Tue, 11/03/2014 - 09:50
US writer George Saunders has won the inaugural Folio Prize for his short story collection Tenth of December (Bloomsbury, £8.99, paperback).
Announcing the winner last night (March 10th) at a ceremony in London, chair of the judges Lavinia Greenlaw called Saunders’ stories “both artful and profound”....
Mon, 10/03/2014 - 15:29
The film rights to Tom Rob Smith’s newly published The Farm (Simon & Schuster) have been snapped up by BBC Films and Shine Pictures after a director “read it in one, enrapt sitting”.
Rights to the psychological thriller set across London and Sweden were bought by Shine Pictures by head of literary...
Thu, 06/03/2014 - 09:25
Novelist Howard Jacobson is returning to Jonathan Cape for his new novel, J, with editor Dan Franklin saying he has “very high hopes” for the novel when it comes to awards.
Jacobson published six novels with Franklin before moving to Bloomsbury, which published the 2010...
Wed, 05/03/2014 - 13:44
Actress and writer Emma Kennedy is to publish her first adult novel with Ebury Publishing.
Publisher and deputy m.d. Jake Lingwood acquired world rights to Shoes for Anthony from Sheila Crowley at Curtis Brown.
The book, to be published in spring 2015, is “an evocative and exciting story set in a wartime Welsh...
Tue, 04/03/2014 - 09:05
Novelist Hanif Kureishi has dismissed creative writing courses as "a waste of time" and said he would never have gone on one himself, despite teaching a writing course at Kingston University.
Kureishi was speaking at the Independent Bath Literature Festival, at an event supported by the creative writing department of Bath...
Fri, 28/02/2014 - 09:59
The news of Ali Gunn’s death is too new and just so shocking and ghastly that it is still difficult to take it in. The thought of writing this was unbearable but as the memories of Ali began to flow, I found myself starting to smile and then giggle and finally to laugh as I remembered the first time, the last time and all the other...
Tue, 25/02/2014 - 09:40
Transworld is to publish a debut psychological thriller by Faber Academy alumnus Renee Knight, after winning an auction against "substantial" bids from six other major UK publishers.
Publishing director Sarah Adams bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Disclaimer and one other novel for "a mid six-figure sum...
Mon, 24/02/2014 - 08:05
Literary agent Ali Gunn has died suddenly while in Switzerland.
Gunn, who was 45, was found dead on the morning of February 20th after suffering a brain haemorrhage.
Gunn worked at Curtis Brown as a literary agent for a number of years before leaving to set up her own company, Gunn Media. Jonathan Lloyd, chairman of Curtis...
Fri, 21/02/2014 - 17:00
The London Book Fair (LBF) and Curtis Brown Creative are partnering to host a new one-day writers' fair in London, which will have speakers including Costa-winning author Nathan Filer and novelist Adele Parks.
Curtis Brown agent Karolina Sutton and Conville & Walsh agent Sophie Lambert will also talk at the event, which is...
Mon, 17/02/2014 - 08:40
Cornerstone's Century and Arrow imprints have resigned Lisa Jewell for more two novels.
Publisher Selina Walker struck a deal for British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, with Jonny Geller of Curtis Brown.
The two new novels will be published in hardcover and paperback in 2015 and 2016.
Walker said she felt...