Fri, 03/06/2011 - 08:35
Philip Ziegler has won the £5,000 Elizabeth Longford prize for his "moving" biography of Edward Heath.
Zeigler's Edward Heath—The Authorised Biography was described as a "fully rounded, compelling and ultimately moving portrait of a flawed but impressive personality" by judges of the prize...
Fri, 20/05/2011 - 12:00
Publishers, writers, agents and trade bodies have responded with relief to today’s news of the acquisition of Waterstone’s by Alexander Mamut’s A&NN Group, welcoming the surprise arrival of James Daunt as the retail chain’s new m.d. though also expressing regret at the departure of Dominic Myers.
Wed, 11/05/2011 - 14:06
In The Big Short, Michael Lewis' terrifying account of how the US sub-prime housing market came to implode, he describes the career of Michael Burry, a hedge fund manager who realised years before anyone else that the entire US economy was teetering on sinking sand. He did this by means of a simple expedient: reading through the...
Thu, 07/04/2011 - 09:06
Introducing an American-style "fair use" exception for intellectual property would result in greater uncertainty for copyright holders, the Society of Authors and Association of Authors Agents have claimed.
Both organisations were responding to the Hargreaves Review into IP and Growth, made as part of an umbrella submission...
Wed, 23/03/2011 - 14:35
What are authors supposed to do for water coolers? Conversations with colleagues are one of the great pleasures of working life—yet writing, by and large, is a solitary business. It would be a misanthropic author indeed who has never once regretted this.
Even though Grub Street has now expanded to include, at odd times of the...
Mon, 21/03/2011 - 08:54
Trade bodies and associations have joined the PA's Richard Mollet in welcoming the draft Defamation Bill, with the Society of Authors general secretary Mark Le Fanu calling it a "major step forward".
The draft bill, which was published this week (15th March) now enters a period of consultation and will not come into law...
Mon, 14/03/2011 - 08:53
Writers’ ability to average out their earnings over a number of years could be abolished, according to new tax system proposals.
The Office of Tax Simplification’s new review of tax reliefs listed authors’ ability to average out their profits between consecutive years as one of the “Reliefs to Abolish”....
Thu, 25/11/2010 - 15:36
Nicola Solomon of law firm Finers Stephens Innocent is to be the new general secretary of the Society of Authors, replacing Mark Le Fanu who leaves his post at the end of March. Solomon had been solicitor to the Society for over 20 years, and "a long and committed advocate of the rights of authors," the Society said.
Wed, 03/11/2010 - 15:30
The Romantic Novelists Association has written to culture secretary Jeremy Hunt protesting at the plan to transfer the administration of Public Lending Right funding for authors to a larger body. Mark Le Fanu, general secretary of the Society of Authors, has also branded the PLR move as "pointless."
The body administering the...
Fri, 15/10/2010 - 10:38
Patrick Walsh of Conville and Walsh concluded two “big” deals at Frankfurt.
He accepted “a big American pre-empt”—in the bar of the Frankfurterhof, late on Tuesday night—from Molly Stern of Broadway/Random House USA for the first non-fiction book, The Society of Timid Souls by the British...