July 20th 2022
HarperFiction has snapped up an “unforgettable steamy rom-com” by debut author Julie Soto in a two-book pre-empt. Martha Ashby, editorial director, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to Forget Me Not and one other book from Gaia Banks at Sheil Land Associates. North American rights were bought by Junessa Viloria at Grand Central. Full details here: The Bookseller
Lume Books signs two-book deal with Dr Sarah Sigal
January 10th, 2023
Lume Books has signed a two-book deal with writer and dramaturg Sarah Sigal. Aubrie Artiano, head of publishing, acquired worldwide English language rights for both novels from Gaia Banks at Sheil Land Associates. The first book in a new series, The Socialite Spy, will be published in November 2023.
Full details here: The Bookseller
Monoray acquires 'highly entertaining' book about tax in six-way auction
January 25th, 2023
Monoray has bagged the rights to a "highly entertaining" book about tax in a six-way auction from anonymous author ‘The Rebel Accountant’. UK Commonwealth rights to Taxtopia were acquired by publisher Jake Lingwood from Piers Blofeld at Sheil Land Associates. Taxtopia will publish 30th March in hardback. Little is known about the Rebel Accountant bar the fact that he is a chartered tax adviser who has worked at major accountancy firms and start-ups in London and Australia.
Full details here: The Bookseller
Viper lands four more from The Appeal author Hallett in six-figure deal
September 14th 2022
Viper has signed four more books from Janice Hallett, author of The Appeal and The Twyford Code (Viper), in a six-figure deal. Miranda Jewess, publishing director at the Serpent’s Tail’s crime imprint, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights plus audio for the books from Gaia Banks at Sheil Land Associates for a "significant" sum. Full details here: The Bookseller
Frances Lincoln acquires Peter Ackroyd's COLOURS OF LONDON
April 7 2022
Philip Cooper, publisher at Frances Lincoln, has acquired world rights in COLOURS OF LONDON from Sonia Land at Sheil Land Associates. It will publish on 4th October 2022.
The publisher said: “London has been the main character in Ackroyd’s work ever since his first novel, and he has won countless prizes in both fiction and non-fiction for his truly remarkable body of work. Here, he channels a lifetime of knowledge of the great city, writing with clarity and passion about the hues and shades which have shaped London’s journey through history into the present day.”
Full details at The Bookseller here: The Bookseller - Rights - Frances Lincoln scoops Ackroyd's examination of London's relationship with colour
Janice Hallett shortlisted for best Crime & Thriller novel at the Nibbies
March 25 2022
Janice Hallett's debut THE APPEAL has been shortlisted in the Crime and Thriller category at the British Book Awards. Full details here: The Bookseller - Awards - The British Book Awards
Janice Hallett shortlisted for best debut at CrimeFest
March 15 2022
Janice Hallett has been shortlisted for the Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award at this year’s CrimeFest. Full details here: The Bookseller - News - Dean, Hallett and Mir compete for debut award as CrimeFest shortlists revealed
Janice Hallett wins John Creasey CWA New Blood award
June 29th 2022
Janice Hallett's debut THE APPEAL has won the Crime Writers' Association New Blood Award for debut fiction. Full details here: John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger - The Crime Writers’ Association (thecwa.co.uk)
Rachel Elliott Longlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction for the second time
March 8 2022
We’re delighted to say that Rachel Elliott’s third novel FLAMINGO has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022. Mary Ann Sieghart, chair of the judges, called FLAMINGO ‘The most wonderful, life-affirming, readable book.' Full details at The Bookseller here
This is the second time Rachel has been longlisted for the prize: her debut WHISPERS THROUGH A MEGAPHONE (ONE/ Pushkin Press) was on the 2016 longlist.
Reaktion signs Peter Ackroyd's THE ENGLISH ACTOR
January 11 2022
Reaktion Books has signed THE ENGLISH ACTOR: Medieval to Modern, an “enticing" theatrical history by Peter Ackroyd. Dave Watkins, commissioning editor, acquired world rights from Sonia Land at Sheil Land Associates. THE ENGLISH ACTOR will be published in 2023.
Full details at The Bookseller here: The Bookseller - Rights - Reaktion signs Ackroyd's English Actor
History Press signs Wyllie's 'brilliant' LSD deep-dive as ITV Studios options rights
December 3 2021
James Wyllie's "brilliant" THE MICRODOT GANG: The Rise and Fall of the LSD Network That Turned on the World has been snapped by The History Press and optioned by ITV Studios.
Creative director Patrick Spence obtained TV rights, in a deal brokered by Lucy Fawcett, while Laura Perehinec, publishing director of The History Press, bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Sonia Land. THE MICRODOT GANG will be published in May 2022.
Full details at The Bookseller here: History Press signs Wylie's 'brilliant' LSD deep-dive as ITV Studios options rights | The Bookseller
Chelsea Green Publishing acquires book from 'Indiana Jones of vegetables'
November 26 2021
Chelsea Green Publishing has landed a book from Adam Alexander, "the Indiana Jones of vegetables". Muna Reyal, head of editorial, bought world rights to THE SEED DETECTIVE from Sonia Land. The book will be published in autumn 2022.
Full details at The Bookseller here: Chelsea Green nets book from 'Indiana Jones of vegetables' | The Bookseller
Bancroft's new series goes to Orbit for six figures
November 18 2021
Josiah Bancroft's new series The Hexologists has gone to Orbit in a six-figure deal. Bradley Englert, senior editor, acquired World English rights to the books from Ian Drury. Orbit first signed a four-book deal with Bancroft in 2017 for the self-published debut fantasy series, The Books of Babel, which began with SENLIN ASCENDS. The books have received rave reviews from readers and reviewers alike, and gone into multiple printings.
Full details at The Bookseller here: Bancroft's new series goes to Orbit for six figures | The Bookseller
Justin Lee Anderson signs four-book deal with Orbit
November 2 2021
Justin Lee Anderson's THE LOST WAR has been sold in a four-book deal at auction to Bradley Englert at Orbit. The king's envoy, feared and shunned for his magic, is charged with restoring an exiled foreign queen to her throne, but someone or something is determined to stop him: as the lies and deceits are revealed, and the bodies pile up, he and his companions are soon fighting for their lives. Agent: Ian Drury (World English rights)
THE CHATEAU is a top 20 paperback bestseller
September 9 2021
Following the bestselling success of Catherine Cooper's debut THE CHALET, her second novel THE CHATEAU is a top 20 bestseller in paperback
THE APPEAL is a Sunday Times bestseller for the fourth consecutive week
August 8 2021
Janice Hallett's debut novel THE APPEAL continues to delight readers and is a Sunday Times bestseller for the fourth week running, and a bestseller in The Times for six straight weeks.
Second USA Today bestseller for Sarah Steele
July 22 2021
Sarah Steele's second novel THE SCHOOLTEACHER OF SAINT-MICHEL is now a USA Today bestseller, following her debut THE MISSING PIECES OF NANCY MOON which appeared in the USA Today list last August.
Viper acquires two more crime novels from Janice Hallett
July 8 2021
Miranda Jewess, editorial director at Serpent’s Tail crime imprint Viper, has acquired two more novels from author Janice Hallett.
Jewess acquired UK and Commonwealth rights plus audio to THE MYSTERIOUS CASE OF THE ALPERTON ANGELS and an untitled second novel. Agent: Gaia Banks.
Full details at The Bookseller here: Viper acquires two more crime novels from Hallett | The Bookseller
Janice Hallett's THE APPEAL selected as Waterstones Thriller of the Month
July 1 2021
Thriller of the Month for July 2021
Waterstones says: 'A drama production and a fundraiser lead to murder in this fiendishly clever whodunit, presented as a series of documents – emails, messages and transcripts – that hold the keys to the mystery.'
More details here: The Appeal by Janice Hallett | Waterstones
Seven Dials acquires official PizzaExpress cookbook
April 21 2021
Seven Dials, part of the Orion Publishing Group, has acquired PizzaExpress: From Italy with Love following a seven-way auction. Anna Valentine, executive publisher, acquired world rights from Piers Blofeld. The cookbook will be published on 16th September 2021.
Full details at The Bookseller here: Seven Dials delivers with official PizzaExpress cookbook | The Bookseller
Catherine Cooper's THE CHALET longlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger
April 15 2021
Catherine Cooper's Sunday Times bestselling debut THE CHALET has been longlisted for the John Creasey New Blood Dagger at the Crime Writers Association Awards.
Full details at The Bookseller here: CWA Dagger longlists revealed featuring Rowling, Rankin and Banville | The Bookseller
Two thrillers from Daniel Scanlan to Head of Zeus
March 26 2021
Canadian lawyer Daniel Scanlan's HACKER and a second novel have been acquired by Holly Domney at Head of Zeus. A video appears online showing a murder no one else could have witnessed, and an FBI agent realizes she's discovered the greatest predator on the dark web; she risks everything to catch this monster until he offers her a terrible choice between justice and revenge: he knows who drove her sister to kill herself. HACKER will be published in spring 2022. Agent: Ian Drury (UK and Commonwealth rights)
Mark Lawrence signs new three-book deal with Ace
March 26 2021
Author of the bestselling PRINCE OF THORNS, RED SISTER and THE GIRL AND THE STARS, Mark Lawrence has signed a significant new three book deal with Jessica Wade at Ace. The trilogy begins with THE BOOK THAT WOULDN'T BURN, an epic love story set in an ancient library—the only surviving repository of knowledge left by the rise and fall of civilizations—in which the lovers find themselves separated by centuries and divided by a war between their races. THE BOOK THAT WOULDN'T BURN is set for publication in spring 2023. Agent: Ian Drury (North American rights).
HarperFiction take two more thrillers from Sunday Times bestseller Catherine Cooper
March 12 2021
HarperFiction has signed two more “hugely compelling” thrillers from Sunday Times bestselling author of THE CHALET, Catherine Cooper. Phoebe Morgan, editorial director for crime and thriller, acquired THE CRUISE and one other title from Gaia Banks. (World English rights)
Full details at The Bookseller here: HarperFiction takes two more from Cooper | The Bookseller
Two historical thrillers by Robert J. Lloyd to Melville House
February 12 2021
Robert J. Lloyd's THE BLOODLESS BOY and sequel THE CLOCKWORK ASSASSINS, in which members of the Royal Society are pitted against serial killers, regicidal conspirators, and the intrigues of the court of Charles II, have been acquired by Dennis Johnson at Melville House, with Carl Bromley editing. Publication of THE BLOODLESS BOY will be in November 2021, with THE CLOCKWORK ASSASSINS the following year. Agent: Gaia Banks. (World Rights)
Kate Goldbeck's debut novel pre-empted by Dial Press
January 22 2021
Kate Goldbeck's THE DO-OVER has been acquired in a pre-empt by Emma Caruso at Dial Press. Inspired by When Harry Met Sally, reimagined to reflect our modern moment, the novel explores the dynamics of friendship between a man and woman when traditional definitions of gender roles, love, and relationships are no longer relevant. Agent: Gaia Banks. (World English)
Janice Hallett's THE APPEAL selected as the Sunday Times crime novel of the month
January 10 2021
'A dazzlingly clever modern Agatha Christie... a hugely satisfying intellectual challenge... [A] terrific debut.’ Joan Smith, Sunday Times
Catherine Cooper's debut THE CHALET is a Sunday Times bestseller
November 29 2020
Catherine Cooper's debut psychological thriller THE CHALET (HarperFiction) is an immediate Sunday Times bestseller