Fri, 11/04/2014 - 09:50
Sue Townsend will be remembered as one of “this country’s great comic writers”, her publisher has said.
Townsend died yesterday (10th April) aged 68, after suffering a stroke last weekend.
Her agent Jonathan Lloyd of Curtis Brown called Townsend a “living miracle”, saying that she had continued...
Mon, 07/04/2014 - 09:30
Tracy Chevalier is the latest author to write a novel inspired by a Shakespeare play as part of the Hogarth Shakespeare series.
Chevalier, who will retell Othello, is the sixth author to join the series, which presents retellings of Shakespeare for contemporary readers, alongside writers including...
Thu, 03/04/2014 - 17:15
Penguin Press imprint Allen Lane is to publish Good Morning, Mr Mandela, a memoir by the late Nelson Mandela’s assistant Zelda la Grange.
The book will be released worldwide on 19th June.
Publishing director Helen Conford acquired world English rights from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown.
Wed, 19/03/2014 - 09:50
A memorial service for literary agent Ali Gunn, who died suddenly in February at the age of 45, is to be held in London at the end of April.
The service will take place at St Mary Abbots, Kensington Church Street, on Tuesday 29th April at 12.30pm.
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...