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.
Juliet Mahony has sold UK and Commonwealth rights for romantic comedy LOVE IN ROW 27, in a two book deal with Sara O’Keeffe at Corvus, Atlantic Books. The novel tells the story of Cora Hendricks, an airline check-in attendant with a talent for matchmaking. Shortall is the chief arts writer at the Sunday Times in Ireland. The full bookseller announcement is available here.
Orion are to publish the English translation of Dirk Kurbjuweit’s brilliant literary thriller FEAR. Sarah Lutyens sold UK and Commonwealth rights to Ben Willis at Orion on behalf of Text Publishing in Australia. The full Bookseller announcement is available here.
Pan Macmillan senior designer Joanna Thompson has won Best Jacket/Cover design for the NOT WORKING hardback edition. The judges described the cover as “am outstanding example of thinking outside the box”. Congratulations Joanna – we are so glad this fabulous cover has gained the recognition it deserves. Full Bookseller announcement available here.
Ray Celestin’s debut novel has been shortlisted for the Best Translated Crime award. The novel is set in jazz-filled New Orleans and follows an ex-convict, police officer and private detective as they attempt to unmask a killer known only as ‘The Axeman’. Congratulations Ray!
Lutyens & Rubinstein is very sad to note the sudden death of our beloved long term client Giles Waterfield. A distinguished museum curator credited with transforming the Dulwich Picture Gallery, Giles was the author of four wonderful novels starting with THE LONG AFTERNOON, published in 2000 and winner of the McKitterick Prize, and most recently THE IRON NECKLACE, published just last year. Giles will be remembered by all of us for the dryness of his wit and the sweetness of his smile.
Transworld have acquired LAST STOP TOKYO, the debut novel from James Buckler. The novel tells the story of an English teacher living in Tokyo and trying to make a clean break from a troubled past, who is pulled into the city’s underworld. Jane Finigan sold British Commonwealth rights to Frankie Gray. More information is available here.
Scribe are to publish Heidi Sopinka’s debut novel, THE DICTIONARY OF ANIMAL LANGUAGES, as part of a two book deal. Jane Finigan sold World English rights (excluding Canada) to Philip Gwyn-Jones. The novel describes the experiences of an elderly woman who is educated in a convent, before going to live amongst artists in interwar Paris. Read the full Bookseller announcement here.