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.”’
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:
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)
ORCA RISING by Chris Hannon (Thistle Publishing)
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.
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
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.
29 May 2018
The Assassination of Robert F. Kennedy by Tim Tate and Brad Johnson, published by Thistle Books, was serialised over the weekend in the Daily Mail, and has been generating lots of media coverage.
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.
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.
16 May 2018
Elliott & Thompson have bought World English rights in Paul Anthony Jones’s latest word book Around the World in 80 Words.
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.