Open Road buys backlist for UK 'literary luminaries'

Open Road buys backlist for UK 'literary luminaries'

US-based digital publisher Open Road has acquired a series of rights across various territories to the backlists of “some of Britain’s most beloved and exciting literary luminaries”.

Rights to books by authors including Malcolm Bradbury (pictured) and Lesley Glaister were acquired by strategic advisor Charlotte Greig, a former Picador editor who joined Open Road a year ago with a brief to acquire backlist titles.

Greig said: “I couldn’t be more excited about expanding Open Road’s already impeccable list of British writers. It is such a privilege to bring the backlists of some of these extraordinary authors to a new audience and to market them in the unique way that only Open Road can.”

Acquisitions include US rights to eight titles by Bradbury, including The History Man and Stepping Westward (both published in print and e-book in the UK by Picador); nine titles by Rosamond Lehmann, including Dusty Answer and Invitation to the Waltz (in print and digital in the UK with Virago); Lesley Glaister’s Digging to Australia and Honour Thy Father (UK print with Bloomsbury, UK e-books from Orion's The Murder Room), plus nine additional titles; and Neil Cross’s Always the Sun and Captured (UK print and digital with Simon & Schuster) plus four additional titles.

World English digital rights were acquired to James Hanley’s The Furys (in print with Faber & Faber) and Boy (print with Oneworld), plus seven additional titles; Peter Dickinson’s crime novels for adults, the six books in the James Pibble series, and his children’s titles including Tulku (print with Corgi Children’s) and City of Gold (print with Orion), plus 12 additional adult titles and 21 other children’s titles; and Catherine Aird’s A Dead Liberty (Collins Crime) and After Effects (Pan Books), plus 16 additional titles.

Greig also acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Morag Joss’s Half Broken Things (in print with Hodder & Stoughton) and Puccini’s Ghosts (in print with Sceptre), plus three additional titles.

Earlier this year Open Road started publishing digital editions of Laurie Lee’s As I Walked Out One Midsummer Morning and Cider With Rosie, plus four additional titles, after acquiring US and Philippine rights.

Glaister’s books will be published at the end of the year with the other titles released throughout 2015.