Katherine Frank's 'In the Silence of the Heart' sells internationally

We are thrilled to announce that Katherine Frank’s In the Silence of the Heart: A Biography of Suicide has been picked up internationally. Translation rights have been sold to De Arbeiderspers (Holland), Hanser Verlag (Germany) and Guanda (Italy) by Lisette Verhagen of Susanna Lea Associates.

Katherine Frank lost her husband to suicide, a few decades later she attempts suicide herself. Having carried out extensive research on the topic, she is writing this, a definitive work on suicide. Combining this research with her personal account, In the Silence of the Heart will attempt to answer the sensitive question; why do people take their own lives? It will speak volumes to anyone who has been affected by the trauma of suicide and will appeal to readers of Siddhartha Mukherjee, David Foster Wallace, Sally Brampton, and Paul Kalanithi.

Arabella Pike at HarperCollins who will publish the book in the UK says:

‘I am thrilled and very proud to be publishing Katherine Frank’s mighty and important book In the Silence of the Heart: A Biography of Suicide. The book shares the scope of Siddartha Mukherjee’s Emperor of All Maladies as well as the emotional power and restraint of William Styron’s Darkness Visible, Matt Haig’s Reasons to Stay Alive or Kate Gross’s Late Fragments. Whilst Frank’s book is inspired by personal experience, the book is very much a biography of this controversial and much-misunderstood subject. She will draw upon her immense scholarship and thinking over decades to explore the phenomenon of those who choose the time of their own death. It is a subject that will never not be relevant.’

Happy Publication Day to Isabel Buchanan

A very happy publication day to Isabel Buchanan! Her debut non-fiction book, Trials: On Death Row in Pakistan is in bookshops from today, published by Jonathan Cape. 

In 2011, Isabel Buchanan, a twenty-three-year-old Scottish lawyer, moved to Pakistan to work in a new legal chambers in Lahore. The chambers was run by a determined thirty-three-year-old Pakistani lawyer, Sarah Belal, who had finally found her calling in defending inmates on Pakistan’s death row.

Belal and Buchanan struck up an unlikely friendship, forged through working in a system that was instinctively hostile to newcomers – and doubly so if they were female. At Sarah’s side, and with the help of Nasar, the firm’s legendary clerk, Buchanan plunged into the strange and complex world of Pakistan’s justice system. The work was arduous, underfunded, and dangerous. But for a young Scottish lawyer like Buchanan it was an unparalleled education, offering a window onto a much-misunderstood country and culture. Filled with beautifully drawn characters – from blasphemers reading Richard Dawkins in Karachi to Pakistani shepherds caught up in the US war on terror – she creates a narrative brimming with ideas and bursting with humanity. It is a story of Pakistan, but it is also a universal story of the pursuit of justice in an uncertain world.

"This is far more than simply a memoir of one person's work in Pakistan - it is a deft, alert, moving, beautifully expressed and profound reflection on culture, politics, and the individual's experience of the law. I would recommend it to anyone." Rory Stewart

Pick up a copy of Isabel's book in all reputable book shops, or buy online here.

Happy Publication Day to Marcus Sedgwick

Happy Publication Day to Marcus Sedgwick whose novel, Mister Memory, is released into the world today by Hodder and Stoughton imprint, Mulholland Books. Congratulations Marcus!

In Paris, at the end of the nineteenth century, a man with a perfect memory murders his wife. But that is only the start of the story... A dazzling literary mystery from prizewinning author Marcus Sedgwick.

Paris, 1899. Marcel Després is arrested for the murder of his wife and transferred to the famous Salpêtrière asylum. And there the story might have stopped.

But the doctor assigned to his care soon realises this is no ordinary patient: Marcel Després, Mister Memory, is a man who cannot forget. And the policeman assigned to his case soon realises that something else is at stake: for why else would the criminal have been hurried off to hospital, and why are his superiors so keen for the whole affair to be closed?

This crime involves something bigger and stranger than a lovers' fight - something with links to the highest and lowest establishments in France. The policeman and the doctor between them must unravel the mystery... but the answers lie inside Marcel's head. And how can he tell what is significant when he remembers every detail of every moment of his entire life?

For fans of Scarlett Thomas, Carlos Ruiz Zafon and Patrick Suskind, this is a captivating literary mystery about memory, history and fate.

Keep up to date with all of Marcus' news on Twitter - @marcussedgwick

Simon & Schuster to publish Ross Brawn & Adam Parr's 'Total Competiton'

Simon & Schuster is to publish Total Competition, a "unique and revealing insight" into motorsport by Ross Brawn and Adam Parr, in November.

Ian Marshall, editorial director non-fiction at Simon & Schuster, acquired world rights to Total Competition from David Godwin of DGA.

In the book, Brawn, the "most successful technical director and team principal in Formula One history", and Parr, the former chief executive and chairman of the Williams F1 team, unveil the strategies Brawn employed to deliver 24 world championship titles for his cars and drivers while working with Williams, Jaguar, Benetton, Ferrari, Honda, Brawn and Mercedes.

Marshall said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be publishing this book. Ross Brawn and Adam Parr have combined to give readers an unprecedented and totally fascinating account of Formula One. As with Alex Ferguson’s Leading (Hodder) or Alastair Campbell’s Winners and How They Succeed (Arrow), there are lessons here for anyone who wants to learn from someone who has achieved at the highest level."

Brawn said: "I have been lucky enough to work with some great people and teams during 36 years in Formula One. Together we achieved a lot. We also had some serious setbacks. In this book, Adam and I discuss what happened and what made the difference between success and failure. It was at times a difficult experience, but it has helped me to see how I worked, what worked well and what I might have done differently. I hope that it will be of interest to anyone who is fascinated by the intensely competitive world of Formula One."

Parr added: "During my time in Formula One, I encountered no one like Ross Brawn: a fearsome competitor but also someone you could not help admiring and liking. I watched with fascination as Ross returned to the sport in 2008, bought out the Honda team, won the double world championship with Jenson Button in 2009 – and then turned round and sold the team to Mercedes, building it into the dominant competitor it is today. And these were just the last of 24 world titles achieved over nearly four decades in Formula One, Le Mans and beyond. I wanted to explore how Ross had achieved so much, so we sat down and analysed it. Ross was brutally honest. From our discussion, we draw some conclusions that, I think, will interest people way beyond Formula One."

The book will be published on 3rd November 2016 to coincide with the climax of this year’s Formula One season.

Review: The Outside Lands by Hannah Kohler

The Financial Times' 'Summer Reading 2016' highlighted a huge variation of exciting reads for our summer suitcases. Lionel Shriver, bestselling author of The Mandibles and We Need to Talk About Kevin, selected DGA's very own Hannah Kohler, whose debut novel The Outside Lands had struck a chord: - 

‘There’s an arbitrariness to choosing any “best” book, but I’d nominate Hannah Kohler’s debut novel The Outside Lands (Picador) as the “most surprising” 2016 release that I’ve encountered so far. In this Vietnam-era story, a California family is imploded first by private tragedy, then by the war itself. Yet the author is a Brit writing about a time before she was born. You’d never know it. Her ear for American dialogue is flawless, her historical details spot on. The quality of the writing, too, is astonishing. I wasn’t exactly in the mood to re-enter the 1960s of my youth, but Kohler won me over. Should you feel a similar resistance to this oft-visited subject matter, get over it.’ 

Buy The Outside Lands by Hannah Kohler here and keep up to date with Hannah's news on Twitter - @hannahkohler

Review: Sidney Chambers & the Dangers of Temptation by James Runcie

The fifth in James Runcie's popular Grantchester-based crime series, Sidney Chambers and the Dangers of Temptation has been receiving great reviews: -

The Times - 2nd July 2016

With the advantage of being the son of an Archbishop of Canterbury, James Runcie has created, in Sidney Chambers, a beguiling priest whose ecclesiastical calling in Grantchester seems to include frequent forays into amateur detection, helping to solve crimes from murders to petty thefts. As with his predecessor, GK Chesterton's Father Brown, there is often a moral message in his investigations and conclusions. The Dangers of Temptation - which contains six stories - is the fifth in the Grantchester Mysteries, taking Chambers into the late 1960s, and even to a Pink Floyd concert. Beautifully written, immaculate in its descriptions of bygone England and affectionate, but not soppy, to its characters.

Catch up on earlier titles and grab a copy of James Runcie's latest via Bloomsbury and keep up with all of James' news on Twitter - @James_Runcie

Cover reveal: Charlotte Salter's 'The Bone Snatcher'

We're so excited to reveal the absolutely gorgeous cover for Charlotte Salter's debut middle grade novel from Dial Books for Young Readers, an imprint of Penguin Group USA. The book is set to be published in February 2017.

Murder, madness, and sea monsters combine in this thrilling and atmospheric middle grade debut perfect for fans of Neil Gaiman, Lemony Snicket, and Tim Burton.

Sophie Seacove is a storyteller. She tells stories of what the world would be like if madness hadn’t taken over. If her parents hadn’t sold her off as a servant to pay for their stupid vacation. If she wasn’t now trapped in a decaying mansion filled with creepy people and surrounded by ravenous sea monsters.

The mansion has plenty of stories, too: About fantastical machines, and the tragic inventor who created them. About his highly suspicious death.  And about the Monster Box, a mysterious object hidden in the house that just might hold the key to escaping this horrible place—and to reuniting Sophie with her family.

But not everyone wants Sophie to have the Monster Box, and as she gets closer to finding it, she finds herself unspooling years-old secrets—and dodging dangerous attacks. Sophie needs to use her brains, her brawn, and her unbreakable nature if she wants to make it off this wretched island…and live to tell this story.

Keep up to date with Charlotte's news on Twitter - @CeSalter

Happy Publication Day to Julia Shaw

Wishing a very happy publication day to Dr Julia Shaw, whose debut non-fiction book, The Memory Illusion, is published today by Random House Books. 

Think you have a good memory? Think again.

Memories are our most cherished possessions. We rely on them every day of our lives. They make us who we are. And yet the truth is they are far from being the accurate record of the past we like to think they are. True, we can all admit to having suffered occasional memory lapses, such as entering a room and immediately forgetting why, or suddenly being unable to recall the name of someone we've met dozens of times. But what if our minds have the potential for more profound errors, that enable the manipulation or even outright fabrication of our memories?

In The Memory Illusion, forensic psychologist and memory expert Dr Julia Shaw uses the latest research to show the astonishing variety of ways in which our brains can indeed be led astray. She shows why we can sometimes misappropriate other people's memories, subsequently believing them to be our own. She explains how police officers can imprison an innocent man for life on the basis of many denials and just one confession. She demonstrates the way radically false memories can be deliberately implanted, leading people to believe they had tea with Prince Charles, or committed crimes that never happened. And she reveals how, in spite of all this, we can improve our memory through simple awareness of its fallibility.

Fascinating and unnerving in equal measure, The Memory Illusion offers a unique insight into the human brain, challenging you to question how much you can ever truly know about yourself.

The Memory Illusion is set to be published in 11 more territories. Keep up to date with Julia's news by following her on Twitter - @drjuliashaw - @memoryillusion

Buy the book today!

 

Tim O'Grady's 'CHILDREN OF LAS VEGAS' Nears Publication

Tim O'Grady's brilliant book, Children of Las Vegas is set to be published this week and along with it come a host of events, and you're all invited. 

Children of Las Vegas collects together 10 stories about growing up in the world's playground, illustrating the best and the worst of the city. We hear of the city's hustler spirit from Nevada, son of a casino owner, and of the strain the glimmering lights put on family ties from Alesha, a childcare worker. All the stories are accompanied by images by photographer and long-time collaborator, Steve Pyke. 

17th June - Book Launch : Burley Fisher Books

Come along for a reading from Tim O'Grady plus a Q&A. £3. A glass of wine included. 

7-9pm at Burley Fisher Books, 400 Kingsland Road, London, E8 3FG

 

19th June - I Could Read The Sky

As part of The Immigrants of Spitalfields Festival, Gareth Evans will be in conversation with writerTimothy O'Grady about the film based upon his photographic novel I Could Read the Sky.

I Could Read the Sky
Nichola Bruce
1999 | 86 min | Colour | 35mm
Introduced by Timothy O'Grady

A film about music, madness memory, love and loss, a haunting story of immigration, I Could Read the Sky is adapted from the photographic novel of the same name. It is the moving story of an old man living in a bedsit in London, remembering his life, growing up on the West Coast of Ireland, and his journey to London. The film unravels the strange twisting drama of a working man’s life. It moves from a decaying rural past to a vividly modern present, driven by a dynamic music soundtrack that draws from both, and a simple flowing lyrical storytelling. The film gets to the essence of how we remember, from behind closed eyes, with its abstractions of light and form and sudden moments of precise clarity, taking us on an inward, visually extraordinary labyrinthine journey to the film’s end. It stars the acclaimed late Irish writer Dermot Healy.

Tickets: £12 / £10 conc. / £8 Close-Up members
Box Office: 02037847975

 

19th June - Children of Las Vegas - Tim O'Grady introduced by Gareth Evans, film curator at the Whitechapel Gallery

“People come to Las Vegas to blow off steam and then go. But I’m stuck here. When I see the city lights I think of all the parts they don’t shine on. I think I’m living there, in those parts. The shadows pull you under.”

After a film showing up the road at Close Up, award winning author Timothy O'Grady will come to us at the bookshop to talk about his new book, 'Children of Las Vegas'. 

Thirty-seven million people visit Las Vegas every year. It's a city that offers to fulfil all your desires, without any repercussions. Timothy O'Grady asks what happens to the people who have to grow up there?

This book tells the stories of ten children, interspersed with short essays about the city and portraits by highly acclaimed photographer Steve Pyke.

You can read more about the author here, here and here.

This event is free, but please rsvp to info@bricklanebookshop.co.uk if you'd like to come.

Sunday, June 19th, 7pm -  Brick Lane Bookshop

 

 

 

Charlotte Salter to be published by Dial

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Stacey Friedberg at Dial has acquired Charlotte Salter's middle grade novel, tentatively titled Granmos.

Kestrel lives in a forest that is crawling with dangerous beasts, and her powerful spell-casting mother has tasked her with hunting them down. But as her own personal monster gets closer and closer to attacking and eating her, Kestrel learns that nothing in this forest is what it seems – including her mother's true motivations.

Publication is scheduled for spring 2018; Allison Hellegers of Rights People brokered world English rights on behalf of Kirsty McLachlan at DGA.

Congratulations Charlotte! Keep up with all her news on Twitter - @CeSalter

Jennifer Killick to be published by Firefly Press

We're thrilled to share that rights in Jennifer Killick's novel, Alex Sparrow and the Really Big Stink have sold to children's and YA publisher, Firefly Press. Congratulations Jennifer!

ALEX SPARROW AND THE REALLY BIG STINK by Jennifer Killick.

Alex Sparrow is a super-agent in training, he is also a human lie-detector. Working with Jess – who can communicate with animals – they must find out why their friends – and enemies – are all changing into polite and well behaved pupils. And exactly who is behind it all. ALEX SPARROW is a funny, mid-grade novel full of farts, jokes and super hero references. Oh, and a rather clever goldfish called Bob. In a world where kids’ flaws and peculiarities are being erased out of existence, Alex and Jess must rely on what makes them different to save the day.

Firefly have bought UK and British Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada). 

Keep up to date with Jennifer - follow her on Twitter, @JenniferKillick

Pearl by Simon Armitage published by Faber & Faber

Congratulations go to Simon Armitage on the recent publication of Pearl, a new version of the Middle English poem.

Simon Armitage's version of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight garnered front-page reviews across two continents and confirmed his reputation as a leading translator.

This new work is an entrancing allegorical tale of grief and lost love, as the narrator is led on a Dantean journey through sorrow to redemption by his vanished beloved, Pearl. Retaining all the alliterative music of the original, a Medieval English poem thought to be by the same anonymous author responsible for Gawain, Pearl is here brought to vivid and intricate life in care of one of the finest poets writing today.

Praise for Sir Gawain and the Green Knight:

'Takes you back closer to something of the thrill and the wonder the poem would have had in the days when it was composed. It might even be the best translation of any poem I've ever seen . [Armitage] was put on the planet to translate this poem.' Guardian

'[Armitage] captures his dialect and his landscape and takes great pains to render the tale's alliterative texture and drive . He has given us an energetic, free-flowing, high-spirited version.' New Yorker

Watch above as Simon reads an extract from Pearl.

Powerful new novel from Meena Kandasamy to Atlantic Books

Atlantic Books Editor James Roxburgh, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding India) in Meena Kandasamy’s second book, When I Hit You, or A Portrait of the Writer as a Young Wife from David Godwin at DGA. Atlantic will publish in Spring 2017.

Informed and inspired by her own experiences, Kandasamy’s follow up to the acclaimed Gypsy Goddess is a dazzling and provocative novel of an abusive marriage. Seduced by politics and poetry, the unnamed narrator falls in love with a university professor and agrees to be his wife, but what for her is a contract of love is for him a contract of ownership. As he sets about reducing her to his idealised version of a kept woman, bullying her out of her life as an academic and writer in the process, she attempts to push back – a resistance he resolves to break with violence and rape.  

“This book undid me. It is as fierce, smart, graceful and courageous as its author,” Roxburgh commented. “It is a dissection of what love meant, means and will come to mean when trust is undermined by violence; a brilliant, throat-tightening feminist discourse on battered faces and bruised male egos; a scathing portrait of traditional wedlock in modern India. To my mind, there will not be a book published next year that is more important, more ugly but more profoundly beautiful than this one.” 

Keep up to date with Meena Kandasamy here

Walker Books buys Kelly McCaughrain's Flying Tips For Flightless Birds

Walker Books has bought a teen novel by debut author Kelly McCaughrain.

McCaughrain’s Flying Tips for Flightless Birds is a novel about flying-trapeze double-act and brother/sister twins, Finch and Birdie Franconi – and their friend Hector Hazzard. After Birdie’s terrifying accident on the trapeze, Finch and Hector must work together to save the circus school and put on the biggest show ever.  The story is told in two voices – through Birdie’s blog and Finch’s narrative. It’s a novel about teen friendships and first romance, and ultimately that you can’t please everyone, one person will do.

Senior Fiction editor, Lucy Earley acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights in a two-book deal from Kirsty McLachlan at DGA Ltd. and will publish the first book in Autumn 2017.

Lucy Earley said: "We're juggling for joy to welcome Kelly to the Walker Ficton list - she's an original new voice in teen fiction and Flying Tips For Flightless Birds is an irresistible mix of heart, humour and characters readers will want to be mates with as they walk the high wire of teen life - all served up with a dash of kooky circus magic.

Kelly has a rare light touch, both entertaining and moving, and an infectious storytelling energy which readers will not want to resist."

Kelly McCaughrain said: I’m thrilled to be a Walker Books author! It’s every writer’s dream to work with a publisher with so much expertise and passion for books, and to be part of their brilliant catalogue of authors is mind blowing.’

Flying Tips for Flightless Birds is McCaughrain’s first book, she lives in Belfast and works with disabled students in further education and is studying English and Creative Writing at Queens University. When she isn’t writing she also works in a charity bookshop and takes long holidays in her 1967 classic campervan, Gerda. 

Follow Kelly on Twitter - @KMcCaughrain

Happy Publication Day to Lizzie Lees

Happy Publication Day to Lizzie Lees, whose Collage Carnival is out today from Pavillion Books

Create your own artworks and collages with this fantastic and fun book from print designer Lizzie Lees. Collage Carnival invites the reader to create a range of collage projects, from city scapes and travel journals using holiday snaps, to glitter-filled cards for friends. Mixed in with hints and tips for getting started are pages that can be coloured, cut out, customized, drawn on and embellished. There are pages filled with stickers and pages with gatefolds, allowing you to create your own collage masterpieces. Some pages are perforated so they can be pulled out and hung on the wall.

Lizzie Lees is an award-winning surface pattern designer based in North London. She graduated from Staffordshire University in 2005 with a BA (Hons) in Surface Pattern and became successfully established within the design industry. Over the past seven years she has worked with a number of prominent high street brands, including Designer’s Guild, Monsoon Accessorize Ltd, Marks and Spencer, John Lewis and Paperchase, where she busies herself creating beautiful patterns and placements for all manner of different products. She specialises in illustration, textile design and surface pattern.

Buy the book here

 

 

Omar Robert Hamilton debut acquired by Faber & Faber

Faber has signed a remarkable debut The City Always Wins amidst major rights excitement at the London Book Fair

We are delighted to announce that Faber has acquired an extraordinary and important first novel by Omar Robert Hamilton. David Godwin sold Lee Brackstone World Rights excluding US. The novel is scheduled for publication in Spring 2017.

The City Always Wins is a remarkable novel from the psychological heart of a revolution. From the communal highs of pitched night battles against the police in Cairo to the solitary lows of defeated exile in New York, Omar Robert Hamilton’s debut is a unique immersion into one of the key chapters of the 21st century. Arrestingly visual, intensely lyrical, uncompromisingly political, The City Always Wins is a novel not just about Egypt’s revolution but about a global generation that tried to change the world. 

Lee Brackstone, Creative Director said:

'The City Always Wins is a powerful account of idealism and revolutionary hope turned to ashes. It is hugely intelligent and ambitious and it should become the defining work of fiction about this extraordinary moment in recent history.'

The novel has already generated significant rights interest. Lizzie Bishop at Faber has sold Dutch rights to Hollands Diep, French rights to Gallimard, Italian rights to Guanda, and Spanish rights to Sexto Piso prior to the London Book Fair.

Omar Robert Hamilton is an award-winning filmmaker and writer. Based between Cairo and New York, he has written for the Guardian, the London Review of Books and Guernica. He co-founded the Mosireen media collective in Cairo and the Palestine Festival of Literature. This is his debut novel.

Bloomsbury to Publish new Samantha Shannon novel, THE PRIORY OF THE ORANGE TREE

We're enormously excited to announce that Bloomsbury has acquired World English rights to a standalone novel from international, bestselling author of The Bone Season, Samantha Shannon.

Alexandra Pringle, Editor-in-Chief at Bloomsbury, has bought The Priory of the Orange Tree from David Godwin. The novel is a standalone fantasy that draws influence from Eastern and Western mythology. In the novel, a war between dragons has divided the world, reducing humankind to a shadow of its former strength. It is told through the eyes of four characters from very different backgrounds. 

"Samantha Shannon is a writer whose imagination and flair is evident in all her work, but in this
gripping new fantasy novel she combines chivalric legends, dragons, Elizabethan court life, magic and Japanese folklore to stunning effect. It further confirms that Samantha Shannon is one of the leading fantasy writers of her generation," says Alexandra Pringle. 

"Samantha really is an astonishing talent. This is a fabulous book," says David Godwin. 

The Priory of the Orange Tree will be published by Bloomsbury in hardback and eBook. 

Samantha was born in west London in 1991. She started writing at the age of fifteen. 
Between 2010 and 2013 she studied English Language and Literature at St Anne’s College, Oxford. In 2013 she published The Bone Season, the first in a seven book series. The Mime Order followed in2015. Both were New York Times bestsellers and have been translated into twenty-two languages. The film rights have been acquired by the Imaginarium Studios and 20th Century Fox. Her third novel in the series, The Song Rising, will be published in 2017. 

Keep up to date with Samantha Shannon on Twitter, at @say_shannon and follow her blog, here.