Agents' key Frankfurt Book Fair titles: Part One

Agents' key Frankfurt Book Fair titles: Part One

Curtis Brown has Tenacity by James Law, a début thriller following the only female investigator in the Royal Navy’s Special Investigation Branch. The Sudden Departure of the Frasers by Louise Candlish, with Michael Joseph in the UK, is a taut emotional mystery. Rosamund Lupton’s          The Quality of Silence, with Little, Brown in the UK, is a thriller set in the Alaskan wilderness, while Julie Myerson’s The Stopped Heart is a psychological horror, with Cape in the UK. Ella Griffin’s The Flower Arrangement, with Orion in the UK, follows the life of florist Lara. Kim Motley’s When the Clock Strikes Thirteen is a memoir by an American lawyer who has worked in Afghanistan for six years.

Furniss Lawton has The Soulmate Stalemate by Catherine Woods, about a woman who is trying out online dating. The Sea Between Us by Emylia Hall, with Headline in the UK, is a Cornish love story. Trust, the humourous début of Mike Bullen, the creator of “Cold Feet”, is with Little, Brown in the UK. Tasmina Perry’s The Last Goodbye, with Headline in the UK, is about a woman who uncovers a heartbreaking love story.

Greene & Heaton has Laura Barnett’s début The Versions of Us, which sold in a multi-publisher auction to Weidenfeld & Nicolson in the UK. Michael Frayn’s “delightful and hilarious” Matchbox Theatre is with Faber in the UK, with US and German rights also sold. Ginny Bailey’s Salvaged traces the consequences of a wartime decision, while Holly Seddon’s Try Not to Breathe follows a journalist who is investigating the case of a girl who was left for dead by an attacker. George McKee’s 7 Seconds is a genre-bending take on sci-fi.

The Agency Group’s Juliet Mushens has YA fantasy Summoner: The Novice by Taran Matharu, with rights sold in the UK, US and Brazil, among others. Precocious by Joanna Barnard, with Ebury in the UK, is about a student/teacher relationship. Laura Lam’s False Hearts is a near-future thriller, with Pan Mac in the UK. The Potion Diaries by Amy McCulloch is a YA fantasy set in a world where magic and technology coexist. Rights have sold in the UK and the US. The Girls by Sarah Gardam is a novel set in 1930s Italy, based on the true story of two men imprisoned on an island because they are suspected of homosexuality.

The Eve White Literary Agency has Jane Shemlit’s Daughter, a novel about a missing girl, and a second book by the author. Both are with Penguin in the UK. My Mad Fat Diary by Rae Earl, which was adapted for TV, is with Hodder & Stoughton in the UK. Sri Lanka-set River of Ink by Paul Cooper, a big title at the London Book Fair in 2014, is with Bloomsbury in the UK. Usmat: A Dummy’s Guide to Gifs, Gadgets and Girls by Will Severs is a middle grade novel about a blogger. Agent Splat by Malcolm Reid, also for middle grade, is out on submission.

Lorella Belli has Sophie Jackson’s A Pound of Flesh trilogy, which started as fan fiction. It is with Headline in the UK and rights have also been sold in Turkey and the US. The Secret Wife by Linda Kavanagh, who signed a five-book deal with Mira in the UK, is a romantic suspense. P P Wong’s The Life of a Banana, with Legend Press in the UK, is a coming-of-age story about identity and first love. The Drum Tower by Farnoosh Moshiri is about a teenager whose life is torn apart when she has to flee Iran. It is with Sandstone Press in the UK.

Lutyens & Rubinstein has I’ll Have What She’s Having by Rebecca Harrington, a book about the author’s attempts to follow celebrity diets, which is with Virago in the UK, and Concentr8, a YA novel by Carnegie-shortlisted William Sutcliffe (Bloomsbury has world English rights). The Hourglass Factory by Lucy Ribchester, with S&S in the UK, follows a female journalist in 1912. Elena Forbes’ Jigsaw Man, with Quercus in the UK, is the fourth novel in the Mark Tartaglia crime series. The Book Smugglers of Timbuktu by Charlie English, sold at auction to HarperCollins in the UK, explores the Malian city. Will Smith’s Mainlander, with HarperCollins in the UK, is set in Jersey in 1987. It conveys the claustrophobic nature of island life as a boy goes missing. Jersey-born Smith has written for and acted in “The Thick of It”.

The Andrew Lownie Agency has Junk: A Journey Through the Understanding of Human DNA, with Icon in the UK. Disobeying Hitler: German Resistance after July 20, 1944 by Randall Hansen tells the story of resistance to Nazism; it is with Faber in the UK. Born into the Children of God: My Life in a Religious Sex Cult and my Struggle for Survival on the Outside by Nadine Ghouri and Natacha Tormey, is the true story of a cult survior, with HarperCollins in the UK. Hitler’s Forgotten Children by filmmaker Tim Tate is a first-person account of the Lebensborn Program, with Elliott & Thompson in the UK. Standard Deviations: Flawed Assumptions, Tortured Data and Other Ways to Lie with Statistics by economics professor Gary Smith is with Duckworth in the UK.

Darley Anderson brings two débuts in the shape of Saving Grace by B A Paris (with Mira in the UK), a thriller about the darkness behind a couple’s marriage, and Cesca Major’s The Silent Hours, set in 1940s France (with Corvus in the UK). Hidden by Emma Kavanagh, which sees a gunman stalking a hospital, is with Random House in the UK. Women’s fiction comes from Tara Hyland with Beautiful Liar, with S&S in the UK, and Kerry Fisher’s The Divorce Domino. The latter, set in England and Corsica, is with Avon in the UK.

Conville & Walsh brings Granta Best of Young British Novelist Sarah Hall’s The Wolf Border, with Faber in the UK and Harper in the US, about attempts to reintroduce wolves to England. In non-fiction, Robert Muir-Wood’s The Cure for Catastrophe, examining how to tame natural disasters, is out on submission. Also on submission is Cal Flyn’s Thicker than Water, which sees the journalist explore her great-great-great-uncle’s past as an explorer and leader of aboriginal massacres. Nick Foster’s true crime book, The Mouth of the Bull, is with Henry Holt in the US, while Allen Frances’ The Paradox of Happiness is with William Morrow in the US.

A M Heath has a début short-story collection by Ruby Cowling, This Paradise, out on UK submission. Arlene Heyman’s Scary Old Sex, a literary collection about the sex lives of the over-60s, went at auction to Bloomsbury, while Vaseem Khan’s The Unexpected Inheritance of Inspector Chopra is part of a “charming” new crime series (with Mulholland). In non-fiction, Richard Davenport-Hines’ book on John Keynes, The Universal Man, is out with HarperCollins next spring. Cat Clarke’s YA psychological suspense novel, The Lost and the Found, about an abducted girl who returns home 13 years after her disappearance, is with Quercus.

Diane Banks Associates has crime from Rod Reynolds; The Dark Inside, with Faber in the UK, sees a journalist investigate the murders of young couples. Penguin has Kate Riordan’s The Girl in the Photograph in the UK, set in a manor house between the 1890s and 1930s. In non-fiction, Jo Milne’s memoir about hearing for the first time is with Hodder, and physicist Melanie Windridge’s Seeing the Lights combines a personal journey with an exploration of the Northern Lights. Tony Nicholson uncovers the truth behind a bundle of Victorian letters he found in his attic in In Pursuit of Ghosts.

Janklow & Nesbit has Granta Best of Young British Novelist Sunjeev Sahota’s The Year of the Runaways, an epic tale about illegal immigrants, with Picador in the UK and Knopf in the US following a five-way auction. Sarah Alexander’s The Art of Not Breathing is YA novel about the mysterious death of a young girl’s twin. In non-fiction, Matt Parker’s Things to Make and Do in the Fourth Dimension is with Penguin in the UK and FSG in the US, while physicist Helen Czerski’s The Storm in a Teacup looks at how small things explain how big things work. Sarah Knott’s Mother: The Past in our Present is a history of motherhood (pre-empted by Viking in the UK).

The Blair Partnership has children’s books from Michael Byrne, whose Lottery Boy sees a homeless boy find a winning lottery ticket— it is with Walker in the UK and film rights have been optioned. Usborne has Claire Barker’s Knitbone Pepper and the Spirits of Starcross series, about a ghost dog. Simon David Eden’s The Savage Kingdom sees animals wage war on mankind—S&S has it in the UK. For adults, Andrew Marr’s Head of State, based on an idea by Lord Chadlington, is with HarperCollins in the UK, while Shane Filan’s My Side of Life (with Virgin Books in the UK) is the first tell-all memoir by a Westlife band member.

Sheil Land takes non-fiction from Magnus MacFarlane-Barrow, The Shed that Fed a Million Children, which is with HarperCollins in the UK. Kavita Krishnan’s memoir Daughters of India is on submission, while in fiction, Rachel Elliott’s unconventional romance Whispers Through a Megaphone is with Pushkin Press’ One imprint, and Regency romance Masquerade by J S Taylor is with Piatkus. Dan Godfrey’s New Pompeii, described as “‘Jurassic Park’ with gladiators”, is on submission now.

David Godwin Associates brings The Hollow Woman by Laura McClelland, mixing fact and fiction as it follows William Morris’ wife, Jane. It is out on submission. Orion has signed Sarita Mandanna’s follow-up to Tiger Hills, set during the First World War, and YA novella Killing the Dead by Marcus Sedgwick. In non-fiction, Greenpeace’s Ben Stewart has written about the imprisonment of Arctic demonstrators (with Guardian Faber), and Milk of Paradise, a history of opium by Lucy Inglis, is with Macmillan.

Capel & Land has ex-MI5 director Stella Rimington’s Close Call, with Bloomsbury in the UK and the US. Diana Souhami’s Gwendolen imagines the life of Daniel Deronda heroine Gwedonlen Harleth, with Quercus in the UK. In non-fiction, Adam Nicolson’s Samuel Johnson-shortlisted The Mighty Dead: Why Homer Matters is with HarperCollins. Fourth Estate has Christopher Potter’s How to Make a Human Being, while Andrew Roberts’ biography Napoleon the Great is with Allen Lane in the UK, with several other rights sold.