Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Latest from The Bookseller

Gordon Wise

Curtis Brown agent Gordon Wise, former president of the Association of Authors' Agents, has urged parliamentarians to defend the achievements of UK publishers

Women working in publishing have reacted with anger to the broad gender pay gap statistics revealed last week by major houses.
Max Porter
Manuscripts from Max Porter, Kiran Millwood Hargrave and Candice Carty-Williams are among those agents are taking to London Book Fair (LBF) next month.
Penguin Random House UK
Women at Penguin Random House UK on average earn 1.6% more than men working at the company, the publisher has disclosed in its gender pay gap report.
Irish booksellers and publishers are feeling bullish about 2018 after seeing sales surge in the first few weeks of the year to date.
Philip Kerr
Philip Kerr, one of Quercus' "most successful and cherished authors", has died aged 62.
DC Thomson has sold Parragon India Ltd, the UK holding company of Parragon Publishing India Ltd, to private investor Virtue.

Ireland would be much poorer without bookshops, which contribute a total of €132m to the economy, a new report has found.
Non Pratt
Abrams has signed Non Pratt to adapt the Giant Days graphic novel series into a YA novel.
Beijing International Book Fair
The organisers of the Beijing International Book Fair will this August open a dedicated children’s book fair to run alongside the main event.
Walter Scott Prize
Titles by industry figures Mieke Ziervogel and Tom Tivnan are among the 20 historical novels published over the past year to be recommended by the Walter Scott Prize Academy.
Joseph Elliott
Walker Books and Walker Books US have jointly acquired a middle-grade fantasy trilogy from CBeebies actor Joseph Elliott.
Penguin Random House is publishing a guide in collaboration with WWF-UK to “simple and achievable” greener living. 

Emma Hannigan

Irish authors have launched a social media campaign to get Emma Hannigan's latest novel, Letters To My Daughters, to number one after the mother-of-two revealed she has "little time left" to live.

James Dashner

Maze Runner author James Dashner has been dropped by his UK publishers, Chicken House and Sweet Cherry Publishing, following allegations of sexual harassment.


The Korean film adaptation of Sarah Walters’ bestselling Fingersmith triumphed at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) last night, along with the documentary, “I Am Not Your Negro”, based on James Baldwin’s unfinished manuscript, and James Ivory’s adaptation of 2007 novel Call Me By Your Name by André Aciman.

Vintage Minis

Vintage has added 10 new titles to its Vintage Minis series with a line-up including Margaret Atwood’s Freedom, Yuval Noah Harari’s Money and War by Sebastian Faulks. 


The UK arm of Scholastic has bought school books suppliers MBE Books and Laburnum House for an undisclosed sum.


John Grisham

Legal thriller writer John Grisham is to headline the 2018 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate this July.

Nargisse Benkabbou

Two Bloomsbury titles are to battle it out for the Jane Grigson Trust Award alongside a title from Mitchell Beazley.

Simon Mackay

Simon Mackay has been appointed the new head of book sales and retail for the Edinburgh International Book Festival (EIBF). 

Penguin Random House Children's

PRH Children’s has acquired one of the winning titles from last year’s In Other Words programme, organised by BookTrust to promote children’s literature from outside the UK.

The Strange Death of Europe

Douglas Murray has signed a deal with Bloomsbury for a book exploring the taboos of the modern age.


The Authors' Licensing and Collecting Society (ALCS) is repeating its survey measuring authors’ incomes.

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