Frankfurt falls at Mandela's feet, US rights sold

<p>&quot;Virtually every major territory&quot; was bidding for the hottest book in Frankfurt, Nelson Mandela&#39;s private diaries. US rights were sold on Wednesday afternoon (14th) to Jonathan Galassi at Macmillan US&#39; Farrar, Straus and Giroux via Sloan Harris at ICM, with deals also in Portugal, France and Denmark, auctions in Brazil, Sweden and Holland and offers in from Germany, Israel and Italy.</p><p>Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown <a href="../news/99973-geller-brings-mandela-diaries-to-frankfurt-auction.html" target="_blank">sold UK rights to Pan Macmillan</a> on the eve of the fair after a &quot;select auction&quot;. Geller said: &quot;It&#39;s unbelievable. Virtually every major territory is bidding at the moment&mdash;it&#39;s all happening.&quot;</p><p><em>Conversations with Myself</em> brings together Mandela&#39;s unseen diaries, letters, and personal thoughts throughout his life, including his 27 years of imprisonment on Robben Island. The book is due for publication in 2010.</p><p>&quot;What is so amazing is that he wrote virtually every day of his life and kept all his notes,&quot; said Geller. &quot;The book shows the personal side of this icon, his amazing humanity and wisdom.&quot; Geller is handling worldwide rights to the book on behalf of New Zealand-based packager PQ Blackwell, a previous publisher of Mandela, who approached Geller to agent the book after Mandela bestowed his entire archive to the Nelson Mandela Foundation.</p><p><a href="http://cde.cerosmedia.com/1J4ad60cda887a1666.cde" target="_blank">The Bookseller Daily at Frankfurt Day Two </a></p>