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.
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.