Two L&R authors have been shortlisted at the 2019 Queensland Literary Awards! Carrie Tiffany is nominated for the fiction book prize for her compelling novel EXPLODED VIEW, and Karen Foxlee’s moving novel, LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING, for the Young Adult award. The full shortlist can be viewed here, and the winners will be announced on 12th November.
We’re thrilled to announce that Jenny Hewson will be joining the agency as an Associate Agent from 23rd September, departing Rogers, Coleridge and White.
Jenny will bring with her a list of bestselling and award winning authors, including Sarah Perry, Melissa Harrison, Amy Sackville, and Alexander MacLeod, which will run in association with L&R. She’ll continue to work with Susan Golomb in the US with L&R handling her foreign rights.
The full Bookseller announcement can be read here.
Fran Davies has sold World English language rights for Jane Alexander’s A USER’S GUIDE TO MAKE-BELIEVE to Lesley Crooks at Allison & Busby. The novel is set in a near future dystopia where a virtual reality experience called Make-Believe has gained widespread popularity. Allison & Busby plan to publish in hardback and e-book in January 2020. The full Bookseller announcement can be read here.
Behrouz Boochani’s NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS, a powerful account of detention on Manus Island, has been awarded this year’s National Biography Award! The awards have been running in Australia since 1966 and support the best biographical writing to encourage public interest in the genre. The judges described NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS as “profoundly important, an astonishing act of witness and testament to the lifesaving power of writing as resistance.” The full announcement and Behrouz’s acceptance speech, made via WhatsApp, can be read here.
Sarah Weinman’s brilliant investigative book, THE REAL LOLITA, has been longlisted for the Historical Writers’ Association Non-fiction Crown 2019! The HWA Crowns celebrate the best in historical works of fiction and non-fiction published in the UK in English. The award organisers have described THE REAL LOLITA as “astonishing, necessary and written with great compassion” and it’s published in the UK with Weidenfeld & Nicholson. The full longlist can be read here and the shortlist will be announced later this year.
Ray Celestin’s third instalment in the City Blues quartet, THE MOBSTER’S LAMENT, has been shortlisted for the Best Crime Novel at the 2019 Amazon Publishing Readers’ Awards! The awards acknowledge achievements of TV and filmmakers, and authors within the crime and thriller community. The full shortlist can be read here in The Bookseller and the awards will be presented at the Capital Crime Festival in September.
We’re thrilled to see Mark Billingham has been shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library at the 2019 Crime Writers Association Daggers! The awards have been held annually since 1955, celebrating the finest in British crime writing. The full shortlist can be viewed here and the winners will be announced at a ceremony on 24th October.
Congratulations to Lynn Enright whose fascinating non-fiction book VAGINA: A Re-education has been awarded the Women’s Health Prize at the 2019 Hearst Big Book Awards! The awards celebrate the best in new fiction and non-fiction in UK publishing. The full announcement of winners can be read here.
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.