With the end of another year comes time to reflect on the books that have been loved in 2018, and what a year it’s been for our authors! We are thrilled to see so many of our authors featured in Books of the Year lists. In The Spectator: BITTER ORANGE, by Claire Fuller, THE LIFE TO COME by Michelle de Kretser, STANDARD DEVIATION/Katherine Heiny, and AFTER THE PARTY by Cressida Connolly (also featured in The Times). In The Guardian: EUROPE: A Natural History by Tim Flannery (also featured in The Irish Examiner), LA GROTTA ICES by Kitty Travers, and SIMPLE by Yotam Ottolenghi which was mentioned in two separate round-ups. The Daily Telegraph featured BODY AND SOUL by John Harvey and The Financial Times included RED CARD by Ken Bensinger. NPR’s round-ups included BITTER ORANGE (Fuller), SIMPLE (Ottolenghi), and THE REAL LOLITA by Sarah Weinman. GRACE AFTER HENRY by Eithne Shortall and BITTER ORANGE (Fuller) were both mentioned in Prima Magazine. The Irish Times included SIMPLE (Ottolenghi) and The New Statesman featured THE LIFE TO COME by Michelle de Kretser. BITTER ORANGE (Fuller) and THE REAL LOLITA (Weinman) were both mentioned in Vulture’s highlights. Our authors cleared up the Readings.com round-ups with THE PEACOCK SUMMER by Hannah Richell, SONGWOMAN by Ilka Tampke, LENNY’S BOOK OF EVERYTHING by Karen Foxlee, and THE HELPLINE by Katherine Collette all mentioned. Mark Billingham’s THE KILLING HABIT was featured in The Boston Globe and THE REAL LOLITA (Weinman) was in The Washington Post. LA GROTTA ICES (Travers) and SIMPLE (Ottolenghi) were both mentioned in Munchies and BITTER ORANGE (Fuller) was named one of Amazon’s top 100 books of the year. We would like to take this moment to wish all our authors a Happy New Year, and congratulations to all our authors brought a book into the world in 2018.
FLAMES, Robbie Arnott’s debut novel, has been shortlisted for the Victorian Premier’s Literary Awards 2019 for fiction. Set in Tasmania, Robbie uses myth and folklore to tell the story of Levi and Charlotte in his poetic novel. The full shortlist can be viewed here and the winners will be announced on 31st January 2019.
Sarah Lutyens has sold three new Mark Billingham novels to Ed Wood at Little, Brown. The first will be a new novel in the Tom Thorne series and Mark’s 20th novel to date, set to publish in 2020. Please read the full Bookseller announcement here.
Jane Finigan has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) for Eleanor Fellowes’ IN HARM’S WAY to Louisa Dunnigan at Profile in a six-way auction. Eleanor, a former probation officer, draws upon first-hand experience working in the probation service and at HMP Wandsworth to explore the UK’s prison system. Profile describe the book as a “compelling and important investigation” and are due to publish the title in spring 2021. Audio rights have been sold to Audible who will publish simultaneously with Profile. Read the full Bookseller announcement here.
THE LIFE TO COME, the most recent novel by Michelle de Kretser, has been longlisted for the International Dublin Literary Award 2019. Michelle’s powerful novel centres on the lives of Pippa, Celeste, and Ash in a deeply moving story brimming with satire and acute observations. The International Dublin Literary Award promotes excellence in world literature and the books are nominated by public libraries around the globe. The shortlist will be announced on 4th April 2019.
Yotam Ottolenghi awarded the Food and Drink Book of the Year for SIMPLE at the Specsavers National Book Awards
Yotam Ottolenghi won the Food and Drink Book of the Year Award last night at the Specsavers National Book Awards 2018 for his brilliant new cookbook SIMPLE. SIMPLE features all the delicious trademark flavours and recipes of Ottolenghi in a pared back style, with dishes to suit whatever type of cooking you find easy. Yotam’s cookbooks have sold close to five million copies worldwide and he is published with Ebury in the UK and Ten Speed Press in the US. Read the full Bookseller announcement on the winners here.
Sarah Lutyens has sold UK Commonwealth rights for Graeme Simsion’s THE ROSIE RESULT to Maxine Hitchcock at Michael Joseph, on behalf of Text Publishing. The title, due for publication on 4th April 2019, sees the return of Don, Rosie and their son, and will be the third instalment in the international bestselling ROSIE series. Maxine Hitchcock describes the book as “big on heart, brimming with irrepressible characters, smartly written and funny from start to finish […] Graeme is an immensely talented writer, brilliant at portraying complex, warm-hearted and hilariously human relationships, and we are delighted to be publishing his new novel.” Read the full Bookseller announcement here.
Daisy Parente has sold UK & Commonwealth rights for SET ME ON FIRE: A Poem for Every Kind of Feeling, a poetry collection collated by Ella Risbridger, to Lizzy Goudsmit at Transworld for Doubleday. The collection will offer a range of diverse, fresh voices in poetry from around the globe and is set to be published by Doubleday in autumn 2019. The full Bookseller article can be read here.
William Sutcliffe’s most recent YA novel, WE SEE EVERYTHING, has been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2019. Set in a dystopian London that is under constant surveillance, WE SEE EVERYTHING tells the story of Lex and Alan whose lives collide and intersect in this powerful, relevant thriller. The medal winners will be announced in June 2019.
Michelle de Kretser’s most recent novel, THE LIFE TO COME, has been shortlisted for the 2018 Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction. Set in Australia, France, and Sri Lanka, Michelle’s compelling novel follows the lives of Pippa, Celeste, and Ash in an unforgettable tale of loneliness, intimacy, and the art of storytelling. Michelle’s books have previously been awarded the ALS Gold Medal, the Prime Minister’s Literary Award for Fiction, and twice the Miles Franklin Literary Award. The winners will be announced later this year.