Fri, 08/06/2012 - 08:30
The erotica trend sparked by Fifty Shades of Grey looks set to sizzle all summer, with HarperCollins and Little, Brown rushing out titles in the genre.
Little, Brown has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Australia and New Zealand), in three erotica short-story collections, Quiver, Yearn and...
Fri, 01/06/2012 - 08:37
Hot on the heels of Cornerstone’s Fifty Shades of Grey, Penguin’s Michael Joseph has acquired its own, originally self-published, erotica trilogy, also a bestseller in the US.
Editor Claire Pelly acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in the trilogy by Sylvia Day from Penguin Group USA. Michael...
Mon, 28/05/2012 - 14:20
Michael Joseph has acquired a debut novel, On the Island by Tracey Garvis Graves, which was self-published in the US, and has spent five weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.
Michael Joseph publisher Sam Humphreys bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in the novel from Anna Carmichael at Abner...
Wed, 23/05/2012 - 16:49
Michael Joseph has acquired Six Weeks to OMG, a dieting title which has already been a self-published e-book bestseller.
Publisher Katy Follain bought British and Commonwealth rights in the title by British sports scientist Venice A Fulton after a "hotly contested auction" from Sarah Ballard at United Agents. Grand...
Mon, 16/04/2012 - 11:07
Michael Joseph’s rights team, headed by Chantal Noel, has signed four deals for a trilogy of historical novels by début author Liz Fremantle set in the court of Henry VIII.
The trilogy, the first of which is The Queen’s Gambit, sold in “a big six-figure deal” to Simon & Schuster US, Italian...
Wed, 11/04/2012 - 08:05
Diane Banks at Diane Banks Associates has sold the memoirs of a 95-year-old former domestic servant to Katy Follain at Michael Joseph.
Follain bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the story of Molly Moran, who was born in 1916 and worked in domestic service in the 1930s before the outbreak of the Second World War. The book, described...
Fri, 13/01/2012 - 10:28
Michael Joseph has poached bestselling historical fiction author Conn Iggulden from HarperCollins, his publisher since the beginning of his career.
Iggulden is to write a new series of historical novels to be set in England during the Wars of the Roses, after publishing director Alex Clarke bought UK and Commonwealth rights in...
Tue, 20/12/2011 - 15:55
TV chef Jamie Oliver has scored his second consecutive Christmas number one, and his fourth since the turn of the millennium. His new cookbook, Jamie's Great Britain (Michael Joseph), sold 59,156 copies at UK booksellers last week, just 3,764 copies more than runner-up Guinness World Records.
It is the first time...
Tue, 13/12/2011 - 16:11
Printed book sales soared by £8.6m week on week last week, but spending remains down on last year, Nielsen BookScan data reveals. According to BookScan, £58.4m was spent at UK book retail outlets in the seven days to 10th December, up 17.4% on the previous week, but down 11.4% on the comparative week last year.
Mon, 28/11/2011 - 09:25
Penguin has secured a book on how to entertain by Pippa Middleton, sister-in-law to Prince William.
Michael Joseph is believed to have paid close to £500,000 for world rights to the book, at auction and with five other publishers keen to acquire it. Cornerstone was the underbidder.
The book, which is yet to be titled,...