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.
Sarah Haywood’s debut, THE CACTUS, has been shortlisted for the Author’s Club Best First Novel Award 2019. The awards are the longest-running UK prize for debut fiction. Commenting on THE CACTUS, the judges described it as “a dazzling story of redemption, of letting go, of confronting the past and deciding to grow beyond it. It’s a page turner, witty with terrific narrative pace.” The full shortlist can be viewed here and the winner will be announced 22nd May.
Heidi Sopinka’s THE DICTIONARY OF ANIMAL LANGUAGES has been longlisted for the 2019 Royal Society of Literature (RSL) Ondaatje Prize. Running for 15 years, the prize celebrates a book of fiction, non-fiction, or poetry best judged to encapsulate “the spirit of a place”. Heidi’s novel, inspired by the story of surrealist artist Leonora Carrington, tells the experience of an elderly woman educated in a convent, before going to live amongst artists in interwar Paris. The shortlist will be revealed on 16th April, with the winner announced on 13th May. The full Bookseller announcement can be read here.
Yotam Ottolenghi’s new cookbook SIMPLE has been shortlisted for the Non-Fiction: Lifestyle category for The British Book Awards 2019 – congratulations Yotam! The winners will be announced at a ceremony hosted by Lauren Laverne on 13th May. The full announcement and list of shortlisted titles can be read on The Bookseller.
Sarah Lutyens has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for Behrouz Boochani’s NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS to Kishani Widyaratna at Picador, on behalf of the Jane Novak Literary Agency in Sydney. Picador will publish as a paperback original on 18th April, following with an audio edition. NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS is an astonishing first person account of life as a refugee detained on Manus Island, first in the detention centre via WhatsApp messages then transcribed from Farsi to English by Dr Omid Tofighian. The book has already won Australia’s most prestigious award, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Literature. The full announcement can be read in The Bookseller here.
AFTER THE PARTY, by Cressida Connolly, has been longlisted for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The prize, now in its tenth year, celebrates fiction in which the majority of the storyline takes place at least sixty years ago. Connolly’s novel delves into Oswald Mosley’s 1930s fascist Britain, to tell a story of political turmoil and one woman’s long-held guilt. The winner will be announced at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland in June. The full Bookseller announcement can be read here.
Felicity Rubinstein has sold World all-language rights (excluding North America) for three new Ottolenghi cookbooks to Lizzy Gray at Ebury Press. Kim Witherspoon at InkWell Management has sold US and Canadian rights to Aaron Wehner at Ten Speed Press. The first title, FALASTIN: The Cookbook, by Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi, and Tara Wigley will be published in 2020, with the second title following in the same year, and the third set to publish in 2021. Please read the full Bookseller article here.
Natalie Cox’s NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS scooped the Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award at the Romantic Novel Awards 2019! The awards are hosted by the Romantic Novelists’ Association which exists to raise the prestige of fiction in this genre. NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS, published by Orion, tells the hilarious and heartwarming story of Charlie, who retreats to Devon for the festive season to look after Cosy Canine Cottages, a dog-care centre.
Sarah Haywood’s THE CACTUS has been longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2019. The awards, now in their 65th year, are the longest-running UK prize for debut fiction. The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 28th March. The full longlist announcement can be viewed here.
Film rights for Simon Parkin’s forthcoming non-fiction book, A GAME OF BIRDS AND WOLVES: The Secret Game That Won The War, have been acquired by Amblin Partners. The book, publishing with Sceptre in November, tells the true story of Operation Raspberry and the young women who helped reinvent British naval strategy during the Second World War.
Further details can be found in The Bookseller article here.