World rights to GROW, a compelling YA novel from debut novelist Luke Palmer, have been sold by Jane Finigan to indie publisher Firefly Press, who will publish in spring 2021. GROW is a timely novel exploring themes of friendship, grief, and love as teenager Josh battles to resist a white supremacist group.
Picador will publish Tim Smedley’s latest book, The Last Drop: Solving the World’s Water Crisis, which revolves around Smedley “travelling the world to meet experts, victims, activists and pioneers to find out how we can mend the water table that our survival depends on”. He has previously written for the Guardian, BBC, Sunday Times and Financial Times, and his debut book Clearing the Air was shortlisted for the Royal Society Science Book Prize. The Last Drop will be published in spring 2022. The full announcement can be found here.
LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING by Karen Foxlee wins 2020 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature.
Congratulations to Karen Foxlee, whose book Lenny’s Book of Everything has won the New South Wales 2020 Ethel Turner Prize for Young People’s Literature! The judges described Foxlee’s novel as “beautifully constructed, offering insights about love, family, longing, community, loss and so much more.” The prize offers $30,000 for a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry written for young people of secondary school level.The full announcement and list of winners can be found here.
Faber has announced it will publish Melissa Harrison’s next book, with world English rights bought from Jenny Hewson. The Stubborn Light of Things is a “powerful call-to-arms that will change the way you see the world.” As well as being a novelist, Harrison writes for The Times, the Guardian, the Weekend FT and the New Statesman. The full announcement can be found on The Bookseller here.
Congratulations to Karen Foxlee for her novel LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING being shortlisted for the 2020 UKLA Book Awards in the 11 – 14 category! The United Kingdom Literacy Association is the only national book award judged by teachers, focusing on assessing the impact of the books within the classroom and the student’s response to them. The winner’s announcement will be postponed until later this year, with the exact date and venue to be revealed soon. Full details of the shortlist can be found here.
Nosy Crow has signed up journalist and cookery writer Ella Risbridger to write her first children’s books, which will include two middle-grade novels and a poetry anthology. The first novel is entitled The Secret Detectives and will be released in February 2021, with the sequel to follow the next spring. Risbridger is also writing a children’s poetry collection, which will be published in September 2021 and illustrated by Anna Shepta. The full announcement can be found on The Bookseller here.
Zaffre will be publishing Caroline Day’s debut novel Hope Nicely’s Lessons For Life, which will be available in hardback in spring 2021. The novel has been described as “a heart-warming coming-of-age novel about loneliness, friendship, acceptance and, above all, hope”. The full announcement can be found on The Bookseller here.
Fourth Estate is set to publish Katherine Heiny’s new novel and story collection, with UK and Commonwealth rights acquired by Felicity Rubinstein. Set in Michigan, the novel follows Jane, a young school teacher, as she navigates the unexpected turns of life. The novel will be published in hardback in summer 2021 and the story collection will follow in 2023. More information can be found on the Bookseller website here.
A huge congratulations to Chanel Miller, whose memoir Know My Name has been awarded the 2020 National Book Critics Circle prize in the Autobiography category. The awards have been running in America since 1974 and are the only national literary awards chosen by critics themselves. The judges describe Know My Name as “offering us a rare understanding of what it means to have one’s life utterly changed by an act of violence”, adding that “well before she became a crime victim, Miller had dedicated herself to the art of storytelling; the power of her narrative structure and the lush and personable voice she achieves on the page are the result.” The full announcement and list of winners can be found here.
Congratulations to Rory Power for her novel Wilder Girls being shortlisted for the 2020 Kitschies Golden Tentacle Award. The Golden Tentacle is awarded annually to the debut novel that fits the criteria of progressive, intelligent and entertaining. The book must also be the author’s first published work of novel-length fiction in any genre, with the winner receiving a £500 prize and a hand-crafted trophy. Full details of the shortlist can be found on The Bookseller here.
The winners will be announced on Monday 6th April 2020.