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.
We are thrilled to announce that Jane Finigan has been made a partner at the agency. Jane has built a superb client list since joining Lutyens and Rubinstein in 2006, and also designed the typewriter image used on the L&R merchandise sold in the shop! Read the full Bookseller announcement here.
Weidenfeld and Nicholson are to publish a book about the abduction of Sally Horner, who is thought to be the inspiration for Vladimir Nabokov’s Lolita. The book was written by Publisher’s Marketplace news editor Sarah Weinman. Jane Finigan sold UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) on behalf of David Patterson at the Stuart Krichevsky Agency to Holly Harley at W&N. More information is available here.
Author and screenwriter Cory Taylor died of melanoma related cancer on 6th July 2016. Cory’s memoir on the subject of her illness and coming to terms with her own mortality will be published by Canongate in Autumn 2016. Our thoughts are with Cory’s family and friends at this sad time, and we feel very honoured to represent this wonderful memoir in the UK. Her novel ME & MR BOOKER, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize (Pacific region) was published in the UK by Sandstone Press. For more information on Cory’s life and work, see this blog post from Text Publishing, and this Guardian piece.
Claire Fuller has won the Royal Academy and Pin Drop Short Story Award, with an “exceptional” story entitled A QUIET TIDY MAN. More information is available here. Claire is the author of ‘Our Endless Numbered Days’, Published by Fig Tree books. Her second novel Swimming Lessons will be published in early 2017.
Cory Taylor is suffering from terminal melanoma related brain cancer. At the start of 2016, she began to write about her experience of dying, and the result is a truly remarkable memoir. Jane Finigan sold the rights to Jenny Lord at Canongate. More information is available here.
Sarah Lutyens has sold UK and commonwealth rights for three new Mark Billingham novels to Ed Wood at Little Brown. The first of these will be published in 2017. More information is available here.
Huge congratulations to William Sutcliffe whose novel, CONCENTR8 has been shortlisted for the YA Book Prize 2016. Congratulations, William! Read more here.
We are delighted to share news that Sara Gruen’s wonderful novel, ‘At The Water’s Edge’, has been shortlisted for the Romantic Novel of the Year Award in the Historical Romantic Novel category. Congratulations, Sara! Read more here.
We are so thrilled to share that A.J. Grainger’s debut novel ‘Captive’ has been longlisted for the prestigious Branford Boase Award 2016. The Branford Boase Award is given annually to the author and editor of an outstanding debut novel for children. ‘Captive’ was edited by Elv Moody and Christian Trimmer of Simon & Schuster. Congratulations, all!