Pan Macmillan has acquired the first titles for its new sports list.
Non-fiction Publisher Robin Harvie acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Daniel Friebe’s The Best There Never Was from David Luxton Associates.
Friebe’s book will be the “definitive” biography of Jan Ullrich, who alongside Lance Armstrong is “one of the most celebrated and vilified cyclists of the modern era”.
The Best There Never Was will be published ahead of the 2016 Tour de France.
Harvie said: “Jan Ullrich is one of the most contradictory cyclists of our times, and the unpicking of his story has been a life-long fascination for Daniel. Ullrich, the man, myth, hero and villain, breathes more deeply on these pages that he ever did in his astonishing rise and fall and I am absolutely thrilled to be publishing Daniel on the new Macmillan sports list.”
Harvie has also bought world rights to a history of the Olympic Games by David Goldblatt from Sally Holloway at Felicity Bryan Literary Agency.
Goldblatt’s book, which places “the world’s greatest sporting spectacle in its rightful political and social context”, will be published ahead of the 2016 Rio Olympics.
Harvie said: “David Goldblatt is one of the best sports writers in the business and, more than any other writer of his generation, has shown why sports matters to the social fabric of our everyday lives. The Olympic Games is the perfect canvas for David to tell the story of how sport, on a global scale, is infused in every layer of modern social, political and cultural history and I feel hugely privileged to be working with him on his new book.”
Harvie joined Pan Macmillan as editorial director of a new “high-end” sports list in October last year and was made non-fiction publisher at Pan Macmillan in January after it was announced that Jon Butler was leaving the role to become m.d. of Quercus.