Author Shelley Klein’s debut memoir, THE SEE-THROUGH HOUSE, has been shortlisted for the Slightly Foxed Best First Biography Prize 2020. The prize, now in its fifth consecutive year, will be judged by Rupert Christiansen, Selina Hastings, and Alexander Masters and will be awarded to the judges’ choice of the best book by a debut memoirist or biographer published in 2020. The winner will be announced with an online prize-giving on Tuesday 9th March. The full shortlist and more details about the award can be read here.
Ellena Savage’s lyrical debut essay collection BLUEBERRIES has been shortlisted for the 2021 Victorian Premier Literary Awards for Non-Fiction. The awards, running annually since 1985, honour great literary achievement by Australian writers. The full shortlist can be viewed here, and the winners will be announced at a special digital event on February 1st 2021. BLUEBERRIES is published in the UK with Scribe and Text Publishing in Australia.
Jenny Hewson has sold World rights to Melissa Harrison’s debut children’s novel, as well as a sequel, to editorial director Rachel Leyshon at Chicken House. The first, BY ASH, OAK AND THORN, is inspired by BB’s THE LITTLE GREY MEN, featuring three tiny, ancient beings – Moss, Burnet, and Cumulus – who search for a way to thrive in a precious yet disappearing world. BY ASH, OAK AND THORN will publish in May 2021 with BY ROWAN AND YEW to follow. See the full announcement over on The Bookseller.
A huge congratulations to Robbie Arnott who has won the University of Tasmania Hedberg Writer-in-Residence Program! The residency will run for twelve weeks from January to March in 2021, carrying a stipend of $30,000. As part of the program, Robbie will work with the University of Tasmania’s creative writing students, and wider creative communities through workshops, masterclasses, and public talks in the state. Robert Clarke, residency coordinator and head of English at the university’s School of Humanities commented that Robbie brings “both experience and recognition to our first Hedberg residency”. The full announcement can be read over at Books and Publishing.
Debut author, Rosie Price, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Madame Figaro Grand Prix De l’Heroine prize for her powerful first novel WHAT RED WAS. The winners will be announced on July 1st in Madame Figaro’s first fully digital awards ceremony! The full announcement and shortlist can be read here.
Sarah Perry’s debut work of non-fiction, ESSEX GIRLS: A Defence of Profrane and Opinionated Women Everywhere, will be published by Serpent’s Tail this October. Jenny Hewson sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) and exclusive Europe to publisher Hannah Westland. The book will re-examine Perry’s relationship with her home county and celebrate what it means to be a true Essex girl. The full Bookseller announcement can be read here.
EXPLODED VIEW, the poetic third novel from Carrie Tiffany, has been shortlisted for the 2020 Miles Franklin Literary Award. Both Carrie’s earlier novels, EVERYMAN’S RULES FOR SCIENTIFIC LIVING and MATESHIP WITH BIRDS, have been previously shortlisted for the prize. First presented in 1957, the awards celebrate literature which presents Australia in any its phases. The full announcement and shortlisted novelists can be viewed over at The Guardian and the winner will be announced on 16th July.
Ella Risbridger’s debut cookbook MIDNIGHT CHICKEN: & Other Recipes Worth Living For) has been awarded the General Cookbook Award for 2020 by the Guild of Food Writers. A recipe collection infused with memoir, MIDNIGHT CHICKEN is a manifesto of moments worth living for, published by Bloomsbury. The full announcement and list of this winners can be viewed over on the Guild of Food Writers website.
Jenny Hewson and Daisy Parente have sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) for Olivia Gatwood’s debut novel WHOEVER YOU ARE, HONEY on proposal at auction to Windmill Books, on behalf of Mackenzie Brady Watson at the Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. Described as “bold and dangerous” writing by Charlotte Cray, who acquired for Windmill, WHOEVER YOU ARE, HONEY will publish in summer 2020. Read the full Bookseller announcement here.
Jane Finigan has sold world rights for The Orange Bakery’s debut book BREADSONG: How Bread Changed Our Lives to Bloomsbury in a three-way auction. It is Bloomsbury publisher Rowan Yapp’s first acquisition since joining the company earlier this year. BREADSONG is the first baking book from Kitty and Alex Tait, the father daughter duo behind The Orange Bakery which opened last year in Watlington, Oxfordshire. Full of delicious recipes and beautiful writing which share the life-affirming magic of baking, BREADSONG will publish in Spring 2022. The full Bookseller announcement can be read here.