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CONTENTS Literary Fiction
Backlist Highlights – Literary Fiction
Backlist Highlights – Non-Fiction
Biteback Publishing & Robson Press
Literary Fiction Peter Ackroyd
Patrick O’ Brian
PETER ACKROYD Winner of South Bank Show Award for Literature Whitbread Book Award, Guardian Fiction Prize, Somerset Maugham Award Shortlisted for the Booker Prize (Chatterton)
Peter Ackroyd is one of the UK’s most respected and celebrated writers, whose historical novels such as Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem and Chatterton bring to life the sights and smells of 17th, 18th and 19thc. London with skill and realism. He has also published four collections of poetry. A film adaptation of Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem will be released in the early 2017. ‘One of the few English writers of his generation who will be read in a hundred years’ time’ The Sunday Times ‘Novels of outstanding intelligence…one of the most inventive and challenging contemporary novelists’ The Literary Review
MILTON IN AMERICA DAN LENO AND THE LIMEHOUSE GOLEM THE HOUSE OF DOCTOR DEE CHATTERTON HAWKSMOOR THE GREAT FIRE OF LONDON THE LAST TESTAMENT OF OSCAR WILDE ENGLISH MUSIC UK: Random House Group
FOREIGN PUBLISHERS: Brazil Record, China Yilin Press, Czech Republic Paseka, Denmark Klim, Finland Weilin and Goos Oy, France Gallimard / L’Archipel, Germany Knaus, Rowohlt Repertoire, Israel Modan, Korea Sol Publishing, Latvia Mansards, Lithuania Alma Littera, Norway H.Aschehoug, Poland Zysk, Portugal Teorema, Republic of Macedonia Magoor Doo, Romania Editura Leda, Russia Corpus / Kriga, Serbia Clio, Spain Edhasa, Sweden Norstedt, Turkey Yapi Kredi Co-agents: Japan Tuttle Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis, Turkey Kalem Agency (For Peter Ackroyd’s Non-Fiction titles see page 57)
MELVYN BRAGG Winner of John Llewellyn Rhys Prize (Without a City Wall) WH Smith Literary Award (The Soldier’s Return) Time/Life Silver Pen Award (The Hired Man) Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize (A Son of War and Crossing the Lines) Melvyn Bragg is a writer and broadcaster. His novels include The Hired Man, for which he won the Time/Life Silver Pen Award,Without a City Wall, winner of the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, The Soldier's Return, winner of the WHSmith Literary Award, A Son of War and Crossing the Lines, both of which were longlisted for the Man Booker Prize, A Place in England, which was longlisted for the Lost Man Booker Prize, and most recently Grace and Mary. He has also written several works of non-fiction, the most recent being The Book of Books about the King James Bible. He lives in London and Cumbria. ‘Quite simply one of the best writers we have’ Sunday Telegraph
‘A vivid and surprisingly tender tribute to one of the wildest moments in Plantagenet history’ The Times
NOW IS THE TIME At the end of May 1381, the fourteen-year-old King of England had reason to be fearful: the plague had returned, the royal coffers were empty and a draconian poll tax was being widely evaded. Yet Richard, bolstered by his powerful, admired mother, felt secure in his God-given right to reign. Within two weeks, the unthinkable happened: a vast force of common people who believed that England had to be saved invaded London demanding freedom, equality and the complete uprooting of the Church and State. In this gripping novel, Melvyn Bragg brings an extraordinary episode in English history to fresh, urgent life on both a grand and intimate scale, vividly portraying its central figures. It is an archetypal tale of an epic struggle between the powerful and the apparently powerless. UK & Commonwealth: Sceptre (PUBLISHED) Other fiction titles: CREDO A SOLDIER’S RETURN A SON OF WAR
CROSSING THE LINES REMEMBER ME GRACE AND MARY
Co-agents: Russia Synopsis, Turkey AnatoliaLit
STEVEN CARROLL Winner of Miles Franklin Award 2008 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2008 Australian Prime Minister’s Literary Award 2014 (Joint Winner)
Steven Carroll works as Theatre Critic for Australia’s The Sunday Age. His novel The Art of the Engine Driver was shortlisted for the Elle Readers’ Prize and the Prix Femina Étranger 2005. Steven was again shortlisted for this prize and for the prestigious Miles Franklin Award with The Gift of Speed. He has gone on to win this award with the third part of the Glenroy sequence, The Time We Have Taken. Film rights to The Art of the Engine Driver have been optioned. He lives in Melbourne.
“[Carroll] inhabits the different world of 1930s England with consummate skill. The Lost Life […]pays eloquent tribute to the modernist literature of the time in which it is set” The Age “Carroll’s prose is limpid and assured… Carroll’s control is masterly” Sidney Morning Herald
THE LOST LIFE – Vol. 1 of the T S Eliot Quartet They may never have a life together, but they will have their moment. They will have this much. England, September 1934; two young lovers, Catherine and Daniel, have trespassed into the rose garden of Burnt Norton, an abandoned house in the English countryside. Hearing the sound of footsteps, they hide, and then witness the poet T S ('Tom') Eliot and his close friend, Emily, enter the garden and bury a mysterious tin in the earth. Tom and Emily knew each other in America in their youth; now in their forties, they have come together again. But Tom is married, and his wife has no intention of letting him go. What is it that binds Tom and Emily together? What happens when the muse steps out of the shadows? In the enclosed world of an English village one autumn, their story becomes entwined with that of Catherine and Daniel, who are certain in their newfound love and full of possibility. AUS & NZ: 4th Estate/HarperCollins (PUBLISHED)
A WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE – Vol.2 of the T S Eliot Quartet Set in 1941 during the Blitz, this novel traces the love affair of Jim, an Australian pilot in Bomber Command, and Iris, a forthright young Londoner, finding her voice as a writer. Haunted by secrets and malign coincidence, the couple struggles to build a future free of society's thin-lipped disapproval. Miles Franklin Award-winning author Steven Carroll has produced a delicate yet unflinching piece of historical fiction that captures quiet romance in the midst of great unrest. The poet T S Eliot, with whom Iris shares fire watching duties, unwittingly seals their fate with his poem ‘Little Gidding′, one of the famous Four Quartets. A World of Other People is a companion novel to Carroll's
earlier novel the Lost Life. AUS & NZ: 4th Estate/HarperCollins (PUBLISHED) The T S Eliot quartet THE LOST LIFE A WORLD OF OTHER PEOPLE DRY SALVAGES (forthcoming) EAST COKER (forthcoming)
The Glenroy novels: 1- THE ART OF THE ENGINE DRIVER 2- THE GIFT OF SPEED 3- THE TIME WE HAVE TAKEN 4- THE SPIRIT OF PROGRESS 5- FOREVER YOUNG OPTION PUBLISHER: France Phébus PREVIOUS FOREIGN SALES: Germany Liebeskind / Heyne Co-agents: Russia Synopsis
RACHEL ELLIOTT Longlisted for the 2016 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction Rachel Elliott is a writer and psychotherapist. She has worked in arts and technology journalism and her writing has featured in a variety of publications, from digital arts magazines to the French Literary Review. She was a finalist in the Dundee International Book Prize and shortlisted for the Mslexia Novel Competition, the Fish Short Story Prize and Glimmer Train’s Short Story Award for New Writers in the US. Rachel was born in Suffolk, grew up in Norfolk and the Midlands, and now lives in Bath.
‘In an over-connected world, a crisp, beguiling voice observes chaos – and conjures miracles. Elliott is an inspired observer - fresh, wry and true’ Liz Jensen, bestselling author of The Ninth Life of Louis Drax ‘Sharp, realistic dialogue drives this charming debut’ Daily Mail ‘[An] assured debut… As her characters gain deeper understandings of themselves, and our heroine gets a megaphone, there is hope that everybody can find their own voice’ Guardian
WHISPERS THROUGH A MEGAPHONE Sometimes the world can seem too much for just one person… Miriam hasn't left her house in three years, and cannot raise her voice above a whisper. But today she has had enough, and is finally ready to rejoin the outside world. Meanwhile, Ralph has made the mistake of opening a closet door, only to discover with a shock that his wife Sadie doesn't love him, and never has. And so he decides to run away. Miriam and Ralph's chance meeting during a storm marks the beginning of an amusing, restorative friendship, while Sadie takes a break from Twitter to embark on an intriguing adventure of her own. As their collective story unfolds, each of them seeks to better understand the objects of their affection, and their own hearts, timidly refusing to stand still and accept the chaos life throws at them. UK: ONE (Pushkin Press) (PUBLISHED)
ANZ: Penguin Random House
RIGHTS SOLD: France Payot Rivages, Germany Kein & Aber, Spain Alba Editorial, Turkey Beyaz Baykus, Co-agents: Russia Van Lear
SUSAN HILL Winner of Whitbread Award Somerset Maugham Award Shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize Longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award Susan Hill’s books have won the Whitbread and John Llewellyn Prizes, the W. Somerset Maugham Award and been shortlisted for the Booker Prize. Her ghost story, The Woman in Black, has been running in London's West End since 1988. Susan Hill is married with two adult daughters and lives in North Norfolk. 'Subtle and profoundly moving... one of our finest novelists' Sunday Times 'Almost unbearably poignant... this short book will live long in the memory' Independent on Sunday 'A novel of great structural and stylistic control' Guardian
FROM THE HEART You're a young woman. You can choose. Which career to pursue. Who to have sex with. Who to marry and have children - or not - with. This is now. Step into the shoes of Olive. You're a happy, open-hearted girl. Your (tricky) mother is dead and you live with your father in a solid, Edwardian house with apple trees in the garden. He's a kind man who does his fair share around the house. Your passion for books gets you easily into university, where the world is surely waiting for you. There, you take part in a play, and are noticed by the leading man. Even though he's not as glamorous off-stage, he becomes your boyfriend. But then you make a mistake - the kind any one of us could make - and face an impossible choice. You are young, still, and full of hope. You can't possibly know how that mistake will sit in your heart. Or that when you get a wonderful job at a girls' school you will meet an older colleague and fall in love. But the affair must stay secret; the world won't have it any other way. All you have ever wanted is for your heart to be free. But you are living in a time and place where freedoms we now take for granted had the power to destroy. UK: Chatto& Windus Publication: Autumn 2017
Stand- alone novels & short stories: BLACK SHEEP A KIND MAN THE BEACON GENTLEMAN AND LADIES A CHANGE FOR THE BETTER A BIT OF SINGING AND DANCING I’M THE KING OF THE CASTLE THE ALBATROSS & OTHER STORIES STRANGE MEETING THE BIRD OF NIGHT IN THE SPRINGTIME OF THE YEAR AIR AND ANGELS ‘Hill knows how to chill you to the bone in the most disarming way’ Daily Mail
THE TRAVELLING BAG & OTHER GHOSTLY STORIES From the foggy streets of Victorian London to the eerie perfection of 1950s suburbia, the everyday is invaded by the evil otherworldly in this unforgettable collection of new ghost stories from the author of The Woman in Black. In the title story, on a murky evening in a warmly lit club off St James, a bishop listens closely as a paranormal detective recounts his most memorable case, one whose horrifying denouement took place in that very building. In 'The Front Room', a devoutly Christian mother tries to protect her children from the evil influence of their grandmother, both when she is alive and when she is dead. A lonely boy finds a friend in 'Boy Number 21', but years later he is forced to question the nature of that friendship, and to ask whether ghosts can perish in fires. This is Susan Hill at her best, telling characteristically flesh-creeping and startling tales of thwarted ambition, terrifying revenge and supernatural stirrings that will leave readers wide-awake long into the night. UK: Profile (PUBLISHED)
#1 box office hit The Woman in Black starring Daniel Radcliffe is the most successful British horror film ever made The Woman in Black translated into 26 languages
THE WOMAN IN BLACK Proud and solitary, Eel Marsh House surveys the windswept reaches of the salt marshes beyond Nine Lives Causeway. Arthur Kipps, a junior solicitor, is summoned to attend the funeral of Mrs Alice Drablow, the house’s sole inhabitant, unaware of the tragic secrets which lie hidden behind the shuttered windows. It is
not until he glimpses a wasted young woman, dressed all in black, at the funeral, that a creeping sense of unease begins to take hold, a feeling deepened by the reluctance of the locals to talk of the woman in black – and her terrible purpose. UK: Vintage (PUBLISHED)
US: David Godine / Vintage US
RIGHTS SOLD: Azerbaijan TEAS Press, Brazil Record, Bulgaria Pergament, China Shanghai 99, Croatia Mozaik, Czech Republic Metafofa, Denmark Loxodonta, Estonia Hea Lugu, France L’Archipel, Germany Droemer, Greece Eurobooks, Holland Luitingh-Sijthoff, Hungary Partvonal, Indonesia Mizan, Italy Marco Polillo, Japan Hayakawa, Korea Munhakdongne, Lithuania Oboulys, Poland Amber, Portugal Objectiva, Romania Leda, Russia AST, Serbia Okean, Spain EDHASA, Sweden Modernista, Turkey Yapi Kredi Other ghost stories: PRINTER’S DEVIL COURT DOLLY THE SMALL HAND THE MAN IN THE PICTURE THE MIST IN THE MIRROR
THE SIMON SERRAILLER CRIME NOVELS ‘Not all great novelists can write crime fiction but when one like Susan Hill does the result is stunning’ Ruth Rendell
OPTION PUBLISHERS: Bulgaria Infodar, Czech Republic Mlada Fronta, Denmark Cicero, France Laffont, Germany Droemer, Holland Luitingh-Sijthoff, Italy Kowalski, Japan VillageBooks, Norway Cappelen Damm, Poland Amber, Romania Leda, Spain Edhasa, Turkey Yapi Kredi Co-agents: Japan English Agency, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis, Turkey Onk Agency Other titles in the Simon Serrailler series: 1- THE VARIOUS HAUNTS OF MEN 2- THE PURE IN HEART 3- THE RISK OF DARKNESS 4- THE VOWS OF SILENCE 5- THE SHADOWS IN THE STREET 6- THE BETRAYAL OF TRUST 7- A QUESTION OF IDENTITY
PENELOPE MORTIMER Penelope Mortimer (1918-1999) was a novelist and freelance writer contributing to the New Yorker. Her novel The Pumpkin Eater (1962) was made into an Oscar-nominated and Palme d’Or-winning film scripted by Harold Pinter and starring Anne Bancroft. She was married to the writer and barrister John Mortimer and their tempestuous marriage was the inspiration for much of her writing.
‘Penelope Mortimer’s novels have an economy and aptness of detail that make them refreshingly unlike much confessional women’s literature. Her best-known novel The Pumpkin Eater still reads with remarkable force’ New York Times
‘Beautiful … almost every woman I can think of will want to read this book’ Edna O’Brien on The Pumpkin Eater ‘While the novels of some of her still-celebrated male contemporaries have come to seem somewhat bombastic and dated, Mortimer’s style, spare and singular, cuts through the decades like a scalpel’ The Guardian on The Pumpkin Eater
THE PUMPKIN EATER (UK: Penguin Modern Classics, US: The New York Review Books) JOHANNA A VILLA IN SUMMER THE BRIGHT PRISON DADDY’S GONE A-HUNTING THE HOME LONG DISTANCE THE HANDY MAN MY FRIEND SAYS IT’S BULLET PROOF SATURDAY LUNCH WITH THE BROWNINGS CAVE OF ICE WITH LOVE AND LIZARDS
QUEEN ELIZABETH THE QUEEN MOTHER
ABOUT TIME ABOUT TIME TOO
FOREIGN PUBLISHERS: Holland Lebowski, Italy Minimum Fax, Spain Impedimenta Co-agents: Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis
PATRICK O’BRIAN Dr. Patrick O’Brian C.B.E. (1914 - 2000) is known for his acclaimed Aubrey-Maturin tales, for his biographies of Joseph Banks and Picasso, and his English translations of French writers including Simone de Beauvoir and Papillon. In 1995, he was awarded the Heywood Hill Prize for a lifetime’s contribution to literature. A feature film, Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World, starring Russell Crowe and directed by Peter Weir, was released in 2003 and won two Oscars. ‘…the best historical novels ever written’ New York Times Book Review The Aubrey-Maturin series: MASTER AND COMMANDER POST CAPTAIN HMS SURPRISE THE MAURITIUS COMMAND DESOLATION ISLAND THE FORTUNE OF WAR THE SURGEON’S MATE THE IONIAN MISSION TREASON’S HARBOUR THE FAR SIDE OF THE WORLD THE REVERSE OF THE MEDAL THE LETTER OF MARQUE THE THIRTEEN-GUN SALUTE THE NUTMEG OF CONSOLATION CLARISSA OAKES THE WINE-DARK SEA THE COMMODORE THE YELLOW ADMIRAL THE HUNDRED DAYS BLUE AT THE MIZZEN THE FINAL UNFINISHED VOYAGE OF JACK AUBREY UK: HarperCollins
US: WW Norton
FOREIGN PUBLISHERS: Azerbaijan TEAS Press, Brazil Record, China Yilin, Croatia Algoritam, Czech Republic Talpress, Denmark Munksgaard Rosinante, Finland Tammi, France Presses de la Cite, Germany Ullstein, Greece Psichogios, Holland Atlas, Hungary Magyar Konyvklub, Italy Longanesi, Japan Hayakawa, Korea Golden Bough, Norway Oktober, Poland Zysk, Portugal ASA, Romania Litera, Russia Amphora, Serbia Laguna, Spain Edhasa, Sweden Wahlstrom & Widstrand, Turkey Dogan / TEAS Press Co-agents: Japan Tuttle Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis
SARAH RAYNER Author of One Moment, One Morning, a bestseller with over 500,000 copies sold Sarah Rayner has worked as an advertising copywriter for almost 20 years. She has also written for women’s magazines and the marketing press. She is the author of five novels and three works of non-fiction. Praise for Sarah Rayner: 'In evoking ordinary lives invaded by a deep, primitive yearning, Rayner's portrayal of her characters' interior landscapes is carefully crafted and empathetic’ Sunday Times ‘Her strong, sympathetic characters feel drawn from life, and their real-world feelings and experiences get passed on to the reader’ Booklist ‘A real page-turner […] You’ll want to inhale it in one breath’ Easy Living
ANOTHER NIGHT, ANOTHER DAY There’s Karen, a recent widow, who’s about to lose her father too, Abby, whose autistic son requires 24/7 care, and Michael, a florist and family man dangerously close to bankruptcy. As each comes close to sinking under the strain, they’re brought together at Moorlands Clinic, and it is here, behind closed doors, they struggle to open up their hearts to one another and learn to laugh again. But will they all manage to come out unscathed? Another Night, Another day is a moving exploration of what happens when three very different people hit crisis point. US: St Martin’s Griffin
UK: Picador (PUBLISHED)
RIGHTS SOLD: France Michel Lafon, Italy Ugo Guanda, Russia Exmo OPTION PUBLISHERS: Brazil Fundamental, China Everight Book, Croatia Mozaik, Germany Rowohlt / Bertelsmann Club, Holland The House of Books, Norway Vega Forlag, Poland Prószyński, Serbia Laguna, Turkey Pegasus Co-agents: Japan English Agency, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis Other titles: THE TWO WEEK WAIT ONE MOMENT, ONE MORNING THE OTHER HALF GETTING EVEN (For Sarah Rayner’s non-fiction titles see page 71)
JEAN RHYS 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of first publication of Wide Sargasso Sea Jean Rhys (1890–1979) started writing in the 1930s, encouraged by Ford Madox Ford, who also discovered D.H. Lawrence. She was spurred on to writing by an anguish that surfaced when the first of her three marriages broke down, but when she began, she was already decades ahead of her time. Now, reading through the lens of post-war tolerance and understanding, Rhys’s novels are strikingly and powerfully modern. She writes in a style that is inimitably intimate yet hauntingly simple, filled with the joys and the pains of human existence. ‘She is loved not just for a talent that seems so spontaneous and individual in its personality as physical beauty, but for a special kind of courage’ Guardian
QUARTET AFTER LEAVING MR. MACKENZIE VOYAGE IN THE DARK GOOD MORNING MIDNIGHT WIDE SARGASSO SEA
THE LEFT BANK TIGERS ARE BETTER LOOKING (Includes stories from THE LEFT BANK AND OTHER STORIES) SLEEP IT OFF LADY LET THEM CALL IT JAZZ
US: WW Norton
FOREIGN PUBLISHERS: Albania Botime Pegi, Arabic Athat, Brazil Rocco, Bulgaria Altera, Catalan Ediciones 62, China Literature & Art Publishing House, Croatia Naklada Ljevak, Denmark Tiderne Skifter, Finland Otava, France Denoel / Editions Stock, Germany SchÖffling / DTV, Greece Melani, Holland Rainbow Pocketboeken, Israel Keter, Italy Adelphi, Japan Kawade, Korea Woong Jin / EunHaeng Namu / Hyundae Munhak, Changbi Publishers, Portugal Relogio d’Agua Editora, Romania Leda, Russia Gonzo, Spain Lumen, Turkey Can Yayinlari Co-agents: Japan Tuttle Mori, Korea Duran Kim, Russia Synopsis
DIANE SETTERFIELD New York Times #1 bestselling author
Diane Setterfield is a former academic, specializing in the twentieth-century French Literature. Having spent time in France, she now lives in Harrogate. Her debut novel The Thirteenth Tale has been published in 40 countries, and was a #1 international bestseller, selling millions of copies. She is currently writing her third novel. 'The overt creepiness is a long time coming, but this is a ghost story half hidden inside a fascinating family saga, where the dark stain spreads slowly… fabulous’ The Times
BELLMAN & BLACK As a boy, William Bellman kills a rook with his slingshot. The act is soon forgotten amidst the riot of boyhood games, but has unforeseen and terrible consequences. By the time he is grown, with a wife and children of his own, he seems to have put the whole incident behind him. But rooks don’t forget. When a stranger mysteriously enters his life, William’s fortunes begin to turn. Desperate to save the one precious thing he has left, he enters into a bargain. A rather strange bargain, with an even stranger partner, to found a decidedly macabre business. And Bellman & Black is born. UK: Orion (PUBLISHED)
RIGHTS SOLD: Brazil Record, Catalan Grup 62, Chinese (Complex) Cite Publishing, Chinese (Simplified) People’s Literature Publishing House, Croatia Algoritam, Czech Republic Euromedia, France Plon, Germany Blessing, Greece Harlenic Hellas, Italy Mondadori, Poland Amber, Portugal Marcador, Russian Azbooka, Slovakia Ikar, Spain Lumen, Norway Gyldendal
THE THIRTEENTH TALE RIGHTS SOLD: Brazil Record, Bulgarian Bard, Chinese (Complex) Ecus Publishing House, Chinese (Simplified) People’s Literature Publishing House, Croatia Algoritam, Czech Republic Euromedia, Denmark Aschehoug, Estonia Varrak, Finland Tammi, Greece Harlenic Hellas, Iceland JPV, Indonesia Gramedia, Israel Keter, Japan NHK, Korea Viche, Latvian Zvaigzne ABC, Lithuania Alma Littera, Macedonia Kultura, Norway Gyldendal, Portugal Presença, Romania Humanitas, Russian Azbooka, Serbia Laguna, Slovakia Ikar, Slovenia Ucila, Sweden Bonnier, Turkey Altin, Ukrainian Family Leisure Club Co-agents: Japan Tuttle Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis
ROSE TREMAIN 1.5 million copies of Rose Tremain’s novels sold in the UK alone Novels translated into 31 languages Winner of Orange Prize 2008 (The Road Home) Whitbread Novel Award 1999 (Music & Silence) Prix Femina Etranger 1994 (Sacred Country) Shortlisted for BBC National Short Story Award 2014 (‘The American Lover’) Orange Prize 2004 (The Colour) Booker Prize 1989 (Restoration)
Rose Tremain’s bestselling novels have won many awards. Restoration was shortlisted for the Booker Prize in 1989 and made into a film in 1995. In 2007, Rose was made a CBE in the Queen’s Birthday Honours. She lives in Norfolk and London with the biographer, Richard Holmes. ‘[The Gustav Sonata] hits a perfect note’ Daily Telegraph
THE GUSTAV SONATA What is the difference between friendship and love? Or between neutrality and commitment? Gustav Perle grows up in a small town in ‘neutral’ Switzerland, where the horrors of the Second World War seem only a distant echo. But Gustav’s father has mysteriously died, and his adored mother Emilie is strangely cold and indifferent to him. Gustav’s childhood is spent in lonely isolation, his only toy a tin train with painted passengers staring blankly from the carriage windows. As time goes on, an intense friendship with a boy of his own age, Anton Zwiebel, begins to define Gustav’s life. Jewish and mercurial, a talented pianist tortured by nerves when he has to play in public, Anton fails to understand how deeply and irrevocably his life and Gustav’s are entwined. UK: Chatto & Windus (PUBLISHED)
US: WW Norton
RIGHTS SOLD: China Tsinghua University Press, France JC Lattes, Germany Suhrkamp, Israel Simanim/Yedioth Books, Italy 66th and 2nd, Poland Foksal OPTION PUBLISHERS: Bulgaria ICU Publishing, Co-agents: Japan English Agency, Korea Duran Kim, Russia Synopsis
PREVIOUS SALES: Albania Morava, Brazil Rocco, Bulgaria Prozoretz / ICU Publishing, China Shanghai Widea Culture & Art / Only Cultural Enterprise, Denmark Forlaget Fremad, Holland De Geus / Contact, Germany Insel / Droemer, Israel Miskal / Simanim, Italy Marco Tropea, Japan Kashiwa Shobo / Kokushokankokai, Korea Munhakdongne, Poland Foksal, Portugal Porto Editora, Romania Editura Leda, Serbia Laguna, Slovenia Ucila, Spain El Aleph/Grup 62, Sweden Eva Bonnier, Taiwan Cite Publishing, Turkey Kirmizi Kredi, Vietnam Literature Publishing House
Novels: MERIVEL TRESPASS THE ROAD HOME THE COLOUR MUSIC AND SILENCE THE WAY I FOUND HER
SACRED COUNTRY RESTORATION THE SWIMMING POOL SEASON THE CUPBOARD LETTER TO SISTER BENEDICTA SADLER’S BIRTHDAY
Collections of short stories: THE AMERICAN LOVER THE DARKNESS OF WALLIS SIMPSON EVANGELISTA’S FAN AND OTHER STORIES THE GARDEN OF THE VILLA MOLINI AND OTHER STORIES THE COLONEL’S DAUGHTER AND OTHER STORIES
Backlist Highlights – Literary Fiction THE SNOW BALL by Brigid Brophy It is New Year's Eve in London. The occasion is a costume ball on an eighteenth-century theme in the grand London residence of Tom and four-times-married Anne. Anna K attends alone, dressed as Donna Anna from Mozart's Don Giovanni, unhappily preoccupied by her age and appearance and a general distaste for the occasion. But when at midnight she meets a masked Don who kisses her on the mouth, she wonders if this mystery man might share her personal obsessions - 'Mozart, sex and death' - and whether a closer union is not meant to be.
UK Faber & Faber; Japan Chuokoran-sha Brigid Brophy (1929-1995) was an acclaimed British novelist, essayist, critic and campaigner. Her fiction included Hackenfeller's Ape (1953), The King of a Rainy Country (1956), Flesh (1962), The Finishing Touch (1963), The Snow Ball (1964), In Transit (1969), The Adventures of God in His Search for the Black Girl (1971) and Palace without Chairs (1978).
THE MERRY-GO-ROUND IN THE SEA by Randolph Stow In 1941, Rob Coram is six. The war feels far removed from his world of aunties and cousins and the beautiful, dry landscape of Geraldton in Western Australia. But when his favourite, older cousin, Rick, leaves to join the army, the war takes a step closer. When Rick returns from the war several years later, he has changed and Rob feels betrayed. The old merry-goround that represents Rob's dream of utopia (the security of his family and of the land that is his home) begins to disintegrate before his eyes. UK Penguin Modern Classics; ANZ Penguin Australia Acknowledged as one of Australia's finest writers, Randolph Stow was born in Geraldton, Western Australia, in 1935. His works included novels, plays, poetry and children's books. Stow was awarded the Miles Franklin Award (To the Islands), and the Patrick White Award. He died in 2010 at the age of seventy-four.
Commercial Fiction Milly Adams James Barlow James Brogden MacKenzie Common Alexandra Connor Catherine Cookson Elizabeth Corley David Crossland Gordon Doherty Angus Donald G W Eccles Chris Ewan Robert Fabbri N.J. Fountain Michelle Frances Frankie Gaffney Sam Gasson Margaret Graham Graham Hancock Felicity Hayes-McCoy Charlie Hodges Mark Lawrence Jane Lythell C.S. Quinn Catherine Robertson David N Robinson Tom Sharpe Anna Smith-Spark James P Sumner Jamie Thomson Michael White Neil White
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MILLY ADAMS Milly Adams lives in Buckinghamshire with her husband, dog and cat. Her children live nearby. Her grandchildren are fun, and lead her astray. She insists that it is that way round. Sisters at War is her second novel.
A compelling new Second World War novel perfect for fans of Katie Flynn and Ellie Dean.
SISTERS AT WAR Bryony and Hannah are sisters, but they couldn't be more different, and war has brought even more of a rift between them. Bryony is happiest where her family and loved ones are - at Combe Lodge, the family home - and these uncertain times have brought them all closer together. But Hannah is young and headstrong. No one will stop her from doing what she wants - and this time she's decided to flee to Jersey. Even though Hannah has left, at Combe Lodge, everyone else is pitching in with the war effort. The family home fills with evacuees and Bryony is doing her bit, flying planes at the nearby Combe Lodge Airlines. But despite all that is going on with war, Bryony knows that above everything she needs to reach out to Hannah. Only she will be able to keep her flighty younger sister's feet on the ground. But is Bryony too late to help her? Will Hannah ever come home? UK: Arrow (Random House) Publication: October 2016 Other titles: ABOVE US THE SKY
JAMES BARLOW James Barlow (1921-1973) was a regular contributor to the magazine Punch and in 1956 published his first novel, The Protagonists, to much critical acclaim in both the UK and the US. The Patriots, written in 1960, became a bestseller and in 1972, Barlow won an award from Pan Publishers for Liner, beating competition such as The Day of the Jackal by Frederick Forsyth. Barlow’s 1968 novel, The Burden of Proof, was made into a successful film (retitled Villain) starring Richard Burton. In 1962, Term of Trial was turned into a film starring Laurence Olivier (whose performance received a BAFTA nomination), Simone Signoret, Thora Hird and Terence Stamp. The television adaptation of his third novel, The Man with Good Intentions, starred Francesca Annis. The film rights for The Protagonists have just been optioned. ‘James Barlow is one of the most able thriller writers in the business, with an alarmingly acute eye for the degenerate quirks of society and the knack of unraveling a plot as complicatedly knit as spaghetti’ Spectator ‘Passion, violence and retribution, suspense and superb storytelling!’ Los Angeles Times ‘We have to welcome a careful and painstaking talent’ Sunday Times
THE PROTAGONISTS THE HOUR OF MAXIMUM DANGER BOTH YOUR HOUSES THE BURDEN OF PROOF ONE MAN IN THE WORLD THIS SIDE OF THE SKY ONE HALF OF THE WORLD IN ALL GOOD FAITH THE LOVE CHASE LINER TERM OF TRIAL THE PATRIOTS THE MAN WITH GOOD INTENTIONS
World English: Peach Publishing (PUBLISHED) FOREIGN PUBLISHERS: Italy Sellerio Editore Co-agents: Russia Synopsis
James Brogden is a part-time Australian who grew up in Tasmania and now lives with his wife and two daughters in Bromsgrove, Worcestershire, where he teaches English. His horror and fantasy stories have appeared in various anthologies and periodicals ranging from The Big Issue to the BFS Award-Winning Alchemy Press. Snowbooks published his first novel, The Narrows, in 2012, with Tourmaline the year after, and its sequel, The Realt, in May of 2015.
HEKLA’S CHILDREN Picnic at Hanging Rock meets Mythago Wood Young teacher Nathan Brookes left four of his pupils unsupervised during a practice hike for their Duke of Edinburgh Award. He was away only 30 minutes, for an assignation with his married colleague Sue. But when he looked for them in the park, the teenagers were nowhere to be found. A huge police search revealed nothing, not even a footprint. One of the girls – Liv – was found a few days later, but said she couldn’t remember anything. The story made headlines all over the world, but for all the speculation, no trace of the others was ever found. Nathan wouldn’t betray Sue, which made him the prime suspect to the police, the childrens’ parents – and the press. The police knew he was lying, but could prove nothing. With no developments to report, the story eventually faded from the world’s attention. Liv spent the next ten years in and out of mental care but never revealed the true nature of her ordeal. Nathan left town, his life and career permanently blighted. Then Sutton Park becomes the focus of media attention again: archaeologists discover an incredibly well preserved Bronze Age body in the peat bog. Nathan starts to have horrific visions of the missing students, alive but trapped somewhere, and he returns to the park for the first time. Liv reappears too, and is arrested for assaulting the woman leading the dig. She finally agrees to talk – but only if Nathan is there. And when she does, only he believes her story. Because only he can put right what was done. UK: Titan Books Publication: March 2017
MACKENZIE COMMON MacKenzie Frost Common was born in Newfoundland, Canada. She grew up in a succession of University towns across Canada and spent her adolescent years in Northern Ontario, which has fundamentally shaped who she is today. She has a degree in Political Science from the University of Guelph (in Canada), and two degrees in Law from City University of London and University of Cambridge. She currently lives in London and is currently studying for a PhD. The Lives of Desperate Girls is her first YA novel.
THE LIVES OF DESPERATE GIRLS Nobody believed that I didn’t know what happened to Chloe. Even I knew that wasn’t exactly true. February 26th 2006. Sixteen year old Helen Commanda is found dead just outside Thunder Creek, Ontario. Her murder goes unremarked, except for the fact that it may shed light on the disappearance of Chloe Shaughnessy two months earlier. Chloe is beautiful, rich and white. Helen is plain, and from the reservation. They had nothing in common except that they were teenage girls from an unforgiving small town. Only Chloe’s best friend Jenny Parker knows exactly how unforgiving, but she has her own reasons for not telling... Yet. In the hope that it will bring her closure for Chloe, Jenny seeks the truth about Helen's life and death. But what can a teenage girl really accomplish where adults have failed? And how much is Jenny actually complicit in a conspiracy of silence?
World English: Penguin Random House Canada Publication: Summer 2017
ALEXANDRA CONNOR Alexandra Connor's work has been featured in The Times, Telegraph, Observer, New Woman, Woman's Journal, Woman and Home, Hello!, The Express, Daily Mail, and many foreign newspapers such as Le Figaro and La Sicilia. Alexandra is listed in Debrett's 'People of Today'; is an entrant in the Dictionary of International Biography; and inaugural version of The Cambridge Blue Book. She is also a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. She writes both fiction and non-fiction in a number of genres.
THE SIXPENNY WINNER Ada Hargreaves is a tough woman, which is just as well – she's needed to be. Born in a Stockport slum, she and her husband have worked hard to raise their own family in better conditions. When they take over The Sixpenny Winner, a thriving pub, the dream comes true. For a while. As WWII is looming, a stranger comes to the door. Labour is hard to find, and for once Ada doesn’t heed her instincts and hires him. It's a fatal mistake, for Ada, for her daughters, and for the family that seeks refuge with them, but it certainly gives Stockport a scandal that will last for years.
THE FACE IN THE LOCKET A spoilt child learns the lessons of life the hard way, in this warm family saga set in Wigan from 1920s to 1950s. Our heroine is brought to live with her maiden aunts as a young child. They are formidable sisters, counting themselves a cut above the neighbours, because they run a genteel hairdressing salon. The girl grows into a beautiful woman, who knows how to make the most of her charms. But when tragedy, family shame and betrayal force her to confront the real world, she shows everyone that there's more to her than a pretty face after all. PREVIOUS FOREIGN SALES: Canada Quebecor, France L’Archipel, Holland Meulenhoff Rae Spears Mystery Thriller series BODILY HARM CIPHER
Sagas AN ANGEL PASSING OVER MASK OF FORTUNE THE FACE IN THE LOCKET THE HOUR OF THE ANGEL THE TURN OF THE TIDE THE VELVET GLOVE
GREEN BAIZE ROAD MIDNIGHT’S SMILING THE GREEN BAY TREE THE SIXPENNY WINNER THE WELL OF DREAMS WINTER WOMEN, MIDSUMMER MEN
Horror/Magic Realism – previous published as Alexandra Hampton THE DEAF HOUSE THE EXPERIENCE BUYER
CATHERINE COOKSON Over 100 million copies sold around the world Translated into 25 languages Catherine Cookson (1906 - 1998) was born in the bleak industrial heartland of Tyneside, England, the illegitimate daughter of the woman whom she had believed to be her elder sister. The poverty, exploitation and bigotry she experienced aroused deep emotions that stayed with her throughout her life. At the age of forty, she began to write about the lives of the people around her, and rose to become one of the most successful novelists of all time. She received an OBE in 1986 and was created Dame of the British Empire in 1993. She was appointed an Honorary Fellow at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford in 1997. She passed away aged 91. ‘The most celebrated novelist of our time’ The Times
Novels: KATE HANNIGAN THE FIFTEEN STREETS COLOUR BLIND HANNAH MASSEY THE GAMBLING MAN A RUTHLESS NEED RILEY
THE THURSDAY FRIEND THE BONNY DAWN THE LADY ON MY LEFT A HOUSE DIVIDED ROSIE OF THE RIVER THE SAND DANCER THE MALLEN SECRET
Autobiography: OUR KATE CATHERINE COOKSON COUNTRY LET ME MAKE MYSELF PLAIN PLAINER STILL A full list of Catherine Cookson’s 106 published works is available
UK: Headline & Corgi FOREIGN PUBLISHERS: Bulgaria Svetovna Biblioteka, Czech Republic Euromedia, Denmark Det Bedste a/s, Estonia Varrak, Finland Gummerus, France Presses de la Cite, Germany Heyne / Weltbild, Greece Oceanida, Holland De Boekerij, Hungary Magyar Konyvklub, Italy Sperling & Kupfer Korea Simji Publishing, Latvia Zvaigzne ABC, Lithuania Alma Littera, Norway Cappelen, Poland Wydawnictwo Bis, Portugal Circulo de Leitores, Romania Miron / Pygmalion / Mondial / Vivaldi, Russia Mir knigi, Family Leisure Club, South Africa Rooi Rose Magazine, Slovakia Sloyensky Spisoyatel, Spain Editorial Planeta, Sweden Bonniers, Turkey Aarion Yayin Co-agents: Japan Tuttle Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis
ELIZABETH CORLEY Sales in Germany exceed 300,000 copies Elizabeth Corley grew up in West Sussex, England. She manages to balance her passion for crime-writing with a successful position as Chief Executive for a global investment company. She divides her time between London, Germany and France. She was inspired to write the first of her novels featuring DCI Andrew Fenwick during a performance of Verdi’s Requiem, and her first four books have become bestsellers in Germany. ‘Very tense, superb…sure to appeal to fans of Tana French and Tess Gerritsen’ Booklist ‘Virtuoso’ Die Welt ‘Described with great subtlety…cleverly done and genuinely exciting’ Literary Review
DEAD OF WINTER Chief Superintendent Andrew Fenwick isn't pleased to be assigned a high-profile celebrity case - the disappearance of teenager Issie Mattias, the privileged granddaughter of Hollywood royalty. But as his investigation takes shape, and unsettling hints of an abusive past surface, he grows ever more concerned for the girl's safety. Meanwhile Inspector Louise Nightingale is searching for a serial rapist - could the cases be linked? As the country is gripped by a treacherous winter, Fenwick and Nightingale are running out of time... A gripping tale of revenge and first love gone bitterly wrong, Dead of Winter marks the welcome return of Fenwick and Nightingale, and sees Elizabeth Corley at the peak of her powers. UK: Allison & Busby (PUBLISHED) OPTION PUBLISHERS: Germany S. Fischer / Scherz, Holland LuitinghSijthoff, Poland Zysk, Turkey Pegasus. Co-agents: Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis Other titles: REQUIEM MASS FATAL LEGACY GRAVE DOUBTS INNOCENT BLOOD
DAVID CROSSLAND David Crossland was born in 1967 in Bonn, then the capital of West Germany, where his father was a foreign correspondent. David worked for Reuters for ten years before becoming a freelance journalist. He writes extensively about the growing threat posed by neo-Nazis in the former communist east. He is bilingual and treasures his roots in the Rhineland. He is married with a son and lives in Berlin. The Jewish Candidate has triggered huge numbers of reviews, features and interviews with Reuters, The Chicago Tribune, The Jewish Post, Deutsche Welle, The Local (Swedish-owned), Spiegal Online and Juedische Allgemiene (Germany’s largest Jewish newspaper). Praise for The Jewish Candidate: ‘As the European Union faces a resurgence of the right-wing ultranationalism, veteran journalist David Crossland paints a chilling scenario of the threats posed to contemporary German society by the neo-Nazi extremists. A real page-turner’ Efraim Zuroff, the head of The Simon Wiesenthal Center ‘This new novel has shed timely light on the right-wing extremist violence that has plagued the country since 1990 and was swept under the carpet for years. A fastpaced thriller’ Reuters
TEUTONIA Long before the Nazis central Europe was shared, uneasily perhaps, between the Germans and the Russians. Old strategic realities never die… Bruno Haxelreuter (‘Haxi’) is the poster boy of German industry – blond, handsome, fun loving and ruthless. He is also Prussian and dreams of reuniting the old Prussian lands of eastern Poland with the German fatherland once again. But do his ambitions stop there? Investigative journalists Carver and Renner find themselves drawn into a terrifying race against time to uncover a plot which threatens the whole of Europe. Set against the backdrop of German triumphalism in which long dormant ambitions find their voice once again in the boardrooms of Germany’s economic powerhouse, Teutonia is another brilliantly informed political thriller from the author of The Jewish Candidate. UK: Peach Publishing (PUBLISHED) Co-agents: Russia Van Lear Other titles: THE JEWISH CANDIDATE
GORDON DOHERTY Gordon is a Scottish writer, whose historical fiction has sold close to 150,000 copies. His Legionary series is set in the Eastern Roman Empire circa AD 376 and follows the adventures of the border legions as the empire begins to waver under the relentless crush of barbarians from the East and the North. His Strategos series is set around the build up to the Battle of Manzikert in AD 1071 and follows the dark and troubled life of a Byzantine general in a land riven with bloodshed and doubt.
GODS AND EMPERORS – Vol.5 of the Legionary series The fate of the East rests on the edge of a sword as the legions and the Goths march to war… 378 AD: Fritigern’s Gothic horde tightens its iron grip on Thracia and only a handful of well-walled cities to the south remain in imperial hands. The few tattered legions pinned in these cities can only watch on from the battlements as smoke rises across their lost lands and the Goths roam at will, pillaging and extorting. Every Roman – legionary or citizen – speaks of only one thing: the Emperors of East and West, Valens and Gratian, who are said to be closing swiftly on this war-stricken land, each bringing with them vast armies capable of vanquishing the horde. UK: Kindle Direct Publishing (PUBLISHED)
OPTION PUBLISHERS: Greece Chryssalis Books, Italy Newton & Compton, Russia Veche Co-agents: Russia Van Lear Other titles in the Legionary series: 1-LEGIONARY (Italy Newton & Compton, Russia Veche) 2-VIPER OF THE NORTH (Italy Newton & Compton) 3-LAND OF THE SACRED FIRE (Italy Newton & Compton) 4-THE SCOURGE OF THRACIA Strategos series: 1-BORN IN THE BORDERLANDS (Greece Chryssalis Books) 2-RISE OF THE GOLDEN HEART 3-ISLAND IN THE STORM
ANGUS DONALD King’s Man & Holy Warrior – top 50 UK bestseller Outlaw has sold approaching 150,000 copies Angus Donald was a journalist on the London Times from 2002 to 2008. Previously, he was foreign correspondent for the Financial Times in India and Pakistan, and covered the Battle of Tora Bora, Afghanistan for The Independent. Television rights in the Outlaw Chronicles have just been optioned. ‘Angus Donald’s gloriously entertaining reboot of the Robin Hood legend’ The Times
THE KING’S ASSASSIN – Vol.7 of the Outlaw Chronicles AD 1215: The year of Magna Carta - and Robin Hood's greatest battle The yoke of tyranny King John is scheming to reclaim his ancestral lands in Europe, raising the money for new armies by bleeding dry peasants and nobles alike, not least the Earl of Locksley - the former outlaw Robin Hood - and his loyal man Sir Alan Dale. The call to arms As rebellion brews across the country and Robin Hood and his men are dragged into the war against the French in Flanders, a plan is hatched that will bring the former outlaws and their families to the brink of catastrophe - a plan to kill the King. The roar of revolution England explodes into bloody civil war and Alan and Robin must decide who to trust - and who to slaughter. And while Magna Carta might be the answer to their prayers for peace, first they will have to force the King to submit to the will of his people . . . UK: Little, Brown (PUBLISHED) OPTION PUBLISHERS: Brazil Record, Germany Droemer, Holland LuitinghSijthoff, Poland Amber, Portugal Objectiva, Russia Exmo, Spain Edhasa Co-agents: Russia Synopsis, Turkey Onk Agency Other titles in the Outlaw Chronicles: 1-OUTLAW 4-WARLORD 2-HOLY WARRIOR 5-GRAIL KNIGHT 3-KING’S MAN 6-THE IRON CASTLE
GW ECCLES Outstanding Thriller Award at Ian Book of the Year Awards 2016 Bronze Medal in the Mystery Suspense Thriller Category in the eLit Book Award ‘An up-to-the-minute compelling thriller that combines political sophistication with traditional gore and glory.’ Ray Snoddy: former media editor of The Times, Financial Times and BBC presenter
An Alex Leksin thriller
CORRUPTION OF POWER Ukraine is only the opening gambit, so far as the Russian President is concerned. With his sights set on territorial expansion and undeterred by the prospect of a new Cold War, he intends to shift Russia’s economic focus towards the East in order to shield the country from the reprisals that his next move is sure to provoke. The President delegates to his Prime Minister the redeployment of Russia’s vast energy resources, a vital component of his strategy. But when plans for a pipeline to run through Turkmenistan and Afghanistan tilt off-course, it threatens to spread the current conflagration in the Middle East right up to Russia’s own borders. Against a background of political corruption, state-sponsored terrorism and increased Taliban insurgency, the President turns to troubleshooter Alex Leksin whose investigations take him from Moscow into one of the world’s most sinister countries, right at the heart of Central Asia. UK & US: Peach Publishing (PUBLISHED)
CHRIS EWAN Over 500,000 copies sold of Safe House Chris Ewan is the award-winning author of The Good Thief's Guide to ... series of mystery novels, which are in development with 20th Century Fox Television on behalf of showrunner Hart Hanson (Bones). Safe House, his first stand-alone thriller, was a number one bestseller in 2012 and was shortlisted for the Theakston's Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year Award. Chris lives in England with his wife, Jo, and their daughter. TV rights to Long Time Lost have just been sold. ‘Proceeding at warp speed with plenty of twists and excellent use of its setting, Safe House is a terrific holiday read’ The Guardian on Safe House ‘A clever, gripping blend of thriller and detective-story elements.’ The Sunday Times on Dark Tides
LONG TIME LOST Nick Miller and his team provide a highly discreet, highly illegal service, relocating at-risk individuals across Europe with new identities and new lives. But when Miller prevents the attempted murder of witness-in-hiding Kate Sutherland in an isolated cliff-top house on the Isle of Man, he sets in motion a chain of events that threaten the safety of everyone in his network. To protect the clients Miller has taught to hide in plain sight, he and Kate must race across Europe, from Hamburg to Rome, and Prague to central Switzerland. But they’re not alone. They’re being watched. And the enemy they both share – the man responsible for killing Miller’s wife and daughter – will stop at nothing to locate the person he’s searching for. US: St Martin’s Press
UK: Faber & Faber (PUBLISHED)
OPTION PUBLISHERS: France City Editions, Germany Rowohlt, Greece Mamaya, Italy Fanucci, Lithuania Jotema, Russia Exmo, Turkey Pegasus Other stand alone titles: SAFE HOUSE DEAD LINE DARK TIDES The Good Thief’s Guide to… series RIGHTS SOLD: UK Simon & Schuster, US St Martin’s Press, Bulgaria Bard, Croatia Algoritam, Germany Lübbe, Greece Mamaya, Holland De Boekerij, Lithuania Jotema, Poland Amber, Japan Kodansha, Russia 36.6, Slovakia Ikar Co-agents: Japan Japan Uni, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis
ROBERT FABBRI Masters of Rome # 9 Times hardback bestseller Approaching 400,000 copies sold of the Vespasian series Robert Fabbri read Drama and Theatre at London University and has worked in film and TV for 25 years. He has worked on productions such as Hornblower, Hellraiser, Patriot Games and Billy Elliot. His life-long passion for ancient history, especially for that of the Roman Empire, drew him to write his first novel. He lives in London and Berlin and is now working on the eighth book in the series.
VESPASIAN VII: The Furies of Rome AD 58: Rome is in turmoil once more. Emperor Nero has surrounded himself with sycophants and together they rampage by night through the city, visiting death and destruction as they go. Meanwhile, Nero's extravagance has reached new heights. The Emperor's spending is becoming profligate at the same time as the demands of keeping the provinces subdued have become increasingly unaffordable. Could Nero withdraw from Britannia, and at what price for the Empire? As the bankers of the Empire scramble to call in their loans, Vespasian is sent to Londinium on a secret mission, only to become embroiled in a deadly rebellion led by Boudicca, a female warrior of extraordinary bravery. As the uprising gathers pace, Vespasian must fight to stay. UK: Corvus (Atlantic Books) (PUBLISHED)
RIGHTS SOLD: Holland Karakter OPTION PUBLISHERS: Czech Republic Laser, Hungary Alexandra, Italy Newton Compton, Poland Rebis, Russia Veche, Spain Edhasa Co-agents: Russia Van Lear Other titles in the Vespasian series: I: TRIBUNE OF ROME II: ROME’S EXECUTIONER III: FALSE GOD OF ROME IV: ROME’S FALLEN EAGLE V: MASTERS OF ROME VI: ROME’S LOST SON
N.J. FOUNTAIN N.J. (Nev) Fountain is an award winning comedy writer, for television and radio. He is chiefly known for his work on the Dead Ringers sketch show and as a staff writer for Private Eye magazine, but he has also contributed to many other programmes, including Have I Got News for You and 2DTV. Painkiller is his first novel. ‘NJ Fountain has produced a beautifully written thriller that manages to be both devious and compulsive’ Ben Aaronovich, author of the international bestselling Rivers of London novels. ‘Terrific, engaging, brand new. The twist, which I didn't see coming, is perfectly set up. In fact, it was forehead-smackingly clever. Monica will stay with me for ever’ Steven Moffat, producer of Sherlock Monica’s pain is real. But is the danger?
PAINKILLER Monica suffers from chronic neuropathic pain. Every second of her life is spent in agony, and she is coping with it the best she can. However, there are whole years of her life which are a blur to her. Then Monica finds a suicide note, in her handwriting, saying she is going to end it all. Did she write it? She has no memory of doing so and as she reads the message again, she begins to suspect that someone tried to kill her once - and now they're trying to do so again... A read-in-one-sitting edge-of-your-seat psychological thriller, perfect for fans of The Girl on the Train, I Let You Go and Before I Go To Sleep. UK: Sphere (Little, Brown) Publication: December 2016 RIGHTS SOLD: France City Editions, Germany Goldmann Co-agents: Japan Tuttle-Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
MICHELLE FRANCES Michelle Frances is Development Executive at BBC Wales working across a number of in house shows and overseeing book adaptations. She has previously worked as a Script Editor and Producer at Fremantle Media and then at Company Pictures, where she was Associate Producer on Shameless. The Girlfriend is her first novel.
She loves your son. She wants your life…
THE GIRLFRIEND Laura has it all. A successful career, a long marriage to a rich husband and a kind, handsome, talented son - Daniel. Then Daniel meets Cherry. Cherry is young, beautiful and smart. Cherry wants a life to match Laura’s… and Laura suspects she’s bad news. A subtle, almost unnoticeable shift occurs within Laura. She puts it down to her own over-active imagination. But soon, she is sure that Cherry is manipulating both her and all around her. And it’s escalating. Then, in the midst of a sudden tragedy, Laura sees a way to get Cherry out of her life – but at what cost? The Girlfriend is a psychological thriller about love when it becomes warped, the unexpected dark places to which people can go, and what happens when they get comfortable there. UK: Pan Macmillan Publication: April 2017
RIGHTS SOLD: Czech XYZ (Albatros), Estonia Hea Lugu, France L’Archipel, Germany Goldmann, Hungary XXI.Szazad, Italy Nord (Mauri Spagnol) Russia AST, Turkey Yabanci Yayinlan, Ukraine Hemiro/Family Leisure Club Co-agents: Japan Tuttle-Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
FRANKIE GAFFNEY Frankie Gaffney is best placed to offer a faithful literary treatment of the Irish crime scene having had himself immersed in Dublin’s underworld whilst growing up in the inner-city. In his mid-twenties he left all this behind and went to Trinity College. He studied English Literature graduating with a first, and has since been awarded the Ussher Fellowship at Trinity. Dublin Seven is his debut novel.
‘Gaffney has created a smart and irreverent voice.’ The Irish Times ‘I loved this debut, for its intelligent authenticity.’ Sue Leonard, Irish Examiner ‘High octane, visceral and uncompromising, Dublin Seven introduces a talent to be watched. Compellingly rough lyricism and a blistering breakneck narrative.’ Patrick McCabe, author of The Butcher Boy
DUBLIN SEVEN Shane gets a grant to go to college, but drops out and uses the money to buy some cocaine, which he sells. He finds he has a knack for the trade, and is soon enjoying boom-time Dublin's nightlife with rolls of cash. Shane’s new found confidence encourages him to pursue a beautiful inner-city girl, Elizabeth Byrne. But Elizabeth’s own murky past leads him further into the squalor of Dublin’s underworld and into the path of his biggest rival, the brutal Paddy Lawless. The police start nosing around and the pressure on Shane builds, giving way to paranoia, fear and a violent, climactic ending. Dublin Seven, akin to Trainspotting in its grittiness and raw depiction of life at the edges, tells the story of a working class teenager’s descent into gangland brutality. UK & Ireland: Liberties Press (PUBLISHED)
SAM GASSON Sam Gasson is a thirty-two year old graduate (with distinction) of UEA’s MA in Creative Writing. He spends his days teaching English at a secondary school and his evenings writing. The Cat Who Saw it All is his first novel.
‘…a series of red paw prints trails across the floor…’
THE CAT WHO SAW IT ALL (German title: Gone Cat: The Silent Witness) Jim Glew is a private detective with a heart condition who has decided to retire. Bruno, his over imaginative eleven year old son raised on a diet of TV whodunits, sees crime everywhere; the one thing he loves more than playing detective is his rescue cat Mildred. Curious to have a cat’s eye view of the world, Bruno fits a collar camera to Mildred. The camera becomes vitally important when Poppy Rutter, the Glew's neighbour, is brutally murdered and bloody paw prints are found at the scene. But where are Mildred and her camera? Jim and Bruno both set out to investigate: for Jim the investigation is a chance to return to doing the thing he is good at and to prevent further tragedy. For Bruno it is a journey into an adult world which is more complex and sinister than anything he could have imagined. The Cat who Saw it All plays with the concept of the old fashioned whodunit, combining humour and a well-executed plot with some darker and more contemporary themes. The heroine of the piece is of course Mildred, and through her we have an insight into the secret lives of cats, a source of enduring fascination. RIGHTS SOLD: France L’Archipel, Germany Egmont LYX, Weltbild, Japan HarperCollins Japan, Russia Hemiro/Family Leisure Club Co-agents: Japan English Agency, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
MARGARET GRAHAM Bookseller Heatseeker bestselling author Lifesales approaching 500,000 copies Margaret Graham is a bestselling author and has been writing for thirty years. Her first novel was published in 1986 and since then she has written a further 13 novels. Margaret has written two plays, co-researched a television documentary, which grew out of A Canopy of Silence, and has written numerous short stories and features. ‘Moving and memorable’ Daily Mail ‘Emotional, thoughtful… Margaret Graham has a sure, delicate touch’ Good Housekeeping
A HOUSE DIVIDED: An Easterleigh Hall Novel Perfect for fans of Longbourn and Downton Abbey 1937. Evie and her family have struggled to keep Easterleigh Hall, now a hotel, running during the depression, and with war looming, she worries for the children, who have to find their way in a changing world. Bridie is learning her trade at her mother’s side, and is becoming a talented chef. Her cousin James has run away to fight in Spain, leaving the family devastated. And Tim, the boy Bridie has always loved, shocks everyone by joining the Black Shirts and going to Germany, discovering too late that he’s playing a dangerous game. Heartbroken at Tim’s defection, Bridie isn’t sure she can ever forgive him. But somehow these three must find a way to reconcile, because if war does come, they will need each other more than ever… UK: Arrow (Random House UK) (PUBLISHED) Co-agents: Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear Other titles in the Easterleigh Hall series: 1-EASTERLEIGH HALL 2-EASTERLEIGH HALL AT WAR Other titles: THE FUTURE IS OURS A CANOPY OF SILENCE A BITTER LEGACY A DISTANT DREAM BED OF ROSES
LOOK WITHIN YOUR HEART OUT OF THE NIGHT PRACTISING WEARING PURPLE SATURDAY MORNING THE VISIT
GRAHAM HANCOCK Graham Hancock is the author of numerous bestselling works about historical mysteries. His books have sold more than nine million copies worldwide and have been translated into twenty-seven languages. His public lectures and broadcasts, including two major TV series for Channel 4, Quest for the Lost Civilisation, and Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age, have further established his reputation as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity’s past. His first foray into fantasy fiction was Entangled, published in 2010 to critical acclaim. His first historical fiction, War God, begins an epic trilogy. ‘In this fast-moving highly recommended novel, Graham Hancock masterfully reconstructs the biggest clash of civilizations ever, revealing aspects that only a genius author could unveil’ Javier Sierra New York Times bestselling author of The Secret Supper and The Lost Angel
WAR GOD: Return of the Plumed Serpent – Vol.2 of the War God trilogy The conquistador Hernán Cortés is hell-bent on conquering Mexico for the Aztecs’ gold. Having destroyed the Maya at Potonchan, Cortés now marches on Tenochtitlan, the Golden City of the Aztecs, wrapped in the aura of a returning, vengeful god. His small force of just five hundred men will have to defeat the psychotic emperor Moctezuma and the armies of hundreds of thousands he commands.
WAR GOD: Nights of the Witch – Vol.1 of the War God trilogy The epic story of a clash of two empires and two gods of war begins in February 1519 when the conquistador, Hernán Cortés, sets sail from Cuba with his fleet towards Mexico with just five hundred adventurers. Little do they know that they will pit themselves against the most brutal armies, hundreds of thousands strong, of the ancient Americas, in their quest for gold and riches. UK: Hodder & Stoughton (PUBLISHED) RIGHTS SOLD: Czech Republic Talpress, Italy Newton Compton, Spain Ediciones B Co-agents: Japan English Agency, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
Other titles: ENTANGLED (For Graham Hancock’s Non-Fiction titles see page 65) PREVIOUS FOREIGN SALES: Bulgaria Bard, Brazil Aleph/Record, China Beijing Genuine & Profound/China Light Industry Press/New World Press, Croatia Stari Grad/Mozaiek, Czech Republic Columbus, Holland Tirion, Estonia Sinisukk, France Pygmalion/Éditions du Rocher, Germany BasteiVerlag/Hoffmann und Campe, Greece Livani/Enalios, Hungary Pecsi, Italy Corbaccio/Piemme, Japan Koike Shoin/Shueisha/Shogakukan, Korea Kachi, Poland Amber, Portugal Presenca, Romania Excalibur/Aldo, Russia Exmo, Serbia Mono & Manjana, Slovakia Aktuell, Spain Ediciones B/Martinez Roca/Planeta, Taiwan Taiwan Wisdom Publishing Co., Thailand Ruan Boon/Infinity, Turkey Kitapcilik
FELICITY HAYES-MCCOY Felicity Hayes-McCoy was born in Dublin, Ireland. She is the author of three works of non-fiction (The House on an Irish Hillside, Enough is Plenty and A Woven Silence). The Library at the Edge of the World is her first novel. 'If you like reading a feel-good novel... then take a journey to the edge of the world. [An] easy, pleasant summer read for fans of Maeve Binchy’ Sunday Independent ‘Engaging. . . sparkling and joyous’ Sunday Times
THE SECRET BOOK– Vol.2 of the Finfarran Peninsula series Librarian Hanna Casey and her neighbours have saved the library at the heart of their community. But the drama is far from over. Long out of practice in relationships, Hanna and architect Brian Moreton can’t seem to take the next step. They’re not helped by the reappearance of Hanna’s suave, manipulative exhusband Malcolm, trying to mend his relationship with their daughter Jazz, who’s still reeling from the truth of her parents’ divorce – and that she was the only one who didn’t know. Her grandmothers Louisa and Mary can see something else is wrong – something Jazz isn’t telling. But the Casey women are no strangers to secrets, as Hanna realises when she discovers a journal, long buried in the land she inherited from her great-aunt Maggie. It will take all three generations coming together to find a way forward for each of them… Ireland & UK: Hachette Books Ireland (June 2017)
THE LIBRARY AT THE EDGE OF THE WORLD – Vol.1 As librarian Hanna Casey drives her mobile library van around the beautiful, rugged Finfarran Peninsula on Ireland’s west coast, she begins to wonder where it all went wrong. Five years ago she was the wife of a barrister, with a home in one of London’s most prestigious locations. Now, she’s living in her mother’s retirement bungalow on the outskirts of the town where she grew up – and her daughter Jazz is off travelling the world. The time has come for Hanna to reclaim some independence. But as the threatened closure of the library puts her plans in jeopardy, Hanna finds herself unexpectedly leading a battle to restore Finfarran’s fragmented community. She’s about to discover that the neighbours she’s always kept at a distance have come to mean more to her than she could ever have imagined. But will Hanna find the new life she’s been searching for?
Ireland & UK: Hachette Books Ireland (PUBLISHED) RIGHTS SOLD: China Beijing Xiron Books, Germany Rowohlt, Italy Tre60 (Mauri Spagnol) Co-agents: Japan English Agency, Korea Duran Kim, Russia Van Lear
CHARLIE HODGES Charlie Hodges has been writing and script editing on many favourite British TV shows for several years and has over a hundred hours of TV credits to his name. His previous career encompasses language teaching and marketing consultancy, ice cream deliveries and double glazing sales. He has four children, all boys, and relaxes by hiding where they can’t find him. Charlie is fluent in German, French and Spanish, and lives in Tunbridge Wells, England.
A crime novel written with the sensibility of Jonas Jonasson and Fredrik Backman
OLD SCHOOL – Vol.1 of the Tom Knight series Tom Knight is a private investigator well north of 70. After years of solitude following the death of his wife, he finally returns to the dating scene and meets the enchanting Fran. When Fran (53) discovers that Tom is not the advertised 59, she swears she never wants to see him again - but circumstances dictate otherwise. Fran is on duty when three elderly ladies in her care at a retirement home are found dead. A syringe with traces of heroin is found in her bag and the police leap to the obvious conclusion. It falls to Tom to prove Fran is innocent and unmask the real killer, going undercover at the care home and relying on everyone's tendency to underestimate the elderly in order to succeed. Old School introduces a memorable hero for fans of Jackson Brodie and Cormoran Strike, and a cast of characters whose own stories will unfold in this and the second novel to feature Tom Knight. GERMANY: Heyne
MARK LAWRENCE David Gemmell Award for EMPEROR OF THORNS (2014) and THE LIAR’S KEY (2016)
Mark Lawrence is a research scientist working on artificial intelligence. He is a dual national with both British and American citizenship and has held secret level clearance with both governments. Married with four children, he lives in Bristol.
Praise for Mark Lawrence: ‘Absolutely stunning… jaw-dropping’ Robin Hobb ‘Lawrence’s poetic prose is amazing, far and away the best of the modern fantasy authors’ Peter V. Brett ‘Excellent – on a par with George R. R. Martin’ Conn Iggulden ‘Reminds me of when I first discovered Gemmell and Hobb and I can’t wait for the next installment’ David Chadwick
THE RED SISTER – Vol.1 of the Book of the Ancestor trilogy The warrior sisterhood of Sweet Mercy convent is under siege. Two hundred menat-arms have come to do battle with just one woman, such is the deadly skill of the sisterhood. Orbiting a dying sun, their world hosts refugees from many dead planets. Only the sun’s weak light magnified by an artificial moon holds back the polar ice and allows a narrow strip of land to remain inhabitable – but viciously disputed. The peoples of this frozen world retain vestiges of the traits which evolved on their former planets: great bulk, speed, insight, adeptness. Any child showing these signs is taken and trained to fight in a perpetual power struggle. Nona, a novice saved from execution as a child, has a mixture of gifts which sets her apart even from the other warrior sisters. She will be their salvation. UK: Voyager (Harper Collins) Publication: April 2017
The Red Queen’s War Trilogy: 1-PRINCE OF FOOLS 2-THE LIAR’S KEY 3-THE WHEEL OF OSHEIM RIGHTS SOLD: Brazil DarkSide, France Bragelonne, Hungary Fumax, Italy Newton Compton, Latvia Prometejs AB, Poland Ksiezyc, Russia Fantastika The Broken Empire Trilogy: 1-PRINCE OF THORNS 2-KING OF THORNS 3-EMPEROR OF THORNS RIGHTS SOLD: Brazil DarkSide, Bulgaria Bard, Czech Republic Talpress, France Bragelonne, Germany Heyne, Greece Chryssalis Books, Holland Luitingh, Hungary Fumax, Indonesia UFUK, Italy Newton Compton, Poland Ksiezyc, Portugal 20/20, Romania Editura Trei, Russia Fantastika, Thailand Nokhook Publishing, Turkey Pegasus Co-agents: Japan English Agency, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis
JANE LYTHELL USA Today bestselling author Jane Lythell worked as a television producer and commissioning editor before becoming Deputy Director of the BFI and Chief Executive of BAFTA. She now writes fiction full time. Her first novel, The Lie of You, was widely acclaimed. She is currently writing her fourth novel, the second to be set behind the scenes of the fictional Storyworld TV show, for publication in June 2017.
Praise for The Lie of You: ‘Fascinating…memorable…thrilling’ Daily Mail ‘A very credible portrait of obsession to the point of madness’ Literary Review
If you work in TV, the real drama happens behind the scenes…
WOMAN OF THE HOUR: Storyworld Vol. 1 A twisty drama of power, rivalry and betrayal, first in a new series of smart women's fiction set in the glamorous, pressurised world of a London TV station. Liz Lyon is Head of Features at StoryWorld TV. It's exhilarating and sometimes glamorous work, but as a single mother with a demanding career, her life is a constant balancing act. Then simmering tensions erupt at the station, trapping Liz in a game of oneupmanship where she doesn't know the rules. As the power struggle begins, can Liz keep her cool and keep her job? Does she even want to? World excl. Germany: Head of Zeus (PUBLISHED) OPTION PUBLISHERS: France City Editions, Germany Piper, Italy Newton Compton, Norway Cappelen Other titles: THE LIE OF YOU AFTER THE STORM
C.S. QUINN The Thief Taker #1 in the Kindle historical and crime fiction charts Over 70,000 copies sold C.S. Quinn is a bestselling author of fiction (under the nom de plume J S Taylor) and an award-winning freelance journalist. Among other topics, she writes about employment, food and travel for The Times, Guardian, Independent, Telegraph and Mirror. 'Captivating, vivid writing. Descriptions come straight off the page and permeate deep into your senses, and a truly electrifying pace. Quinn is a brilliant new talent!' Peter James
FIRE CATCHER The year is 1666 and thief-taker Charlie Tuesday has a new case. He must track an errant prostitute and return a stolen ring to its rightful owner. But as the smoke rises from Pudding Lane, a dark plot to burn London is revealed. And whilst flames savage the city Charlie discovers his old nemesis Blackstone has turned to alchemy and is firing the city in a systematic deployment of chemical fireballs. Following an alluring gypsy courtesan who Charlie can’t seem to get the better of, the Thief Taker has his work cut out. Particularly when he discovers that the Brotherhood of the Sealed Knot once owned a royal treasure – documented in a set of papers he let slip in an old Dutch sea-chest. With London exploding around him, can Charlie unmask Blackstone and find the chest before everything burns?
THE THIEF TAKER The year is 1665. Black Death ravages London. A killer stalks the streets in a plague doctor’s hood and mask... When a girl is gruesomely murdered, thief taker Charlie Tuesday reluctantly agrees to take on the case. But the horrific remains tell him this is no isolated death. The killer’s mad appetites are part of a master plan that could destroy London – and reveal the dark secrets of Charlie’s own past. Now the thief taker must find this murderous mastermind before the plague obliterates the evidence street by street. This terrifying pursuit will take Charlie deep into the black underbelly of old London, where alchemy, witchcraft and blood-spells collide. In a city drowned in darkness, death could be the most powerful magic of all. World English & Germany: Thomson & Mercer (Amazon) (PUBLISHED) RIGHTS SOLD: Czech Republic Talpress Co-agents: Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
CATHERINE ROBERTSON #1 bestselling New Zealand author The Hiding Places, a New Zealand bestseller for two months Catherine Robertson lives with her husband and two sons in Wellington, New Zealand. She has travelled widely and has previously lived in San Francisco and London. As well as running a successful marketing business with her husband, Catherine also writes articles and interviews for several weekend magazines.
THE HIDING PLACES Rich in myth, mystery, warmth and wit — a touching novel about what it means to be alive. When April Turner's small son is killed by a car, she decides she is no longer entitled to anything but the barest existence. Five years on, she has shed everything and everyone she loves, and expects to be this way for ever. Then a letter arrives from an English solicitor, informing April that she is the last surviving heir to Empyrean, a long-abandoned country house. At first, April resists. But with the letter comes a map full of tiny mysteries, and she is drawn all the way from New Zealand to the English countryside, and into a small but intriguing circle of people: musician Oran, who remains loyal to his faithless wife; Jack, who lives wild in the woods with a dog; and Sunny, Lady Day, approaching ninety but more vital than others half her age. Sunny knew Empyrean in its prime, and her stories bring the past to life. But will April be prepared to give up her principles and start coming alive again herself? NZ: Random House (PUBLISHED)
RIGTHS SOLD: France Éditions Charleston The Imperfect Lives trilogy: 1-THE SWEET SECOND LIFE OF DARRELL KINCAID 2-THE NOT-SO-PERFECT-LIFE OF MICHELLE LAWRENCE 3-THE MISPLACED AFFECTIONS OF CHARLOTTE FFORBES PREVIOUS FOREIGN SALES: Germany Heyne, Italy Corbaccio Co-agents: Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
DAVID N ROBINSON David N Robinson has flown the equivalent of eight round trips to the moon during his travels with a large international professional firm, a private equity business and latterly with one of the UK’s largest law firms. His amassed business experiences in Russia, China and the Middle East have been his sources for his books. David’s fascination and professional interest in cyber crime and identity theft led him to write his first thriller, The Morpheus Network and his second, The Dossier was a Top Ten Bestseller on Amazon Kindle for several weeks.
THE GAMBIT – Vol.2 of Ben Lewis thrillers Anger against the West is building amongst Russia’s elite. The Oligarchs are furious: they see sanctions and frozen bank accounts as an affront against them personally. London-based Ukrainian, Arkady Nemikov, is earning billions from deals denied to fellow Russians – in particular a new gas pipeline contract that will give Europe alternative supply sources other than Russia. Nemikov’s life-long Russian adversary, Viktor Plushenko, is outraged – he had coveted that deal for himself. Taking matters into his own hands, Plushenko hires legendary killer, Oleg Panich, a former Russian agent keen to settle old scores. Ben Lewis is still sorting his life out but when MI5 presents a short-term assignment, he agrees to babysit Nemikov and his family who has become a high profile target for the Russians. But suddenly there is more at stake than just protecting the Nemikov family…
THE DOSSIER – Vol.1 of Ben Lewis thrillers Former Royal Marine Commando Ben Lewis, manages to get to a journalist who has just been shot in a London square. With her last breaths, she implores him to look after her cell phone and keep it safe. Unbeknownst to Lewis, the Russians and the Chinese are also tracking the journalist and the shooting starts a spiral of relentless attacks on Lewis as both parties try to retrieve the cell phone. Set against illicit bartering of nuclear technology and weaponry in exchange for oil, this is a fast-paced thriller with its explosive action and suspense making it a great page turner and the reader burning the midnight oil. World English: Peach Publishing (PUBLISHED) Other titles: THE MORPHEUS NETWORK
TOM SHARPE Life sales worldwide total over 10 million copies Wilt in Nowhere Sunday Times Bestseller with over 300,000 copies sold in the UK alone
Britain’s best-loved satirist and comic writer has had all his titles re-launched by Arrow, Random House. His novels, which have never gone out of print, lend testimony to Sharpe's enduring and wickedly funny tales. Tom Sharpe passed away on 6th June 2013, aged 85. ‘The Best of British farce-masters’ Mail on Sunday ‘Black humour, comic anarchy at its best’ Sunday Times
Novels: THE GROPES RIOTOUS ASSEMBLY INDECENT EXPOSURE PORTERHOUSE BLUE BLOTT ON THE LANDSCAPE THE GREAT PURSUIT THE THROWBACK ANCESTRAL VICES VINTAGE STUFF GRANTCHESTER GRIND THE MIDDEN
The Wilt series: WILT THE WILT ALTERNATIVE WILT ON HIGH WILT IN NOWHERE THE WILT INHERITANCE
FOREIGN PUBLISHERS: Brazil Editora Rocco, Catalan Columna, Czech Republic Aurora, Denmark Thaning & Appel Forlag, Finland Gummerus, France Belfond, Germany Goldmann, Greece Kanaki, Holland De Harmonie, Hungary Partvonal / Muvelt Nep, Indonesia Gagas Media, Italy Elliot Edizioni, Japanese Kodansha, Norway Ex Libris, Poland Zysk, Portugal Teorema, Romania Polirom, Russia Phantom / AST, Slovenia DZS, Spain Anagrama, Sweden Forum FILM, TV & THEATRE: Blott on the Landscape – new TV adaptation on development with independent production company Co-agents: Japan Tuttle Mori, Korea Duran Kim, Russia Synopsis
ANNA SMITH-SPARK Anna Smith-Spark has a PhD. in English Literature from the University of London, an MA in History and Cultural Studies from the University of Essex and a BA (Hons.) in Classics from University College London. Before joining the Civil Service, Anna worked as a fetish model as well as at the Ways With Words Literature festival. Her poetry has been published, and she has written articles for The Fortean Times. The Court of Broken Knives is her first novel, and begins a trilogy.
A fast-paced novel in the finest grimdark tradition, for fans of Mark Lawrence, Joe Abercrombie and George R R Martin.
THE COURT OF BROKEN KNIVES Thalia had never wanted to be High Priestess, to appease the One God of Living and Dying by stabbing sacrificial victims to death in the great temple. Even those who volunteer to die falter at the end; so Thalia, who has to look into their terrified eyes, harbours growing doubts about the religion she serves. And as soon as her successor reaches adulthood, Thalia herself will be tied to the altar to await the knife. Orhan Emereth wanted to avoid the lethal power politics of the capital; but risks everything – including his pregnant wife – by staging a coup d’etat to save the Yellow Empire from itself. Merith is the newest recruit to the mercenary band hired by Orhan to assassinate the Emperor. Young, charming and impossibly handsome, he hides the worst secret of all. He is a direct descendant of the world conqueror – and half-demon – King Amrath. Merith has made some powerful enemies in his short life, including his own father, and their reach is far longer than he imagined. The Court of Broken Knives plunges these compelling characters into a maelstrom of intrigue. Plots are betrayed, false promises made, but the real conspiracy is not revealed until Merith and his hired killers break into the palace and discover their ultimate enemy. UK: HarperCollins (Voyager) Publication: Summer 2017
JAMES P SUMNER James began work on his first novel in July 2013 and self-published his debut thriller, True Conviction, which has since been downloaded over 100,000 times. His follow-up novel, Hunter's Games, was a #1 bestseller in the Amazon UK Pulp Thriller charts, and every entry of his Adrian Hell series is a permanent fixture in the Top 20.
TRUE CONVICTION Think what you want. I’m going to continue taking money off bad people in order to rid the world of other bad people. Once you’ve worked for the CIA, it’s almost impossible to find your moral compass again. I just listen to my gut and do what I believe is right. So, who am I? My name is Adrian Hell. Welcome to my life. The world's most feared assassin. A contract where nothing is as it seems. Adrian Hell, unorthodox gun-for-hire, takes a job in Heaven's Valley, Nevada. A local crime family wants to send a message by killing a businessman who has gone back on a deal. But when Adrian arrives and tracks down his target, he quickly discovers a much larger threat looming in the shadows, and it isn't long before he finds himself in the crosshairs of multiple adversaries. With help from his best friend, Josh Winters, he uses his skills to learn more about the other players in this dangerous game. But when the stakes are raised, he’s pushed to the edge his limits as he fights to prevent a terrorist attack that would act as a catalyst for another world war. RIGHTS SOLD: Germany Festa Verlag
JAMIE THOMSON Winner of the Roald Dahl Funny Prize 2012 Dark Lord: The Teenage Years – featured in the Sunday Times' 100 Best Children's Books
Jamie Thomson is a British writer, editor and game developer. Born in Iran, he grew up in Brighton and studied politics and government at university. As well as an author of over 20 books for children, he has written for television, radio and computer games. He lives in East Sussex. ‘One of the most original children's books of the year.’ Daily Express ‘A parody of fantasy media that will appeal to anyone who likes a laugh.’ Sunday Times
DARK LORD: The Headmaster of Doom Dirk’s old headmaster Grousammer has drunk of the Essence of Evil and found his way to the Darklands. There he takes over the Iron Tower and establishes himself as the new Dark Lord but with the spirit of a headmaster from the 50s. He has renamed himself the Principal of Evil and his new evil empire is run along the lines of a school... The Principal re-organizes the Orcs and Goblins into houses and instead of Captains he has Prefects. Punishment is usually 'strokes of the cane' like lashes. Detention is the primary method, but a new kind of horrible Detention in the Black Pit of a Thousand Lines. The 'New Curriculum' is what Grousammer calls his plan for taking over the Darklands and then invading earth - with an army of the undead, but first of all he wants his revenge on Dirk! UK: Orchard Books Publication: February 2017 RIGHTS SOLD: Germany Arena OPTION PUBLISHERS: Czech Republic Argo, France Seuil, Spain & Catalan Alfaguara, Italy Salani, Portugal Booksmile, Turkey Epsilon Co-agents: Japan Japan Uni, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear Dark Lord series: 1-DARK LORD: THE TEENAGE YEARS 2-DARK LORD: A FIEND IN NEED 3-DARK LORD: ETERNAL DETENTION Galaxy Series: 1-THE WRONG SIDE OF THE GALAXY (Czech Republic Argo) 2-A GALAXY TOO FAR
MICHAEL WHITE Michael White is the author of ten novels and 28 nonfiction books. He has appeared in three different Top Ten Charts: as a novelist, non-fiction writer and a pop star. He co-wrote Private Down Under with James Patterson which went to the Top Ten in the Sunday Times Bestseller chart. Before Michael’s incredible successes in fiction, he wrote many bestselling and critically acclaimed non-fiction titles including Stephen Hawking – A Life in Science which has been translated into 15 languages. Film and TV rights in The Venetian Detective have just been sold.
THE VENETIAN DETECTIVE Venice, 1592. A young prostitute is found murdered and mutilated. Francesco Sagredo, recently returned from exile, is asked by the Doge to look out for his son, Tomasso Cicogna. Sagredo’s childhood love, Teresa Damas, asks for his help in finding the murdered girl’s killer. He begins to peel away the layers of the mystery by applying empirical rigour and scientific deduction. He is convinced that the killer calling himself Saviour seeks to cleanse the Republic of those he considers ungodly. Meanwhile, the Pope sends his right-hand man, Cardinal Severina to convince the Doge to send the arch-heretic, Giordano Bruno, to face trial in Rome. The Vatican seeks to exert its ecclesiastical power over the Republic and bring it under Papal control. A dark tale of religious obsession, political intrigue, drug money and the occult begins to unravel, drawing Sagredo, Teresa and Tomasso into a nightmare fight against the forces of evil. And when someone close to him is set to become the Saviour’s next victim, Sagredo has to use the full range of his abilities to isolate the killer and bring him to justice. UK: Peach Publishing FOREIGN PUBLISHERS: Brazil Ediouro, Bulgaria Bard, China Tongren Books, Czech Republic Brana, Denmark Cicero, Estonia Varrak, Finland Gummerus, France Presses de la Cité/Pocket, Germany Knaur/Weltbild, Greece Livani, Holland Unieboek, Hungary Gabo, Israel Keter, Italy Sonzogno, Japan Hayakawa, Lithuania Jotema, Macedonia Aea Izdavaci, Norway Schibsted, Poland Rebis, Portugal Casa das Letras, Romania RAO, Russia AST, Serbia Laguna, Slovakia Eastone, Spain Roca Editorial, Sweden Bra Bocker, Turkey Dogan
Co-agents: Japan English Agency, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear Other titles: THE ART OF MURDER THE MEDICI SECRET THE BORGIA RING
EQUINOX THE KENNEDY CONSPIRACY
(For Michael White’s Non-Fiction titles see page 75)
NEIL WHITE Longlisted for the CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library Award Over 500,000 copies of his books sold in the UK
Neil White is a Senior Crown Prosecutor in Lancashire. He has been the Street Crime Specialist for East Lancashire and a specialist in racist and homophobic crime. Most of his days are spent in Court. He also advises police in murder and rape cases, theft and drug allegations. From the Shadows begins his new series of legal thrillers for Bonnier.
FROM THE SHADOWS Introducing Dan Grant – the lawyer that you want in your corner The Lawyer: When defence lawyer Dan Grant inherits a murder case just weeks away from trial, he's just expected to babysit it and take his fee. But Dan's not that kind of lawyer. If he takes on a case then he investigates it his way - wherever the evidence takes him. The Investigator: Jayne Brett is Dan's investigator and a woman with a terrible secret in her past - one that still haunts her today. Needing the money, she takes on the task of investigating the case that Dan's inherited. But has she taken on more than she can handle? The Case: Mary Kendricks was a pretty, smart, twenty-four-year-old teacher. Now Mary Kendricks is dead and Robert Carter is in the dock, accused of her brutal murder. But as Dan and Jayne investigate, they discover that perhaps there is more to this case than meets the eye - but in order to do their jobs they need to push the limits of the system, even if it means putting themselves in danger . . . UK: Bonnier Zaffre Publication: February 2017 OPTION PUBLISHERS: Bulgaria Infodar, France Philippe Rey, Germany Weltbild, Poland Amber, Russia Centrepolygraph Co-agents: Japan Tuttle Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis The McGanity/Garrett series: 1-FALLEN IDOLS 2-LOST SOULDS 3-LAST RITES 4-DEAD SILENT 5-COLD KILL
The Sam and Joe Parker series: 1-NEXT TO DIE 2-THE DEATH COLLECTOR Stand-alone: BEYOND EVIL
NON-FICTION Peter Ackroyd
Clare Goulty and Susan Bedford
Dr. Claire Guest
The Brothers Mcleod and Fenella Smith
James Wyllie and Michael Mckinley
PETER ACKROYD Peter Ackroyd is one of the UK’s most respected and celebrated writers, whose historical novels such as Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem and Chatterton bring to life the sights and smells of 17th, 18th and 19thc. London with skill and realism. He has also published four collections of poetry. A film adaptation of Dan Leno and the Limehouse Golem is currently in the making.
‘A masterly biography. It must be a candidate for book of the year’ Observer
THE LIFE OF THOMAS MORE Thomas More is one of the great figures in English history. Pre-eminent as a courtier and as a humanist, a friend to Henry VIII and the author of Utopia, More's life and career epitomise the great transformation of England in the space of 35 years. Ackroyd investigates the paradox of this 'man for all seasons': the man of the world who travelled across Europe to negotiate on behalf of his king, and the unworldly man who's careful silence on the matter of Henry's marriage to Anne Boleyn would lead to his disgrace and execution. A magnificent achievement, The Life of Thomas More gives us a rich portrait of the man and the social and cultural world in which he lived. UK: Vintage (PUBLISHED)
OPTION PUBLISHERS: China Shanghai Translation Publishing, Czech Republic Host Brno, Estonia Varrak, Greece Patakis, Holland Uitgeverij Polis, Italy Neri Pozza, Korea Baekrak, Poland Zysk, Russia Kriga Turkey Everest Co-agents: Japan Tuttle Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis Other non-fiction titles: BLAKE THE LIFE OF THOMAS MORE DICKENS (For Peter Ackroyd’s Fiction titles see page 4)
RICHARD ASHER Dr Richard Asher (1912-1969) was one of the most outstanding medical thinkers of our times; a brilliant writer with a sparkling and devastating wit; and a distinguished clinician who was respected throughout the medical profession. The combination proved unique. He was a popular teacher, an inspired lecturer and a prolific writer. Many of his papers were published in leading medical journals such as The Lancet. They displayed his remarkable verbal agility and some were controversial. He was prepared to question standard medical thinking and his published work made his name a byword during his lifetime, and remains so now.
‘I thought Richard Asher a most remarkable teacher, physician and human being … A most impressive and extraordinary man’ Oliver Sacks, bestselling author of The Man Who Mistook his Wife for a Hat ‘I first came across Richard Asher’s writings when I was a medical student, back in the 1980s … there is so much about it that is still relevant. I hope you, Dear Reader, get as much thoughtful pleasure out of reading Richard Asher as I did all those years ago’ Michael Mosley, bestselling author of The Fast Diet ‘The Contents of this volume are pure delight: arresting, provoking and full of good sense’ British Medical Journal
TALKING SENSE ABOUT MEDICINE The history of literature is studded with doctors who wrote well. Chekhov could write a fine scene and wield a stethoscope well. Freud was praised for his style even by those who thought that psychoanalysis was tosh. However, Richard Asher should be more famous than he is. He's made a number of important contributions to psychiatry and wrote amusingly about not just doctors' dilemmas but doctors' deceptions - and self-deceptions. Asher made a name for himself by his articles in The Lancet which cast an affectionate but sceptical eye on doctors. Many of the subjects he raised - the tendency of doctors to prescribe too many drugs too easily and the dangers of excessive bed rest, especially in hospital - are still relevant 40 years after he wrote them. So are the Seven Sins of Medicine as well as his advice to young doctors on how to get on. He was regarded as "one of the foremost thinkers" of his time and hailed as a pioneer. This is an anthology of his articles still described as 'the best advice on medical writing'. UK: Psychology News Press (PUBLISHED)
KAREN BARTLETT Karen Bartlett is a writer and journalist based in London. She has written extensively about science, politics and culture for the Sunday Times, The Times, The Guardian, WIRED and Newsweek from Africa, India and the US, and has presented and produced for BBC Radio. She worked with Eva Schloss, writing her Sunday Times bestselling autobiography After Auschwitz: A Story of Heartbreak and Survival by the Stepsister of Anne Frank (Hodder & Stoughton) and is the author of Dusty: An Intimate Portrait (Robson Press).
THE HEALTH OF NATIONS: The Prospect of a World without Endemic Disease In 2014 scientists overcame a strain of wild polio, bringing total eradication of polio finally within reach. Then the Ebola outbreak erupted. Although the diseases are very different, the efforts to halt polio and Ebola are closely linked and rely on similar delicately balanced social, political and scientific factors for success. As quickly as Ebola spread, it eroded years of progress made in fighting polio - a double tragedy. But at last, what the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation term ‘Neglected Infectious Diseases’, prevalent in often remote, always poor countries, had sharp international focus. Drug trials for an Ebola vaccine were expedited with good results. Nigeria has been polio free for the past year. We are again on the cusp of a world without polio and with it, a host of other break-throughs in communicable disease. Combining the elements of frontier science, geo-politics and human experience by interviewing the doctors on the ground, the scientists of the WHO and CDC, the activists, fundraisers and philanthropists, and the victims of disease themselves, Karen's book will convey the mammoth nature of the task those involved in disease eradication have set themselves, the excitement they feel about their endeavour - and what their success would mean for the world. UK: Oneworld Publication: Spring 2017 Co-agents: Japan English Agency, Korea Eric Yang Agency
SALLY BEARE Sally Beare is a journalist and qualified nutritionist who trained at the British College of Nutrition and Health. She has travelled all over the world in her quest to discover the nutritional and other secrets of staying young, and now lives in Bristol where she conducts healthy-eating workshops and coaches people through her ten-week healthy-eating plan. Her previous books, Live-Longer Diet and 50 Secrets of the World's Longest-Living People, have been translated into 8 languages. ‘I am 77 years old and feeling better than ever. This book has proved to me that longevity has everything to do with one's state of mind... these 77 years are just a prelude to my life!’ Yoko Ono on 50 Secrets of the World's LongestLiving People
THE STACKING PLAN The Stacking Plan is a ten-week healthy-eating plan in which, instead of giving things up, you take things on. Each week you take up just one new healthy-eating habit, whilst carrying on with whatever you normally do the rest of the time. As the weeks go by, you ‘stack’ the good habits on top of each other. By the end you will have ten good habits, which means you will be incorporating pretty much everything you need to be eating an optimally-good diet. Any ‘naughty’ habits should fall by the wayside, but if you do indulge from time to time, that’s ok. The Stacking Plan is not a fad diet and because it helps you get on the right track to healthy eating and educates you in having bite-sized pieces, it helps you enjoy optimum health as well as losing excess weight without having to diet. The Plan embraces the idea of eating all kinds of different foods, and it includes wisdom from Palaeolithic eating, traditional diets, raw food diets and other diets without being too limiting. This means that you are likely to find plenty to eat that you really enjoy and should not ‘fall off the wagon’ since there is not really a ‘wagon’ to fall off. UK: Peach Publishing (PUBLISHED) RIGHTS SOLD: Taiwan Morning Star PREVIOUS PUBLISHERS: China Beijing Huanyu Acer Cultural Development Co., Ltd, Turkey Pegasus Co-agents: Japan Tuttle-Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
DAVID COHEN David Cohen is author of The Escape of Sigmund Freud. Also biographer of JB Watson and Carl Rogers, his Diana: Death of a Goddess was a UK best seller. A BAFTAnominated documentary filmmaker, he was the first Western journalist to gain access to Soviet Psychiatric wards, resulting in the movie Gorbachev’s Asylums. He was editor of the magazine Psychology News and holds a PhD in Psychology. Praise for David Cohen: ‘He is full of humanity.’ Irish Times ‘[Cohen’s] writing is passionate, sometimes wry, and always gripping.’ Independent
GREAT PSYCHOLOGIST AS PARENTS: Does Knowing the Theory Make you an Expert? Does it make you a better parent if you have pioneered scientific theories of child development? In a unique study, David Cohen compares what great psychologists have said about raising children and the way they did it themselves. Did the experts practice what they preached? Using an eclectic variety of sources, from letters, diaries, autobiographies, biographies, as well as material from interviews, each chapter focuses on a key figure in historical context. There are many surprises. Was Piaget, the greatest child psychologist of the 20th century, the only man to try to psychoanalyze his mother? How many sons of great gurus have had to rescue their father from a police station as R.D Laing's son did? And why did Melanie Klein's daughter wear red shoes the day her mother died? The book covers early scientists such as Darwin, psychoanalysists such as Freud and Jung, to founders of developmental psychology including Piaget and Bowlby as well as Dr Spock. It gives a vivid, dramatic and often entertaining insight into the family lives of these great psychologists. It highlights their ideas and theories alongside their behaviour as parents, and reveals the impact of their parenting on their children. Close bonds, fraught relationships and family drama are described against a backdrop of scientific development as the discipline of psychology evolves.
UK: Routledge (October 2016)
FRANCESCO DIMITRI Francesco Dimitri is an Italian author living in London; he is also a business story teller and trainer and faculty member of The School of Life. The idea for this book came to him after meeting so many busy professionals who were in search of something more in their life - mostly, ways of being more mindful, more centred, and of connecting to their friends, partners, and themselves.
A new form of mindfulness based on the act of reading aloud, encouraging people to take a pause, spend time with friends and focus gently on what matters.
TO READ ALOUD Reading aloud was once ubiquitous. Vast crowds gathered to hear Dickens, but far more people read him aloud to friends and loved ones in their own homes. It was a quintessential human pleasure, but it is one which we have all but lost. To Read Aloud is an opportunity to rediscover this simple, yet ancient and powerful action which connects us with our friends, centres ourselves in the present and lets us focus gently on what matters. To Read Aloud meets two significant contemporary needs, for mindfulness and for connection – ‘the human moment’ – both of which are seen as increasingly precious commodities in modern life. And it runs deeper than that: reading aloud to someone is a terribly simple and deeply satisfying act of giving. UK: Head of Zeus
CLARE GOULTY & SUSAN BEDFORD Clare Goulty BA (Hons), MBS, has worked in Communications for fifteen years and is a magazine editor. Susan Bedford BSC (Hons), PGCE, MSC, is a highly experienced scientist, specialising in Biology and Chemistry, with over eighteen years experience in a variety of roles including senior management. She has an MSC in Nutritional Therapy from the University of Worcester and conducted her research into the area of fertility and nutrition. She is a fully qualified freelance Nutritional Therapist whose specialist area is fertility. She has worked successfully with a variety of patients experiencing infertility issues and undergoing ART and has authored articles in relation to fertility for a lading nutritional company and preconception charity. A group of leading IVF experts and each of them has contributed the expertise and advice in this comprehensive step-by-step guide. HFEA will write the foreword.
THE SPECIALISTS’ GUIDE TO IVF: A Complete Guide There’s an abundance of available information about IVF, but it’s often confusing and conflicting. Clare Goulty and Susan Bedford know this from personal experience. A specialist guide didn’t exist when they were undertaking IVF. So they wrote one. Approximately one million cycles of IVF are carried out worldwide annually, with an estimated 200,000 IVF babies born – and this figure is rising constantly. When couples face IVF (either for the first time or after multiple cycles), it’s important for them to be able to access a single source of expert, trusted and balanced information. In the course of their own cycles of IVF and subsequently, Clare Goulty and Susan Bedford met a broad group of leading IVF experts; they bring all of that expertise and understanding together in this comprehensive, step-bystep guide. Written and compiled both with couples and individuals in mind, it’s for those considering IVF as well as those who may have tried IVF but with no success. It explains what to expect, which questions to ask, how people can best prepare themselves for the initial cycle, and ways to improve their chances of success with future cycles. The guide also covers egg freezing (a growing trend amongst women wishing to delay motherhood and yet preserve their future fertility), donorassisted IVF, and surrogacy and IVF. UK: On submission
DR. CLAIRE GUEST Claire Guest is the founder of Medical Detection Dogs and the world pioneer of training dogs to detect illness. Jean Ritchie is a journalist and author with twenty one successful books to her credit. Her books range from ghosted autobiographies to investigative non-fiction, and include Prescription for Murder, The Secret World of Cults and Stalkers. Jean has written four authorized Big Brother books and co-wrote Little Girl Lost, one of Richard and Judy’s True titles. She has ghost written on a number of major titles including Wherever You Are: The Military Wives and The Yorkshire Shepardess. ‘This is an incredible story of determination and belief. A moving, inspiring and hugely uplifting read.’ Kate Humble, wildlife and science presenter for the BBC ‘A deeply personal story ... fantastic.’ Dogs Monthly
DAISY’S GIFT: The Remarkable Cancer-detecting Dog Who Saved My Life The best cancer detecting machinery that science has so far created is only about 85% accurate and, obviously, hugely expensive and slow. Amazingly dogs’ sense of smell is so sensitive that after they have been properly trained, they are more than 90% accurate. They are also a lot less expensive than the machines, a lot quicker and a LOT nicer to be around. Back in the early noughties when Claire Guest began her experiments to work out how to train dogs to detect illness the scientific establishment scoffed and even she questioned her own sanity a little as she laid out endless little bowls for her dogs to pick on her parent’s kitchen floor. But her persistence bore fruit and surviving her own cancer scare – which she was alerted to by her own dog, Daisy – Medical Detection Dogs is now at the forefront of one of the most exciting new developments in medicine of the century and a whole new chapter in the ongoing story of our relationship with man’s best friend. UK: Virgin Books (PUBLISHED) RIGHTS SOLD: Poland Marginesy, Spain KNS Ediciones, Russia Exmo Co-agents: Japan Japan Uni, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
GRAHAM HANCOCK Fingerprints of the Gods: #1 INTERNATIONAL BESTSELLER Translated into 23 languages 9 million copies sold worldwide Magicians of the Gods: SUNDAY TIMES & NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER Graham Hancock is the author of numerous bestselling works about historical mysteries. His books have sold more than nine million copies worldwide and have been translated into 27 languages. His public lectures and broadcasts, including two major TV series for Channel 4, Quest for the Lost Civilisation and Flooded Kingdoms of the Ice Age, have further established his reputation as an unconventional thinker who raises controversial questions about humanity’s past. His latest book, Magicians of the Gods, follows on from Fingerprints of the Gods which was published 20 years ago and vindicates his much criticised contentions of the time.
MAGICIANS OF THE GODS Powerful new evidence has emerged that supports Hancock's disturbing thesis of a massive global cataclysm in the window between 13,000 and 12,000 years ago, around the last Ice Age, that wiped out and destroyed almost all traces (except the 'fingerprints') of a great global civilisation of prehistoric antiquity. Hancock analyses the evidence emerging from popular science for events such as North America being struck by several pieces of a giant fragmenting comet, and the discovery in Turkey of an extraordinary 12,000 year-old megalithic site called Gobekli Tepe, on the scale of Stonehenge, but 7,000 years older than any of the great stone circles. Mysteries of this calibre drive the quest of Magicians of the Gods, each leading us to a labyrinth of further possibilities. Magicians of the Gods transports readers for years to come with realms of mystery, enchantment and extraordinary possibilities. US: St Martin’s Press
UK: Hodder & Stoughton (PUBLISHED)
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FINGERPRINTS OF THE GODS Travelling first to South and Meso-America, Graham finds evidence of myths of a white-skinned ‘god’ named Quetzalcoatl or ‘Viracocha’ who came from a drowned land bringing knowledge of farming and culture after a great flood. Tied in with these myths Graham begins to crack an ancient code imprinted in these ancient tales that refer to the ‘great mill’ of the heavens. From the mysterious sites of Tiahuanaco and Teotihuacan, to the enduring enigmatic Sphinx and pyramids of Egypt, the grandiose Nazca lines of Peru to the stark primal beauty of the Osireion at Abydos, this is a journey both around the globe and into the heart of the true prehistoric origins of man. Part adventure, part detective story, this book will force you to revaluate your beliefs of the past. UK: Century (PUBLISHED)
US: Three Rivers Press
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LOUISE HIDE Louise Hide, PhD, is a social and cultural historian who works on 19th and 20th century psychiatry and ‘madness’, and a former psychiatric nurse. Her first monograph Gender and Class in English Asylums, 1890-1914 was published by Palgrave Macmillan and she has written various articles for academic journals as well as pieces for a more general readership. In The Case of Dr Margaret Orange, a deeply personal work of non-fiction, she brings together the many experiences, interests and skills she has accumulated as a historian and a writer.
THE CASE OF DR MARGARET ORANGE In the early 1970s Louise Hide, daughter of a psychiatrist, spent some formative years living in the grounds of what was an old county asylum. In the course of researching a PhD thesis on late 19th century lunatic asylums, she came across the story of Dr Margaret Orange who, in 1897, was one of the first female doctors. Margaret too was the daughter of a psychiatrist and grew up in the grounds of a mental hospital, Broadmoor. Louise's curiosity could not fail to be awoken. But after such a promising, intriguing start Margaret's story went cold. While several of her female contemporaries went on to do pioneering work in women’s mental health, traces of Margaret just disappeared... Part journey of self-discovery through historical detective work, part insight into the early days of psychiatric medicine, Louise's book takes us through the world of Victorian asylums familiar from the stories of Sherlock Holmes and into the history of women's participation in the deeply misogynistic medical field. World English: Penguin Fig Tree Publication: April 2017
RICHARD HOLMES Richard Holmes (1946-2011) was one of Britain’s most distinguished and authoritative military historians. His TV credits include the award-winning The Western Front, Comrades in Arms, Dunkirk 1940 and The War Within. Holmes both wrote and presented the War Walks series, Battlefields and Brothers at War.
Praise for Richard Holmes: ‘One of our foremost military scholars and a skilled writer who knows his audience well. This is excellent popular history: scholarly, highly readable and utterly absorbing’ Daily Telegraph ‘Stirring and magnificent . . . covers every aspect of army life you can think of, and many you wouldn’t have’ Sunday Times
Military history & biography: SOLDIERS MARLBOROUGH WELLINGTON DUSTY WARRIORS SAHIB REDCOAT IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF CHURCHILL THE MILITARY HISTORY OF INDIA FIRING LINE FATAL AVENUE THE ARMY BATTLEFIELD TOMMY RIDING THE RETREAT
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THE BROTHERS MCLEOD & FENELLA SMITH The Brothers McLeod are illustrator-animator Greg and screenwriter Myles. They have developed, written and directed a series for the BBC and have directed advertising campaigns brands including Guinness. In 2009, they were nominated for three BAFTAs; in 2011 they won a BAFTA for their work with BBC Learning. Fenella Smith is a ceramicist based in Henley-onThames. Her highly individual products are available in Liberty of London and Bloomingdales in the US, as well as numerous high-end retailers internationally. ‘A new illustrated guide to 100 different kinds of dog, Breeds is drawn with the eye of a true dog lover’ Guardian ‘Charming illustrations capture the true characters of the dogs we love. ‘ Daily Mail
Coming soon: CAT BREEDS BREEDS: A Canine Compendium A charming gift book, filled with humour and wry observation, about Man’s Best Friend. Featuring 96 different breeds of dog (and one cat), including: Corgi: Spirited yet loyal dogs. Unusually large ears, all the better for hearing with. The queen’s favourite and they know it. Dachshund: A long, loving and inquisitive dog. Slightly neurotic, will spend large parts of the day worrying. Make excellent draft excluders. Pug: Affectionate and mischievous dog. However, much like an old man they are obstinate and wheeze, snort and snore loudly. Scottie: Elegant and compact. Trot along like a dressage horse. Deeply suspicious of other dogs, all of whom are considered lesser beings. US: Flat Iron (St Martin’s Press)
UK: Square Peg (Ebury) (PUBLISHED)
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GARETH PATTERSON Well known for his work on the African lion, Gareth Patterson is an environmentalist, independent wildlife researcher and author who has worked tirelessly for more than twenty-five years for the greater protection of African wildlife. Gareth’s love for the wild has spurred various projects surrounding animal rights. He is the author of ten books and lives on the edge of the Knysna forest in South Africa. Praise for Gareth Patterson: ‘An extraordinary tale of endurance, triumph, and tragedy...an impassioned cry from the heart on behalf of all of Africa's lions.’ The Times
MY LION’S HEART: A Life for the Lions of Africa Environmentalist, independent researcher and author, Gareth Patterson has spent his entire adult life working tirelessly for the greater protection of African wildlife and, more particularly, for that of the lion. Born in England in 1963, Gareth grew up in Nigeria and Malawi. From an early age he knew where his life’s path would take him – it would be in Africa, and his life’s work would be for the cause of the African wilderness and its wild inhabitants. His is an all-encompassing African story. From his childhood in West and East Africa to his study of a threatened lion population in a private reserve in Botswana to his work with George Adamson, celebrated as the ‘Lion Man’ of Africa, we witness Gareth’s growing commitment to his life’s mission. Gareth Patterson’s long-awaited autobiography is a moving account of one man’s single-minded dedication to the preservation of Africa’s wildlife. It is also a stark reminder that if the human race does not want to lose Africa’s priceless wild heritage there is no time to waste. South Africa: Tracey McDonald Publishers (PUBLISHED) PREVIOUS FOREIGN SALES: Finland Reader’s Digest, Germany Droemer / Europa Verlag, Holland Reader’s Digest, Hungary Aqua, Italy Piemme, Poland Muza, Russia Armada Publishing Other titles: THE SECRET ELEPHANTS TO WALK WITH LIONS MAKING A KILLING DYING TO BE FREE WITH MY SOUL AMONGST LIONS
LAST OF THE FREE THE LION’S LEGACY WHERE THE LION WALKED CRY FOR THE LIONS
SARAH RAYNER Bestselling author of One Moment, One Morning, over 500,000 copies sold Sarah Rayner has worked as an advertising copywriter for almost 20 years. She has also written for women’s magazines and the marketing press. She is the author of five novels and two works of non-fiction. ‘Simple, lucid advice on how to accept your anxiety’ Matt Haig, bestselling author of Reasons to Stay Alive.
MAKING FRIENDS WITH ANXIETY: A Calming Colouring Book (illustrated by Jules Miller) Zone out from your day-to-day stress with this new colouring book with beautifully-crafted illustrations by Jules Miller. The illustrations are offset by warm and humorous words by Sarah Rayner on how to ‘make friends with anxiety’ and thereby manage stress. RIGHTS SOLD: Romania Lifestyle Publishing Co-agents: Japan Tuttle-Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Synopsis, Taiwan Lee’s Literary Agency
MAKING FRIENDS WITH THE MENOPAUSE Written with Sarah Rayner’s trademark warmth and humour, this book reads like a chat with a friend. Together with GP Patrick Fitzgerald, she helps explain why stopping menstruating causes such profound chemical changes in the body, leading us to react in a myriad of ways physically and mentally. Filled with practical advice, details of the treatment options as well as tips and insights from women keen to share their wisdom on a subject many still find hard to talk about, Making Friends with the Menopause will give you a greater understanding of the process, so you can enjoy your body and your sexuality as you age.
MAKING FRIENDS WITH ANXIETY Drawing on her own experience of anxiety disorder and recovery, Sarah shares her insights into this extremely common and often distressing condition with compassion and humour. She reveals the seven elements that commonly contribute to anxiety, including adrenaline, negative thinking and fear of the future. Packed with tips, exercises and anecdotes from the author's life, it shows that an understanding of the way our minds and bodies work together can help restore our sense of confidence and control. RIGHTS SOLD: Japan Sogensha (For Sarah Rayner’s Fiction titles see page 14)
INGRID SEWARD Ingrid Seward is the editor of Majesty magazine, and one of the most prominent and respected writers on the British royal family, with more than ten books on the subject to her credit. She regularly appears on television and radio to give her expert insights.
‘[Ingrid Seward] gives a unique insight into her private personality — and her relationship with her husband.’ Daily Mail
THE QUEEN’S SPEECH: An Intimate Portrait of the Queen in Her Own Words On 9 September 2015, Queen Elizabeth II became the longest-serving monarch in British history. During her 63 years on the throne, few have got to know her well, but there is one body of work that sheds real light on her thoughts, personality and the issues that really concern her: the Queen's own speeches. For many years, the Queen's Christmas address was the most-watched programme on television on Christmas Day, and millions still tune in to hear what she has to say. Now, in this wonderful, intimate portrait of Her Majesty, Ingrid Seward uses the Queen's speeches as a starting point to provide a revealing insight into the character of the woman who has reigned over us since the days when Churchill was prime minister. Starting with her first ever broadcast, in December 1940, when the teenaged Princess Elizabeth addressed a wartorn nation, right through the annus horribilis, and on to the 21st century, the book picks out the most important moments in her life. UK: Simon & Schuster (PUBLISHED) RIGHTS SOLD: Russia Olga Morozova Co-agents: Japan Tuttle-Mori, Russia Van Lear
YVONNE SHERRATT Yvonne Sherratt was educated at Cambridge University, was a fellow of Corpus Christi College and most recently taught at New College, Oxford. She is author of Adorno's Positive Dialectic and Continental Philosophy of Social and Political Science. Praise for Hitler’s Philosophers:
'A powerful portrait of collaboration, and corruption.’ Financial Times ‘A fascinating, disturbing and necessary book.’ Independent
HITLER’S PHILOSOPHERS Hitler saw himself as a 'philosopher-leader', and astonishingly gained the support of many intellectuals of his time. In this compelling book, Yvonne Sherratt explores Hitler's relationship with philosophers - those who supported his rise to power and those whose lives were wrecked by his regime. Sherratt illuminates how Hitler vulgarized noble thinkers of the past, and reveals how leading philosophers of the 1930s eagerly collaborated to lend the Nazi regime a cloak of respectability, while opponents and Semitic thinkers - Huber, Benjamin, Adorno and Arendt - were forced to flee, were hunted down or murdered. Sherratt not only confronts the past; she also tracks down chilling evidence of continuing Nazi sympathy in Western universities today. UK & US: Yale University Press (PUBLISHED) RIGHTS SOLD: China Wuhan Enlightenment, Italy Bollati Boringhieri, Japan Hakusui-Sha, Korea Da Vinci, Russia AST, Spain Catedra, Turkey Say Yayinlari Co-agents: Japan Tuttle-Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
SONYA THOMAS Sonya Thomas has an MA in Human Resource Management and post-graduate diplomas in Industrial Relations and Journalism. She was the Political Adviser to leading cabinet members in local government for many years. She has published numerous articles in various magazines and wrote speeches for the board of the Equality and Human Rights Commission. She played international rugby and also for Saracens and the Wasps.
EVERY ONE AN AMAZON: The Story of Women’s Rugby We have all been captivated by the women’s Rugby Sevens in the Rio Olympics yet there is so little information on the history of this sport for women. There are approximately 18,000 women who play rugby in England plus a further 7,000 in our universities and many tens of thousands in support of the sport. Globally: there are 1.6 million women who play worldwide (that’s in 110 countries across all continents, in 121 of our unions). Women’s rugby is one of the world’s fastest growing female team sports. In the United States, 25 per cent of rugby players are women. Sonya Thomas will take the reader through the history of this sport and how it came to be played by women which was thought of as a man’s sport. There will be interviews of prominent players and officials and she will take the reader through the difficult times that women had to battle to gain recognition and financing to get into the international arena. UK: The History Press
MICHAEL WHITE Michael White is the author of ten novels and 28 nonfiction books. He has appeared in three different Top Ten Charts: as a novelist, non-fiction writer and a pop star. He co-wrote Private Down Under with James Patterson which went to the Top Ten in the Sunday Times Bestseller chart. Before Michael’s incredible successes in fiction, he wrote many bestselling and critically acclaimed non-fiction titles including Stephen Hawking – A Life in Science which has been translated into 15 languages. New updated edition of the biography of a remarkable man - motor neurone disease victim and awesome intellect Stephen Hawking ‘Intriguing ... There are larger questions here than the life of even this singular man’ Peter Ackroyd, The Times ‘Immensely moving... totally gripping to read’ Daily Telegraph
STEPHEN HAWKING: A LIFE IN SCIENCE with John Gribbin Born in 1942, Stephen Hawking is no ordinary scientist. With a career that began over thirty years ago at Cambridge University, he has managed to do more than perhaps any other physicist to broaden our basic understanding of the universe. This skilful portrait of an indefatigable genius traces the course of Hawking's life and science, marrying biography and physics to tell the story of a remarkable man. UK: Abacus (PUBLISHED)
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JAMES WYLLIE & MICHAEL MCKINLEY Michael McKinley is an award-winning author, filmmaker, journalist and screenwriter. He is based in New York and has written for a range of publications including The New York Observer, The New York Daily News and The Chicago Sun-Times. He is the author of a number of books and has made documentaries for CNN, The Discovery Channel and CBC. James Wyllie is an author, award-winning screenwriter and broadcaster. He published Goering and Goering: Hitler’s Henchman and His Anti-Nazi Brother in 2010, and has worked on numerous films for the BBC, Film4 and Talkback among others. He has written for a number of TV drama series, including The Bill, The Tribe, and Atlantis High.
THE CODEBREAKERS: The true story of the secret intelligence team that changed the course of the First World War While battalions hunkered down in the mud of western France, anti-aircraft guns took aim at zeppelins floating over the capital, and Atlantic convoys tried desperately to evade German U-boats, another, more secret battle was underway. Down gloomy Whitehall corridors in London, a team of eccentric and pioneering codebreakers were fighting for information that would give them a decisive advantage over the enemy. The stories of Bletchley Park and the spies of the Second World War are well known, but it was Room 40 and their colleagues across the intelligence services that started it all. From the docks of New York City to shady Cairo hotels, this is the gripping and fast-paced story of spies, codebreakers and saboteurs. UK: Ebury (PUBLISHED) Co-agents: Japan English Agency, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
Backlist Highlights – Non-Fiction NATURE CURE by Richard Mabey In the last year of the old millennium, Richard Mabey, Britain's foremost nature writer, fell into a severe depression. The natural world – which since childhood had been a source of joy and inspiration for him – became meaningless. Then, cared for by friends, he moved to East Anglia and he started to write again. Having left the cosseting woods of the Chiltern hills for the open flatlands of Norfolk, Richard Mabey found exhilaration in discovering a whole new landscape and gained fresh insights into our place in nature. Structured as intricately as a novel, a joy to read, truthful, exquisite and questing, Nature Cure is a book of hope, not just for individuals, but for our species. UK Vintage; US University of Virginia Press; Estonia Huma; Germany Matthes & Seitz; Japan Villagebooks; Sweden Constant Reader Richard Mabey is a naturalist and award-winning author and journalist. Among his many acclaimed books are Food for Free, Gilbert White (Whitbread Biography of the Year) and the ground-breaking bestseller Flora Britannica.
AFTER AUSCHWITZ by Eva Schloss Eva was arrested by the Nazis on her fifteenth birthday and sent to Auschwitz. Her survival depended on endless strokes of luck, her own determination and the love and protection of her mother Fritzi, who was deported with her. Before the war, in Amsterdam, Eva had become friendly with a young girl called Anne Frank. Though their fates were very different, Eva's life was set to be entwined with her friend's for ever more, after her mother Fritzi married Anne's father Otto Frank in 1953. This is a searingly honest account of how an ordinary person survived the Holocaust and an exploration of what happened next. Eva's memories and descriptions are heartbreakingly clear, her account brings the horror as close as it can possibly be. UK Hodder & Stoughton; Brazil Universo dos Livros; Denmark People’s Press; France City Éditions; Italy Newton Compton; Portugal Mercador; Spain Planeta Eva Schloss was born in Vienna in 1929. She was awarded an MBE at the New Year Honours 2013 for her work in schools, and she is a co-founder of the Anne Frank Trust.
THE OWL WHO LIKED SITTING ON CAESAR by Martin Windrow When author Martin Windrow met the tawny owlet that he christened Mumble, it was love at first sight. Raising her from a fledgling, through adolescence and into her prime years, Windrow recorded every detail of their time living together (secretly) in a south London tower block, and later in a Sussex village. This is the touching, intriguing and eccentric story of their 15-year relationship, complete with photographs and illustrations of the beautiful Mumble. Along the way, we are given fascinating insight into the ornithology of owls – from their evolution and biology to their breeding habits and hunting tactics. The Owl Who Liked Sitting on Caesar is a witty, quirky and utterly charming account of the companionship between one man and his owl. UK: Transworld (PUBLISHED)
US: Farrar, Straus & Giroux
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JAMES D. BOYS Dr James D. Boys is an Associate Professor of International Political Studies at Richmond University and was Senior Visiting Research Fellow at King’s College London between 2012 and 2015. He is the author of Clinton’s Grand Strategy: US Foreign Policy in a Post-Cold War World (Bloomsbury Academic, 2015) and has strong media links with radio and television, appearing as a commentator on American political issues on the BBC, Sky News, CNBC and Al Jazeera English. He is also a regular contributor to Monocle 24 and to LBC Radio. ‘This is an accessible read, not an impenetrable academic tome, […] a comprehensive analysis of Clinton’s career and her chances of achieving that lifetime ambition’ Progress ‘The Hillary Clinton of James D Boys’s biography is a more nuanced and calculating character, closer – I’d have thought – to the truth’ Telegraph
HILLARY RISING: The Politics, Persona and Policies of a New American Dynasty On 12 April 2015, Hillary Clinton formally announced her intention to run for President in 2016, casting herself as the 'champion of everyday Americans'. With near-universal name recognition and the promise to make history as the first female occupant of the Oval Office, all seems set for Hillary to secure the one role that has eluded her to date, but what drives this most intriguing and polarising of political figures? Will she be able to shake off her past mistakes and finally secure the Democratic Party's nomination? What are her chances of winning the White House? And, perhaps more importantly, what kind of President would she make? Drawing on original interviews with close associates of both Bill and Hillary, as well as a wealth of recently declassified materials from the Clinton archive, James D. Boys offers a clearsighted, non-partisan analysis of Hillary's rise to the pinnacle of American power, revealing the political ideology and core principles that have remained a constant throughout. RIGHTS SOLD: China SDX Publishing Co-agents: Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear
JOHN PLENDER John Plender has been a senior editorial writer and columnist at the Financial Times since 1981. He was the winner of the Wincott Foundation senior prize for excellence in financial journalism in 1994. His previous books include That's the Way the Money Goes, The Square Mile, A Stake In The Future and Going Off The Rails: Global capital and the crisis of legitimacy. He lives in London. ‘A superbly erudite excursion through the theory and practice of market economies down the ages.’ Sunday Times ‘Superb…[Capitalism] does a better job of bringing together all the key issues facing today’s global economy than any other book I’ve read.’ The Times ‘In this thoughtful and stimulating intervention, John Plender [...] offers a tour d’horizon of the debate, enlivened by a deep knowledge of the global economy and an interest in history’ Financial Times ‘He approaches the quandaries of capitalism with a shrewd eye for detail.’ The Economist
CAPITALISM Capitalism has lifted millions out of poverty. Under its guiding hand, living standards throughout the Western world have been transformed. Further afield, the trail blazed by Japan is being followed by other emerging market countries across the globe, creating prosperity on a breathtaking scale. And yet capitalism is unloved. From its discontents to its outright enemies, voices compete to point out the flaws in the system that allow increasingly powerful elites to grab an ever larger share of our collective wealth. In his incisive, clear-sighted guide, award-winning Financial Times journalist John Plender explores the paradoxes and pitfalls inherent in this extraordinarily dynamic mechanism and in our attitudes to it. Taking us on a journey from the Venetian merchants of the Middle Ages to the gleaming temples of commerce in 21st-century Canary Wharf via the South Sea Bubble, Dutch tulip mania and manic-depressive gambling addicts, Plender shows us our economic creation through the eyes of philosophers, novelists, poets, artists and divines. RIGHTS SOLD: Italy Bollati Boringhieri; Japan Hakusuisha, Taiwan Linking Publishing Co-agents: Japan Tuttle-Mori, Korea Eric Yang Agency, Russia Van Lear (French rights with Artellus Limited)
ROSA PRINCE Rosa Prince is an award-winning political journalist and a member of the team that broke the 2009 expenses scandal. Having worked in the Lobby for the Daily Mirror and Daily Telegraph for more than ten years, Rosa also served as US Correspondent for the Telegraph, and is a frequent commentator on political television and radio channels including Sky News, the BBC and Radio 5Live.
Praise for Comrade Corbyn: ‘Comrade Corbyn is a real political thriller with a revolutionary ending. This is British politics’ most incredible political journey. Ever.’ Daily Mirror ‘Fascinating and forensic… Meticulously researched and always even-handed, this is a very human portrait.’ Daily Telegraph
THERESA MAY: The Path to Power Twenty days after Britain’s dramatic vote to leave the European Union, a new Prime Minister entered Downing Street. Few were more surprised than Theresa May herself. At the start of this extraordinary summer, the formidable May had been on the cusp of becoming the longest-serving Home Secretary in history. Then the unexpected happened. David Cameron’s sudden resignation unleashed a leadership contest like no other – and saw the showier rivals for the post of Prime Minister fall one by one with dizzying speed. Britain’s second-ever female premier is a self-styled unflashy politician, a vicar’s daughter whose commitment to public service was instilled during her Oxfordshire childhood. In her time at the Home Office, she forged a reputation as one of the most respected and diligent politicians of her era. More than a decade after she warned stunned Conservatives of their ‘nasty’ image, the 59-year-old has become the champion of Middle England and, for the time being, united her riven party. May’s task now is to bring together a divided country. Theresa May: The Path to Power tells the story of one of the most extraordinary people ever to enter No. 10.
GUY STANDING Guy Standing is a professor at the School of Oriental and African Studies, University of London, and is a Fellow of the Academy of Social Sciences. He was previously Professor of Labour Economics at Monash University and before that director of the Socio-Economic Security Programme of the International Labour Organization. He is co-president of the Basic Income Earth Network. His books include The Precariat: The New Dangerous Class (2011), Work after Globalization: Building Occupational Citizenship (2009) and Basic Income – A Transformative Policy for India (2015). He lives in Switzerland.
THE CORRUPTION OF CAPITALISM: Why Rentiers Thrive and Work does not Pay We live in an age of extreme inequality, in which the remedies we think we understand seem to have no effect while the rich go on getting richer. We are repeatedly told that work is the best route out of poverty, yet in 2014 more of the income-poor in the UK were in jobs than out of them. Guy Standing, best-selling author of The Precariat, reveals the devastating effects of the construction of a global market economy. At the heart of the problem is the construction by successive governments, working in the interests of elites, of the most unfree market system ever created. This is a system in which property – financial, physical and intellectual – is controlled by a tiny but enormously powerful rentier class, at the expense of all the rest of us. The rental income obtained from assets and from the exploitation of scarce resources from oil to pharmaceutical licences has rapidly become the dominant force in the global economy, aided by government subsidies, tax breaks and systemically corrupt deals. The book reveals the extent to which global capitalism has been rigged in favour of rent-seekers to the detriment of workers – not just those in low-paid and precarious employment, but the professionals and entrepreneurs we like to think of as the drivers of our economy. The implications of the Age of Rentier Capitalism go beyond the economic sphere as the plutocracy fund and influence political parties while media ownership is concentrated in the hands of a few powerful individuals. RIGHTS SOLD: Spain Pasado y Presente OPTION PUBLISHERS: Bulgaria Trud I Pravo, Denmark Informations Forlag, Germany Unrast Verlag, Italy Feltrinelli, Norway Res Publica, Poland Wyd. Naukowe Pwn SA, Portugal Presenca, Serbia Albion Books.
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