Posted on 10 October 2011.
30.09.11 | Graeme Neill
Greene & Heaton is selling rights in the new P D James novel. Death comes to Pemberley, her sequel to Jane Austen’s Pride and Prejudice, will be published by Faber in November 2011. Faber will also publish Skios by Michael Frayn, a farce which Henry Holt has bought in the US and Carl Hanser has bought in Germany. what the Family Needed is the second novel from Steven Amsterdam and Harvill Secker has UK rights. Codename: Haro by Jeremy Duns brings a new perspective to the West’s handling of the Cuban Missile Crisis and will be published by Simon & Schuster in September 2012 to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the crisis. Viking has bought it for the US. DI Nick Belsey is back in Deep Shelter by Oliver Harris, to be published by Jonathan Cape in May 2012, and the title will also be submitted to foreign publishers. Nicola Barr sold world rights in début The Guilty One by Lisa Ballantyne to Emma Beswetherick at little, Brown in a six-figure pre-empt.
Janklow & Nesbit is selling rights to Charles Cumming's A Foreign Country in which a disgraced spy seeks redemption in his search for the incumbent head of MI6, who has gone missing. HarperCollins has UK rights, St Martin's Press US and Goldmann German. It is also selling The tale of Raw Head and Bloody Bones by Jack Wolf, dubbed "American Psycho meets Perfume". Chatto has UK rights, Belfond French and Destino Spanish. in Next, Paul Broks examines recent scientific findings that there is no such thing as an "inner self". Rights have been sold in the UK (Penguin Press), US (Crown), Germany (C. H. Beck Verlag), and the Netherlands (De Bezige Bij). Dylan Evans' Risk Intelligence gives a guide to "the twilight zone of probabilities and speculation". Rights have been sold in the UK (Atlantic), US (The Free Press), Germany (Droemer) and Italy (Garzanti). in Extremes, Kevin Fong looks at how modern medicine is pushing the envelope of human survival. Hodder has UK rights and Penguin will publish in the US. Adam Rutherford will explore how humans are on the verge of creating synthetic life in Creation. Rights have been sold in the UK (Viking), US (Penguin Portfolio), Brazil (Zahar), Japan (Discover21), Netherlands (Spectrum), Portugal (Texto).
Rachel Clements, head of rights at The Christopher little Literary Agency, will be selling foreign rights in two memoirs. Navel Gazing by Anne H Putnam is billed as “an unflinchingly honest, funny and poignant account” of the author’s battle following drastic weight-loss surgery, and is currently under offer in the UK. The Blue Door, Lise Kristensen’s account of her childhood in the Japanese POW camps of Java, has just been delivered and will be published by Macmillan in early 2012. Rights have already been sold to Juritzen in Norway. in fiction, foreign rights are on offer in Babies in Waiting by Rosie Fiore, which Clements said was a “heartwarming novel about motherhood, friendship and finding love at the most surprising time in your life”. Quercus will publish in the UK in summer 2012. these titles are all agented by Caroline Hardman.
PFD is selling rights in Emylia Hall’s début The Book of Summers, which was sold in the UK (Headline), US, Germany, Italy, the Netherlands and Portugal in two weeks over the summer. Actor John Gordon Sinclair’s début Seventy Times seven, which Faber will publish in the UK, is a noir hitman thriller. something you Are by Hanna Jameson is the first in a London-based crime series by a strong new young talent. in Maria Eitel’s The Girl Effect, the president of the Nike Foundation explains her mission to eradicate poverty through harnessing the potential of teenage girls. Edwin Moses, Olympic hurdler and campaigner against drug use in sports, tells his story for the first time in Unbeatable, and historian Max Hastings is turning his attention to the first World War in time for its 100th anniversary in 2014, in his forthcoming 1914, published by HarperCollins in the UK and US (sold in Spain and Israel).
Man Booker winner Peter Carey writes about the grief of a mistress after her long-term lover dies in The Chemistry of Tears, one of Rogers, Coleridge & White’s Frankfurt titles. Rights have already been sold to Faber (UK), Knopf (US), Penguin (Australia) and Random House (Canada). The other Hand author Chris Cleave returns with Gold, about friends and world-class cyclists whose friendships are tested in the run-up to the London 2012 Olympics. Rights have been sold to Sceptre (UK), Simon & Schuster (US), Doubleday (Canada), Intrinseca (Brazil), DTV (Germany), Prometheus (Holland) and Aschehoug (Norway). Malcolm Fox and his team of internal affairs investigators are back in Ian Rankin’s The Impossible Dead, examining whether police corruption has been covered up in Fife and how it links to political turmoil in the mid-80s. Rights have gone to Orion (UK), BBC Art (Czech Republic), Le Masque (France), Goldmann (Germany), Metaihmio (Greece), Luitingh-Sijthoff (Holland) and Corpus (Russia). Mantle has UK rights to The necessary Death of Lewis Winter, about a hitman drawn into a vicious turf war. in The Thread, Victoria Hislop writes about the decision facing a young Greek: should he become the custodian of memories and treasures of people from his grandparents’ generation, all of whom had to flee their original homes? in April 2012, Orion publishes The Incident by Ken McCleod, which is about how fate affects the lives of a three men; a teenage lifeguard, a second World War survivor and a refugee of the cold War.
At United Agents, Simon Trewin is selling Silver, former Poet Laureate Andrew Motion’s sequel to Treasure Island. Jonathan Cape will publish in the UK with rights sold in the US (Random House), Canada (Doubleday) and Italy (Rizzoli). The son of Jim Hawkins and Long John Silver’s daughter return to claim the treasure left on the island. On behalf of the Fleming family, Trewin is also touting Frank Cottrell Boyce’s Chitty Chitty Bang Bang Flies again, a 21st-century update of the children’s classic by Zoe Waldie’s client at RCW, Frank Cottrell Boyce. Macmillan publishes in October 2011. Rights have been sold to Germany (Carlsen), France (Gallimard) and The Netherlands (Gottmer). Rights to début literary thriller Every Contact Leaves a Trace by Elanor Dymott will be offered. The novel is about a successful lawyer’s investigation into his wife’s death. Jonathan Cape publishes in spring 2012. Caroline Dawnay is selling Eleanor Catton’s The Luminaries, to be published by Granta in the UK in 2013 and little, Brown in the US. It’s a New Zealand-set murder mystery during a gold rush in 1866. The Man Booker-shortlisted Simon Mawer returns with The Girl who Fell from the Sky. It is about a young woman’s growth into adulthood after she was parachuted behind enemy lines in the second World War. Charles Walker is selling rights with little, Brown publishing in the UK in May 2012 and other Press in the US. Sarah Ballard is selling rights to A Vicious Indulgence by Annie Hauxwell, the first in a series of crime novels featuring a financial investigator addicted to heroin, dubbed Rebus meets Salander. Heinemann has UK rights, Penguin Australia has Australia/New Zealand, and Blanvalet pre-empted in Germany.
Rights to Man Booker winner John Banville’s latest novel Ancient Light will be sold by Ed Victor. Penguin is the UK publisher with Knopf scheduling US publication for autumn 2012. The who guitarist and infamous stage wrecker Pete Townshend’s memoir who he? will be published in the US and the UK by HarperCollins in October 2012. Translation rights have been sold in Germany (Kiepenheuer & Witsch), Brazil (Editora Globo), Norway (Bazar Forlag) and Finland (Like). Evening Standard editor Geordie Greig has written a memoir about his friend, the painter Lucien Freud, who died earlier this year. Breakfast with Lucien will be published by Jonathan Cape in the UK in autumn 2012. Zombie Survival Guide author Max Brooks has written a new collection of zombie short stories called The Extinction Parade and other Stories. Rights have been sold in the UK (Duckworth), Brazil (Rocco), France (Calmann-Levy), Germany (Goldmann), Italy (Cooper), Russia (AST) and Spain (Mondadori). Historian Juliet Nicolson makes her fiction début with a novel set in 1936 about secrecy, love and a king and his subjects. Bloomsbury will publish Abdication in the UK and Atria in the US in May 2012. Writer and explorer Tristan Gooley will uncover how people can unlock the landscape around us by appreciating the connections between land, sea, sky, plants, animals and people. Sceptre will publish The Natural Explorer in the UK in March 2012.
WME has The Adult by Joe Stretch on submission. The novel is about a young man seeking fame, whose mother is the only non-famous sibling among her four sisters. Jonathan Cape has UK rights. UK Vogue magazine editor Alex Shulman has written her début novel, Can We Still be Friends?, about three women finding their way through 1980s London. Fig Tree has world English rights. in until the Darkness comes by Kevin Brooks, a detective on holiday in Essex discovers a murdered girl but then the body disappears when the local police arrive. Random House UK has UK rights and DTV has German. in Redeployment, former US marine Phil Klay writes short stories about officers in Iraq. Penguin Press has US rights and Canongate will publish in the UK. A woman dumped on the steps of a YMCA is the narrator of Y by Marjorie Celona. Rights have been sold in the US (Free Press), UK (Faber), Canada (Hamish Hamilton), France (Gallimard), Germany (Suhrkamp) and Holland (De Bezige Bij). Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, the writing team behind the movies “X-Men: first Class” and “Agent Cody Banks”, have teamed up to write Colin Fischer. The book is about a boy with severe Asperger’s trying to solve a crime at his school with the unlikely help of the school bully. under auction in the US, under offer in the UK and Italy, Mondadori has Spanish rights and Droemer has German.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Small Redemption of Lagos is among the Wylie Agency’s Frankfurt titles. It follows two childhood friends from Nigeria, who are separated when they move to England and the United States, but are later reunited in Lagos. Rights have been sold in Canada (Knopf), Germany (Fischer), Italy (Einaudi), The Netherlands (De Bezige Bij), Portugal (Dom Quixote), Spain (Random House Mondadori), the UK (Fourth Estate) and the US (Knopf). described an a “epic Odyssean voyage”, Nadeem Aslam’s The Blind Man’s Garden is a post-9/11 novel about two foster brothers who leave Pakistan to go to war in Afghanistan. in Knocking on Heaven’s Door, Lisa Randall writes about how humans decide about which scientific questions to answer and how they answer them, discussing the latest theories in physics and cosmology along the way. Fischer has German rights, Il Saggiatore Italian, NHK Publishing Japanese, Proszynski Polish, Acantilado Spanish, Bodley Head UK and Ecco US. Art Spielgelman revisits his graphic novel masterpiece Maus in his companion Metamaus, revealing why he decided to examine the Holocaust using mice as his main characters. Rights have been sold to France (Flammarion), Germany (Fischer), Italy (Einaudi), Korea (Arumderi), Oog & Blik (The Netherlands), Spain (Mondadori), the UK (Viking) and the US (Pantheon). The agency is also selling rights to John Updike’s Higher Gossip, the seventh posthumous collection of miscellaneous prose. Knopf will publish in the US.