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  • JD Dixon shortlisted for Somerset Maugham Prize

    13 Jun 2018

    JD Dixon’s extraordinary debut novel The Unrivalled Transcendence of Willem J. Gyle, published by Thistle Books, has been shortlisted for the Somerset Maugham Prize.

    ‘Jen Campbell, Barney Norris, and Ian Thompson have judged this one, and they write, “In judging this year’s Somerset Maugham Award shortlist we’ve discovered five wildly different but equally excellent young writers. From poetry—Kayo Chingonyi’s playful, nostalgic poignance, Jenna Clake’s unique vision, and Miriam Nash’s hypnotic sense of place—to [the] fiction [of] JD Dixon’s unforgiving, surprising and powerful narrative, and Fiona Mozley’s visionary book, written in luminous prose, it’s a privilege to include these writers and their work.”’

    The Bookseller

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  • Six prize nominations for Thistle Publishing

    01 Jun 2018

    The agency’s publishing imprint Thistle Publishing has been nominated for six prizes at the upcoming People’s Book Prize awards. This makes Thistle the most successful publisher on the list - only one other publisher has more than three nominations. The nominated titles are:

    NON FICTION
    HOW TO REMOVE A BRAIN by David Haviland (Thistle Publishing)
    MAPREADERS AND MULTITASKERS by Gavin Evans (Thistle Publishing)
    THE MAN WHO WOULD BE JACK by David Bullock (Thistle Publishing)

    CHILDREN’S
    ORCA RISING by Chris Hannon (Thistle Publishing)

    FICTION
    CORKSCREW by Peter Stafford-Bow (Thistle Publishing)
    IN-LAWS AND OUTLAWS by Kate Fulford (Thistle Publishing)

    The awards are determined solely by the public vote, via the website, and you can vote for up to three books in each category.

  • Book on Special Forces and Foreign Policy serialised

    30 May 2018

    Rory Cormac’s Disrupt and Deny: Spies, Special Forces, and the Secret Pursuit of British Foreign Policy has been generating a lot of publicity, especially in Ireland, including two extracts in the Belfast Telegraph

  • Documents figure in Antiques Roadshow

    30 May 2018

    A cache of mysterious old documents discovered by author Patrick Garrett will feature in a Special Antiques Roadshow – ‘Pioneering Women’ – on BBC at 8pm on Sunday June 10th.

    The documents belonged to the celebrated War Correspondent, Clare Hollingworth, and proved to be the impetus and inspiration for Patrick’s biography of Hollingworth, “Of Fortunes & War”, published last year.

    The programme was filmed in the Houses of Parliament, and is timed to celebrate a century since women secured the vote in the UK.

  • Recent Foreign Rights sales

    28 May 2018

    Romanian rights in The Black Door : Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers by Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac.

    Hungarian rights in Roger Crowley’s Conquerors: How Portugal Seized the Indian Ocean and Forged the First Global Empire.

    Swedish rights in Cathy Glass’s A Long Way From Home

    Thai rights in Danny Orbach’s The Plots Against Hitler.

  • Black Dahlia on CWA longlist

    20 May 2018

    Congratulations to Piu Eatwell whose The Black Dahlia has made the long list for the non-fiction dagger award of the UK Crime Writers Association.

  • Paul Jones word book to Elliott & Thompson

    16 May 2018

    Elliott & Thompson have bought World English rights in Paul Anthony Jones’s latest word book Around the World in 80 Words.

  • Film of Secret Child wins awards

    15 May 2018

    A short based on Gordon Lewis’s memoir Secret Child has won the Best Short Film at the Oniros Film Awards and Best Short Film at the Gold Movie Awards in London.