Friday, February 09, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them
Hachette UK’s revenues declined 14.3% in the fourth quarter of 2017 after the company struggled to compete with the success last year of J K Rowling's Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them, the restocking of Harry Potter and the Cursed Child and a spike in sales of the Enid Blyton for Grown Ups series.
Oxenbury and Burningham
Helen Oxenbury and John Burningham have been honoured with lifetime achievement awards by reading charity BookTrust.
Maclehose Press
MacLehose Press is celebrating turning 10 this year with a 10-month promotion in bookshops and libraries that aims to help readers make fresh discoveries in international fiction.
Anton Du Beke
Bonnier Zaffre has acquired "Strictly Come Dancing" star Anton Du Beke’s "sweeping historical" debut novel as a super lead for this autumn.
Joe Wicks, Bill Bryson and Naomi Alderman are among the writers featuring in Audible's new offering, Audio Shows, which launches today with short audio programmes, original series and exclusive podcasts.
Read People
Quarto is launching a brand for the "smart thinking" market called Build+Become and plans to roll out a new book series of the same name.

Piers Blofeld
Literary agent Piers Blofeld has joined the judging panel of the Staunch Book Prize, which aims to find the best thriller in which no woman gets beaten, stalked, sexually exploited, raped or murdered.
Paramount Pictures has optioned film rights for the Ology World series published by Templar, an imprint of Kings Road Publishing.
Darren Witherall
Darren Witherall has been appointed to the role of chief operating officer for IglooBooks as one of three "key" appointments across its senior management team in the UK and US.
The Summer Seaside Kitchen
Authors Jenny Colgan, Matt Haig and Rowan Coleman have made the shortlists for the 2018 Romantic Novel Awards (RNA).
Annette Thomas
Clarivate Analytics is to re-establish the Institute for Scientific Information, in a new incarnation which Annette Thomas, c.e.o. of Clarivate's Scientific and Academic Research Group, promises will be "the brains behind our most complex thinking to solve the problems of our community."
Eleanor Thom
Hodder & Stoughton has acquired a memoir from comedian and writer Eleanor Thom about endometriosis, a chronic condition affecting the lining of the womb, intended to help fellow sufferers.

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