Transworld tops at brain auction

Transworld tops at brain auction

A groundbreaking look into how adolescent brain development “determines the people we become” was won by Transworld’s Susanna Wadeson after a 12-publisher auction.

Wadeson bought UK & Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to The Almond and the Seahorse by neuroscientist Sarah-Jayne Blakemore. The “fierce” auction was brokered by Will Francis from Janklow & Nesbit at yesterday’s LBF (14th April). German rights were pre-empted by S Fischer “within hours” of the proposal being sent out. 

The book is the product of Blakemore’s 12-year investigation into teenagers’ brain development. It shows how typical teenage traits are all explicable by underlying changes in the structure of the brain, and how that forms later brain development.  

Blakemore, a Royal Society University Research Fellow, is a professor of cognitive neuroscience at Universty College London. She has won numerous research awards, and was on the Sunday Times’ “100 Makers of the 21st Century 2014” list.