07 Sep 2017
Peter Padfield’s Battleship, the complete history of battleships, has moved into the Amazon top 100 bestsellers.
02 Sep 2017
World English rights in Patrick Dillon’s moving account of the death from leukemia. of his wife the theatre producer Nicola Thorold A Moment of Grace have been bought by Ebury for publication in May.
30 Aug 2017
Documentary rights in Piu Eatwell’s Black Dahlia, Red Rose, which provides a new and startling solution to the infamous ‘Black Dahlia’ murder of 1947, have been optioned by Peacock Productions at NBC Universal. The book is published in October in the US by Norton and in the UK by Hodder.
30 Aug 2017Pegasus have bought US and Canadian rights in Adam Ockelford’s Comparing Notes: How We Make Sense of Music Travellers in the Third Reich just out from Elliott & Thompson.
30 Aug 2017
Biteback have bought rights in Bobby Friedman’s life of Labour Shadow Chancellor John McDonnell McDonnell: Corbyn’s left-hand man for publication this autumn. BBC journalist and lawyer Friedman’s previous books include a biography of Speaker John Bercow and study of party political funding.
30 Aug 2017
I am sorry to announce that agency author Sam Pivnik died in London this morning two days before his 91st birthday.
During the Second World War, Sam was incarcerated in a number of concentration and extermination camps in Poland and Germany and he is believed to be the last remaining Jewish survivor to have worked on the ramp at Auschwitz. At the end of the war, Sam was one of the detainees on the prison ship Cap Arcona, which was bombed and sunk by the RAF, in an incident which remains a source of controversy.
After the war, Sam played an important role in the foundation of the state of Israel. During the War Of Independence, he fought in the 79th Brigade alongside Jews and gentiles, including former British soldiers who sympathised with the Jewish cause. Eventually, he came to live in London, where he worked initially as a tailor, before becoming a respected art dealer and restorer.
His memoir Survivor: Auschwitz, The Death March and My Fight for Freedom was published by Hodder in 2012 and rights sold in US, Denmark, Poland, Germany, Holland, Italy, France,
17 Aug 2017
Daniel Tammet is interviewed in the Times today talking about his new book Every Word is a Bird We Teach to Sing: Encounters with Language
‘Tammet’s struggle for everyday conversation in English masked a gift for languages that helped to turn him into a bestselling writer with an eye for the detail that separates good authors from bad.’
‘He has gone from being a person with autism who writes, to a writer with autistic roots. Soon, probably, no one will bother mentioning the autistic roots.’
‘[The book] is a journey through labyrinths of language and the oddities of those who speak it — all of us, in other words. It is not a book about the idiosyncrasies of autism. It is a book about the idiosyncrasies of humanity.’
‘Descriptions fly out at the reader … his literary talents … he found salvation in writing.’
The book will be extracted in the Guardian next week and he is due to be interviewed on Newsnight and will be appearing at the Edinburgh Festival.
17 Aug 2017
German rights in Cathy Glass’s Damaged.
Croatian rights in A Very Dangerous Woman : The Lives,. Loves and Lies of Russia’s Most Seductive Spy by Deborah McDonald and Jeremy Dronfield.
French rights in Lisa Stone’s first novel The Darkness Within.
Finnish rights in Daniel Tammet’s Born on a Blue Day - the 27th foreign sale.
07 Aug 2017
Lewis Jones described Julia Boyd’s Travellers in the Third Reich as ‘a compelling narrative’ where the voices of her interviewees ‘skilfully orchestrated, speak for themselves…with great eloquence whilst Ivan Hewett reviewing Adam Ockelford’s Comparing Notes: How We Make Sense of Music felt ‘there is much to learn from this book’.