Sarah Lutyens has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for Behrouz Boochani’s NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS to Kishani Widyaratna at Picador, on behalf of the Jane Novak Literary Agency in Sydney. Picador will publish as a paperback original on 18th April, following with an audio edition. NO FRIEND BUT THE MOUNTAINS is an astonishing first person account of life as a refugee detained on Manus Island, first in the detention centre via WhatsApp messages then transcribed from Farsi to English by Dr Omid Tofighian. The book has already won Australia’s most prestigious award, the Victorian Premier’s Prize for Literature. The full announcement can be read in The Bookseller here.
AFTER THE PARTY, by Cressida Connolly, has been longlisted for the 2019 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction. The prize, now in its tenth year, celebrates fiction in which the majority of the storyline takes place at least sixty years ago. Connolly’s novel delves into Oswald Mosley’s 1930s fascist Britain, to tell a story of political turmoil and one woman’s long-held guilt. The winner will be announced at the Borders Book Festival in Melrose, Scotland in June. The full Bookseller announcement can be read here.
Felicity Rubinstein has sold World all-language rights (excluding North America) for three new Ottolenghi cookbooks to Lizzy Gray at Ebury Press. Kim Witherspoon at InkWell Management has sold US and Canadian rights to Aaron Wehner at Ten Speed Press. The first title, FALASTIN: The Cookbook, by Ottolenghi, Sami Tamimi, and Tara Wigley will be published in 2020, with the second title following in the same year, and the third set to publish in 2021. Please read the full Bookseller article here.
Natalie Cox’s NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS scooped the Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year award at the Romantic Novel Awards 2019! The awards are hosted by the Romantic Novelists’ Association which exists to raise the prestige of fiction in this genre. NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS, published by Orion, tells the hilarious and heartwarming story of Charlie, who retreats to Devon for the festive season to look after Cosy Canine Cottages, a dog-care centre.
Sarah Haywood’s THE CACTUS has been longlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award 2019. The awards, now in their 65th year, are the longest-running UK prize for debut fiction. The shortlist will be announced on Thursday 28th March. The full longlist announcement can be viewed here.
Film rights for Simon Parkin’s forthcoming non-fiction book, A GAME OF BIRDS AND WOLVES: The Secret Game That Won The War, have been acquired by Amblin Partners. The book, publishing with Sceptre in November, tells the true story of Operation Raspberry and the young women who helped reinvent British naval strategy during the Second World War.
Further details can be found in The Bookseller article here.
Mahesh Rao’s POLITE SOCIETY is being adapted for television by Tomorrow Studios, Marty Adelstein’s joint venture with ITV Studios. The novel, published by Penguin in India, is a modern retelling of Jane Austen’s EMMA set in contemporary Delhi. The adaptation will be produced by Marty Adelstein and Becky Clements with Rao consulting on the project. It will be the first mixed language series for the production company.
Further details can be found in the Deadline article here.
Natalie Cox’s NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS has been shortlisted for the Romantic Comedy Novel prize at the 2019 Romantic Novel Awards! The awards are the only national literary prizes to recognise outstanding writing in the romantic fiction genre. The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on Monday 4th March. The full shortlist announcement can be viewed here.
Jean Hannah Edelstein’s debut memoir, THIS REALLY ISN’T ABOUT YOU, has been longlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize! 2019 marks the 10th anniversary of the prize, which rewards literature that features the ways medicine, health and illness affect our lives. The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 19th March and the full announcement can be viewed here.
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.