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.
Meera Sodha has been awarded Best Cookery Writer at the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards 2018 for her weekly vegan column in The Guardian Weekend magazine. The column features both sweet and savoury dishes and draws inspiration from cuisines from all over the world. Meera’s Guardian recipes can be found at theguardian.com/profile/meera-sodha. Congratulations Meera!
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.