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  • Praise for Juliet Barker's Conquest: The English Kingdom of France

    24 Nov 2009

    “…a magnificently readable account of the last four decades of that war…Juliet Barker’s account of Joan of Arc is one of the best parts of the book…I thought Agincourt was a superb book, but Conquest is even better. Once upon a time there was an English kingdom in France and Juliet Barker has brought it to extraordinary life.” Bernard Cornwell, Mail on Sunday

  • Praise for Tim Newark from an unexpected source

    24 Nov 2009

    Praise for Tim Newark , whose Highlander has just been published by Constable, has come from an unexpected source. After Newark sprung to Trump’s defence over plans for a golf complex in North East Scotland, Trump described Newark as “one of the most preeminent historians in Scotland.” More details at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/donald-j-trump/my-new-golf-course-a-sourb323741.html

  • Christian Wolmar's Blood, Iron and Gold

    24 Nov 2009

    • Christian Wolmar’s history of the railways Blood, Iron and Gold is ranked on Amazon as follows:

    1 in Books > Business, Finance & Law > Economics > History 1 in Books > Business, Finance & Law > Biographies & Histories > Business & Economic History 2 in Books > Study Books > Professional > Business & Management > Economics
  • Three in top 20 non-fiction paperback list including no 1.

    24 Nov 2009

    Congratulations to Cassie Harte, Cathy Glass and Alice Jamieson for making the top 20 paperback non-fiction list for their respective memoirs I Did Tell, I Did, The Saddest Girl in the World and Today, I’m Alice.

  • Gurpareet Bains on STV

    18 Nov 2009

    Gurpareet Bain’s appearance last night on STV can be seen by clicking on the link, then clicking on Part 2, and watching from 06:55.

  • No 1 again!

    17 Nov 2009

    Congratulations to Cassie Harte whose memoir I Did Tell, I Did remains at no 1 in paperback non-fiction and Cathy Glass whose The Saddest Girl in the World remains for a fourth week in the list at no 7. Alice Jamieson’s Today I’m Alice though only published a few days ago is no 21 so stayed tuned for an even better position next week.

  • Top UK non-fiction agent

    17 Nov 2009

    The recent Publishers Marketplace piece about the agency being the top UK non-fiction agency in terms of deals done this year perhaps didn’t make sufficiently clear the margin in which the agency is ahead - 21 deals with second place 7 - nor that the agency hasn’t announced new deals since June so plenty more to be listed. The top ten table is as follows:

    Andrew Lownie (Andrew Lownie Literary Agency) 21 deals in this category in the last 12 months | 15 in the last 6 months | 50 overall | 7 six-figure+ deals Most recent deal in this category: June 24, 2009 | view matching deals

    Charlie Viney (The Viney Agency) 7 deals in this category in the last 12 months | 5 in the last 6 months | 9 overall Most recent deal in this category: November 5, 2009 | view matching deals

    Jonathan Conway (Mulcahy Conway Associates) 7 deals in this category in the last 12 months | 7 in the last 6 months | 7 overall | 1 six-figure+ deal Most recent deal in this category: October 22, 2009 | view matching deals

    Patrick Walsh (Conville & Walsh) 6 deals in this category in the last 12 months | 3 in the last 6 months | 39 overall | 12 six-figure+ deals Most recent deal in this category: October 22, 2009 | view matching deals

    Ivan Mulcahy (Mulcahy Conway Associates) 5 deals in this category in the last 12 months | 5 in the last 6 months | 14 overall | 6 six-figure+ deals Most recent deal in this category: October 21, 2009 | view matching deals

    Paul Feldstein (The Feldstein Agency) 4 deals in this category in the last 12 months | 3 in the last 6 months | 8 overall Most recent deal in this category: August 20, 2009 | view matching deals

    Peter Tallack (Science Factory) 3 deals in this category in the last 12 months | 1 in the last 6 months | 17 overall Most recent deal in this category: November 9, 2009 | view matching deals

    Caspian Dennis (Abner Stein) 3 deals in this category in the last 12 months | 2 in the last 6 months | 12 overall | 4 six-figure+ deals Most recent deal in this category: November 9, 2009 | view matching deals

    Angharad Kowal (Writers House) 3 deals in this category in the last 12 months | 2 in the last 6 months | 5 overall | 1 six-figure+ deal Most recent deal in this category: November 9, 2009 | view matching deals

    Diane Banks (Diane Banks Associates) 3 deals in this category in the last 12 months | 3 in the last 6 months | 4 overall Most recent deal in this category: November 2, 2009 | view matching deals

  • Recent Deals

    13 Nov 2009

    Harper Collins have bought a sixth memoir by bestselling author Cathy Glass. A Dreadful Mistake will be published in 2011.

    Little Brown have signed up two more novels from another Top Ten bestseller, Duncan Falconer, for a six-figure advance. Pirate and Assassin will be published in 2011 and 2012.

  • Doug Beattie in the media

    13 Nov 2009

    Doug Beattie, whose Taskforce Helmand has just been published by Simon & Schuster and has extensive experience of mentoring the Afghan police, has had a busy few days discussing the shooting of the five British soldiers by a member of the ANP.

    Below a ‘screen grab’ of Doug on Channel 4 news being interviewed by Jon Snow and scanned articles which Doug ‘authored’ or contributed to in a major way. From the top they are: Guardian Daily Mail Daily Mirror Sun Daily Express Scotsman

    Over two days Doug’s comments appeared in 165 online articles (predominantly newspaper websites, including the national papers mentioned above, and the Telegraph and FT), not to mention in broadcast interviews on BBC Breakfast, BBC Ten O’Clock News, BBC News Channel, BBC Radio 4’s PM programme, BBC World Service, GMTV, Radio One’s Newsbeat, Five Live, ITV news and Sky News.

    Here are a few links to that coverage:

    Herald Scotland: Afghan police infiltrated by Taliban ‘at every level’

    BBC News: What are the Afghan police like?

    Guardian: ‘Afghan police have been infiltrated at every level by the insurgency’

    Telegraph: Afghan National Police penetrated by Taliban at ‘every level’

    Metro: Afghan police infiltrated by Taliban ‘at every level’

    Channel 4: Afghan policeman kills five UK soldiers

    Mirror: Gordon Brown vows fight against Taliban will go on but are there more enemies within?

    The Sun: Taliban ‘ordered’ soldier shooting

    Daily Express: Afghanistan’s police ‘is infiltrated by Taliban at all levels’

    Doug on the Simon Mayo programme

    Mail Online: Analysis - Drugs, bribes and ‘police’ in the pocket of the Taliban

    Belfast Telegraph: Afghanistan’s police ‘is infiltrated by Taliban at all levels’

  • Rave review for Wings Over The Desert

    13 Nov 2009

    Damian Thompson singles out for praise Desmond Seward’s memoir of his father’s experience in the Royal Flying Corp during World War One Wings Over the Desert in his Daily Telegraph blog

    http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/news/author/damianthompson