Thursday, May 12, 2016

Latest news overnight from The Bookseller

The Girl on the Train
The new paperback of Paula Hawkins’ The Girl on the Train (Black Swan) has hurtled to the Official UK Top 50 number spot, selling 59,093 copies for £224,947 in its first three days on sale.
Bertelsmann has reported a year-on-year rise in group revenues in its first quarter to €3.95bn (2015: €3.92bn), with organic growth at 2.7% with operating EBITDA up 8% to €500m (2015: €463m) and group profit up by nearly 30% to €185m (2015: €143m). 
Sphere has signed two books from thriller writer Karen Dionne for a "significant" six-figure sum following a "heated" seven-way publisher auction.
Tim Broughton
Yellow Jersey Press has appointed self-confessed sports "fanatic" Tim Broughton, currently marketing director at Michael Joseph, to the role of editorial director. Broughton joins the Vintage literary sports imprint in August.
The Lie Tree
Children’s laureate Chris Riddell is illustrating a new edition of Frances Hardinge’s Costa Book of the Year winning novel The Lie Tree (Macmillan Children’s Books).
Richard Flanagan
Richard Flanagan’s entire oeuvre is to be published under the same roof for the first time at Vintage imprint Chatto & Windus.

Crime fiction convention CrimeFest has teamed up with publishers, including Headline, Head of Zeus and Orion, as well as authors and libraries, to give away 1,000 crime novels for free ahead of the crime fiction festival.
Audrey Reimann
Ebury Press has signed a five-book deal with historical saga writer Audrey Reimann.
Amazon has launched a new self-service video uploading platform called Amazon Video Direct.
Sarah Quinn
A former Curtis Brown Creative student has launched a scholarship to pay for one applicant to take the next Curtis Brown Creative six-month novel-writing course.
Heresy by S J Parris
Urban Myth Films has acquired television rights to a series of novels by S J Parris starring 16th century spy and heretic Giordano Bruno. The series will be called "Heresy".
Jo Frost
BookTrust has appointed childcare expert Jo Frost as its new celebrity ambassador.

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