Mervyn King and David Hair among fair's big deals

Mervyn King and David Hair among fair's big deals

Big deals struck at this year’s London Book Fair include a quartet of adult fantasy novels and a non-fiction book from the former governor of the Bank of England, Lord Mervyn King.

Little, Brown acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to King’s book on the state of the world economy. Provisionally titled Alchemy or Achilles’ Heel? Money and Banking in Modern Capitalism, the book was commissioned by Little, Brown’s non-fiction publisher Tim Whiting via King’s literary agent Andrew Wylie. The book is scheduled to be released in hardback in autumn 2015.

Jo Fletcher Books, an imprint of Quercus, acquired a new series by fantasy author David Hair in a six-figure deal. Publisher Fletcher bought world rights to The Lodestar Quartet from Heather Adams at HMA. The books follow on from the Moontide Series—also published by Jo Fletcher Books—a quartet of adult fantasy novels set on the fictional planet of Urte. The first book in the new series, currently untitled, will be published in 2016.

Picador’s Kris Doyle bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Takashi Hiraide’s The Guest Cat from Tim Bates at Pollinger Limited, on behalf of New Directions in the US, for a “good five-figure sum” in a four-way auction. The book is about a visiting cat who brings joy into a couple’s life. Doyle said: “I’m utterly thrilled to acquire The Guest Cat, particularly at auction among the hustle and bustle of the fair.”