L,B buys Bretton Woods book

L,B buys Bretton Woods book

Little, Brown has acquired a title on the 1944 meeting between world leaders at Bretton Woods which set out a structure for the international monetary system as we know it.

Non-fiction publisher Tim Whiting bought world English language rights to The Summit: Bretton Woods and the Fight to Save the World's Economy by Ed Conway, economics editor of Sky News, at auction from Jonathan Conway, head of the UK literary division of The Agency Group.

Little, Brown will publish as a hardback in May 2014, in time for the 60th anniversary of the summit.

The Bretton Woods conference, which was officially known as the United Nations Monetary and Financial Conference, was a gathering of delegates from 44 nations that met in July 1944 to agree a series of new rules for the post-Second World War international monetary system, and saw the creation of the International Monetary Fund and the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development.

Whiting said: "The proposal is outstanding and the contemporary resonances are clear. It is very rare to come across a non-fiction writer who can depict character and evoke the inherent drama of a situation with the skill of a novelist but Ed is a natural. He has also done his homework and this book will draw on a wealth of unpublished accounts, diaries and oral histories, as well as an extraordinary work of non-fiction from a talented writer and I am thrilled to welcome him to the list."

Conway is the economics editor of Sky News. He was previously economics editor of the Daily Telegraph and Sunday Telegraph. At the time, he was only 25, and so was the youngest ever economics editor of a UK national newspaper.