Hot books line up for Frankfurt 2011

Hot books line up for Frankfurt 2011

If This is Home, Stuart Evers' follow-up to his short-story collection Ten Stories About Smoking, is one of Aitken Alexander's hot books for Frankfurt Book Fair 2011. It is also selling Tim Lott's first novel in seven years. Under the Same Stars is about two brothers on a US road trip to see their dying father who abandoned them as children. The agency is hoping for further international rights deals for débuts The Land of Decoration by Grace McCleen and Snake Ropes by Jess Richards. In non-fiction, it is selling Molly Birnbaum's Season to Taste, about how a precocious cook lost her ability to cook after an accident removed her sense of smell. It is taking offers on A Street Cat Named Bob by James Bowen, the story of a homeless man whose cat helped him deal with the past.

Darley Anderson is bringing to Frankfurt new novels by bestselling authors including Lee Child, Lesley Pearse, Jane Costello, John Connolly, Tana French, Tara Hyland, Chris Mooney, Chris Carter and Carolyn Jess-Cooke. Madeleine Buston is bringing "utterly brilliant" laugh-out-loud début Never Google Heartbreak by Emma Garcia, about a "heartbroken" woman who decides to create a website on the subject. Buston sold UK rights to Isobel Akenhead at Hodder the day after she read the manuscript, and foreign rights have already been snapped up in major pre-empts by publishers in Germany (Blanvalet), Italy (Piemme) and Brazil (Bertrand Brasil). Buston is also submitting young adult thriller Night School by C J Daugherty to US and foreign publishers, after UK rights were pre-empted by Sam Smith at Atom. Camilla Wray is taking Tim Weaver's latest thriller Vanished (Penguin) and Sean Slater's Snakes and Ladders (S&S) as well as A J Cross' début Gone in Seconds, a new series starring a female forensic psychologist, published by Orion in 2012.

A P Watt is selling rights to Edward Luce's Time to Start Thinking, an examination of "America's struggle to rekindle its economic mojo". Little, Brown has UK rights, Grove Atlantic US. Transworld has UK rights to John O'Farrell's The Man Who Forgot His Wife, a comic novel about a divorce in the wake of "a catastrophic moment of memory loss". The troubled past of Barnaby, parish priest in a Cornish village, is uncovered after his arrest for aiding a suicide in Patrick Gale's novel Good People. Fourth Estate has UK rights. Vogue creative director Grace Coddington's journey through fashion from the 1960s to the 1980s will be examined in Grace: A Life in Fashion. Chatto & Windus has UK rights, Random House US. A cast spanning aspiring immigrant footballers, City millionaires and Zimbabwean traffic wardens features in John Lanchester's Capital with rights bought by Faber (UK) and Prometheus (Holland).

At Blake Friedmann, Oliver Munson is selling rights to The Killing Time, about a time travelling serial killer, by Arthur C Clarke winner Lauren Beukes. Carole Blake is touting a standalone thriller about designer babies by Peter James. Rights to Perfect People have already been sold in the UK (Macmillan), US, France, Germany and Russia. She is also selling Lawrence Norfolk's first novel in almost a decade. Bloomsbury bought UK rights to John Saturnall's Feast, about a country estate isolated by the 17th-century English Civil War, at auction with US, Czech and German rights sold. Isobel Dixon is selling Tony Park's African Dawn, a thrilling family saga set in Zimbabwe, with Quercus holding UK rights. She is also selling Monique Roffey's Archipelago (S&S UK rights), about a man seeking peace and purpose after tragedy through sailing. The agency is also selling rights to an authorised series from Andy Briggs called Tarzan: The Greystoke Legacy.

At Luigi Bonomi, Simon & Schuster has UK rights to The Titanic Secret by Jack Steel, a début thriller about the British government's attempts to stop the "Titanic" reaching New York to avoid war. Out to general submission is The Reviver by Josh Patrick, a "terrifying" début about an advance in forensics that allows the recently murdered to be brought back to life for a few minutes to discover who killed them. Another début is Paul Gregorek's When Good Men Do Nothing, following a detective duo trying to solve two murders and an explosion in a bid to prevent an imminent deadly attack in Brighton. Pan Macmillan has US and translation rights to A M Blake's The Lost Library, a conspiracy thriller about the library of Alexandria. Random House has world rights to Turf, a coming of age novel set in London's gang-run housing estates. Penguin UK has world rights to crossover title Black Heart Blue about twin sisters' struggle to escape their abusive parents.

Conville & Walsh has sold The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce, about a 500-mile journey on foot to visit a dying friend, in 10 languages. Transworld has world rights. Faber Academy graduate Deborah O'Connor's Cold Child Drowning, about a couple who meet in a bereavement group, will be submitted in the first week of October. Also due then is One Hundred and Four Horses by Mandy Retzlaff, a family memoir about the Retzlaffs, evicted from their Zimbabwean home by the Mugabe regime in 2001 and forced to set up a new life in Mozambique. Margot Stedman's The Light Between Oceans is currently subject to a 10-way auction for UK and Commonwealth rights and is under offer in several territories. The novel is about a young couple at a remote lighthouse faced with a difficult choice when an infant is washed ashore. Walker Books has UK and Commonwealth rights to Wild Boy by Rob Lloyd-Jones, about a boy living in a travelling freak show with a talent for detection.

Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown is selling rights to Barney Hoskyns' Led Zeppelin memoir Trampled Under Foot (Faber has UK/Commonwealth, John Wylie, US & Canada). Jonathan Lloyd is taking offers on Marian Keyes' Mercy Close (Penguin UK/Commonwealth), about a failed private investigator given one last case. Fiona Inglis has sold Australia/New Zealand rights to Ruby Murray's Running Dogs, a début set in Suharto's Indonesia, to Scribe. Karolina Sutton is selling BBC Short Story Award shortlistee D W Wilson's Ballistics, a family saga set during the 2003 British Columbia wildfires. Hamish Hamilton has Canadian rights. "Coronation Street" writer Jonathan Harvey makes his literary début with All She Wants (Macmillan UK/Commonwealth), a comic novel about the rise and fall of soap star Jodie McGee. Gordon Wise is taking offers. Sheila Crowley is selling rights to husband and wife thriller duo Casey Hill's The Punisher (S&S), the second in the Reilly Steel forensic thriller series.

"Fairytale début" Miracle on Regent Street by Ali Harris, about a reclusive shopworker who makes over her struggling department store each night, is among David Higham Associates' key titles. Robert Lyndon will be bringing the Norman Conquest to life in his début, Hawk Quest. Eavan Mawdsley will examine the 13 days that changed the course of the Second World War in December 1941. Danny Miller's 1960s-set crime novel The Gilded Edge features detective Vince Treadwell's investigations into a card scam at the heart of the elite Clermont Set. Contemporary thriller The Pure by Jake Simons is about an anti-hero's preparations to sell state secrets to Wikileaks. The narrator of Polly Williams' The Angel at No 33 is Sophie, a young wife and mother who was killed the night before the book's beginning.