Sun, 29/03/2009 - 14:58
Viking has acquired two novels by What Was Lost author Catherine O'Flynn for what is rumoured to be a six-figure sum. The deal, struck at auction with "a number of publishers”, was conducted by O'Flynn's agent Lucy Luck.
Viking editorial director Kate Barker acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to both...
Fri, 27/03/2009 - 12:41
Viking editor Will Hammond has bought world rights to The Temple-Goers, a literary début by Aatish Taseer, described by V S Naipaul as “a writer to watch”. The deal, Hammond's first for a fiction title and Viking's first world rights deal in literary fiction for some years, was conducted by Andrew Kidd of...
Thu, 12/02/2009 - 13:26
Viking has acquired the rights for what it hopes will be "the first and the best" UK book on Bernard Madoff, an American businessman charged with $50bn fraud. Joel Rickett, editorial director, bought UK, commonwealth and serial rights from Adrian Zackheim, president and publisher of Portfolio, Penguin USA.
The book is by Erin...
Fri, 06/02/2009 - 16:11
From his study window, Antony Beevor has a view of a quiet Fulham cul-de-sac, the only distraction the distant rumble of a Tube train. It's a world away from the chaos and killing of the Second World War which he specialises in chronicling.
He has just finished work on D-Day: The Battle for Normandy (Viking, May), which...
Fri, 23/01/2009 - 14:53
Venetia Butterfield, publishing director of Viking has signed three new titles.
Butterfield signed pre-emptive world and serial rights for non-fiction Periodic Tales by Hugh Aldersey-William. She negotiated the deal from an exclusive submission from agent Antony Topping at Greene & Heaton. The title looks at the secrets of...
Fri, 12/12/2008 - 14:50
Viking is rushing out the US bestseller that President-elect Barack Obama has cited as a key influence on the shaping of his forthcoming administration.
Editorial director Joel Rickett snapped up UK and Commonwealth rights last week to Team of Rivals: The Political Genius of Abraham Lincoln by Pulitzer Prize-winning US...
Thu, 13/11/2008 - 16:00
Charles Elton's début novel Mr Toppit, which Viking is set to publish with much fanfare in February, has a premise full of familiar resonances for those who work in the book world.
Mr Toppit is about a series of children's books, The Hayseed Chronicles written by Arthur Hayman, which start out...
Thu, 06/11/2008 - 13:01
Joel Rickett, editorial director at Viking, has acquired The Cruel Goddess: Life and Death on K2 by Graham Bowley. The book chronicles the August disaster on the world's second highest mountain, when eleven of the world’s best climbers lost their lives in a single ascent.
Rickett said The Cruel Goddess was a...
Tue, 14/10/2008 - 14:26
Viking publishing director Tony Lacey has bought the latest William Trevor novel. Lacey acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in Love and Summer from Marcella Edwards at PFD, together with a new two-volume collection of Trevor's short stories.
Love and Summer "evokes the passions and frustrations felt by the...
Thu, 04/09/2008 - 09:31
The two most reviewed books this week were by doyennes of crime fiction, with both attracting cautious praise from the critics.
P D James' The Private Patient is her 14th Dalgleish novel. Marcel Berlins, writing in the Times, says: "The quality is averagely excellent James, although not among her best three or...