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May 25 2015: Radio 4 Midweek interviews Vanessa Nicolson
Vanessa Nicolson’s interview with BBC Radio 4 ‘Midweek’ is now available online here.
May 25 2015: Good reviews for Colonel Blood
THE AUDACIOUS CRIMES OF COLONEL BLOOD: THE SPY WHO STOLE THE CROWN JEWELS AND BECAME THE KING’S SECRET AGENT by Robert Hutchinson has had good reviews this week in the Daily Mail and the Spectator.
‘A rattling but carefully researched piece of popular history… Yet not only does Hutchinson end up expressing his undisguised admiration for the ‘astonishing effrontery’ of a ‘true adventurer’ — but his often eye-popping book makes it difficult for the reader not to feel the same way.’
Full review - Daily Mail
‘A rigorously researched account… a colourful tale of life in the shadow of the gallows.’
Full review - the Spectator
May 25 2015: The Guardian reviews A Very Dangerous Woman
There’s a good review for A Very Dangerous Woman in The Guardian.
‘The lives, loves and lies of Russia’s most seductive spy come under scrutiny in this spiced-up biography.’
May 24 2015: Recent Foreign Rights Sales
Turkish rights in Anthony Allfrey’s Man of Arms: The Life and Legend of Sir Basil Zaharoff.
French rights in Cathy Glass’s Daddy’s Little Princess.
Turkish rights in Hitler’s Forgotten Children by Ingrid Von Oelhafen and Tim Tate.
May 24 2015: Daniel Tammet's new book which explores language sold
World English rights in Daniel Tammet’s A World of Words , an engaging, eclectic, mind-expanding exploration of language, and what it can teach us about our minds and lives , have been bought jointly by Tracy Behar at Little Brown (US) and Rowena Webb at Hodder.
May 23 2015: Ithaca sold to Pegasus Books
Patrick Dillon’s new historical novel Ithaca, a reworking of the Odyssey from Telemachus’s point-of-view, has been sold to Pegasus Books, in a deal for World English rights.
May 23 2015: Deborah McDonald in Country Life
There’s an excellent review of Deborah McDonald and Jeremy Dronfield’s A Very Dangerous Woman in the current ‘historic’ edition of Country Life (which also features the newly discovered Shakespeare portrait).
‘A rollicking good read.’
May 23 2015: Huge interest in Tabloid Secrets
Neville Thurlbeck’s Tabloid Secrets has been generating lots of media coverage, including the following:
May 22 2015: The Spectator reviews Queer Saint
There’s a very interesting review of Adrian Clark and Jeremy Dronfield’s new book Queer Saint in The Spectator.
‘Peter Watson, the 1930s playboy who wafts in and out of other biographies, at last takes centre stage.’
May 22 2015: The BBC launches The Interceptor
The BBC One dramatisation of The Interceptor by Cam Addicott with Kris Hollington is set to launch.