A series of six-figure deals have been completed on the eve of this year’s London Book Fair.
Alex Clarke and Jessica Leeke at Michael Joseph bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to Good Me, Bad Me, the début thriller by Ali Land, in a pre-empt from Juliet Mushens at The Agency Group. The novel is narrated by Milly, the 15-year-old daughter of a serial killer, who has a new foster family.
Leeke also bought UK and Commonwealth rights, following a “fierce auction”, to The Secret Diary of Hendrik Groen, 83¼ Years by an anonymous Dutch author. It is the story of Hendrik, a pensioner who refuses to give in to old age, who writes the novel in diary form from a retirement home in Amsterdam. The six-figure deal was struck with Marleen Seegers at 2 Seas Agency on behalf of Dutch publisher Meulenhoff.
Author James Hamilton-Paterson is moving from Faber to Head of Zeus (HoZ) after a six-figure, two-book deal was struck. In one of his first major acquisitions for HoZ, former Faber editor Neil Belton signed the titles from Ed Wilson at Johnson & Alcock. The first, a non-fiction title Marked for Death, covers the development of aerial warfare in the First World War.