Manuscripts from Howard Jacobson, Salman Rushdie, Anthony Horowitz and Chimamanda Adichie are among those agents are taking to London Book Fair (LBF).
Literary agencies have named the top five books in their “LBF briefcases”, including The Word Is Murder by Anthony Horowitz, the first in a present-day UK-based serious of crime novels featuring a seasoned detective and his accomplice – with a twist, being sold by Curtis Brown. The agency is also selling rights to Man Booker prize-winning Jacobson’s Pussy, a “ferociously funny” satire intended as a retort to Donald Trump's US presidential victory, the story of how a boastful dunce becomes the leader of the free world - already been won by Jonathan Cape in the UK.
Peter James’ Absolute Proof, a standalone thriller which asks “what if someone discovered absolute proof that God exists?” is being sold by Blake Friedmann, while A M heath is taking a new standalone novel from Conn Iggulden which follows the life of a controversial saint.
Man Booker Prize winner Jim Crace’s The Melody is up for grabs from David Godwin Associates - the story which follows Alfred Busi, a musician towards the end of his life who is living in the old family house by the sea. Meanwhile, Simon Sebag Montefiore’s The Red Sky At Noon, about a man imprisoned in the Gulags for a crime he did not commit, is being sold by Georgina Capel.
The Wylie Agency has Chimamanda Adichie’s Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, the author’s suggestions to a friend of how to raise her baby girl (the Ijealwele of the title), as a feminist, and it is also taking Salman Rushdie’s The Golden House, a new “cinematic in scope” novel exploring immigration and identity through the eyes of a family who move from India to New York, already won by Jonathan Cape in the UK.
For more rights in agents’ LBF briefcases, click here.