Tiger mothers and sex sell pre-LBF

<p>Tiger mothers, &quot;sex, memory and family lies&quot; and a new crime series are among the pre-London Book Fair deals signed this week.</p><p>Bloomsbury editor-in-chief Alexandra Pringle bought Amy Chua&rsquo;s memoir <em>The Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother</em>. Pringle acquired UK and Commonwealth rights at auction from Stephanie Koven at Janklow &amp; Nesbit for an undisclosed sum. The book was bought in the US at auction by Ann Godoff at Penguin Press. The memoir will be published in spring 2011.</p><p>The book tells the story of Yale law professor Chua&rsquo;s decision to raise her daughters in a traditional Chinese style aimed at producing high achievers. One child flourished under the strict regime but the other rebelled.</p><p>Pringle also bought world English rights in a new novel from Joanna Briscoe, the follow-up to <em>Sleep with Me.</em> The novel, <em>You</em>, is described as &quot;a stunning story of sex, memory and family lies&quot; about a schoolgirl&rsquo;s affair with her teacher and will be published in May 2011. The book, bought from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown, will also be published by Bloomsbury US.</p><p>At Jonathan Cape, editor Alex Bowler&shy; bought UK, EU &amp; Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) at auction from Judith Murray at Greene &amp; Heaton to a new crime series by Oliver Harris. The two books feature Nick Belsey, a London police detective who has hit rock bottom.&shy;</p><p>Meanwhile, Cornerstone imprint Arrow bought world English language rights in a further six books from novelist Susan Lewis, whose most recent book, The Choice, was published in January. The new deal was struck with Toby Eady at Toby Eady Associates for an undisclosed sum.</p>