Congratulations to Michelle de Kretser who has been nominated for a Victorian Premier’s Literary Award in Australia for her new novel THE LIFE TO COME. The award celebrates the best of Australian writing and was established in 1985 to honour literary achievement in the country. Michelle has been nominated for the fiction category, but there are four other categories that receive prizes as well: Non-fiction, drama, poetry and writing for young adults. The winners for the awards will be announced at a dinner ceremony on 1 February 2018. THE LIFE TO COME was published in Australia by Allen & Unwin in October and will be published in the UK by Allen & Unwin in early January. Read more about the prize and other shortlisted titles here.
Felicity Rubinstein has sold UK rights for Charlie English’s THE GALLERY OF MIRACLES AND MADNESS to Arabella Pike at William Collins. The book is Charlie English’s second narrative non-fiction project and will be published in 2020. It follows the parallel stories of Hans Prinzhorn, an early 20th century psychiatrist and aesthete, whose collection of mental patients’ art inspired the Modernist movement, and of Adolf Hitler’s crusade against this work, including the ‘Degenerate Art’ show of 1938, which culminated in the first mass murder of the Holocaust, in which thousands of mental patients were sent to the gas chambers. Pike said: “We are so excited to be publishing this new book by Charlie English – a key title for us. Madness lies at the book’s heart – that of Hitler and his barbarous regime as well as the psychiatric patients whose raw and powerful work has survived to inspire the world again. It will shed new light on Hitler, the Nazi project and the war on culture.” Stuart Krichevsky has sold US rights at auction to Hilary Redmon at Random House US. Please direct any foreign rights inquiries to Juliet Mahony at Juliet@lutyensrubinstein.co.uk. Read the full bookseller article here.
TRUTH OR DARE by Non Pratt and published by Walker Books in June 2017 has been nominated for the 2018 CILIP Carnegie Medal. Now in its 82nd year, the Carnegie Medal is awarded by children’s librarians for an outstanding book written in English for children and young people. Past winners have included C.S. Lewis, Neil Gaiman, terry Pratchett, and Phillip Pullman. The longlist will be announced in February, shortlist in March, and winner in June. Congratulations, Non! Read more about the award and full list of nominations here.
Toni Jordan’s OUR TINY USELESS HEARTS, published by Allen & Unwin UK in February 2017, has been longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. This prestigious award celebrates ‘high literary merit’ for books in the English language and nominations are made by select public libraries in cities throughout the world. The shortlist will be announced in April and the winner announced in June 2018. Congratulations, Toni! Read more about the award and other longlisted titles here.
Mark Billingham’s CUT OFF, published by Little, Brown, has been named as one of the “enticing” Quick Reads books for next year’s campaign. The initiative is run by The Reading Agency and aims to engage people who struggle with reading. Research conducted last year by the Learning and Work Institute revealed that 95% of literacy practitioners reported using its titles was effective at raising learners’ confidence in reading, whilst 91% said that the books were effective at improving readers’ literacy skills. Billingham described his involvement as an “honour” and said: “Reading a book is stepping into another world and anything that nudges that door open should be welcomed.” Other authors include Dorothy Koomson and Kit de Waal. Read the full Bookseller article here.
Juliet Mahony has sold world rights for Natasha Carthew’s ALL RIVERS RUN FREE to Rose Tomaszewska at riverrun. Carthew has previously been nominated for a Carnegie Award for her YA fiction, but ALL RIVERS RUN FREE will be her first adult novel. ue to be published in March 2018, it is a lyrical novel about marginalisation, mental illness and motherhood and is set on the ravaged, near-future coast of Cornwall, imagining what family looks like in a world breaking apart. Tomaszewska said, “It’s a breathtaking novel that plays with prose and brings a savage nature into the characters’ lives. Natasha’s not the kind of writer you come across every day – in fact she makes me think more about what publishing means by ‘diversity.’ I believe we should be diverse in geography and class and this novel has something striking to say about both.” Read the full Bookseller announcement here.
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.
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.
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!
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.