13 Mar 2017
New Pictures have optioned Paddy Hayes’s biography of the spy Daphne Park Queen of Spies
13 Mar 2017
Macmillan have continued their association with Linda Porter buying UK & Commonwealth rights in a book, provisionally called Loose Ladies, about he mistresses of Charles 11.
13 Mar 2017
At auction Quercus have secured World English rights in Finn: The courageous police dog who was stabbed and came back from the brink, and is now about to change the law. Ghosted by Lynne Barrett-Lee, it charts the relationship between Dave Wardell and his dog Finn. The under-bidder was Sidgwick & Jackson.
13 Mar 2017
John Blake have bought World English rights in Starfish by Tom and Nic Ray a powerful love story about the triumph of the human spirit against adversity. Tom Ray, an Exeter University graduate, was working in banking , with one young child and another on the way, when just before his fortieth birthday he was struck down by septicaemia. The result was the loss of his limbs and half his face.
It is a moving account of how he rebuilt his life with the support of his wife against not just psychological and medical challenges but also financial hardship. The story inspired last year’s film ‘Starfish’ featuring Tom Riley (Da Vinci’s Demons, The Collection) as Tom and Joanne Froggatt (Golden Globe Winner, Downton Abbey)as Nic.
10 Mar 2017
Congratulations to Cathy Glass whose latest fostering memoir Nobody’s Son remains at Number One in the Sunday Times non-fiction paperback bestseller list for a second week.
10 Mar 2017
Patrick Garrett has given a fascinating interview to Womanthology, on his great aunt Clare Hollingworth, the subject of his book Of Fortunes and War.
07 Mar 2017
Some wonderful endorsements for Sean McMeekin’s ground-breaking new book.
“It is a quarter of a century since Richard Pipes published his history of the Bolshevik seizure of power in the Russian empire, and twenty years since Orlando Figes’s A People’s Tragedy. Back then, in the wake of the Soviet collapse, those seemed definitive. But now comes Sean McMeekin with a vivid new account, drawing on fresh evidence and offering an original, geopolitical perspective. The full, shocking extent to which Lenin was a German operative now becomes clear, as does the magnitude of Kerensky’s blunder in not finishing the Bolsheviks off before their “revolutionary defeatism” went viral. McMeekin writes muscular history. His Russian Revolution grips the reader.” —Niall Ferguson, senior fellow, the Hoover Institution, Stanford
“McMeekin enhances his high reputation in this comprehensively researched, persuasively developed account of the Russian Revolution as a contingent consequence of specific policies and decisions. Russia’s army, economy, and society did not collapse from the structural overstretch of World War I. Instead McMeekin emphasizes the might have beens, the roads not taken, that led to a “hostile takeover” standing as a grim warning against armed prophets promising earthly utopias.” —Dennis Showalter, professor of history, Colorado College
“This is a book that we have been waiting for. The Russian Revolution is an enormous subject, and to write a short and authoritative book on it is very difficult indeed. Sean McMeekin brings many gifts to the task, not the least of which is that he can describe crowd scenes with immediacy. It should count as a classic.” —Norman Stone, author of World War One
“In vivid colors, Sean McMeekin presents a provocative narrative of the 1917 Russian revolutions with an emphasis on the conspiracies, mutinies, and acts of treason behind the scenes of both revolutions. He shows how the revolutions were a direct result of Russia’s involvement in World War I in new ways. It is a book that will generate much debate.” —Eric Lohr, Susan Carmel Lehrman Chair of Russian History and Culture, American University
“The Tsar didn’t fall, he wilted, and this briskly written, fresh take on the revolution sketches the process in poignant detail—orgies, vodka, Rasputin, pogroms, plots, and war on the Eastern Front. McMeekin’s Lenin is more seedy than heroic, his Bolshevik victory an act of treason engineered by a German army that had stuffed a billion dollars in Lenin’s pockets before the bourgeois exile mounted his first barricade in Petrograd.” —Geoffrey Wawro, author of A Mad Catastrophe: The Outbreak of World War I and the Collapse of the Habsburg Empire
“Sean McMeekin’s new history of the Russian Revolution is, as always with his work, dynamic, compelling, and revisionist, telling the familiar story with vigour, accessibility, and elan but ornamented with fascinating new archival revelations on, amongst other things, German funding of the Bolsheviks.” —Simon Sebag Montefiore, author of The Romanovs
06 Mar 2017
Chloe Thurlow’s sensational novel Katie in Love has been nominated for The People’s Book Prize.
02 Mar 2017
The historian Patrick Delaforce has been awarded France’s highest honour, the Chevalier de Legion d’Honneur.
01 Mar 2017
Two agency titles have been shortlisted for the People’s Book Prize ceremony, which will take place in May: A Life in Death by Richard Venables and Rickshaw by David McGrath. Both books were published by Thistle Publishing.