Tue, 22/01/2008 - 16:13
Robin Robertson, the formidable deputy publisher of literary powerhouse Jonathan Cape, has much to crow about. His long-nurtured authors are enjoying a run of laurels: Anne Enright scooped last year's Man Booker Prize, while A L Kennedy and Jean Sprackland have won their respective categories in the Costa Book Awards—leaving Robertson...
Thu, 17/01/2008 - 06:39
A new "Apprentice"-style reality TV show will turn one of six celebrities into a crime author, mentored by Minette Walters and published by Pan Macmillan.
"Murder Most Famous", which will be broadcast on BBC2 during the week of World Book Day (6th March), is the brainchild of "Strictly Come Dancing" and...
Wed, 16/01/2008 - 09:52
Pop legend George Michael has signed with HarperCollins to write his autobiography in what the publisher said was one of the biggest book deals ever concluded in UK publishing. The deal for world rights was agreed by Belinda Budge, m.d. and publisher of Harper NonFiction UK, with Michael's manager Andy Stephens and his book agency, Grace....
Thu, 10/01/2008 - 16:49
Ask any new mother in the UK, and she will almost certainly have heard of Annabel Karmel. Her kitchen will more than likely have a sauce-stained copy of the Complete Baby and Toddler Meal Planner, and possibly a few more of Karmel’s books.
Karmel is a cookbook phenomenon. Her series of home-made recipes for...
Thu, 10/01/2008 - 11:09
Rebecca Miller reckons that it took her more than a decade to "come out of the closet" as a writer. As the daughter of literary giant Arthur Miller, arguably America's greatest playwright, her wariness was perhaps understandable. Dealing with what she calls the "weight and shadow" of her father's reputation as a...
Thu, 03/01/2008 - 08:39
Tony Morris, c.e.o. of The History Press, has asked agents, authors and suppliers to "judge us by our results", as the newly formed company seeks to turn around Alan Sutton's ailing NPI Media Group.
The new business was created on 18th December, after NPI was put into "pre-pack" administration, where a deal for...
Wed, 02/01/2008 - 19:40
Tindal Street Press author Catherine O’Flynn has won the Costa First Novel Award 2007 for her début work, What Was Lost, with judges pronouncing it "a formidable novel blending humour and pathos".
Joining O’Flynn in contention for the overall Costa Book of the Year prize, which is announced on 22nd...
Wed, 02/01/2008 - 16:09
A late sales rush means independent bookshops enjoyed greater Christmas sales than last year, with some stores reporting sales increases of up to 20%. Data gathered by The Bookseller shows that most UK indies performed significantly better than in 2006, despite a slow start to the festive period.
Aardvark Books in Brampton Bryan...
Wed, 02/01/2008 - 06:56
Russell Brand is the UK's official 2007 Christmas number one thanks to a weekly sale through Nielsen BookScan's Total Consumer Market of 112,379. Brand helped lead the late Christmas rush predicted by many retail analysts, with the week-on-week revenue increase through the TCM of 26.2% much higher than the 17.1% increase recorded last...
Fri, 21/12/2007 - 15:45
Ever since reading Enid Blyton's The Secret Seven, Sophie Hannah has been obsessed with crime fiction, especially mystery and suspense. She's a fan of Agatha Christie, Ruth Rendell and Alfred Hitchcock, and these days, mystery is something she does extremely well herself. The third novel in her series of psychological thrillers...