Proper Healthy FoodCharles Williams: The Third InklingA Fiery & Furious People: A History of Violence in EnglandThe Wildlife GardenerThe Garden FarmerRelish: My Life on a PlateThe Road to Passchendaele: The Heroic Year in Soldiers’ Own Words and PhotographsFever Tree - The Art of Mixing: Simple long drinks & cocktails from the world’s leading barsDogNot GuiltyThe DuchessSleep is for the Weak: How to survive when your baby won’t go the f**k to sleepDeath on Earth: Adventures in Evolution and MortalityThings We Nearly KnewThe Prodigal Daughter: Angelotti Chronicles 2 (Food of Love Trilogy Book 2)Nightingales in November: A Year in the Lives of Twelve British BirdsThe Little Book of Peace: Finding tranquillity in a troubled world







OCTOBER, 2010

 QUADRILLE BUYS THE SOUL OF SCOTLAND


Max Milligan is one of the UK's foremost landscape photographers whose first book CIRCLES OF STONE (The Harvill Press, 1999) now changes hands for hundreds of pounds on the internet. Three books later, his new project is a landmark book of photographs of Scotland. This will be a stunning production in physical size as well as photographic quality and Quadrille - who are second to non at selling rights around the world - will publish in a lavish format in spring 2012.
 
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I think it is useful for prospective authors to have an idea of my personal taste when I'm reading for pleasure not work, so here is an updated list of books I have enjoyed (and bought!) ove rthe past few months:
 
Non-fiction
 
NOTES FROM WALNUT TREE FARM  Roger Deakin
 
DRY STORE ROOM N0 1; SECRET LIFE OF THE NATURAL HISTORY MUSEUM  Richard Fortey
 
THE BAREFOOT EMPEROR   Philip Marsden
 
ANIMALS IN TRANSLATION   Temple Grandin
 
Fiction
 
DEATH COMES FOR THE ARCHBISHOP  Willa Cathar
 
ALONE IN BERLIN  Hans Fallada
 
THE SPARE ROOM   Helen Garner

posted by JANE    October 22, 2010 1:16 PM  




 

 

SEPTEMBER, 2010

 TWO BOOK DEAL FOR RICHARD VAN EMDEN


A very encouraging start to the new publishing year with Bloomsbury's major acquisition of two new titles by the WW1 historian Richard Van Emden. Richard's co-written book with the late Harry Patch, THE LAST FIGHTING TOMMY has sold nearly 300,000 copies and he is the UK's most distinguished historian of the Great War with titles such as 'Boy Soldiers of the Great War' and 'The Soldiers' War.' The new contract includes a seminal illustrated book for 2014 to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the outbreak of WW1.


posted by JANE    September 08, 2010 12:46 PM  




 

 

AUGUST, 2010

 PRUE LEITH AUTOBIOGRAPHY


Just before work slowed down for the summer Prue Leith, whose novels are getting more and more popular and are being very effectivelt published by Quercus, decided that the time had come to write her autobiography. RELISH exists so far as just a couple of chapters but it is SO compelling and entertaining that we had a major auction. Quercus decided that they couldn't bear to see her on anyone else's list and have paid a very handsome sum indeed for the UK rights. The book will come out in spring 2012 and I'm predicting a surprise bestseller. Prue is incapable of writing a dull word but people who know her only as a 'caterer to the stars' and as a judge of Great British Menu on TV are in for a surprise. She has had the most fabulously rollercoaster life full of passion, drama and adventure - and she is telling all - and of course writing every word herself.

posted by JANE    August 23, 2010 6:38 PM  




 

 

JUNE, 2010

 A VERY UNUSUAL STORY


We all complain about how short a shelf-life books have these days. In the bookshop for a couple of weeks (that's if you are lucky!) and then returned - brief day in the sun over. So here's a story to encourage everyone!
The first book that I sold when I became an agent twenty three years ago was a novel called LABELS by Harold Carlton. It was a giant success in America selling over a million copies. Two decades later the author went back to novel writing and HEAVEN HELL AND MADEMOISELLE was published last week by Orion. And now we have a contract with them to bring back LABELS for a whole new audience (many of whom will have been learning to read when it was first published.) A good story never dates and this one looks as though it will never die!

posted by JANE    June 08, 2010 9:43 AM  




 

 

MAY, 2010

 PENNY JUNOR


After 'ghost writing' three bestselling books in the last two years - Penny Junor has moved publishers and will write a major biography of Prince William for Hodder & Stoughton. Rowena Webb made a pre-emptive six figure offer for world rights.
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As it is possibly useful as an indication of the kinds of work I respond to, I include an occasional list of books that I have read for pleasure recently and enjoyed. I whole heartedly recommend the following:
 
Fiction: 24 FOR 3 Jennie Walker
           ARE THEY FUNNY, ARE THEY DEAD? short stories  Marjorie Ann Watts
           GOING WRONG Ruth Rendell
 
Non-fiction: THE HIDDEN LANDSCAPE Richard Fortey
                  A GAMBLING MAN  Jenny Uglow
                  ISTANBUL  Orhan Pamuk

posted by JANE    May 28, 2010 11:43 AM  




 

 


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