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







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  




 

 

MARCH, 2010

 ELSPETH THOMPSON


It is with immense regret that I am sharing the tragic news that my beautiful and brilliant client Elspeth died on Thursday 25th March. Those who knew her are bereft. She was a wonderful writer whose journalism, books and blogs inspired so many. She was about to start work on a brilliant new idea. Elspeth was more than a client, she was a friend and she is irreplaceable.


posted by JANE    March 28, 2010 4:41 PM  




 

 

 DENIS AVEY'S STORY PRE-EMPTED BY HODDER


Denis Avey is a WW2 survivor known as 'the man who broke into Auschwitz'. He was a prisoner of war interned next to the camp and exchanged places over several nights with a Jewish inmate - this and other exploits have earned him the 'Heroes of the Holocaust' medal which was presented to him at 10 Downing Street last week. Rob Broomby, the BBC journalist who discovered Denis' story and has become a close friend, will write the book. Rupert Lancaster of Hodder had contacted Rob the day Denis was intervieweed on Radio 4. That morning I happened to be in the Hodder office and told Rupert I was the agent. 24 hours later we had a deal. Denis' war reminds me of Andy McNab's novels it was so full of action and impossible escapes from death and at 91 he is still in fighting form. I would be amazed if this story didn't end up on the screen.

posted by JANE    March 17, 2010 9:57 AM  




 

 

JANUARY, 2010

 HAPPY 2010


to all visitors to this site. I hope that it is helpful to aspiring writers and useful anyone trying to get in touch with my clients. It has been up in this form for a year now and I have had positive feedback but do let me know if it can be improved.
One thing I thought might be vaguely useful was if I listed books I had read recently and enjoyed and would enthusiastically recommend. It might give an idea of my personal taste. I'll do this from time to time.
 
Recently read and hugely recommended * none of these are by my own clients
 
NON FICTION:
THE JUSTICE GAME   GEOFFREY ROBERTSON
LEVIATHAN  PHILIP HOARE
THE PEREGRINE  J.A. BAKER
 
FICTION:
BEGINNERS   RAYMOND CARVER
THE GATE OF ANGELS   PENELOPE FITZGERALD
24 FOR 3   JENNIE WALKER

posted by JANE    January 15, 2010 5:41 PM  




 

 


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