• Wed, 06/10/2010 - 12:48

    Profile Books is launching a new literary fiction imprint, The Clerkenwell Press, which will be headed up by editor Geoff Mulligan.

    The Clerkenwell Press will release its first books in autumn next year, with around four to six books a year to follow thereafter.

    Mulligan, who Profile describes as “one of the UK’s...

  • Wed, 06/10/2010 - 06:04

    Simon and Schuster has bought the world rights to a new book series by teen author Sophie McKenzie, for an undisclosed sum.

    The company will publish four titles by the award-winning writer, in a deal agreed between Simon and Schuster’s fiction editorial director Venetia Gosling and Rosemary Canter at United Agents.


  • Wed, 06/10/2010 - 06:02

    Marina Fiorato, author of the hit historical romance The Glassblower of Murano, has signed with John Murray for her next two novels.

    The first of these, Daughter of Siena, will be released next summer. Like much of the author’s work, the book has been inspired by Italian history and culture and is set against the...

  • Wed, 06/10/2010 - 06:01

    Poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy has won this year’s CLPE Poetry Award, awarded annually to poets writing for children.

    The Centre of Literacy in Primary Education, which runs the award, gave the prize to Duffy for her New and Collected Poems for Children, published by Faber. She beat the other shortlisted candidates James...

  • Wed, 06/10/2010 - 05:59

    Titan Books has bought the worldwide distribution rights to Signum Books, a new imprint established by Marcus Hearn, formerly a founding partner of Richmond-based publishers Reynolds & Hearn.

    The company plans to release around six books a year under the new imprint, which will be chosen and commissioned by Hearn and will mostly be...

  • Tue, 05/10/2010 - 15:25

    HarperCollins Children's Books has signed a three-book deal with children's writer and illustrator Siân Pattenden for The Peppers, a new magic-themed series for pre-teen readers.

    The first book in the series, as yet untitled, will be released in February 2012. It will introduce the central characters, twins Esme and Monty...

  • Tue, 05/10/2010 - 15:20

    Hodder has acquired the rights to an "extraordinary" memoir of the Titanic, As the Band Played On, by journalist and publisher Christopher Ward.

    The deal, brokered by Hodder's non-fiction publisher Rupert Lancaster and agent Maggie Pearlstine, is for world rights in all languages.

    As the Band Played On...

  • Tue, 05/10/2010 - 15:15

    Macmillan has bought world rights to two books by debut author Louise Millar, the first of which is described as "a gripping psychological thriller".

    The publisher's Trisha Jackson struck the deal, for an undisclosed sum, with Lizzie Kremer of David Higham.

    Journalist Millar's first novel, entitled The...

  • Thu, 26/06/2008 - 11:00

    Independent publishers Short Books and Walker Books have joined forces to launch a children's sequel to Short's bestseller, Change the World for a Fiver, in September.

    The new book, Teach Your Granny to Text and Other Ways to Change the World (£10, p/b), is targeted at children aged eight to 12, and like...

  • Thu, 26/06/2008 - 06:05

    Revenge Ink, a new independent Anglo-Indian publishing firm, has been launched by author siblings Amita and Gopal Mukerjee, specialising in "subversive and cutting-edge" writing from young first-time writers. Based in London, Revenge Ink will publish its first two novels later this year, written by the founding pair. Amita Mukerjee...

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