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Mar 27 2015: Helen Lederer interviews Helen Fry
Helen Fry is the Book Guest interview with Helen Lederer this week.
Mar 26 2015: Cleveland St scandal book to Atlantic
Atlantic have bought world rights in Neil McKenna’s Number 19 Cleveland Street, one of the greatest, yet least exposed and least understood, scandals of the Victorian age. The book, which completes McKenna’s trilogy of gay histories The Secret Life of Oscar Wilde and Fanny & Stella will be published in 2017.
Mar 26 2015: This is After memoir sold to John Blake
This is After by Amanda Wright with Katy Weitz , a memoir of how aged four she witnessed her mother’s brutal murder, has been bought by John Blake
Mar 26 2015: US rights in Word Drops sold to University of New Mexico Press
US rights in Paul Jones’ Word Drops: A sprinkling of literary curiosities have been bought by the University of New Mexico Press.
Mar 26 2015: Houghton Mifflin buys Networks of Resistance: A New History of the German Resistance to Hitler
North American rights in Harvard historian Danny Orbach’s Networks of Resistance: A New History of the German Resistance to Hitler have been sold to Houghton Mifflin with Public Affairs the under-bidder.
Mar 25 2015: Guardian Masterclass with Andrew Lownie and Andrew Crofts
‘Ghostwriting can be a rewarding experience in more ways than one, given the enduring public appetite for revealing memoirs by celebrities, sports stars and ordinary people facing extraordinary challenges. Publishers are on the lookout for smart writers who can win the trust of subjects and turn in-depth interviews into gripping writing that puts your reader in the centre of the action, whether you are writing about someone’s abused childhood, exotic sex life or rise to global power or fame.
This comprehensive day course, led by professional ghostwriter Andrew Crofts and leading literary agent Andrew Lownie, introduces all the skills you’ll need to get started in this potentially lucrative field. You’ll learn how to find and recognise great stories, and how to build a relationship with your subject that enables you to get to the heart of their life story.’
Mar 24 2015: Saving Danny remains at no 4
Congratulations to Cathy Glass whose Saving Danny has retained its Number 4 position this week in the Sunday Times Bestsellers.
Mar 23 2015: Rachel Kelly in the Telegraph
Rachel Kelly has written a fascinating article for the Daily Telegraph on the healing nature of poetry.
Mar 23 2015: The New Statesman review Blair Inc.
There’s a great review for Blair Inc. from Peter Oborne in the current New Statesman.
‘This invaluable book… It is scrupulously researched, accurate… This book is, among other things, a story about the collapse of morality in British public life… The section on the role played by Blair and his allies in wrecking Miliband’s general election campaign is of first-class political importance.’
Mar 20 2015: Gavin Evans in the New Internationalist
Gavin Evans, the author of Black Brain, White Brain, has written an interesting new piece for the New Internationalist.
Gavin will be discussing the book on the Vanessa Feltz show on BBC London on Thursday April 2 at 11am.