Toni Jordan’s OUR TINY USELESS HEARTS, published by Allen & Unwin UK in February 2017, has been longlisted for the 2018 International Dublin Literary Award. This prestigious award celebrates ‘high literary merit’ for books in the English language and nominations are made by select public libraries in cities throughout the world. The shortlist will be announced in April and the winner announced in June 2018. Congratulations, Toni! Read more about the award and other longlisted titles here.
Mark Billingham’s CUT OFF, published by Little, Brown, has been named as one of the “enticing” Quick Reads books for next year’s campaign. The initiative is run by The Reading Agency and aims to engage people who struggle with reading. Research conducted last year by the Learning and Work Institute revealed that 95% of literacy practitioners reported using its titles was effective at raising learners’ confidence in reading, whilst 91% said that the books were effective at improving readers’ literacy skills. Billingham described his involvement as an “honour” and said: “Reading a book is stepping into another world and anything that nudges that door open should be welcomed.” Other authors include Dorothy Koomson and Kit de Waal. Read the full Bookseller article here.
Juliet Mahony has sold world rights for Natasha Carthew’s ALL RIVERS RUN FREE to Rose Tomaszewska at riverrun. Carthew has previously been nominated for a Carnegie Award for her YA fiction, but ALL RIVERS RUN FREE will be her first adult novel. ue to be published in March 2018, it is a lyrical novel about marginalisation, mental illness and motherhood and is set on the ravaged, near-future coast of Cornwall, imagining what family looks like in a world breaking apart. Tomaszewska said, “It’s a breathtaking novel that plays with prose and brings a savage nature into the characters’ lives. Natasha’s not the kind of writer you come across every day – in fact she makes me think more about what publishing means by ‘diversity.’ I believe we should be diverse in geography and class and this novel has something striking to say about both.” Read the full Bookseller announcement here.
Juliet Mahony has sold UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, of BBC Producer Anthony Adeane’s OUT OF THIN AIR: THE TRUE STORY OF AN IMPOSSIBLE MURDER IN ICELAND to Richard Arcus at Quercus’ new literary imprint, riverrun. The true crime book follows Adeane’s three year investigation into the mysterious 1974 Gudmundur and Geirfinnur disappearances in Iceland after which six people confessed to violent murders they had not committed. “It traces the ‘bizarre and baffling developments’ that continue to unfold today.” Adeane has been working on the BBC4 Storyville documentary “Out of Thin Air: Murder in Iceland,” which premiered on Monday 14th August and can be seen here. The book will be published in May 2018. Arcus said “Anthony Adeane blends solid research with liquid storytelling, making this book the essential destination for those seeking their next true crime fix.” Read the full Bookseller article here.
Sarah Lutyens has sold UK and Commonwealth rights of Graeme Simsion and Anne Buist’s new novel TWO STEPS FORWARD to Lisa Highton at Two Roads on behalf of Text Publishing. The novel is a “smart and funny tale, told in alternative chapters” by the husband-and-wife team. It follows “two misfits looking to make a new start by walking the 2,000 kilometre Camino de Santiago,” looking to find themselves – and perhaps each other. The book will be released in Spring 2018. Simsion commented on behalf of himself and his wife: “We’re confident (Two Roads will) bring the attention and focus of a small publisher together with the strength of a major parent company in Hachette. And Two Roads: could there be a better name for the publisher of a book about two people walking the Camino de Santiago on independent journeys of reinvention?” Simsion is the author of THE ROSIE PROJECT, THE ROSIE EFFECT and THE BEST OF ADAM SHARP while Anne Buist is the author of MEDEA’S CURSE and DANGEROUS TO KNOW. Read The Bookseller announcement here.
At the launch of her latest novel for teenagers, TRUTH OR DARE, author Non Pratt revealed she had set herself the task of raising £2000 for the Royal Hospital of Neurodisability, and vowed to shave her head at this year’s Young Adult Literature Convention if she reached the target. Non said she had decided to try and raise the money after conducting extensive research at the charity’s main London facility while preparing to write the new novel, which features a character with a traumatic brain injury. Since then, Non has raised nearly £3000 for the charity and, true to her word, had her head shaved on the last day of the Convention by fellow YA writers including Melinda Salisbury, Carlie Sorosiak and David Owen. Further details and photos can be found in this Bookseller article, and on Non’s Twitter. Congratulations on this wonderful achievement Non – we love your new look!
John Harvey has announced that he has written a fourth Frank Elder novel titled BODY AND SOUL to continue the series after DARKNESS AND LIGHT, published in 2006. William Heinemann will publish the new novel in April 2018 as it follows Frank Elder out of retirement. Read John Harvey’s announcement on his blog here.
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!