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.
Jane Finigan has sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) for BONFIRE, Krysten Ritter’s debut novel, to Jocasta Hamilton at Hutchinson Books. The deal was made on behalf of Stephen Barbara at Inkwell Management and Paper Lantern Lit. The novel tells the story of 28-year-old Abby Williams, an environmental lawyer sent to investigate a chemical waste case in her home town. As the investigation progresses, and Abby revisits an old case involving the disappearance of the meanest girl at her high school, a bigger and infinitely more sinister scandal rises to the surface. Further details can be found in this Bookseller announcement.
As the end of the year approaches and people start looking back on books they have loved in 2016, we are delighted to see that several of our authors have been featured on Books of the Year lists. In the Guardian round-up, Julian Barnes chose Cory Taylor’s DYING: A MEMOIR as one of his books of the year, saying it “quizzes life as searchingly as death”, while Lauren Elkin selected (among others) Yelena Moskovitch’s THE NATASHAS for its “fresh, playful and alive” language, and the way it “captures what it is to be a living, desiring body in the city”. Adam Phillips’ UNFORBIDDEN PLEASURES, a collection of essays about liberty versus self-control and restraint, was included in The New York Times’ 100 Notable books of 2016. Glamour Magazine selected Lisa Owens’ debut NOT WORKING as one of its Ten Best Books for 2016. Alice O’Keeffe also mentioned Lisa’s novel in The Guardian’s Critics’ Choice roundup. Mark Billingham’s DIE OF SHAME (his most recent standalone thriller concerning the murder of a member of an addiction support group) was included in Crime Time Magazine’s Top 20 Books of 2016. Last but not least, Meera Sodha’s vegetarian Indian cookery book FRESH INDIA was featured on a whole host of recommendation lists. The book appeared in Felicity Cloake’s Guardian “Best food Books of 2016” list, and was also featured in the Evening Standard’s “10 Best Cookbook Ideas for Christmas”, The Sunday Times Best Cookbooks roundup, and the Daily Mail’s list of 2016’s “Best Culinary Titles”. Food blog The Happy Foodie also selected Meera’s book as one of The 10 Best Cookbooks of 2016. We would like to take this opportunity to wish all our authors a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, and to congratulate all our authors who brought a book in to the world in 2016.