Wed, 26/11/2008 - 12:52
Vanessa Neuling at Cornerstone has acquired Doña Nicanora’s Hat Shop, a "heartwarming" début by British writer Kirstan Hawkins, for Hutchinson and Windmill.
Doña Nicanora’s Hat Shop is set in a small South American town untouched by tourism. It is described as "a captivating and...
Tue, 25/11/2008 - 15:44
Alexandra Pringle at Bloomsbury has bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in a new novel from John Irving, which she describes as "on a par with Cider House Rules and A Prayer for Owen Meany."
Last Night in Twisted River, which Bloomsbury will publish in hardback in October 2009, opens...
Tue, 25/11/2008 - 08:43
Five higher education (HE) library purchasing consortia are getting together to negotiate jointly for the supply of their books and e-books, in what they say is “the most valuable and complex tender for books ever undertaken in the UK or elsewhere.”
The five organisations - Midlands Universities, North East and Yorkshire, and...
Mon, 24/11/2008 - 18:49
Pan Macmillan is making free excerpts from bestsellers available on the iPhone. The publisher has done a deal with Lexcycle, maker of Stanza, to offer extracts from books by authors including Clive James, Peter F Hamilton, China Mieville and Neal Asher. More of Pan Mac’s e-book catalogue
will follow over the next 12 months.
Fri, 21/11/2008 - 07:31
Independent bookshops are lamenting a lack of distinctive Christmas titles as the charts show few top sellers that the sector can claim as its own. Matthew Clarke of the Torbay Bookshop in Paignton, said: "In previous Christmases we've had a surprise bestseller, a quirky book which the independents have discovered early on and which...
Fri, 21/11/2008 - 05:07
A network for ex-pat Indian entrepreneurs and professionals is starting a book club with support from Penguin India. The +91 network, which gets its name from the Indian international telephone dialling code, has 8,000 members in the UK and Europe.
Information and book offers on all Penguin titles will be offered to +91 Book Club...
Thu, 20/11/2008 - 15:30
Agents are struggling to sell début and literary fiction, with novels taking longer to sell to publishers and more failing to find a buyer at all.
Tough times were "undoubtedly affecting confidence about acquisitions" warned one agent who preferred to remain anonymous. A publishing m.d., who also requested to remain...
Thu, 20/11/2008 - 13:51
Stef Bierwerth, Michael Joseph's editorial director for crime and thrillers, said she has bought a "fantastic" debut novel: Tim Weaver's Chasing the Dead a psychological thriller "in the vein of Michael Marshall and Mo Hayder". Bierwerth bought UK and Commonwealth rights in a two-book deal from Camilla...
Thu, 20/11/2008 - 12:53
Heinemann has bought a debut novel from award winning Canadian poet Patrick Lane. Publishing director Jason Arthur bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Judith Murray at Greene & Heaton.
Red Dog, Red Dog is described as "an epic novel of unrequited dreams". Set in the mid-1950s, it focuses on a...
Thu, 20/11/2008 - 08:45
Random House is to begin marketing its print-on-demand titles as a distinct list, Random Collection, in January. Random is launching a dedicated website, which will be interactive and searchable and there will be a launch list of 750 titles with further books added throughout the year.
Deputy group sales director Faye Brewster, who is co...