Books pre-empted and auctioned in countdown to FBF

Books pre-empted and auctioned in countdown to FBF

Agents have sold a series of books at auction and via pre-empts ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Today The Bookseller publishes the second part of its key titles agents are taking to next week’s fair.

Lorella Belli Literary Agency takes Kirsty Moseley’s New Adult romance Fighting to Be Free, world English rights for which sold in a good six-figure deal to Grand Central Publishing.

Conville & Walsh has Himself by Jess Kidd, a literary speculative crime début set in Ireland. UK and Commonwealth rights sold to Canongate at auction.

Hardman & Swainson takes playwright Miranda Emmerson’s début, Miss Treadway & the Field of Stars, which is a 1960-set literary mystery. Fourth Estate pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada.

Darley Anderson Literary TV & Film Agency takes début action thriller Nothing Short of Dying by Erik Storey. North American rights sold to Scribner for six figures. The agency also has Defender by G X Todd. UK and Commonwealth rights in the debut sold to Headline in a six-figure pre-empt.

Janklow & Nesbit has Ben Platts-Mills’ non-fiction book Tell Me the Planets, which was acquired by Fig Tree in the UK after an eight-way auction. The book is about the author’s work with survivors of brain injury and his decade-long friendship with a coder who has partially lost the ability to form new memories.

The agency is also conduction an auction ongoing for début writer Nell Stevens’ Bleaker House, an account of how she tried and failed to write a great novel by going to live on an uninhabited island in the Falklands.

WME has Symmetry Breakfast by Michael Zee, a cookbook based on the author’s Instagram feed. An auction is ongoing in the UK and Commonwealth. The agency also sold UK rights to Oliver Burkeman’s Four Thousand Weeks, a practical guide to time and time management, to The Bodley Head after an 11-way auction.

For a full list of key titles click here.