What a week it’s been – everyone at the agency is slowly recovering from the madness of Frankfurt, and we’re back as normal to bring you the weekly highlights (with a couple of news pieces from last week, too).
Beth Morrey’s debut novel, The Love Story of Missy Carmichael rose to fame during the Frankfurt Book Fair, and was mentioned in The Guardian, The Telegraph and The Bookseller. Following a ten-way battle for the UK & Commonwealth rights, the auction was won by Martha Ashby at HarperCollins/HarperFiction, the same publishers that picked up the multi-award winning novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine, by our very own Gail Honeyman. US rights have been sold to Penguin Random House/Putnam; Italian to Garzanti; Portuguese (SA) to Intrinseca; Russian to Sinbad; Serbian to Laguna and Swedish to Lind & Co.
On some very exciting news on the television front, the first in Charlie Bird’s Mindful Murders series, Art of Death has been optioned for TV by World Productions, the team behind the hit series’ The Bodyguard and Line of Duty. Art of Death will be published by Constable/Little, Brown next year.
Clare Pooley’s up-lit novel, The Authenticity Project, also found fame this week. Clare’s novel was mentioned in a Guardian article about the rise of uplifting literature. The Authenticity Project has currently been sold into 26 territories.
It’s been a brilliant week for C.J. Tudor. C.J. was shortlisted for the Crime Writers’ Association Ian Flemming Award 2018 for The Chalk Man. The novel is currently residing at No. 37 in the charts with 2,423 paperbacks sold this week, while C.J. has just returned from promoting her second book, The Taking of Annie Thorne, in the US.
Congratulations to three of our authors on their publication days:
Cheesecake enthusiasts everywhere rejoice, Joe Moruzzi and Brendon Parry’s decadent cheesecake recipe book, Pleesecakes, was published on 18 October by Quadrille and immediately sailed into the Amazon Bestseller list. Pleesecakes were invited to join Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning on their publication day.
The ‘Queen of Crime’, Mel Sherratt’s fantastic new ‘grit-lit’ crime drama, Hush Hush, was also published on 18 October by HarperCollins/Avon. It’s a momentous moment for Mel, as this marks her first novel to be released in paperback.
In other exciting news, Christi Daugherty has been booked to appear at the Savannah Book Festival 2018 to promote the first book in her adult series, The Echo Killing. Christi is also a YA author, best known for the bestselling Night School series.
It’s been another busy week on the foreign rights front.