Thu, 18/04/2013 - 07:30
Novels ranging from Tudor England to the battlefields of the Western Front have been shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize for historical fiction, with Hilary Mantel adding another nomination to her prize haul for Bring Up the Bodies (Fourth Estate)
Mantel won in 2010 for Wolf Hall.
Tue, 09/04/2013 - 09:00
Half of the novels shortlisted for this year's International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award, worth €100,000 (£85,000) are works in translation.
From Japan comes 1Q84 by Haruki Marukami, translated by Jay Rubin and Philip Gabriel (Harvill Secker); from Iceland, From the Mouth of the Whale by Sjón...
Mon, 25/02/2013 - 07:15
Cloud Atlas author David Mitchell has co-translated a book written by an autistic child to be published by Sceptre later this year.
Mitchell has worked with his wife, Keiko Yoshida, to translate The Reason I Jump by Japanese writer Naoki Higishida, who has autism and wrote the book when he was 13 years old....
Fri, 22/02/2013 - 14:47
The greatest compliment you could give Melvyn Bragg about one of his recent novels? That he has the facts wrong. For the past decade and a half Bragg’s fiction has largely been based on his own life, starting with 1999’s The Soldier’s Return. But the keyword is “based”. “There is a fundamental...
Fri, 30/11/2012 - 08:10
Former soldier Kevin Powers has won the £10,000 Guardian First Book Award for novel The Yellow Birds (Sceptre).
The book is a fictional depiction of the psychological impact of serving in the Iraq war, informed by the author's own experiences of the conflict.
Chair of the judges Lisa Allardice, editor of...
Fri, 26/10/2012 - 11:39
Sceptre has won a six-way auction to acquire a debut novel described as "impressive" and "haunting" by the publisher, The Night Guest by Fiona McFarlane.
Publishing director Carole Welch bought British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada and ANZ, in the novel, as well as a...
Fri, 01/06/2012 - 11:45
Sceptre has acquired two titles which look to give more insight into two of the world's biggest technology and social media firms, with one title to be a biography of Apple founder c.e.o. Steve Jobs' years in the wilderness, when he was dismissed from the company he created, and the other to lift the lid on Twitter.
Fri, 13/04/2012 - 15:06
Effusive praise from an author who wins a major prize to the people who helped in the creation of a book is part and parcel of book ceremonies. But Andrew Miller certainly upped the ante when, after his Costa Book Award triumph for Pure in January, he called Carole Welch, who has published all six of his books, “the best editor...
Thu, 12/04/2012 - 09:08
Sceptre has signed three new titles, striking deals for a non-fiction title about avoiding errors of judgement, a third novel by author Ned Beauman, and the first novel in seven years by Andrew Cowan, author of Pig.
Editorial director Drummond Moir acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in The Art of Thinking Clearly by...
Mon, 19/03/2012 - 10:53
The Sceptre Prize for emerging writers, worth £1,500, has been awarded to Philip Murnin, an English Literature teacher whose writing often explores the lives of teenagers.
Murnin took the prize for the extract from his novel, Phoenixland, with his win announced at the Aye Write! literary festival in Glasgow on 17th...