18/08/2017 ANTHONY ADEANE’S OUT OF THIN AIR TRUE CRIME BOOK TO RIVERRUN
Juliet Mahony has sold UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, of BBC Producer Anthony Adeane’s OUT OF THIN AIR: THE TRUE STORY OF AN IMPOSSIBLE MURDER IN ICELAND to Richard Arcus at Quercus’ new literary imprint, riverrun. The true crime book follows Adeane’s three year investigation into the mysterious 1974 Gudmundur and Geirfinnur disappearances in Iceland after which six people confessed to violent murders they had not committed. “It traces the ‘bizarre and baffling developments’ that continue to unfold today.” Adeane has been working on the BBC4 Storyville documentary “Out of Thin Air: Murder in Iceland,” which premiered on Monday 14th August and can be seen here. The book will be published in May 2018. Arcus said “Anthony Adeane blends solid research with liquid storytelling, making this book the essential destination for those seeking their next true crime fix.” Read the full Bookseller article here.
14/08/2017 GRAEME SIMSION AND ANNE BUIST NOVEL TO TWO ROADS
Sarah Lutyens has sold UK and Commonwealth rights of Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist’s new novel TWO STEPS FORWARD to Lisa Highton at Two Roads on behalf of Text Publishing. The novel is a “smart and funny tale, told in alternative chapters” by the husband-and-wife team. It follows “two misfits looking to make a new start by walking the 2,000 kilometre Camino de Santiago,” looking to find themselves – and perhaps each other. The book will be released in Spring 2018. Simsion commented on behalf of himself and his wife: “We’re confident (Two Roads will) bring the attention and focus of a small publisher together with the strength of a major parent company in Hachette. And Two Roads: could there be a better name for the publisher of a book about two people walking the Camino de Santiago on independent journeys of reinvention?” Simsion is the author of THE ROSIE PROJECT, THE ROSIE EFFECT and THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP while Anne Buist is the author of MEDEA’S CURSE and DANGEROUS TO KNOW. Read The Bookseller announcement here.
01/08/2017 NON PRATT SHAVES HEAD FOR ROYAL HOSPITAL OF NEURODISABILITY
At the launch of her latest novel for teenagers, TRUTH OR DARE, author Non Pratt revealed she had set herself the task of raising £2000 for the Royal Hospital of Neurodisability, and vowed to shave her head at this year’s Young Adult Literature Convention if she reached the target. Non said she had decided to try and raise the money after conducting extensive research at the charity’s main London facility while preparing to write the new novel, which features a character with a traumatic brain injury. Since then, Non has raised nearly £3000 for the charity and, true to her word, had her head shaved on the last day of the Convention by fellow YA writers including Melinda Salisbury, Carlie Sorosiak and David Owen. Further details and photos can be found in this Bookseller article, and on Non’s Twitter. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement Non – we love your new look!
21/07/2017 JOHN HARVEY PENS NEW FRANK ELDER NOVEL
John Harvey has announced that he has written a fourth Frank Elder novel titled BODY AND SOUL to continue the series after DARKNESS AND LIGHT, published in 2006. William Heinemann will publish the new novel in April 2018 as it follows Frank Elder out of retirement. Read John Harvey’s announcement on his blog here.
14/07/2017 MARK BILLINGHAM NOVELS ADAPTED TO BBC1 TV PROGRAMME IN THE DARK
Two of Mark Billingham’s novels, IN THE DARK and TIME OF DEATH, have been adapted for BBC1’s new TV programme IN THE DARK. The show follows DI Helen Weeks as she investigates the abduction of two young girls and a shooting while also dealing with pregnancy and her relationship with her partner, Paul. It was adapted by award-winning ORDINARY LIES writer Danny Brocklehurst and stars TWILIGHT and RIPPER STREET star MyAnna Buring. The first episode aired on Tuesday 11th July at 9pm on BBC1. Read the review of the first episode here, but beware of spoilers! You can also catch up with this week’s episode here.
30/05/2017 NON PRATT NOVELLA TO BARRINGTON STOKE
Jane Finigan has sold world rights for Non Pratt’s new novella SECOND BEST FRIEND to Barrington Stoke editor Emma Hargrave. This will be Pratt’s second novel with Barrington Stoke, “a publisher specialising in content for children who have dyslexia or find reading difficult.” The story will be about friendship, popularity, and finding oneself and will focus on a school’s general election and the relationship between two best friends. It will be published in January 2018 and full details can be found here.
25/05/2017 DEAD MAN’S BLUES LONGLISTED FOR CWA GOLD DAGGER AWARD
DEAD MAN’S BLUES has been longlisted for the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger Award, which awards the best crime novel of the year. There are 12 novels on the list; a shortlist will be finalised later this summer and the winners will be announced at the Dagger Awards dinner in London on 26 October. The longlist and more information can be found here. Congratulations, Ray Celestin!
19/05/2017 TWO NEW WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE NOVELS TO BLOOMSBURY CHILDREN’S
Felicity Rubinstein has sold world rights (excluding Europe) for two new William Sutcliffe books to Rebecca McNally, publishing director for Bloomsbury Children’s Books. The first book, WE SEE EVERYTHING, will be published in September 2017 and is described as a “‘gripping and powerfully relevant thriller’ and love story set in a closed-off, bombed-out London where constant surveillance is the norm.” The second, yet untitled, novel is set for autumn 2018 and will be a humorous novel that explores “the highs and lows of adolescence.” The full announcement can be found here.
05/05/2017 ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAOLIN TO JACARANDA BOOKS
Juliet Mahony has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for Cyrus Bozorgmehr’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAOLIN to Valerie Brandes and Laura Deprez at Jacaranda Books. The book, which will be published in November, is “the untold story of Wu-Tang Clan’s controversial album of the same name” and chronicles the album’s development through the eyes of Bozorgmehr, who was the senior adviser to the music project. Full details can be found here.
19/04/2017 MEERA SODHA AND YOTAM OTTOLENGHI SHORTLISTED FOR FORTNUM & MASON FOOD & DRINK AWARDS 2017
We are delighted to share the news that two Lutyens & Rubinstein food writers have been shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards 2017. Meera Sodha has been nominated in the cookbook category for her second book FRESH INDIA, a collection of vegetarian Indian recipes. Yotam Ottolenghi has been shortlisted in the Cookery Writer category, for his Guardian Weekend Magazine column. The winners will be announced on 11th May 2017, and more information can be found on the official page. Huge congratulations to both authors!
20/03/2017 JEAN HANNAH EDELSTEIN MEMOIR TO PICADOR
Daisy Parente has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for writer and journalist Jean Hannah Edelstein’s memoir THIS ISN’T REALLY ABOUT YOU to Francesca Main at Picador. It will discuss her account of losing her father and discovering she carried the gene that caused his terminal cancer. Despite the heavy topic, Main said: “Jean has a brilliant, deadpan wit that can make you laugh as she breaks your heart.” It will be published in 2018. Read the full Bookseller article here.
27/02/2017 CLARIDGE’S: THE COOKBOOK TO OCTOPUS
Felicity Rubinstein has sold Claridge’s first cookbook to Stephanie Jackson at Octopus in association with Kim Witherspoon at Inkwell Management. The cookbook is co-authored by the executive chef of Claridge’s Martyn Nail and food writer Meredith Erickson, and it will feature many of the hotel’s beloved recipes such as their chicken pie and Omelette Arnold Bennett. Read the full Bookseller article here.
22/02/2017 NON PRATT LENDS VOICE TO MACMILLAN YA COLLABORATION
YA author Non Pratt has joined six other authors to co-write FLOORED, a novel which follows the intertwining lives of seven teenagers, who meet each year to commemorate a traumatic event. Each author has written the perspective of one of the protagonists, but readers will be kept in the dark as to which character sprung from which author’s imagination. The collaboration was commissioned by Rachel Petty at Macmillan. Full details are available here.
21/02/2017 KITTY TRAVERS SHORTLISTED FOR JANE GRIGSON TRUST AWARD
Kitty Travers has been shortlisted for the Jane Grigson Trust Award for her forthcoming book of unusual and delicious ice cream recipes, LA GROTTA ICES. The Award was created in memory of the much-celebrated British food writer Jane Grigson, and was designed to recognise food writing from any genre, including recipe books, memoirs, travel writing and food history. The prize is awarded to a debut writer for a forthcoming book (LA GROTTA ICES will be published by Square Peg in Spring 2018). Huge congratulations Kitty – fabulous achievement! More details can be found here.
20/02/2017 KRYSTEN RITTER’S DEBUT THRILLER TO HUTCHINSON
Jane Finigan has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) for BONFIRE, Krysten Ritter’s debut novel, to Jocasta Hamilton at Hutchinson Books. The deal was made on behalf of Stephen Barbara at Inkwell Management and Paper Lantern Lit. The novel tells the story of 28-year-old Abby Williams, an environmental lawyer sent to investigate a chemical waste case in her home town. As the investigation progresses, and Abby revisits an old case involving the disappearance of the meanest girl at her high school, a bigger and infinitely more sinister scandal rises to the surface. Further details can be found in this Bookseller announcement.
20/12/2016 SEVERAL L&R AUTHORS FEATURED ON “BOOKS OF THE YEAR” LISTS
As the end of the year approaches and people start looking back on books they have loved in 2016, we are delighted to see that several of our authors have been featured on Books of the Year lists. In the Guardian round-up, Julian Barnes chose Cory Taylor’s DYING: A MEMOIR as one of his books of the year, saying it “quizzes life as searchingly as death”, while Lauren Elkin selected (among others) Yelena Moskovitch’s THE NATASHAS for its “fresh, playful and alive” language, and the way it “captures what it is to be a living, desiring body in the city”. Adam Phillips’ UNFORBIDDEN PLEASURES, a collection of essays about liberty versus self-control and restraint, was included in The New York Times’ 100 Notable books of 2016. Glamour Magazine selected Lisa Owens’ debut NOT WORKING as one of its Ten Best Books for 2016. Alice O’Keeffe also mentioned Lisa’s novel in The Guardian’s Critics’ Choice roundup. Mark Billingham’s DIE OF SHAME (his most recent standalone thriller concerning the murder of a member of an addiction support group) was included in Crime Time Magazine’s Top 20 Books of 2016. Last but not least, Meera Sodha’s vegetarian Indian cookery book FRESH INDIA was featured on a whole host of recommendation lists. The book appeared in Felicity Cloake’s Guardian “Best food Books of 2016” list, and was also featured in the Evening Standard’s “10 Best Cookbook Ideas for Christmas”, The Sunday Times Best Cookbooks roundup, and the Daily Mail’s list of 2016’s “Best Culinary Titles”. Food blog The Happy Foodie also selected Meera’s book as one of The 10 Best Cookbooks of 2016. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our authors a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and to congratulate all our authors who brought a book in to the world in 2016.
20/12/2016 FRESH INDIA SHORTLISTED FOR ANDRÉ SIMON AWARD
Meera Sodha’s vegetarian Indian cookery book FRESH INDIA has been shortlisted for the André Simon Food Book Award 2016. Fellow shortlisted candidates include Ruby Tandoh and Felicity Cloake. Congratulations Meera – such wonderful news!
08/12/2016 CORVUS TO PUBLISH EITHNE SHORTALL DEBUT
Juliet Mahony has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for romantic comedy LOVE IN ROW 27, in a two book deal with Sara O’Keeffe at Corvus, Atlantic Books. The novel tells the story of Cora Hendricks, an airline check-in attendant with a talent for matchmaking. Shortall is the chief arts writer at the Sunday Times in Ireland. The full bookseller announcement is available here.
23/11/2016 ORION TO PUBLISH ‘FEAR’ BY DIRK KURBJUWEIT
Orion are to publish the English translation of Dirk Kurbjuweit’s brilliant literary thriller FEAR. Sarah Lutyens sold UK and Commonwealth rights to Ben Willis at Orion on behalf of Text Publishing in Australia. The full Bookseller announcement is available here.
11/11/2016 NOT WORKING WINS BEST COVER DESIGN AT BOOK DESIGN AND PRODUCTION AWARDS
Pan Macmillan senior designer Joanna Thompson has won Best Jacket/Cover design for the NOT WORKING hardback edition. The judges described the cover as “am outstanding example of thinking outside the box”. Congratulations Joanna – we are so glad this fabulous cover has gained the recognition it deserves. Full Bookseller announcement available here.
10/11/2016 RAY CELESTIN’S ‘THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ’ SHORTLISTED FOR TRANSLATED CRIME AWARD
Ray Celestin’s debut novel has been shortlisted for the Best Translated Crime award. The novel is set in jazz-filled New Orleans and follows an ex-convict, police officer and private detective as they attempt to unmask a killer known only as ‘The Axeman’. Congratulations Ray!
08/11/2016 GILES WATERFIELD
Lutyens & Rubinstein is very sad to note the sudden death of our beloved long term client Giles Waterfield. A distinguished museum curator credited with transforming the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Giles was the author of four wonderful novels starting with THE LONG AFTERNOON, published in 2000 and winner of the McKitterick Prize, and most recently THE IRON NECKLACE, published just last year. Giles will be remembered by all of us for the dryness of his wit and the sweetness of his smile.
27/10/2016 TOKYO-SET THRILLER TO TRANSWORLD
Transworld have acquired LAST STOP TOKYO, the debut novel from James Buckler. The novel tells the story of an English teacher living in Tokyo and trying to make a clean break from a troubled past, who is pulled into the city’s underworld. Jane Finigan sold British Commonwealth rights to Frankie Gray. More information is available here.
25/10/2016 SCRIBE TO PUBLISH HEIDI SOPINKA DEBUT
Scribe are to publish Heidi Sopinka’s debut novel, THE DICTIONARY OF ANIMAL LANGUAGES, as part of a two book deal. Jane Finigan sold World English rights (excluding Canada) to Philip Gwyn-Jones. The novel describes the experiences of an elderly woman who is educated in a convent, before going to live amongst artists in interwar Paris. Read the full Bookseller announcement here.
06/09/2016 JANE FINIGAN MADE PARTNER AT LUTYENS & RUBINSTEIN
We are thrilled to announce that Jane Finigan has been made a partner at the agency. Jane has built a superb client list since joining Lutyens and Rubinstein in 2006, and also designed the typewriter image used on the L&R merchandise sold in the shop! Read the full Bookseller announcement here.
11/07/2016 WEIDENFELD & NICHOLSON TO PUBLISH THE STORY THAT INSPIRED LOLITA
Weidenfeld and Nicholson are to publish a book about the abduction of Sally Horner, who is thought to be the inspiration for Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. The book was written by Publisher’s Marketplace news editor Sarah Weinman. Jane Finigan sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) on behalf of David Patterson at the Stuart Krichevsky Agency to Holly Harley at W&N. More information is available here.
08/07/2016 CORY TAYLOR DIES AT 61
Author and screenwriter Cory Taylor died of melanoma related cancer on 6th July 2016. Cory’s memoir on the subject of her illness and coming to terms with her own mortality will be published by Canongate in Autumn 2016. Our thoughts are with Cory’s family and friends at this sad time, and we feel very honoured to represent this wonderful memoir in the UK. Her novel ME & MR BOOKER, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Pacific region) was published in the UK by Sandstone Press. For more information on Cory’s life and work, see this blog post from Text Publishing, and this Guardian piece.
29/06/2016 CLAIRE FULLER WINS ROYAL ACADEMY/PIN DROP WRITING PRIZE
Claire Fuller has won the Royal Academy and Pin Drop Short Story Award, with an “exceptional” story entitled A QUIET TIDY MAN. More information is available here. Claire is the author of ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’, Published by Fig Tree books. Her second novel Swimming Lessons will be published in early 2017.
09/05/2016 CANONGATE TO PUBLISH CORY TAYLOR “DYING” MEMOIR
Cory Taylor is suffering from terminal melanoma related brain cancer. At the start of 2016, she began to write about her experience of dying, and the result is a truly remarkable memoir. Jane Finigan sold the rights to Jenny Lord at Canongate. More information is available here.
29/04/2016 LITTLE, BROWN ACQUIRES THREE NEW MARK BILLINGHAM NOVELS
Sarah Lutyens has sold UK and commonwealth rights for three new Mark Billingham novels to Ed Wood at Little Brown. The first of these will be published in 2017. More information is available here.
11/03/2016 WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE’S CONCENTR8 SHORTLISTED FOR THE YA BOOK PRIZE 2016
Huge congratulations to William Sutcliffe whose novel, CONCENTR8 has been shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016. Congratulations, William! Read more here.
10/02/2016 SARA GRUEN’S ‘AT THE WATER’S EDGE’ SHORTLISTED FOR THE ROMANTIC NOVEL OF THE YEAR AWARD
We are delighted to share news that Sara Gruen’s wonderful novel, ‘At The Water’s Edge’, has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in the Historical Romantic Novel category. Congratulations, Sara! Read more here.
03/02/2016 A.J. GRAINGER’S DEBUT ‘CAPTIVE’ LONGLISTED FOR THE BRANFORD BOASE AWARD 2016
We are so thrilled to share that A.J. Grainger’s debut novel ‘Captive’ has been longlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2016. The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author and editor of an outstanding debut novel for children. ‘Captive’ was edited by Elv Moody and Christian Trimmer of Simon & Schuster. Congratulations, all!
04/01/2016 CLAIRE FULLER’S DEBUT NOVEL ‘OUR ENDLESS NUMBERED DAYS’ IN RICHARD & JUDY BOOK CLUB AND WATERSTONES NEW YEAR BOOK CLUB
So pleased to share that Claire fuller’s award-winning novel ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’ will feature in the Richard & Judy Book Club for Spring 2016. Claire has also been chosen for the Waterstones New Year Book Club. Such an incredible achievement – congratulations, Claire! Read more here.
12/11/2015 TIM WALKER’S DEBUT ‘COMPLETION’ NOMINATED FOR THE INTERNATIONAL IMPAC DUBLIN LITERARY AWARD 2016
Delighted to announce that Tim Walker’s fantastic debut, ‘Completion’ has been nominated for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award 2016. Congratulations, Tim! Read more here.
30/10/2015 FERGUS HENDERSON’S ‘NOSE TO TAIL EATING’ VOTED BEST COOKBOOK IN THE WORLD
We are so thrilled to share the news that Fergus Henderson’s fabulous ‘Nose to Tail Eating’ has been voted the best cookbook in the world in a poll of more than 400 food professionals in Britain, the United States, Australia and New Zealand. The poll’s findings are published on the website 1,000 Cookbooks. We couldn’t be happier for Fergus and his publishers. Congratulations, all! Read more here.
19/10/2015 YOTAM OTTOLENGHI’S ‘PLENTY MORE’ IS THE OBSERVER FOOD MONTHLY’S COOKBOOK OF THE YEAR 2015
All at L&R are delighted to share news that Yotam Ottolenghi’s fantastic ‘Plenty More’ has been named the Observer Food Monthly’s Cookbook of the Year 2015. A well deserved win for the Ottolenghi team and everyone at Ebury Press. Congratulations, all! Read more here.
19/10/2015 WILLIAM SUTCLIFFE’S ‘CONCENTR8’ NOMINATED FOR CARNEGIE MEDAL 2016
We are thrilled to announce that William Sutcliffe’s fabulous novel ‘Concentr8’ has been nominated for the CILP Carnegie Medal 2016. Congratulations, Will! Read more here.
15/10/2015 ‘MEDEA’S CURSE’ ACQUIRED BY LAUREN PARSONS OF LEGEND PRESS
‘Medea’s Curse’ is the first in a psychological crime series by Anne Buist for which the Australian edition is already receiving rave reviews. Both novels will be published in 2016 by Legend Press. UK rights were acquired from Sarah Lutyens, on behalf of Text Publishing in Australia. Congratulations, Anne! Read more here.
09/10/2015 ‘THE AXEMAN’S JAZZ’ BY RAY CELESTIN ADAPTED FOR TV
Ray Celestin’s fantastic debut, ‘The Axeman’s Jazz’ is to be adapted for TV by See-Saw Films and writer Michael Lesslie. Recently, Lesslie and See-Saw Films worked together on Justin Kurzel’s ‘Macbeth’ starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. We can’t wait to see it on our TV screens! Read more here.
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.