Tue, 08/04/2014 - 13:56
Penguin imprint Viking is to publish artist Damien Hirst's autobiography in autumn 2015.
Viking's publishing director Venetia Butterfield bought world English rights from Ed Victor, saying that Hirst was a "highly significant cultural figure" and that the book would be a "momentous publishing event"....
Thu, 03/04/2014 - 09:20
Viking Penguin is to publish Stuffocation, originally published as an e-book, which explores why acquiring “’too much stuff’ is the most pressing problem of our time”.
Publisher at Viking and Portfolio, Joel Rickett, bought world rights to the book, by journalist and trend forecaster James Wallman,...
Mon, 24/03/2014 - 13:05
Daniel Crewe is joining Penguin General Books as publisher at Viking.
Crewe joins the Viking commissioning team from Profile, where he has worked since 2005, most recently as publisher. During his time at Profile, he commissioned authors including Jonathan Dimbleby, Simon Jenkins, Joe Moran and Sandi Toksvig.
At Viking, Crewe...
Wed, 26/02/2014 - 09:10
The Bodley Head has appointed Will Hammond as editorial director.
Hammond is currently commissioning editor at Viking, where he has worked since 2007.
While at Viking he has published non-fiction titles including Great Britain’s Great War by Jeremy Paxman, and Creation by Adam Rutherford, which was...
Fri, 27/12/2013 - 12:45
Writer Alan Bennett has claimed Nina Stibbe "misremembered" him in Love, Nina (Viking), her account of life as a nanny to London Review of Books editor Mary-Kay Wilmers in London in the 1980s.
The book, currently being read on BBC Radio 4 as its "Book of the Week", is made up of letters written by...
Mon, 16/12/2013 - 10:25
Ten years in the writing, Darragh McKeon’s début novel All That Is Solid Melts Into Air was acquired by Viking in May 2012 for a five-figure sum. Commissioning editor Will Hammond commented: “We were just so confident about it. By today’s standards for a literary debut, it was a substantial amount”. And...
Fri, 11/10/2013 - 10:40
Viking has signed world rights to a first-hand account of a disaster at sea, written by marine biologist Matt Lewis.
Last Man Off describes the moment when the deep sea fishing boat Lewis was on during his first job sank hundreds of miles away from land in the waters of Antarctica. Escaping onto lifeboats, the book charts...
Mon, 09/09/2013 - 16:01
Fatima Bhutto’s The Shadow of the Crescent Moon (Viking) is a passionate début that begins and ends in one life-changing day in northern Pakistan.
It focuses on three very different brothers—Aman Erum, who has just returned home from America, Sikandar, a doctor, and Hyatt, a young idealist—and the...
Thu, 25/07/2013 - 15:15
Prize-winning author Jonathan Coe tells Danny Arter about his new novel Expo 58.
The novels of Jonathan Coe’s backlist tend to cluster around eras, events and individuals that shaped Great Britain in the post-war period. The blackly comic What a Carve Up! was a scathing satire of the 1980s, blooded by...
Thu, 25/07/2013 - 07:30
Penguin has signed a book by Sir David Brailsford, the man behind Sir Bradley Wiggins and Chris Froome's Tour de France wins.
Joel Rickett, publisher at Viking, signed world rights in What It Takes from Tim Buttimore at XIX...