02/07/2015 ‘OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS’ BY CLAIRE FULLER WINS THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2015
We are so thrilled to announce that Claire Fuller has won the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015 for her debut novel, ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’. This is an incredible achievement and we are so proud of Claire and all her team at Fig Tree. Congratulations, all!
18/06/2015 ‘THE WALL’ BY WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE AWARDED CALDERDALE CHILDREN’S BOOK OF THE YEAR
Delighted to announce that William Sutcliffe’s fantastic novel, ‘The Wall’ has been awarded the Calderdale Children’s Book of the Year 2015! Congratulations, William!
17/06/2015 RAY CELESTINS’S DEBUT ‘THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ’ OPTIONED FOR TV BY SEE-SAW FILMS
In even more exciting Ray Celestin news, ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ has been optioned for TV by See-Saw Films. See-Saw Films, which produced “The King’s Speech” and “Shame”, optioned the rights from Lucinda Prain at Casarotto, Ramsay & Associates on behalf of Jane Finigan at Lutyens & Rubinstein. Congratulations, Ray! Read more here.
15/06/2015 RAY CELESTINS’S DEBUT ‘THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ’ SHORTLISTED FOR THEAKSTON’S OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD 2015
Thrilled to share news that Ray Celestin’s fantastic debut, ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ has been shortlisted for this year’s Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award! All at L&R would like to wish a Ray a massive congratulations! ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ was described as ‘a stunning atmospheric crime thriller set in 1919 New Orleans’. Congratulations, Ray!
15/05/2015 CLAIRE FULLER’S DEBUT NOVEL ‘OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS’ SHORTLISTED FOR DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2015
So pleased to announce that Claire Fuller’s unforgettable debut, ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’ has been shortlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015, described as the “most prestigious award for first-time novelists”. Congratulations, Claire! Read more here.
14/05/2015 YOTAM OTTOLENGHI AND MEERA SODHA SHORTLISTED FOR GUILD OF FOOD WRITERS AWARDS 2015
Excited to reveal that both Yotam Ottolenghi and Meera Sodha have been shortlisted for the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2015. Yotam has been shortlisted for his work in the Guardian Weekend magazine in the Evelyn Rose Award for Cookery Journalist of the Year category. Meera has been shortlised in the Jeremy Round Award for Best First Book category, for her cookbook, ‘Made in India’. Congratulations, both! Read more here.
14/05/2015 MARK BILLINGHAM LONGLISTED FOR CWA 2015 DAGGER IN THE LIBRARY AWARD
Delighted to share that Mark Billingham has been longlisted for the CWA 2015 Dagger in the Library Award. This award is given for an author’s whole body of work, rather than a single title. It is a huge honour and we couldn’t possibly think of anyone more deserving of a nomination! Congraulations, Mark! Read more here.
11/05/2015 ‘FEVER AT DAWN’ BY PÉTER GÁRDOS ACQUIRED BY JANE LAWSON AT TRANSWORLD
‘Fever at Dawn’, inspired by the relationship between the author’s parents will be published by Transworld in early 2016. Just after Gárdos’ father died in 1998, his mother gave him a pack of letters written in the months after the Holocaust which revealed their love story. He took the next 10 years to turn the story into a book, which was originally published by Hungarian publisher Libri. Rights were acquired by Jane Lawson from Sarah Lutyens on behalf of Michael Heyward of Text Publishing. Gárdos is currently directing a film adaption of the story, which will be released in 2016. Read more here.
06/05/2015 ‘TROUBLE’ SHORTLISTED FOR BRANFORD BOASE AWARD
All at L&R would like to wish a massive congratulations to Non Pratt whose debut novel ‘Trouble’ has been shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award! The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author and editor of an outstanding debut novel for children. ‘Trouble’ was edited by Annalie Grainger and Denise Johnstone-Burt of Walker Books. Congratulations, all!
05/05/2015 ‘DARKNESS, DARKNESS’ NAMED ONE OF THE YEAR’S BEST CRIME NOVELS
John Harvey’s fantastic novel ‘Darkness, Darkness’, published in May 2014 has been hailed one of the year’s best crime novels – we are so thrilled and couldn’t agree more! Congratulations, John! Read more here.
05/05/2015 ‘DARKNESS, DARKNESS’ AND ‘THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ’ LONGLISTED FOR THEAKSTONS’S OLD PECULIER CRIME NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
All at L&R would like to wish a massive congratulations to John Harvey, author of ‘Darkness, Darkness’ and Ray Celestin, author of ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ which have been longlisted for Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. We are so thrilled for you both! Read more here.
30/04/2015 TWO MORE TITLES BY NON PRATT ACQUIRED BY WALKER
Walker Books has acquired two more titles by the wonderful and YA Book Prize shortlisted author Non Pratt. The first will be called ‘Truth or Dare’. Commissioning Editor Annalie Grainger said “Truth or Dare is going to be a wonderful novel – true to Non’s distinctive voice and style. Her teenagers are so real.” Rights were acquired from Jane Finigan of L&R on Non’s behalf. Read more here.
27/04/2015 REBECCA HUNT’S ‘EVERLAND’ SHORTLISTED FOR THE ENCORE AWARD
Thrilled to announce that Rebecca Hunt’s fantastic second novel, ‘Everland’ has been shortlisted for the Encore Award 2015. ‘Everland’ follows ‘three researchers [who] travel to a spot on an unknown island in the Antarctic a century after three men visited the same place and unknowingly echoing history’. Congratulations, Rebecca! Read more here.
22/04/2015 BBC COMMISSION MARK BILLINGHAM ADAPTATION
All at L&R are thrilled to share news of two TV adaptations by the BBC of Mark Billingham’s 2008 novel, ‘In the Dark’, published by Sphere, and ‘Time of Death’ published by Little, Brown. BBC Drama North is adapting both books. ‘Filming will begin early next year and both series will launch in autumn 2016. No casting details have been revealed yet.’ Looking forward to hearing more. Read more here and watch Mark talking about this exciting new adaptation on BBC Breakfast here. Congratulations, Mark!
17/04/2015 ‘THE TRAP’ BY MELANIE RAABE ACQUIRED BY MANTLE’S SAM HUMPHREYS
‘The Trap’, a gripping new novel by Melanie Raabe which ‘follows a reclusive novelist who sees the man she believes killed her sister on television—and tries to entrap him using herself as bait’ has been acquired by Mantle’s Sam Humphreys following a very intense auction. Rights were acquired from Sarah Lutyens on behalf of Text Publishing in Australia. Mantle will publish in spring 2016. Read more here.
02/04/2015 ‘OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS’ BY CLAIRE FULLER LONGLISTED FOR THE DESMOND ELLIOTT PRIZE 2015
Thrilled to announce that Claire Fuller’s debut novel, ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’, has been longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize 2015. Congratulations, Claire! Read more here.
30/03/2015 ‘THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ’ BY RAY CELESTIN NOMINATED FOR 2015 THRILLER AWARDS
A huge congratulations from all at L&R to Ray Celestin whose debut novel, ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ has been nominated for the International Thriller Writers 2015 Awards. ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ has been nominated in the ‘Best Hardcover Novel’ category. Congratulations, Ray! Read more here.
19/03/2015 ‘THE BRITTLE STAR’ BY DAVINA LANGDALE ACQUIRED BY SCEPTRE’S SUZIE DOORÉ
‘The Brittle Star’, a literary western has just recently been pre-empted by Suzie Dooré at Sceptre. Dooré bought world rights from Jane Finigan at Lutyens & Rubinstein, on the basis of three chapters. ‘The Brittle Star’ will be published in 2017. Read more here.
10/03/2015 ‘BURNED AND BROKEN’ BY MARK HARDIE ACQUIRED BY SPHERE’S JADE CHANDLER
Delighted to announce Jade Chandler at Sphere has bought two crime novels by debut author Mark Hardie, who began writing after losing his sight over 10 years ago. Sphere has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Juliet Mahony and Sarah Lutyens at Lutyens & Rubinstein, and will publish the first novel, BURNED AND BROKEN, in 2016.
09/03/2015 ‘PLENTY MORE’ BY YOTAM OTTOLENGHI FINALIST IN IACP 2015 AWARDS
‘Plenty More’ by Yotam Ottolenghi has been named a finalist in the International Association of Culinary Professionals Cookbook Awards 2015. All at L&R would like to wish a massive congratulations to all involved! Read more here.
02/03/2015 ‘TROUBLE’ BY NON PRATT SHORTLISTED FOR PETERS TEEN BOOK OF THE YEAR 2015
Congratulation to Non Pratt, debut author of ‘Trouble’ who has just been shortlisted by Peters Books for Teen Fiction Book of the Year 2015! We are so happy for Non and cannot wait to hear the winner announced towards the end of March! Read more here.
20/02/2015 ‘NOT WORKING’ BY LISA OWENS ACQUIRED BY PICADOR’S FRANCESCA MAIN IN 8 WAY AUCTION
‘Not Working’ is a fantastically funny debut from former publisher Lisa Owens which was acquired by Picador from Jane Finigan at L&R. ‘Not Working’ was sold in a tense eight-publisher auction and Picador are thrilled to welcome Lisa. Picador described the book as “hilarious, whip-smart, unexpectedly poignant and endlessly enjoyable”. Rights have also been sold in the US to Random House, also at auction, Editions Belfond in France and Gad in Denmark. Welcome on board, Lisa! Read more here.
17/02/2015 NON PRATT JOINS BOOKSELLER INDUSTRY AWARDS JUDGING PANEL
Non Pratt has joined the judging panel for the Bookseller Industry Awards. Congratulations, Non! Non’s debut novel ‘Trouble’ is also nominated for the Bookseller Industry Awards’ inaugural YA Book Prize and everyone at L&R would like to wish her the very best of luck!
10/02/2015 NON PRATT LONGLISTED FOR 2015 CILIP CARNEGIE MEDAL
All at L&R are thrilled to announce that Non Pratt’s ‘Trouble’ has been longlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie Medal! ‘Trouble’ was just recently longlisted for the 15th annual Branford Boase Award and continues to attract huge praise. We are so proud of Non and wish her the very best of luck in June.
27/01/2015 NON PRATT LONGLISTED FOR BRANFORD BOASE AWARD
Non Pratt’s debut novel ‘Trouble’ has been longlisted for the 15th annual Branford Boase Award given every year to the author of an oustanding debut and their editor. Non’s editor at Walker Books is Annalie Grainger and everyone at L&R would like to wish huge congratulations to both! Read more here.
15/12/14 REBECCA HUNT & MARY LAWSON LONGLISTED FOR FOLIO PRIZE 2015
So happy to announce that both Rebecca Hunt and Mary Lawson have been longlisted for the Folio Prize 2015 for their novels, ‘Everland’ and ‘Road Ends’, respectively. All at L&R wishing you huge congratulations on such a prestigious nomination! Read more here.
04/12/14 NON PRATT’S ‘TROUBLE’ SHORTLISTED FOR YA BOOK PRIZE 2014
Non Pratt’s fantastic debut, ‘Trouble’, has been shortlisted for the inaugural Bookseller’s YA Book Prize 2014! We are so happy for Non and for all involved on such a deserved nomination! Read more here.
02/12/14 SARA GRUEN’S ‘WATER FOR ELEPHANTS’ SELECTED FOR WORLD BOOK NIGHT 2015
We are so thrilled to announce that Sara Gruen’s unforgettable ‘Water for Elephants’ has been selected to feature in World Book Night 2015! Read more here. Also, find out about Sara’s latest title ‘At The Water’s Edge’ here.
02/12/14 HODDER & STOUGHTON ACQUIRE ‘SKIN’ BY ILKA TAMPKE FROM SARAH LUTYENS
Delighted to announce that Emily Kitchen of Hodder & Stoughton has acquired British Commonwealth rights excluding Canada, Australia and New Zealand for ‘Skin’ from Sarah Lutyens at L&R. ‘Skin’, set in Celtic Britain in the year 43 AD tells the story of Ailia, a young girl who must protect her people and their pagan way of life from invading Rome. Read more here.
27/11/2014 YOTAM OTTOLENGHI’S ‘PLENTY MORE’ AWARDED FOOD AND DRINK BOOK OF THE YEAR AT THIS YEAR’S SPECSAVERS NATIONAL BOOK AWARDS
L&R would like to offer huge congratulations to Yotam Ottolenghi whose latest book, ‘Plenty More’ won Food and Drink Book of the Year at this year’s Specsavers National Book Awards. So thrilled for everyone involved! Congratulations, all! Read more here.
12/11/2014 WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE’S ‘CIRCUS OF THIEVES AND THE RAFFLE OF DOOM’ SHORTLISTED FOR LEEDS BOOK AWARD 2015 & ‘THE WALL’ SHORTLISTED FOR GRAMPIAN CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARD
So thrilled to announce that William Sutcliffe’s ‘Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom’ has been shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2015 and another of William’s novels, ‘The Wall’, has been shortlisted for the Grampian Children’s Book Award. Congratulations, William!
05/11/2014 LENA DUNHAM’S ‘NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL’ #9 IN THE SUNDAY TIMES BESTSELLER LIST
Everyone at L&R would like to wish a huge congratulations to Lena Dunham whose wonderful book ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ is #9 in The Sunday Times Bestseller List. Congratulations, all!
27/10/2014 RAY CELESTIN AWARDED CWA JOHN CREASEY NEW BLOOD DAGGER
Excited to announce that Ray Celestin’s outstanding debut, ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’, has been awarded the Crime Writers’ Association’s John Creasey New Blood Dagger for Best New Crime Writer of the Year. ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ tells the story of a serial killer who terrorised New Orleans for more than a year after WWI. Congratulations, Ray! Read more here.
20/10/2014 SARAH BEE, NON PRATT AND WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE NOMINATED FOR CARNEGIE MEDAL 2015
Delighted to announce that Sarah Bee, Non Pratt and William Sutcliffe have been nominated for the Carnegie & Kate Greenaway Medals 2015 for ‘The Yes’, ‘Trouble’ and ‘Circus of Thieves and the Raffle of Doom’, respectively. This is William’s second time to be nominated, and the first for Sarah and Non. Congratulations all!
01/10/2014 SCEPTRE ACQUIRES TWO MORE BOOKS FROM NED BEAUMAN
Thrilled to announce that Drummond Moir at Sceptre has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two more novels by Ned Beauman from Jane Finigan at L&R. Read more here.
30/09/2014 LENA DUNHAM’S ‘NOT THAT KIND OF GIRL’ RELEASED TODAY
All at L&R would like to wish a very happy publication day to Lena Dunham whose first book, ‘Not That Kind of Girl’ hits bookshelves today. Congratulations, Lena!
18/09/2014 NON PRATT’S ‘TROUBLE’ LONGLISTED FOR THE YOUNG ADULT LIBRARY SERVICES ASSOCIATION BEST FICTION FOR YOUNG ADULTS AWARDS
L&R would like to wish a huge congratulations to Non Pratt who has been longlisted for the YALSC’s ‘Best Fiction for Young Adults’ awards for her debut novel, ‘Trouble’. Well done, Non!
17/09/2014 YOTAM OTTOLENGHI’S ‘PLENTY MORE’ HITS THE BESTSELLER CHARTS
Yotam Ottolenghi’s latest release, ‘Plenty More’, has been on sale for just under one week and has already landed firmly at #7 in the Sunday Times best-seller list and #5 on Amazon for all books. We are so thrilled to share this news and can’t wait to hear more in the coming weeks – congratulations all!
02/09/2014 ‘THE WALL’ BY WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE IS SHORTLISTED FOR THE SCOTTISH CHILDREN’S BOOK AWARDS
Thrilled to announce that ‘The Wall’ by William Sutcliffe has been been shortlisted in the ‘Older Readers’ category for the Scottish Children’s Book Awards, voted for by children. The Scottish Children’s Book Awards are all about ‘expanding children’s horizons’ and we are so happy to see ‘The Wall’ nominated. Read more here.
02/09/2014 ‘THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ’ BY RAY CELESTIN IS SHORTLISTED FOR THE CWA JOHN CREASEY NEW BLOOD DAGGER AWARD
Massive congratulations to the wonderful Ray Celestin who has been shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association New Blood Dagger Award for Best First Novel. ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ is a gripping thriller inspired by a true story and announces a ‘major new talent in historical fiction’. We are so proud here at L&R and want to wish Ray huge congratulations! Find out more here.
22/07/14 TINDER PRESS ACQUIRES ‘THE SNOW KIMONO’ BY MARK HENSHAW
Delighted to announce that Leah Woodburn of Tinder Press has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada, Australia and New Zealand for ‘The Snow Kimono’ from Sarah Lutyens. ‘The Snow Kimono,’ set in France, Japan and Algeria, tells the story of a retired French inspector of police and a mysterious Japanese professor of law whose paths intersect in Paris.
22/07/14 RAY CELESTIN’S ‘THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ’ ON GUARDIAN AND TELEGRAPH SUMMER READING LISTS
‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ has been described as “a fascinating portrait of a vibrant and volatile city and a riveting read” in the Guardian’s list of “Best Crime Novels Released in June” as well as an “outstanding debut novel” in the Telegraph’s “Top Ten Crime Books for Summer.”
8/07/14 AMAZING COVERAGE FOR MEERA SODHA’S MADE IN INDIA
MADE IN INDIA by Meera Sodha has been out less than one week and is already receiving incredible praise. Meera shares some of her beautiful recipes in the Telegraph and talks about her cooking inspiration in the Guardian. Meera was also featured in The Times on Saturday. For all things Meera check out her Instagram.
1/07/14 JOHN HARVEY’S ‘FEDORA’ IS AWARDED THE CWA SHORT STORY DAGGER
Delighted to announce that John Harvey has been awarded the Crime Writers’ Association’s Short Story Dagger Award for his story ‘Fedora’ described as ‘An unusually convincing take on the private eye story, with everything from the title to the strongly noir ending in place. Extremely well written.’ For more information click here.
1/07/14 RAY CELESTIN’S ‘THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ’ LONGLISTED FOR THE CWA JOHN CREASEY NEW BLOOD DAGGER
We are thrilled to announce that Ray Celestin’s excellent ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ has been longlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association’s John Creasey New Blood Dagger Award. The CWA described Ray’s novel as “Unpredictable, suspenseful, a genuine tour de force.” For more information click here.
26/06/14 MEERA SODHA’S ‘MADE IN INDIA’ SERIALISED IN THE TELEGRAPH
Fig Tree publish Meera Sodha’s debut cookbook MADE IN INDIA on 3rd July and excitement is mounting. We have been cooking up delicious dishes from the book in our own kitchens and now you can too as The Telegraph feature some key recipes here.
06/05/14 MARK BILLINGHAM MAKES THEAKSTON’S LONGLIST AGAIN
The Dying Hours is on the longlist for the 10th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. The overall winner will be decided by a panel of judges, as well as members of the public who can vote online from 3rd July to 15th July, and will be announced on 17th July, the opening night of the 12th Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate. For the full longlist please click here.
28/04/14 FERGUS HENDERSON IS AWARDED DINERS CLUB LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD
We are delighted to announce that last night Fergus Henderson was awarded The Diners Club Lifetime Achievement Award, as part of The World’s 50 Best Restaurants Awards 2014. For more information please click here.
23/04/14 S&S ACQUIRES HOTLY TIPPED THRILLER
We are pleased to announce that Jessica Leeke acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Truth and Other Lies by Sascha Arango from Sarah Lutyens shortly after the London Book Fair. For more information please click here.
19/03/14 THE PIKE WINS POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY OF THE YEAR AT PADDY POWER POLITICAL BOOK AWARDS
Another prize win for The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett! Last night, at a ceremony in London, The Pike was awarded Political Biography of the Year at the 2014 Paddy Power Political Book Awards. This latest win follows on from the Samuel Johnson Prize, the Costa Prize for Biography and the Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize. For the full list of winners, please click here.
18/03/14 WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE SHORTLISTED FOR 2014 CARNEGIE MEDAL
Huge congratulations to William Sutcliffe, whose YA/Crossover book The Wall has just been shortlisted for the 2014 Carnegie Medal. For the full list please click here.
17/03/14 S&S ACQUIRES YA DEBUT
We are delighted to announce that Elv Moody acquired world rights (excluding US/Canada) to Captive by A.J. Grainger (Annalie Grainger of Walker Books) from Jane Finigan in a two book deal. For more information please click here.
13/02/14 THE PIKE AND THE WALL BOTH SHORTLISTED FOR PADDY POWER POLITICAL BOOK AWARDS
We are so pleased to have not one but two L&R books on this year’s Paddy Power Political Book Awards shortlist. The Pike by Lucy Hughes-Hallett has been shortlisted for Political Biography of the Year, and The Wall by William Sutcliffe has been shortlisted for Political Fiction Book of the Year. For more information please click here.
12/02/14 LUCY HUGHES-HALLETT WINS 2013 POL ROGER DUFF COOPER PRIZE
We are thrilled to announce that The Pike continues its unstoppable rise! Last night it was announced as the winner of the 2013 Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize. The Pol Roger Duff Cooper Prize celebrates the best in non-fiction writing – the first award was made in 1956 and it has been awarded annually ever since. For more information please click here.
30/01/14 ORION BUYS TWO MORE FROM RICHELL
We are delighted to announce that Orion have acquired two more novels from Hannah Richell, the author of the bestselling Richard & Judy book The Secrets of the Tides, and The Shadow Year. For more information please click here.
07/01/14 THE PIKE WINS 2013 COSTA BIOGRAPHY AWARD
Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s wonderful biography of Gabriele D’Annunzio, The Pike, was last night announced as the winner of the biography category of the 2013 Costa Awards.The Costa Awards have four categories: Biography, Poetry, Children’s, Novel, and Best First Novel, and the winners from each category each go forward to compete for the overall Book of the Year prize, which will be announced later this month. For more information please click here.
03/01/14 THE ROSIE PROJECT IS A RICHARD AND JUDY PICK
We are delighted to announce that The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, has been selected for the 2014 Richard and Judy Book Club. For more information, and the full list, please click here.
02/01/14 GRAEME SIMSION AND CLAIRE MESSUD SELECTED FOR WATERSTONES BOOK CLUB
We are very pleased to announce that both The Rosie Project, by Graeme Simsion, and The Woman Upstairs, by Claire Messud, are two of the twelve titles which have been selected for the 2014 Waterstones Book Club. For more information, and the full list, please click here.