After a wholly digitial event last year, the 2021 edition of the Frankfurt Book Fair is taking place in real life with relatively small but growing contingent of British publishers and agencies aiming to be at the Messe.
Global rights trading, therefore, should get an extra boost after 18 months with none of the major international book fairs that make seasonal focal points for the industry. In the agency hotlists submitted to The Bookseller reimagined stories of the classical world, espionage, LGBTQ themes and novels centring around characters who are trapped in isolation are among some of the dominant trends. To round out the hotlists, here are two final agencies to add to those hotlists.
The Blair Partnership
The Opposite of Butterfly Hunting
The “Harry Potter” actress (pictured, right) and activist reveals how she overcame a life-threatening eating disorder and “confronted her fear of leaving the safety of girlhood for the unpredictable journey of being a woman”.
Agent Rory Scarfe
Rights UK (Hodder), US (Ballantine), Russia (AST)
J J Arcanjo
“‘Ocean’s Eleven’ meets ‘Kingsman’” for readers aged 9 to 12 set in a top-secret school for young thieves in training where students are taught how to do wrong in order to put the world right.
Agent Jordan Less
Rights UK (Hachette), France (PKJ), Germany (Dragonfly), Greece (Psichogios), Netherlands (Van Holkema & Warendorft), Portugal (Porto Editora), Russia (Azbooka Atticus)
In the playground of a small town primary school, battle-lines are drawn between the mothers over the school’s new inclusive curriculum: “small-town Britain’s answer to Liane Moriarty and Celeste Ng”.
Agent Hatte Grunewald
Rights UK (HQ)
Thriller “full of twists and turns” exploring the murky moral landscape of reality TV: a villa in paradise. Ten contestants desperate for fame and fortune. An unscrupulous producer who will push them all to breaking point in pursuit of perfect television.
Agent Jordan Less
The East Indian
A “Washington Black and David Copperfield mash-up” following “Tony, an East Indian,” believed to be the first person from the African subcontinent to set foot in North America.
Agents Eric Simonoff (US), Fiona Baird (UK)
Rights US (Scribner)
Ink Blood Mirror Magic
Two estranged sisters wrestle with fate and agency, past and present, magic and power, as a collection of rare and dangerous books their family have been guarding for generations are suddenly jeopardized.
Agents Claudia Ballard (US), Matilda Forbes Watson (UK)
Rights US and UK (at auction), Spain and Latin America (Urano)
Chloé Cooper Jones
A groundbreaking memoir about disability, motherhood, and a journey to far-flung places in search of a new way of seeing and being seen, from the Pulitzer Prize–nominated writer and philosophy professor.
Agents Claudia Ballard (US), Fiona Baird (UK)
Rights US (Avid Reader), UK (Virago)
The Good Left Undone
“Epic and lush” novel about a hardworking family of Tuscan artisans with long-held secrets set during World War II in Italy, France and Scotland.
Agents Suzanne Gluck (US)
Rights US (Dutton)
A “raw, unvarnished memoir” by the Chicago Bulls star, six-time champion NBA champion and two-time Olympic gold medalist, named as one of the 50 Greatest NBA Players of All Time and featured in the Netflix hit documentary “The Last Dance”.
Agents Jay Mandel (US), James Munro (UK)
Rights US (Atria), France (Hugo & Cie), Italy (Rizzoli), Poland (SQN)
The NBA star Scottie Pippen in his 1990s heyday with the Chicago Bulls (credit: NBA).
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