Felicity Rubinstein has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for a memoir by a woman known publicly as ‘Emily Doe’ to Venetia Butterfield at Viking, on behalf of Sterling Lord Literistic in New York. The memoir will be a first hand account of Emily Doe’s sexual assault by Brock Turner, the subsequent trial, and her recovery. The full announcement can be read in The Bookseller here.
Ken Bensinger’s RED CARD: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men in Sports has been awarded Football Book of the Year at the 2019 Telegraph Sports Book Awards! RED CARD, published by Profile, is a gripping exploration of FIFA, the most powerful institution in sporting history, and its fall from grace. The Sports Book Awards, running since 2002, bring together the world of sports writing, publishing, and entertainment to celebrate the best sports books from the previous calendar year. The full announcement and shortlist can be read here.
Sarah Haywood’s debut novel THE CACTUS has been chosen by Reese Witherspoon as the latest pick for her Hello Sunshine book club! Hello Sunshine celebrates storytelling and women, putting them at the centre – in June they’ll be reading and discussing prickly Susan as she navigates relationships, family inheritance issues, and an unexpected pregnancy. The full announcement can be read here and you can follow along on @reesesbookclubxhellosunshine on Instagram and Facebook.
Robbie Arnott’s debut novel, FLAMES, has been longlisted for the 2019 Miles Franklin Literary Award! FLAMES tells the story of siblings Levi and Charlotte in this powerful novel set in Tasmania and interwoven with myth and folklore. The shortlist will be announced 2nd July and the winner revealed 30th July. The full announcement can be read here.
Congratulations to Claire Fuller whose short story, TINY AND POINTED, has been shortlisted for the ALCS Tom-Gallon Award with the Society of Authors Awards. The winners will be announced on the 17th June and the full announcement can be read here.
The longlist for the 2019 Crime Writers Association Daggers has been announced and we’re thrilled to see Mark Billingham, John Harvey, and Ray Celestin on the list! The CWA Daggers have been held annually since 1955 and celebrate quality British crime writing. Mark Billingham has been nominated for the Dagger in the Library, John Harvey’s BODY AND SOUL for the Gold Dagger, and Ray Celestin’s THE MOBSTER’S LAMENT for both the Gold Dagger and the Sapere Historical Dagger – congratulations! The full longlist can be viewed here and the shortlist will be announced this summer.
VAGINA: A Re-education by journalist Lynn Enright has been shortlisted for the Women’s Health Prize at the Hearst Big Book Awards 2019! In its second year, the awards celebrate the finest new or emerging fiction and non-fiction UK titles in publishing. VAGINA, nominated for the Women’s Health Prize, is an honest and accessible exploration of sexuality, sex education, and women’s bodies published by Allen & Unwin UK. The full announcement can be read here and the winners will be announced later this summer.
RED CARD: FIFA and the Fall of the Most Powerful Men In Sport by Ken Bensinger has been shortlisted for Football Book of the Year at the 2019 Sports Book Awards! RED CARD charts FIFA’s fall from grace in this pacy work of investigative journalism published by Profile. The full awards shortlists can be read here and the winners will be announced in a ceremony at the end of June.
Michelle de Kretser’s THE LIFE TO COME has been awarded the Christina Stead Prize for Fiction 2019 at the New South Wales Premier Literary Awards! THE LIFE TO COME is a story about stories, focusing on the lives of Pippa, Celeste, and Ash and described by the judges as “a fiercely intelligent character study that leaves the reader with a lot to think about long after they’ve finished reading”. The full announcement can be read here.
Cressida Connolly’s novel AFTER THE PARTY has been shortlisted for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction – congratulations Cressida! The judges have praised AFTER THE PARTY as “utterly engrossing”. The winner will be announced on 15th June and the full Bookseller article can be read here.