RHB buys Tough

Random House Books has acquired a US bestseller, How Children Succeed: Grit, Curiosity and the Hidden Power of Character by Paul Tough.

Editorial director Sophie Lazar bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the title through Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of David McCormick at McCormick & Williams.

In the book, Tough argues that, rather than intelligence, the qualities that are most important to nurture in a child are to do with character: perseverance, curiosity, conscientiousness, optimism and self-control. RHB will publish on 10th January 2013.

Lazar said: "Our education system seems to be obsessed with academic qualifications at the moment, but this eye-opening book shows there is so much more to childhood development."