Thu, 12/01/2012 - 08:54
Sales of Charles Dickens' Great Expectations have rocketed thanks to the BBC's lavish three-part adaptation hitting TV screens over Christmas, with the novel scoring its highest sales since records began.
In the week ending 31st December, when overall book sales slumped 70% week on week, sales of Great...
Tue, 10/01/2012 - 09:17
The debut novel by “Newsnight” economics editor Paul Mason has been acquired by No Exit Press, with a digital-first publication lined up for this year.
Publishing director Ion Mills bought UK rights (including digital) in Rare Earth for an undisclosed sum from John Oakes of OR Books in New York.
Thu, 05/01/2012 - 09:10
Harper has scored two of the eight spots in Richard & Judy's Spring Book Club, with the titles unveiled today. The line-up also includes S J Watson's Before I Go to Sleep (Transworld) which will appear in the next series of More4's...
Fri, 16/12/2011 - 11:57
HarperCollins has acquired an account of this year's Libyan conflict by Sky News reporter Alex Crawford, who was on the scene during the uprising and was the only journalist to ride with the rebels as they reached Tripoli's Green Square.
Collins publisher Hannah Macdonald bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the title, ...
Fri, 16/12/2011 - 11:49
Headline has bought world rights to cookery book The Fabulous Baker Brothers.
Deputy publishing director Sarah Emsley acquired the book in a pre-emptive deal from Rowan Lawton at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop, acting on behalf of Betty TV. It will be published on 19th January 2012, to accompany a new Channel Four series...
Thu, 15/12/2011 - 10:56
Faber is to publish a "definitive" biography of entertainment mogul Simon Cowell by journalist Tom Bower, whose biography of Bernie Ecclestone came out with the publisher earlier this year.
Sweet Revenge: The Intimate Life of Simon Cowell will be out in May 2012, and is "the result of hundreds of hours of...
Wed, 14/12/2011 - 08:45
Simon & Schuster has paid a "healthy six-figure sum" for the autobiography of June Brown, who has played the character Dot Branning, formerly Cotton, in TV's "EastEnders" from its launch in 1985.
Deputy non-fiction editorial director Carly Cook acquired rights to the book via Derek Webster at AMI in a pre-...
Tue, 13/12/2011 - 07:30
In a move likely to inflame critics of the Man Booker prize judging process, actor Dan Stevens—best known for playing Matthew Crawley in TV drama series "Downton Abbey"—is to join the judging panel for the 2012 prize.
Stevens, who is editor-at-large for online quarterly The Junket and a regular guest on the BBC...
Thu, 08/12/2011 - 15:41
Preschool TV programme “Bookaboo” has secured an international deal for a 52-episode series, said its creator Lucy Goodman.
The programme, which features celebrities reading picture books to “rock puppy” Bookaboo, recently won its second BAFTA.
“Bookaboo” is distributed globally by...
Wed, 07/12/2011 - 15:30
Pan Macmillan has won a "heated auction" involving 10 publishers to buy businesswoman and BBC2 "Dragons' Den" star Hilary Devey's autobiography.
Editorial director Ingrid Connell bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the title for a six-figure sum from Jonathan Conway of Mulcahy Conway Associates. Pan Mac...