09 Sep 2016
Orion have bought world rights in an updated edition of Robert Hutchinson’s The Last Days of Henry VIII: Conspiracy, Treason and Heresy at the Court of the Dying Tyrant
07 Sep 2016
Two agency books published through Thistle Publishing have been nominated for The People’s Book Prize. If you have a moment, please do vote:
01 Sep 2016
There’s an interesting interview with author Patrick Garrett on his new biography of war reporter Clare Hollingworth in the Deutsche Welle this week.
We are in the midst of an age of upheaval, marked by international crises. Does Hollingworth continue to observe these developments, despite her advanced age, and if so, how does she view them in light of her experiences?
Clare is a few weeks away from her 105th birthday, and she is now quite frail. Long ago she researched many of the themes that are only now achieving major prominence. [Republican presidential candidate] Donald Trump is suggesting that the US should abandon its NATO allies: This was an angle that Clare followed up in the 1960s. Clare was in Israel when the state was founded and all over the Middle East during World War II.
Religion-focused terrorism was a subject she wrote about and in fact was attacked for by academics. Some of her remarks have proved sadly prescient. She wrote about how effective the foot soldier could be against a superpower using the simplest tactics: We see that, too, in the Middle East. Based in China, she wrote about potential tensions in the South China Sea and Pacific long before they were daily news fodder.
As for watching today - she still likes to feel that she is part of the news world and insists on keeping her passport by her bedside and her shoes beside her bed in case she is called out to cover a story. Obviously that isn’t going to happen anymore, but it was what gave her a sense of purpose, and is perhaps one reason for her longevity.
Full interview (in English)
26 Aug 2016
Patrick Garrett’s terrific new biography of journalist Clare Hollingworth, Of Fortunes and War, has received a great review in the South China Morning Post.
‘A gripping account of a restless life that also illuminates profound social changes.’
26 Aug 2016
Chinese rights in The Black Door: Spies, Secret Intelligence and British Prime Ministers by Richard Aldrich and Rory Cormac.
Dutch rights in Cathy Glass’s I Miss Mummy.
American rights in Lawrence James’s Empires in the Sun: The Struggle for the Mastery of Africa, 1830-1980.
Chinese rights in A Very Dangerous Woman : The Lives,. Loves and Lies of Russia’s Most Seductive Spy by Deborah McDonald and Jeremy Dronfield.
Brazilian rights in Hitler’s Forgotten Children by Tim Tate and Ingrid von Oelhaven.
26 Aug 2016
Amacom have bought Gary Smith’s The Value Investing Option: Why It’s the one approach to beat the market and how to get started for publication next year.
16 Aug 2016
Patrick Garrett has written a very interesting long piece in the Telegraph on his new book Of Fortunes and War, a biography of pioneering journalist Clare Hollingworth.
15 Aug 2016
Matt Wilven has written a thoughtful article for the Telegraph on how he and his wife chose to deal with the issues of marriage and surnames.
Matt’s exhilerating debut novel The Blackbird Singularity is out now, and has just been longlisted for the Not The Booker Prize.