Lucy’s Hughes-Hallett’s debut novel PECULIAR GROUND, published by 4th Estate, has been shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize. The prize, judged this year by Tahmima Anam, Eva Hoffman and Daljit Nagra, is now in its 15th year and is awarded to a work of fiction, non-fiction or poetry evoking a sense of place. The prize is administered by the Royal Society of Literature in London and the winner will be announced on 14 May. PECULIAR GROUND is is Lucy Hughes-Hallett’s first novel and is a powerful exploration of social, geographical and cultural borders, set across multiple continents and several centuries. It was also longlisted for the Desmond Elliott Prize earlier this year. Congratulations, Lucy!
A Netflix adaptation of William Sutcliffe’s 2008 novel WHATEVER MAKES YOU HAPPY is now in development. The novel, published by Bloomsbury in the UK, is about three men who were childhood friends but have lost touch and the story that unfolds when each of their mothers show up at their New York homes unannounced to move in with them for a week. The film adaptation will be re-named ‘Otherhood’ and will be directed by Cindy Chupack who co-wrote the script with Mark Andrus.
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American publisher Abrams Books has commissioned Bookseller YA Book Prize-shortlisted author Non Pratt to adapt the GIANT DAYS graphic novel series into a YA novel to be published later this year. The GIANT DAYS series was originally created by John Allison and follows the first-year adventures of three very different girls (shy and innocent Daisy, acerbic Susan and Esther the diva) who find themselves sharing student halls at the University of Sheffield.
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Daisy Parente has sold UK rights for sixties legend Richard Thompson’s BEESWING: BRITAIN, FOLK ROCK AND THE END OF THE 60S to Lee Barackstone at Faber & Faber on behalf of David Patterson at Stuart Krichevsky Literary Agency. Named by Rolling Stone magazine as one of the Top 20 Guitarists of All Time, Thompson has played with an array of musicians including Jimi Hendrix and Nick Drake. The title, due for publication in Autumn 2019, is a memoir of musical discovery, personal history and social revelation written by Thompson with journalist and author Scott Timberg, detailing the “intense and fertile” time that was the music scene in 60s London. Thompson said, “It was a crossroads of so many styles – Indian music and the blues and psychedelia together with multi-track recording”. Thompson has received Lifetime Achievement Awards for Songwriting on both sides of the Atlantic and received an OBE in 2011. David Patterson has sold US rights at auction to Kathy Pories at Algonquin. Read the full Bookseller article here.
Michelle de Kretser’s latest novel has been longlisted for the 2018 Stella prize. Set in Australia, France and Sri Lanka, the novel follows the lives, loves and losses of a group of loosely connected characters, and explores themes of necessary emigration cultural conflict and the art of storytelling. Michelle’s books have previously been awarded the Miles Franklin prize, the Australian Literary Society medal, the Christina Stead Prize, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for fiction, and the Western Australia Premier’s Book Prize. The winner will be announced on the 12th April in Sydney. Congratulations Michelle!
Hannah Richell’s latest novel follows Maggie Oberon as she returns home following a mysterious absence, to take care of her grandmother Lillian. As Maggie tries to restore order to their crumbling estate, Lillian looks back at the past and begins to unearth the secrets hidden in the walls of the old house. Hachette Australia acquired rights for Australia and New Zealand in a joint deal with Orion UK, who will publish in June 2018. Translation rights have just been sold to Diana Verlag in Germany, and to Editions Belfond in France. Hannah Richell is the author of THE SHADOW YEAR and SECRETS OF THE TIDES, which was selected as part of the Richard and Judy bookclub and the Waterstones bookclub. Her novels have been previously been sold in seventeen territories and translated into fifteen languages as well as being optioned for film and television.
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.