issue #1 * 30th March 2021

And with Rosanna Amaka, whose debut The Book of Echoes (Doubleday, paperback July 1st) has been shortlisted for the Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award.

Added Saturday April 17th in our diaries as launch date on Sky Kids for the second half of Series 1 of The Brilliant World of Tom Gates by Liz Pichon

Travelled abroad with our translation team who, given how much they are missing meeting editors in person, visiting their offices and browsing incredible bookstores around the world, decided this Spring to take a series of ‘virtual trips’.

The ‘trips’ allowed them to focus on a particular market at one time, getting a real understanding of the current challenges and excitement facing publishers – as well as providing a good excuse for trip-themed recipes and drinks at home after a long day of zooming! More about their adventures in Greece, Italy, Brazil and France, among other countries over the next few weeks.

Made deals for authors including Noga Arikha, whose new book The Ceiling Outside interweaves an exploration of neuropsychiatry cases at a Paris hospital with a memoir of her mother’s mental decline through Alzheimer’s (to Sarah Caro at Basic Books in the UK and US).

And for Dennis Grube, another recent client of Andrew Gordon, who has sold Ducks in a Row to Matthew Cole at Pan Macmillan. In the vein of THE BLUNDERS OF OUR GOVERNMENTS by Anthony King and Ivor Crewe, and WHY WE GET THE WRONG POLITICIANS by Isabel Hardman, Grube’s book is about the four elements or ‘ducks’ that governments must align if policymaking is to be successful.

And, thrillingly, for the many thousands of fans of We are All Completely Beside Ourselves, Karen Joy Fowler’s new book was announced. Booth will be published in March 2022 by Serpent’s Tail in the UK and in the US by Putnam. “Described as magisterial, vivid and magic, Booth follows the trajectory of John Wilkes Booth, the man who assassinated President Abraham Lincoln, and tells the story of a family who changed the course of American history”.

Jemima Forrester accepted a six figure pre-empt from S&S UK on behalf of her client Lauren Bravo for her debut novel, PRELOVED. The novel tells the story of a woman who finds new meaning and fulfilment in life when she begins volunteering in her local charity shop. Rowohlt quickly acquired German rights at auction and will publish in 2022.

This week we also…

Celebrated publication of the first four of eight Russell Hoban novels being re-issued in the Penguin Modern Classics series.

And of Peter May’s The Night Gate, set partly in 1940 and partly in contemporary lock-down France about the rivalry between Hitler and Goring to secure the Mona Lisa and two murders seventy years apart.

Alan Judd’s A Fine Madness was also published on the 18th March, a novel about Christopher Marlowe that has been in the planning for three decades.

And young film-maker Miro Alleyne-McCarthy’s short film PIE was one of 13 selected for the FutureWave strand of Seattle International Film Festival, the only non-US film in the selection.

Stephen Fry’s Troy continued to excel in the bestseller lists, now having sold over 100,000 hardbacks since publication (Michael Joseph), and Megan Nolan’s debut Acts of Desperation has sold over 5,000 physical copies in the UK and Ireland and over 1700 ebooks in its first fortnight of publication. It is currently the bestselling ebook at Vintage!

Join us as we celebrate publication of Leone Ross’s spellbinding new novel, This One Sky Day, with special-guest appearances from Irenosen Okojie and Nikesh Shukla.

Sign up through Eventbrite here and hear all three writers read from This One Sky Day, a sensual meditation on the nature of love and addiction and a dazzling feat of imagination set over twenty-four hours. Irenosen Okojie and Nikesh Shukla will also be reading from their own work, Nudibranch and Brown Baby respectively. All three books are available from Libreria with a special 20% discount here.

We hope you enjoyed the first of our weekly news round-ups. Happy reading, keep watching,


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