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Apr 10 2012: Memoir on the unfolding nature of our relationships with parents bought by Hodder
Carol Lee’s latest memoir To Be Beloved on the unfolding nature of our relationships with parents as they age and as the roles and boundaries between us begin to alter has been bought by Hodder for publication next year.
Apr 08 2012: Three agency titles in Sunday Times Top 10
Three agency authors have top ten Sunday Times non-fiction paperback best-sellers this week.
Cathy Glass’s A Baby’s Cry at no 3
Lynne Barrett-Lee the ghost on The Baby Laundry for Unmarried Mothers at no 5
Harry Keeble and Kris Hollington for Hurting Too Much at no 10.
Apr 07 2012: April edition Words with Jam
Andrew Lownie’s regular column in the April issue of Words with Jam magazine can be found at
Apr 07 2012: Five Days That Shocked The World serialised in Daily Mail
Nick Best’s Five Days That Shocked The World: An Oral History of Europe at the End of World War Two is serialised in the Daily Mail today.
Apr 06 2012: Two new Paul Merrill titles to Random House (Australia)
Random House (Australia) who bought ANZ rights in Paul Merrill’s hilarious journalist memoirs Can We Cook the Dwarf ? have now bought ANZ rights in the first two books in his humorous politically incorrect stocking filler parenting series .
Muddle Your Way Through Fatherhood: How to fool people into thinking you’re a great dad and Muddle Your Way Through Being a Grandparent: How to fool people into thinking you’re a great Granny or Gramps will be published next year and US and UK rights are currently on offer.
Apr 05 2012: The Sixty Billion Pound War to Yale
Yale have bought Frank Ledwidge’s audit of the human, financial and political cost of the war in Afghanistan The Sixty Billion Pound War to be published next spring.
Apr 04 2012: Four agency titles in top fifteen
Another week with four agency books, split equally between Harper Collins and SImon & Schuster, in the top fifteen of the paperback non-fiction list. Congratulations to
Cathy Glass whose A Baby’s Cry is no 3
Lynne Barrett-Lee the ghost on The Baby Laundry at no 7
Harry Keeble and Kris Hollinton whose Hurting Too Much is at no 14
Casey Watson whose Crying for Help is at no 15
Apr 04 2012: Book on U2 sold to St Martin's Press
US rights in music journalist John Jobling’s unauthorised history of the Irish rock band U2 have been sold to St Martin’s Press.
Mar 27 2012: Kris Hollington's play Scream re-broadcast on Good Friday
Radio 4 are re-broadcasting Kris Hollington’s shortlisted play of the year Scream on Good Friday, 9pm, 6 April.
Written by Kris Hollington and directed by Boz Temple Morris, Scream is a crime caper telling the extraordinary but true story behind the theft of Edvard Munch’s expressionist masterpiece from an Oslo museum in 2004.
Recorded entirely on location in Olso, the cast of SCREAM includes many of Norway’s leading actors.
Oslo police are closing in on the criminal mastermind behind Europe’s largest and most spectacular cash robbery (the gang had blown up a police station as a distraction) when two incompetent criminals burst into the Munch Museum and ask for directions to Norway’s most famous painting. Amazingly, they emerge with The Scream and The Madonna. So begins a high profile and bizarre cat and mouse chase as police attempt to track down the world’s most valuable painting and arrest the robbers. Could it be that the criminal mastermind, David Toska, has commissioned the theft of the Scream simply to divert police resources from the investigation into his cash robbery?
A tale of love, murder, fatal illnesses and a unique chocolate obsession, Scream is a caper tale with added angst -
“We arrive on this earth screaming and we die screaming, screaming inside with the frustration of the shortness of life and the terror of death!”
Mar 27 2012: Four agency titles in top fifteen
Congratulations to the following authors on making this week’s paperback non-fiction list:
No 3 - Cathy Glass for A Baby’s Cry
No 5 - Lynne Barrett-Lee for Angela Patrick’s The Baby Laundry for Unmarried Mothers
No 10 - Harry Keeble and Kris Hollington for Hurting Too Much
No 15 - Casey Watson for Crying for Help.