The Shore gets UK, US deals
William Heinemann publisher Jason Arthur pre-empted world English rights to The Shore by Sara Taylor for an undisclosed sum in a deal through agent Lucy Luck. The novel, an interconnected series of stories about residents in a group of islands off the coast of Virginia, will be published in 2015. Cornerstone rights manager Caroline Sloan sold US rights in a six-figure pre-empt to Hogarth, and Canadian rights to Doubleday Canada.
McGrath on The Rocks
Sarah McGrath, vice-president and executive editor at Riverhead, has won US rights in a fiercely contested auction for The Rocks by Peter Nichols. Patrick Walsh of Conville Walsh conducted the deal. UK rights for the novel were bought by Susan Watt at Quercus imprint Heron before Frankfurt.
Headline stays strong for DEMI
Headline has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights to a book from American “X-Factor” judge Demi Lovato, Staying Strong. Lovato, a recording artist, television personality and actress, will write a 365-day collection of her “most honest, brave and hopeful insights”, reflections and goals. Headline’s Sarah Emsley acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Feiwel and Friends.
Accidence happens for W&N
W&N editorial director Bea Hemming won a five-way auction for a book on grammar that argues standards are not falling, written by the Times’ language columnist. The deal for UK & Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in Oliver Kamm’s Accidence Will Happen was brokered by Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit.
Brian Cox tie-in to Collins
William Collins publishing director Myles Archibald has acquired world rights to a forthcoming book of a television series on earth and the universe by physicist professor Brian Cox and Andrew Cohen from agent Sue Rider and the BBC. Provisionally named Human Universe, it will be published to coincide with a Cox-fronted BBC series broadcast in autumn 2014.
Wong winds way to Octopus
Octopus has won world rights to a gardening book by BBC “Countryfile” presenter James Wong which will combine “cutting-edge science with traditional techniques”. The Flavour Grower’s Manual will be published in association with the Royal Horticultural Society under the Mitchell Beazley imprint in spring 2015. Publisher Alison Starling did the deal with James Wills at Watson, Little and direct from the RHS.
Scholastic début tackles bullying
Scholastic acquired two YA novels from British début author Eve Ainsworth, buying world rights from Curtis Brown agent Stephanie Thwaites in a five-figure deal. The first, Seven Days, about bullying, will be published in April 2015.
Ferals run wild at FBF
HarperCollins Children’s Books acquired world English rights to “high-action” series Ferals, created by Working Partners. Rachel Denwood, HCCB publishing director and Erica Sussman, executive editor at HarperTeen, did the deal with WP’s Chris Snowdon. The hero of Ferals is Caw, a boy who was spirited away by a crow aged five. Fox 2000 Pictures has optioned film rights; there have been pre-empts in Germany (cbj), France (Pocket) and sales in the Netherlands (Moon) and Israel (Kinneret).
Scholastic buys Foxcraft
Scholastic bought world English rights to a trilogy by Inbali Iserles at auction in Frankfurt. The Foxcraft series, “a fantasy adventure for 8-plus readers” featuring young fox Isla, will kick off with I Am Fox in 2015. Iserles is one of the team of authors who writes under the pseudonym Erin Hunter for the Survivor series. Ellie Berger, president of ScholasticTrade, did the deal with Zoe King at the Blair Partnership.