BBC Radio appoints LBA literary agency

BBC Radio appoints LBA literary agency

BBC Radio has appointed a literary agent for the first time to represent books deriving from its programmes - Luigi Bonomi of LBA.

The first book arriving from this partnership was Woman’s Hour: Words from Wise, Witty and Wonderful Women by Alison Maloney (BBC Books/Penguin Random House) which was published 2nd March.

Bonomi will explore book opportunities based on the radio catalogue, ranging across all its networks, at LBF and can be contacted on the stand in the Ivy centre.
 
He told The Bookseller: “I have been working with the BBC for a number of years and have recently started working with BBC radio where I have done a number of book contracts for them. At the London Book Fair I will be exploring book opportunities based on the BBC radio catalogue.”
 
A BBC Radio spokesperson said: “[We] arrived at the decision to appoint LBA to act as its literary agent, not only because of Luigi Bonomi’s experience in the field, but also thanks to his reputation within the industry. BBC Radio’s portfolio of programming has in the past lent itself well to various book tie-ins, and with LBA on board as our agent we hope to broaden this connection and increase the volume of successful books to have come out of our radio programmes. LBA will be welcoming from publishers book ideas that span all of our networks; from the drama and factual programming across Radio 4, to the classical music brands housed on the Radio 3 schedules; and from the talent fronted programming on Radio 2, to the passion for music that is attached to Radio 1 and 1Xtra, 6Music, and BBC Asian Network.”
 
Earlier this month, Netflix appointed Maria B Campbell Associates UK Ltd in London and Maria B Campbell Associates Inc in New York to be its exclusive global literary scouts.