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Apr 14 2013: 'Queen Victoria' riding high
David Haviland’s myth-busting guide to history Why Was Queen Victoria Such A Prude? has now been the number one book in all its categories for a month and a half.
Apr 14 2013: Recent Film options
Simon Berthon’s Warlords has been optioned by Fox
Sean Longden’s Blitz Kids has been optioned by Peachtree
Daniel Tammet’s Born on a Blue Day has been optioned by Weidemann & Berg.
Apr 14 2013: Kirk Norcross serialised in The Sun
Kirk Norcross’s memoir Essex Boy, published by Sidgwick & Jackson, on April 25th is serialised in the Sun today and tomorrow.
Apr 13 2013: WH Smith bestsellers
Here is Susan Ottaway celebrating being No.3 in the WH Smith bestseller list. Clare Mulley is No.1 in the same list with The Spy Who Loved.
Apr 13 2013: Recent Foreign Rights Sales
Hebrew rights in Nicholas Best’s Five Days That Shocked The World: An Oral History of Europe at the End of World War Two to Keter Books in Israel.
Japanese rights in Marina Chapman’s The Girl with no Name to Komakusa Publishing.
Chinese rights in Francesca Gould and David Haviland’s Self-Harming Parrots and Exploding Toads and Why You Shouldn’t Eat Your Boogers and Other Useless or Gross Information About Your Body to Shanghai Joint Publishing Company .
Polish language rights in Sean McMeekin’s The Greatest Heist in History: The Looting of Russia by the Bolsheviks. to Jagiellonian University Press in Krakow.
German rights in Daniel Tammet’s Thinking in Numbers to Henser.
Apr 13 2013: Book six in Kit Marlowe series to Severn House
Severn House have bought Traitor’s Storm, the latest in M.J. Trow’s historical crime series featuring Christopher Marlowe.
Apr 13 2013: Hugh Pym's Inside the Banking Crisis to Bloomsbury
Inside the Banking Crisis by Hugh Pym, Chief Economics Correspondent for BBC News, the astonishing story of how Britain’s banking system nearly crashed has been bought by Bloomsbury for publication next year.
Apr 13 2013: Little Drifters sold to Harper Collins
Kathleen O’Shea’s memoir Little Drifters ghosted by Katy Weitz has been bought by Harper Collins.
Apr 13 2013: St Martin's buys Company Confessions: The CIA, Secrecy and Memoir Writing
St Martin’s Press have bought US rights in Christopher Moran’s Company Confessions: The CIA, Secrecy and Memoir Writing.
Apr 12 2013: Andrew Lownie calls for limited licenses
“We also all need to look at limited licences — I suggest ten year licences as with translation — to allow greater control of rights at a time of rapid technological change. It is wrong to sign away rights, many not even known, forever, now that books never go out of print. Naturally, publishers and agents will be reluctant to do so arguing that they should reap the benefits of what they have sown, but ten years should be sufficient to recoup the investment made.”
The full Publishing Perspectives piece can be found here.