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Mar 10 2013: New Cathy Glass to Harper Collins
Harper Collins have bought the latest of best-selling author Cathy Glass’s fostering memoirs. Will You Love Me?: Lucy’s Story is the story of Cathy’s adopted daughter, Lucy, who arrived as a foster child and stayed for good. Collins publish in September.
Mar 10 2013: Head of Zeus buys An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue
No Body of Evidence: An Extraordinary Edwardian Case of Deception and Intrigue by Marie EAtwell has been bought by Head of Zeus
Mar 10 2013: Mum's Way is no 7 on Sunday Times list
Appropriately on Mother’s Day Ian Millthorpe and Lynne Barrett-Lee’s Mum’s Way is no 7 on the Sunday Times list.
Mar 06 2013: Mum’s Way is Sunday Times No. 8 this week
Congratulations to Ian Millthorpe and Lynne Barrett-Lee whose Mum’s Way is a Sunday Times No. 8 this week for paperback non-fiction.
Mar 06 2013: Ghostly Reflections
Fifteen of the agency’s ghost writers have shared some tips on how they work with their subjects and what they believe is needed to ghost a successful book…
Mar 06 2013: Pan Macmillan buy Spencer Matthews memoirs
Pan Macmillan have bought the autobiography of Spencer Matthews, star of E4’s hit show Made in Chelsea provisionally called Confessions of a Lady Thriller. The book is scheduled for publication in autumn 2013.
One of the original MIC cast members, Spencer has always been at the heart of the show and behind the most controversial story lines. Now for the first time he’s telling all, describing what it was like to grow up the privileged heir to glamorous Eden Rock and the impact his brother’s tragic death had on him, as well as writing with astonishing frankness about his love life, and revealing the truth behind some of the most sensational headlines on MIC. Offering a rare glimpse into the real Chelsea lifestyle, he also gives witty advice on love – from how to deal with cads to what men are really thinking.
Mar 04 2013: Kris Hollington and Officer A play on Radio 4
Kris Hollington and his co-author ‘Officer A’ (The Crime Factory) acted as story consultants for Noble Cause Corruption, a controversial new play for BBC Radio 4, due to be broadcast on Tuesday 5 March at 14:15. It will also be available on iPlayer for the following week. They’ve promised us a tough, true to life listen…
A trailer can be heard here:
“Noble Cause Corruption is authentic and an original police drama. Serving and ex police officers were consulted during its making. DI Maxine Boyd is a newly promoted police detective but she is unprepared for life in CID. Following the apparent suicide of a fellow officer in her first week she begins to uncover the true nature of this overstressed and overstretched department. Could it be that officers routinely take the law into their own hands in order to get the job done? Soon she is tested to the limit as she realises how far she has to go to remain loyal to her CID team.”
Mar 03 2013: Good review for The Cost of Inequality
Stewart Lansley’s The Cost of Inequality receives a good review here:
“Anybody who is concerned about the gap between top and bottom incomes in our society will enjoy reading Stewart Lansley’s The Cost of Inequality: Why Economic Equality is Essential for Recovery. The book does a good job of joining the dots between different pre-crisis trends – the divergence of incomes and the ‘disappearing middle’ in the jobs market, the growing debt burden as people borrowed to consume as well as buy houses, the housing bubble itself, banking deregulation, the worship of shareholder value, mega-bonuses… an excellent birds-eye view of the malign consequences of the financial sector-driven, unsustainable increase in inequality, and of the damage that has caused the US and UK economies.”
Mar 03 2013: Andrew Lownie judges biography prize
Andrew Lownie will be judging the Earlyworks Press Biography Challenge.
“I’m a great believer that all history is really biography as it’s people who generally shape events rather than inexorable historical movements. All of us, I think, are fascinated by what makes people ‘tick’ and hence our traditional love of biography.
“What I look for in a biography, though it has to be totally accurate and well-researched, is what I also want in a novel – a strong narrative arc, a compelling story, the ability to set a scene, to create a sense of place and to delineate character.
“What I love about biography is it can be used to humanise almost any story and it can take many forms from “the cradle to the grave” approach to the “slice of life”. In the hands of a pro, it can be the most satisfying of any genre.”
The closing date for entries is the 31st March 2014.
Mar 01 2013: Thistle book selected for Amazon promotion
David Haviland’s Why Was Queen Victoria Such A Prude?, a collection of surprising historical trivia, has been selected for Amazon’s March promotion, which means that the book will be available for one month for just 99p. Thanks to this promotion, Queen Victoria is currently the number one book in all its categories on Amazon. Queen Victoria was the first book to be published under the agency’s new imprint Thistle Publishing.