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.
Felicity Rubinstein has sold UK rights for Natalie Cox’s NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS to Clare Hey at Orion and Margo Lipschultz at Putnam in the US. Translation rights have been bought in the Netherlands, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Poland, and Hungary through Lutyens & Rubinstein.
NOT JUST FOR CHRISTMAS, a heart-warming, festive novel by Natalie Cox (the pen name for literary fiction author Betsy Tobin) follows Charlie, who retreats to Devon for the festive season to look after Cosy Canine Cottages, a dog-care centre. Please see The Bookseller announcement here.
Please see The Bookseller announcement here.
Meera Sodha has been presented the Cookery Writing Award at the Guild of Food and Writers Awards 2018 for her weekly vegan column published in The Guardian’s Weekend magazine. Meera’s column draws on flavours from across the world and delivers a range of recipes, from sweet to savoury. Meera’s Guardian recipes can be found here. Congratulations Meera!
The cast has been announced for the feature film adaptation of DAYS OF THE BAGNOLD SUMMER. Lisa Owens has adapted Joff Winterhart’s cult graphic novel for film. BAGNOLD will be Inbetweeners star Simon Bird’s directorial debut and is a coming-of-age comedy about a 15 year-old, heavy metal lover (played by Earl Cave) who must spend six weeks of summer at home with his long-suffering single mother (Monica Dolan) when his Florida summer holiday is cancelled. Shooting is due to start this autumn. Further details can be found in the Deadline article here.
Sarah Lutyens has sold UK rights for Robert Hillman’s life-affirming novel THE BOOKSHOP OF THE BROKEN-HEARTED to Louisa Joyner at Faber & Faber on behalf of Michael Heyward at Text Publishing. The title, due for publication in June 2019, will coincide with and support Independent Bookshop Week. The novel follows Tom Hope, an Australian farmer with a failed marriage, raising a child not his own, lonely until he meets Hannah, the survivor of a German concentration camp, with deep harboured sorrows of her own. Please see Bookseller announcement here.