Key deals from LBF

Key deals from LBF

Fiction

Headline signed four novels from Norwegian psychiatrist-turned-crime writer Torkil Damhaug. World English-language rights were bought by publishing director Imogen Taylor and editor Flora Rees from David Miller at Rogers, Coleridge & White, on behalf of Kristin Weholt of Cappelen Damm Agency. The crime thrillers will be released across 2014 and 2015.

Simon & Schuster struck a deal for global rights to three books from thriller writer Chelsea Cain. Maxine Hitchcock at S&S UK made the deal with agent Joy Harris alongside Marysue Rucci at S&S US and Louise Burke at Pocket. Two of the books will introduce Kick Lannigan, who investigates missing-child cases, while the third will revisit old characters Archie Sheridan and Gretchen Lowell.

HarperFiction signed two historical thrillers set during the reign of Richard II from University of Virginia medieval scholar Bruce Holsinger. Crime and thriller publisher Julia Wisdom acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from agent Helen Heller. The first title, A Burnable Book, has been signed by Morrow in the US.

Gallic Books signed two French literature titles by Michel Déon, The Foundling Boy and its sequel, The Foundling’s War. World English-language rights were secured by Gallic m.d. Jane Aitken from French publisher Gallimard. The books, which follow a foundling child growing up under the shadow of the Second World War, proved controversial when originally published in France during the 1970s, but have since come to be seen as modern classics.

Non-fiction

Simon & Schuster bought UK and Commonwealth rights to former Arsenal footballer Dennis Bergkamp’s autobiography. Head of sport Ian Marshall signed the deal for Stillness and Speed: My Story from Dutch Media via David Luxton Associates.

Weinstein Books has acquired world rights to the memoir of shop assistant-turned opera star Paul Potts, the winner of ITV’s “Britain’s Got Talent” in 2007. One Chance: A Memoir, will be released in autumn to coincide with the release of a Weinstein Company-produced biopic of Potts, starring James Corden and Julie Walters.

Canongate bought world rights to an illustrated memoir from Monty Python star and film director Terry Gilliam in a six-figure deal. Publisher Jamie Byng and editorial director Francis Bickmore signed the deal with Jon Elek at A P Watt.

HarperCollins has also signed an autobiography from physicist Brian Cox, along with a new science title provisionally entitled The Private Life of the Atom. HC will release them in English throughout the world following a joint deal with HC UK, US, Australia and New Zealand and agent Diane Banks, acting on behalf of Sue Ryder Associates.

Headline has signed world rights to Lions Tales, a book of rugby stories and folklore written by the former England World Cup-winning scrum-half Matt Dawson. Non-fiction publishing director Jonathan Taylor did the deal with Richard Thompson, chairman of the M & C Saatchi Merlin agency.

Hutchinson has bought a new novel from Alastair Campbell, Tony Blair’s former director of communications and strategy. UK and Commonwealth rights were bought from Ed Victor. The novel, My Name is . . ., follows a young girl as she descends into alcoholism.

Children’s

Faber struck a “significant” six-figure deal with HarperCollins US for Archie Green and the Magician’s Instruction by D D Everest, and sold the book to Rozzo in Brazil, with an auction ongoing in Germany and multiple offers in France and Italy.

Pan Macmillan Children’s has acquired world rights in two teen novels by début author Tom Hoyle. Publishing director Venetia Gosling secured rights to “fast-paced thriller” Thirteen and another title from Gillie Russell at Aitken Alexander Associates.