A first volume of Roald Dahl’s letters are among a clutch of deals announced by John Murray Press.
Nick Davies, JMP m.d., bought Letters from Dahl from Caroline Dawnay at United Agents. Compiled by Dahl biographer Donald Sturrock, it will be published to coincide with Dahl’s centenary in 2016.
Dahl was a prolific letter-writer from the age of nine and for the last 30 years of his life would spend two hours a day on correspondence. The collection, the first to be published, is said to show both his wit and his darker, more troubled side.
Meanwhile from Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander, Davies has also acquired Modern Girls, a social history of women in the Fifties, written by historian Amanda Vickery.
Davies' colleague Roland Philipps has acquired a wider history of women throughout the 20th century by historian Juliet Nicolson in a deal with Ed Victor with whom Nicolson once worked. From Victor, Philipps has also bought a biography of Elizabeth Jane Howard by Artemis Cooper.
John Murray publisher Georgina Laycock has bought a popular science title What If? by ex-NASA scientist Randall Munroe from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein, and publishing director Eleanor Birne has bought New Yorkers by Craig Taylor, which hopes to do for the city what the author’s well-received Londoners did for the UK capital. The deal was with Tracey Bohan of the Wylie Agency.