Books by Karl Ove Knausgaard, anti-FGM campaigner Hibo Wardere and Romanian novelist E O Chirovici are among the highlights agents are taking to the Frankfurt Book Fair.
In the first of The Bookseller’s collection of key titles, 15 agencies have shared the books they are betting on for the fair, with a number of titles already the subject of auctions and pre-empts.
Among them are Karl Ove Knausgaard’s The Morning Star: A Novel, following the arrival of the Devil in Bergen; and Seasons Book One: In Autumn, reflecting on what life will have to offer the author’s daughter. Rights are being handled by The Wylie Agency and both books are with Harvill Secker in the UK.
Diane Banks Associates takes Cut, a book about female genital mutilation, by anti-FGM campaigner Wardere and Anna Wharton. UK rights are with Simon & Schuster.
PFD has The Book of Mirrors by Romanian novelist E O Chirovici, his first novel in English. The agency has held auctions in Germany and the UK.
United Talent Agency (UTA) takes Jeetendr Sehdev’s The Kim Kardashian Principle, being handled on behalf of UTA NY, which is at auction in the UK. It explores how the culture of celebrity is changing the way consumers buy products.
There are a number of debut novels being taken to Frankfurt, including Helen Callaghan’s Dear Amy. Greene & Heaton sold UK rights to Michael Joseph at auction.
A Lethal Inheritance by début author Charlie Hodges is on submission in UK and US. Rights to the crime novel about a 70-year-old private investigator are being handled by Sheil Land Associates.
Books by writers including Hannah Kent, Isabelle Grey and Jake Arnott will also be taken to Frankfurt.
For a full list of key titles click here.