Milk of Paradise by Lucy Inglis sells to Macmillan

Georgina Morley of Macmillan has acquired world English language rights in Milk of Paradise, by historian and blogger Lucy Inglis, from Kirsty McLachlan.

The book is a history of opium, and “promises to be every bit as enticing, authoritative and as packed with riveting things you never know” as Georgian London (Viking), Inglis’ first book.


Jeremy Paxman joins DGA

We are delighted to announce that David Godwin Associates will now be handling Jeremy Paxman’s literary career, both in the UK and abroad.  This is a very important moment for Jeremy and we look forward to working with him on his future projects.   

Simon Armitage's 'The Last Day of Troy' is performed at The Royal Exchange

Simon Armitage,  known foremost as one of the UK's most exciting poets, is working again as adaptor and translator of some of the most important epics. After Sir Gawain and the Green Knight, The Death of King Arthur and Homer's Odyssey, comes The Last Days of Troy. Originally commissioned for the BBC, the play is currently being performed at Royal Exchange in Manchester and coming to The Globe in June.

Faber are also publishing the work (See here)

Please see the Guardian review here


Arundhati Roy conferred Samata Parva Award 2014

Samata Parva Pratishtan conferred the tenth annual Mahatma Jotiba Phule­-Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar Samata Ratna award on Arundhati Roy, renowned author and Booker Prize winner, on Saturday, 10 May 2014, in Yavatmal, Maharashtra.

Prof Madhav Sarkunde, spokesperson for the trust, said, “Arundhati Roy’s introduction to the recently published annotated edition of Dr Babasaheb Ambedkar’s Annihilation of Caste has touched us. Babasaheb was disallowed by caste Hindus from delivering this address in 1936. Arundhati Roy’s comprehensive and incisive introduction corrects the historic injustice done to Dr Ambedkar by non-Dalits. This introduction, we hope, will help Babasaheb’s revolutionary text to reach a wide national and international readership. This is a landmark effort and the Samata Parva feels honoured that Ms Roy has accepted this honour.”

In her keynote address to an audience of over five thousand people, Ms Roy said, “This award to me is as important, if not more important, than the Booker prize. I am moved and truly honoured.”

Prior recipients include the late Narayan Surve (Dalit poet); Baburao Bagul (well-known Dalit writer), political thinker Kancha Ilaiah, social historian Gail Omvedt, economist Bhalchandra Mungekar (currently Rajya Sabha MP), Dalit thinker Dr Yahswant Manohar, social historian Braj Rajan Mani (author of Debrahmising History), and social activist from Gujarat Martin Macwan. 

Second book for duo Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen

Lucy Ivison and Tom Ellen's second book - working title, SKI TRIP - has been sold by Kirsty to Chicken House.


Lucy and Tom are the co-authors of the hilariously funny teen novel, LOBSTERS, to be published by Chicken House in June. They met in the sixth form and have been friends ever since. Lucy runs online teen magazine Whatever After, as well as teaching in girls’ schools across London specialising in building confidence and creativity. Tom is a journalist and has written for ShortList, Time Out, Vice, talkSPORT, ESPN and Viz.

Nikki Gemmell's book nominated for 2014 ABIA

Nikki Gemmell's book, The Kensington Reptilarium, has been nominated for the 2014 Australian Book Industry Award (ABIA) for the age range, 8 to 14. UK rights are still available.

A most unexpected adventure into a world unknown. Enter if you dare . . . 

The Caddy kids are home alone and they're having the best time ever. Until a stranger arrives with news . . . 

This is the story of how four loud, grubby urchins from the Australian outback find themselves in London for the first peacetime Christmas after years of war. 

But their new guardian hates children. He prefers the company of the hundreds of snakes in his house – the Kensington Reptilarium. 

Fate lends Kick, Scruff, Bert and Pin a helping hand when outraged citizens call for the Reptilarium to be shut down. With the police about to descend, can the Caddy kids warm Uncle Basti's heart – and have their Christmas wishes granted – before it's too late? 

A feel-good tale that will have you cheering on these four fearless bush kids as they take on the world. 


Penguin India acquires autobiography of Naseeruddin Shah

We are delighted to announce the acquisition by Chiki Sarkar at Penguin India of the autobiography of Naseeruddin Shah. This will be published later this year. Chiki commented 'Naseeruddin Shah is one of India's greatest actors.In this sparkling memoir of his childhood and youth, he shows us he as a good a writer as he is an actor. Penguin India is delighted to be publishing this extraordinary book. ' 




Cape pre-empts Isabel Buchanan's book INCOMPATIBLE GODS

Jonathan Cape pre-empted just before the Book Fair Isabel Buchanan’s book INCOMPATIBLE GODS: LIFE AMONG THE CONDEMNED IN PAKISTAN.  Through the cases of Pakistan’s poorest prisoners, the book mediates on authority and power: the legacy of Empire and the gulf between the haves and the have-nots. Through her experienced of being a young, foreign, female lawyer living in Lahore, the book offers glimpses of a Pakistan little seen: of courts and prisons, rural and urban homes and the texture of everyday life. The book is based on the author’s practice as a 23 year old lawyer in Lahore.

Dan Franklin of Cape said: 'Isabel Buchanan's story of a young British lawyer working in Lahore
with prisoners on death row is utterly remarkable and brilliantly told. This promises to be one of those  books of narrative non-fiction that transcends its immediate circumstances to become universally relevant and important.'

Samantha's Shannon's sequel title revealed... 'The Mime Order'

The Bloomsbury description.... 

In the internationally bestselling The Bone Season, Paige Mahoney escaped the brutal penal colony of Sheol I, but now her problems have only just begun: many of the fugitives are still missing and she is the most wanted person in London. 


As Scion turns its all-seeing eye on Paige, the mime-lords and mime-queens of the city’s gangs are invited to a rare meeting of the Unnatural Assembly. Jaxon Hall and his Seven Seals prepare to take centre stage, but there are bitter fault lines running through the clairvoyant community and dark secrets around every corner.

Then the Rephaim begin crawling out from the shadows. But where is Warden? Paige must keep moving, from Seven Dials to Grub Street to the secret catacombs of Camden, until the fate of the underworld can be decided. Will Paige know who to trust? The hunt for the dreamwalker is on. 

Romany and Tom.... The Soundtrack!

Ben Watt's wonderful Romany and Tom is published by Bloomsbury this week, on the 13th February.

To mark the occasion he has kindly put together this playlist  (please click to open)

In Ben's own words...

'Whenever I read books with lots of references to music I often wish there was a place to go to listen while you read, so with this in mind I decided to create a soundtrack for my new book, 'Romany and Tom'. From one of the first jazz 78s my dad ever bought in the late 1930s, through his own big band sound of the 50s, to the low-slung slacker 70s and the post-punk energy of my teens, the playlist covers almost all the mentions within the book. Almost two hours to get lost in, covering almost fifty years of music.'


Cyrus Mistry wins DSC Prize!

DGA client Cyrus Mistry the become the fourth winner of the $50,000 DSC prize for South Asian literature on Saturday for his book “Chronicles of a Corpse Bearer"

'Announcing the winner, Antara Dev Sen, the DSC prize 2014 jury chair said, "Cyrus Mistry's Chronicle of a Corpse Bearer is a deeply moving book, exquisitely drawn on a small, almost claustrophobic canvas. It takes a tiny slice of life, the life of the Khandhias or corpse bearers of the Parsi community, and weaves a powerful story about this downtrodden caste we know so little about."

Taken from The Times of India