Pan Macmillan’s non-fiction editorial director Georgina Morley has acquired three new books, including two written by bloggers.
Morley acquired world English language rights in Milk of Paradise, by historian and blogger Lucy Inglis, from Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates.
The book is a history of opium, and “promises to be every bit as enticing, authoritative and as packed with riveting things you never know” as Georgian London (Viking), Inglis’ first book based on her blog of the same name, said Morley.
Milk of Paradise will be published in 2017.
Blogger Emma Beddington runs the Belgian Waffle blog. Morley acquired UK and Commonwealth rights in her memoir, We’ll Always Have Paris, from Patrick Walsh at Conville & Walsh.
We’ll Always Have Paris will see Beddington write with “trademark wit and candour about love, loss and finding home – and cake, quite a lot of cake, be it French, Belgian or British”.
Morley added that it was funny and touching and “will resonate with anyone who has ever bought a striped Breton t-shirt and sat at a pavement café wreathed in the smoke from an entire packet of Gitanes”.
We’ll Always Have Paris will be published as a trade paperback in spring 2016.
World English language rights to “a fabulous piece of historical writing” by Geraldine Roberts were acquired from Sallyanne Sweeney at Mulcahy Associates.
The Angel and the Cad will “be a riveting account of the truly wretched marriage – and brutal divorce – of Catherine Tylney Long and her shiftless and cruel husband – William Wellesley Pole”.
Morley said: “She was beautiful and wealthy – and said to be the inspiration for Jane Austen’s Catherine Morland; he was a handsome brute.
“Their divorce was not only the biggest celebrity scandal in Regency England, it changed the law.”
The Angel and the Cad will be published in June next year.