Mon, 21/11/2011 - 15:46
Lee Evans is leading the chase to be the bestselling celebrity author of 2011, although sales across the category are trailing behind 2010.
Evans has sold more than 97,000 copies of The Life of Lee (Michael Joseph) so far this autumn. However, sales are 30% down compared to 2010's bestselling celeb title, Stephen Fry'...
Wed, 09/11/2011 - 13:34
Michael Joseph has appointed Sam Humphreys to the role of publisher, in a move that will see Humphreys depart the post of publisher at Serpent's Tail just months after taking it up in March.
Humphreys will report to MJ m.d. Louise Moore, and will concentrate on acquiring fiction. She will take up the new post at the end of...
Fri, 21/10/2011 - 08:20
Penguin is promising a "whole year of celebration" for Sue Townsend next year to mark the 30th anniversary of the publication of her most famous creation's diary.
January will see the issue of an anniversary edition of The Secret Diary of Adrian Mole Aged 13¾, with a full 64 pages of additional material...
Mon, 17/10/2011 - 12:54
When Jojo Moyes began writing her ninth novel Me Before You she was out of contract with Hodder, who had published her previous eight books. "I really wrote the book not knowing if it was going to find a home because of the controversial subject matter. I wrote about 20,000 words and then I had a massive crisis of confidence....
Fri, 07/10/2011 - 11:09
Michael Joseph has acquired a memoir by controversial footballer and Queen's Park Rangers captain Joey Barton.
Commissioning editor Daniel Bunyard bought world rights from David Riding at MBA Literary agents on behalf of Mel Stein and Ian Montone of Stonemountain Management. MJ will publish the as-yet untitled memoir in autumn...
Tue, 04/10/2011 - 15:47
Six hardback books released on “Super Thursday” (29th September) sold more than 10,000 copies in their three days on sale last week, helping book sales soar past the £30m mark for the first time since December last year.
In total, £32.1m was spent at UK booksellers in the seven days to 1st October, up 8.6% (...
Fri, 23/09/2011 - 10:05
Marian Keyes is writing a cookery title for Michael Joseph, as the imprint ramps up its spring food publishing list next year by releasing one title every month during the first half of 2012.
The Penguin imprint has also bought the first title from a new cookery brand that the publisher is as excited about as when it first bought...
Wed, 31/08/2011 - 15:20
David Nicholls' One Day (Hodder) has broken the record for the biggest ever weekly sale from an adult-readership novel in the month of August.
Across all print editions, One Day sold 92,336 copies at UK booksellers in the seven days to 27th August, beating the previous record, set by Dan Brown's The Lost...
Fri, 03/06/2011 - 08:55
Penguin has signed one of its big non-fiction titles for Christmas 2012, winning a hotly contested auction for a memoir by "Little Britain" star David Walliams.
Katy Follain, Michael Joseph non-fiction publisher, and Louise Moore, managing director of Michael Joseph, beat around six publishers to win world rights to the as-...
Fri, 08/04/2011 - 10:45
Michael Joseph has bought Mum’s List, a memoir about a father raising his two young boys after his wife died of cancer.
Publisher Katy Follain bought world rights to the book, by St John Greene, from Jonathan Conway at Mulcahy Conway Associates, after a hotly contested auction. It will be published in February 2012.