Two of Mark Billingham’s novels, IN THE DARK and TIME OF DEATH, have been adapted for BBC1’s new TV programme IN THE DARK. The show follows DI Helen Weeks as she investigates the abduction of two young girls and a shooting while also dealing with pregnancy and her relationship with her partner, Paul. It was adapted by award-winning ORDINARY LIES writer Danny Brocklehurst and stars TWILIGHT and RIPPER STREET star MyAnna Buring. The first episode aired on Tuesday 11th July at 9pm on BBC1. Read the review of the first episode here, but beware of spoilers! You can also catch up with this week’s episode here.
Jane Finigan has sold world rights for Non Pratt’s new novella SECOND BEST FRIEND to Barrington Stoke editor Emma Hargrave. This will be Pratt’s second novel with Barrington Stoke, “a publisher specialising in content for children who have dyslexia or find reading difficult.” The story will be about friendship, popularity, and finding oneself and will focus on a school’s general election and the relationship between two best friends. It will be published in January 2018 and full details can be found here.
DEAD MAN’S BLUES has been longlisted for the prestigious CWA Gold Dagger Award, which awards the best crime novel of the year. There are 12 novels on the list; a shortlist will be finalised later this summer and the winners will be announced at the Dagger Awards dinner in London on 26 October. The longlist and more information can be found here. Congratulations, Ray Celestin!
Felicity Rubinstein has sold world rights (excluding Europe) for two new William Sutcliffe books to Rebecca McNally, publishing director for Bloomsbury Children’s Books. The first book, WE SEE EVERYTHING, will be published in September 2017 and is described as a “‘gripping and powerfully relevant thriller’ and love story set in a closed-off, bombed-out London where constant surveillance is the norm.” The second, yet untitled, novel is set for autumn 2018 and will be a humorous novel that explores “the highs and lows of adolescence.” The full announcement can be found here.
Juliet Mahony has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for Cyrus Bozorgmehr’s ONCE UPON A TIME IN SHAOLIN to Valerie Brandes and Laura Deprez at Jacaranda Books. The book, which will be published in November, is “the untold story of Wu-Tang Clan’s controversial album of the same name” and chronicles the album’s development through the eyes of Bozorgmehr, who was the senior adviser to the music project. Full details can be found here.
We are delighted to share the news that two Lutyens & Rubinstein food writers have been shortlisted for the Fortnum & Mason Food & Drink Awards 2017. Meera Sodha has been nominated in the cookbook category for her second book FRESH INDIA, a collection of vegetarian Indian recipes. Yotam Ottolenghi has been shortlisted in the Cookery Writer category, for his Guardian Weekend Magazine column. The winners will be announced on 11th May 2017, and more information can be found on the official page. Huge congratulations to both authors!
Daisy Parente has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for writer and journalist Jean Hannah Edelstein’s memoir THIS ISN’T REALLY ABOUT YOU to Francesca Main at Picador. It will discuss her account of losing her father and discovering she carried the gene that caused his terminal cancer. Despite the heavy topic, Main said: “Jean has a brilliant, deadpan wit that can make you laugh as she breaks your heart.” It will be published in 2018. Read the full Bookseller article here.
Felicity Rubinstein has sold Claridge’s first cookbook to Stephanie Jackson at Octopus in association with Kim Witherspoon at Inkwell Management. The cookbook is co-authored by the executive chef of Claridge’s Martyn Nail and food writer Meredith Erickson, and it will feature many of the hotel’s beloved recipes such as their chicken pie and Omelette Arnold Bennett. Read the full Bookseller article here.
YA author Non Pratt has joined six other authors to co-write FLOORED, a novel which follows the intertwining lives of seven teenagers, who meet each year to commemorate a traumatic event. Each author has written the perspective of one of the protagonists, but readers will be kept in the dark as to which character sprung from which author’s imagination. The collaboration was commissioned by Rachel Petty at Macmillan. Full details are available here.
Kitty Travers has been shortlisted for the Jane Grigson Trust Award for her forthcoming book of unusual and delicious ice cream recipes, LA GROTTA ICES. The Award was created in memory of the much-celebrated British food writer Jane Grigson, and was designed to recognise food writing from any genre, including recipe books, memoirs, travel writing and food history. The prize is awarded to a debut writer for a forthcoming book (LA GROTTA ICES will be published by Square Peg in Spring 2018). Huge congratulations Kitty – fabulous achievement! More details can be found here.