Thursday, January 31, 2019

Headlines from The Bookseller

David Walliams
David Walliams’ next publication, a funny story entitled Fing, "dovetails seamlessly" with his short stories and middle-grade novels, according to his publisher HarperCollins Children’s Books.
The Cut Out Girl
Bart van Es' biography The Cut Out Girl (Fig Tree) has won the £30,000 Costa Book of the Year award.
Heather Morris
Heather Morris’ The Tattooist of Auschwitz (Zaffre) has returned to the UK Official Top 50 number one spot for a third non-consecutive week, selling 15,369 copies through Nielsen BookScan’s Total Consumer Market.
Kate Manning
Bonnier Books UK has hired Kate Manning to the newly created role of group director of sales, marketing and publicity of children’s trade.
Patricia McVeigh
Penguin Random House Ireland’s publicity director Patricia McVeigh will join HarperCollins in Ireland in the same role.
Ken Follett
Pan Macmillan is marking three decades of publishing Ken Follett and his series The Pillars of the Earth by releasing new editions of 17 backlist titles and previously unseen archive material.

Holly Bourne
Hodder editorial director Kimberley Atkins has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, including Canada, from agent Madeleine Milburn to two more adult novels from Holly Bourne. 
Oligarchy by Scarlett Thomas
Canongate has acquired the new adult novel from Scarlett Thomas, Oligarchy, billed as “The Prime of Miss Jean Brodie for the digital age”.
Ali Pantony
Ebury Press editor Katie Seaman has bought world rights from Sarah Hornsley at The Bent Agency in Almost Adults, a “laugh-out-loud debut novel celebrating female friendship” by freelance journalist Ali Pantony. 
Books Are My Bag 2019 tote
Visual artist David Shrigley has designed a limited edition tote, which celebrates the 10th anniversary of the Wellcome Book Prize, and which the artist says shows "a light-hearted representation of the importance of books", in support of the Books Are My Bag (BAMB) campaign.
The Bodley Head
Bodley Head will publish Pulitzer Prize-winner Ian Urbina’s exposé of the criminal world of the high seas in October.
Lightning Books
Eye Books imprint Lightning has acquired world English rights for the print edition of self-published book The Corner Shop in Cockleberry Bay by Nicola May.

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