Mon, 02/08/2010 - 11:22
Viking editor Will Hammond has acquired a first novel from David Bezmozgis, who was shortlisted for the Guardian First Book award in 2004 for his short story collection Natasha and other Stories (Jonathan Cape).
Hammond bought UK and Commonwealth rights including Europe in a "substantial five-figure deal" done with...
Thu, 29/07/2010 - 16:22
This autumn on BBC4 Michael Wood will present a six-part series on the history of England, with an accompanying book, both written by him. Although, they are not quite written yet: the book is at a late draft stage, and the filming for some of the hour-long episodes is not yet finished. Wood is in the midst of the essay-crisis from hell,...
Thu, 15/07/2010 - 14:55
Viking editorial director Eleo Gordon has bought world English language rights in a book titled Georgian London to be written by the writer and historian Lucy Inglis.
The five-figure deal was conducted via Kirsty McLachlan of David Godwin Associates. Georgian London will tell the story of London and its people in the 18th century,...
Fri, 02/07/2010 - 12:26
Viking editorial director Joel Rickett has bought a new non-fiction espionage drama by Paul Willetts, winning an eight-publisher auction.
Rickett acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Matthew Hamilton at Aitken Alexander for an undisclosed sum.
Willetts, the author of the biography Fear and Loathing in Fitzrovia, will...
Wed, 16/06/2010 - 15:22
Viking author Nick Hornby is to collaborate with American singer-songwriter Ben Folds on an album to be released this September.
Hornby, who won an Oscar for his adaptation of Lynn Barber’s memoir An Education (Penguin), has written the lyrics to the album Lonely Avenue, which will be released by Nonesuch Records...
Thu, 22/04/2010 - 15:11
To say that Catherine O'Flynn had a fairly unique experience with her début novel, What Was Lost, would be an understatement. Published in 2007 by tiny independent Tindal Street Press, the novel won the Costa First Novel Award in 2007 and the Jelf Group Novel Prize. It was shortlisted for Guardian First Novel Prize...
Fri, 19/03/2010 - 08:09
Penguin is to re-issue the 1968 novelisation of "The Prisoner" as the remake of the cult sci fi thriller series comes to ITV1 this spring.
The Prisoner, by the late author Thomas M Disch, was out of print, with Viking acquiring UK and Commonwealth rights from ITV Studios for an undisclosed sum.
Mon, 15/03/2010 - 09:17
Bloomsbury has shelved plans to publish an in-depth biography of prime minister Gordon Brown, after falling out with the author over publication date, The Guardian is reporting.
The contract was terminated by the...
Sun, 28/02/2010 - 14:40
Viking has twice increased the print run of Andrew Rawnsley’s book The End of the Party, ahead of next week’s publication.
Initially, the Penguin imprint had ordered 18,000 copies of the £25 hb; when the book comes out on Monday (1st March) this will have grown to 26,000.
Mon, 22/02/2010 - 08:01
The furore surrounding a forthcoming book about the inner workings of Number 10 has seen it climb to first place in Amazon.co.uk's political books charts, and 15th overall, in advance of its publication next week.
The End of the Party, by journalist Andrew Rawnsley, is published by Viking and due out on 1st March as a...