Penguin Press pre-empts Dr Kate Wiles book in six-figure deal

Penguin Press pre-empts Dr Kate Wiles book in six-figure deal

Penguin Press pre-empted Lost Voices: The Languages of Britain by début historian Dr Kate Wiles in a six-figure deal.

Fourteen publishers met with the author, before the auction turned into a tale of four "warring" pre-empts, Patrick Walsh at PEW Literary told The Bookseller. Allen Lane editorial director Tom Penn finally securing UK and Commonwealth rights from Walsh for six figures.

Wiles is a historical linguist and a historian of medieval manuscripts. Senior editor of History Today magazine, she is an associate fellow at the Institute for Historical Research, University of London. She...

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