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Hello everyone, we hope you're all well and staying safe in these unusual times.

We'd like to start our second Foreign Rights newsletter by sharing some brilliant words on the lockdowns in New York and Wroclaw from Zadie Smith and Olga Tokarczuk, both published in April in The New Yorker, and already widely published in leading international newspapers.

Despite the lockdown, there's still plenty of activity, from prize announcements to virtual book launches. You can head over to our website and twitter for the latest news and updates. 

Lockdown love,

Laurence, Stephen, Katharina, Tristan, Sam & Natasia

Read The American Exception by Zadie Smith

 Rights Sold: Germany: Die Welt, Italy: Internazionale; Spain: El Pais, Sweden: Dagens Nyheter   

Read A New View from my Window by Olga Tokarkzuk

 Rights Sold: Brazil: Folha de S. Paulo, Croatia: Express, Denmark: Politiken, Finland: Kirjallisuus- ja, Germany: Frankfurter Allgemeine Zeitung, Greece: To Vima, Italy: Il Corriere della Sera, Japan: Iwanami, The Netherlands: NRC Handelsblad, Portugal: Expresso, Spain: El Pais, Sweden: Dagens Nyheter, Switzerland: Le Temps,

Last weekend Bloomsbury announced the launch of a quite special book, THE BOOK OF HOPES: Words and Pictures to Comfort, Inspire and Entertain Children in Lockdown. A free-to-read children’s book by over 110 authors and illustrators. 

Katherine Rundell was ringmaster and editor of the project which includes stories (500 words each), poems and illustrations from the likes of Lauren Child, Frank Cottrell Boyce, Sophie Dahl, Anthony Horowitz, Patrick Ness, Michael Morpurgo, Scheffler, Danny Wallace, Jacqueline Wilson, Kiran Millwood Hargrave, Anna James, LD Lapinski, Sam Copeland, Catherine Doyle and Chris Riddell. 

THE BOOK OF HOPES is a hopeful tonic in times of strangeness. It’s a superb project and one that we are very proud of each and every author for putting it together. All proceeds will be going to charity. 

Read THE BOOK OF HOPES here

THE PARISIAN by Isabella Hammad has been longlisted for the 2020 Desmond Elliot Prize and shortlisted for the Walter Scott Prize. THE PARISIAN is being published this month in The Netherlands (Ambo/Anthos), Norway (Pelikanen) and Sweden (Norstedts), and has received fantastic praise from the judges of the Walter Scott Prize:

She takes us with her characters as they move between Palestine, France and Europe. We see vividly what they see, and feel what they feel. We are there with them. These are layered, real people and they remain with the reader long after the book is finished. The Parisian is an important book. It speaks with freshness and originality, illuminating a period of history with which few of us are familiar.

Rights Sold: UK: Jonathan Cape (April 2019); US: Knopf (Feb 2019); Bulgaria: KYRG; China: Citic; Denmark: Politikens; Finland: Gummerus; France: Editions de L’Olivier; Germany: Luchterhand; Greece: Metaichmio; Hungary: Libri; Italy: Einaudi; Iraq (World Arabic): Dar Al Tanweer; Netherlands: Ambo/Anthos; Norway: Pelikanen; Romania: Polirom; Serbia: Vukan; Spain: Anagrama; Sweden: Norstedts; Turkey: Alfa.


And we are also delighted that Natalie Hayne's A THOUSAND SHIPS has made the shortlist for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

 Rights Sold: UK: Picador, Croatia: Vorto Palabra,  Italy: Sonzogno/Marsilio; Spain: Salamandra, Turkey: Epsilon,

"Natalie Haynes is swiftly becoming this generation’s Mary Renault; her retelling of the Trojan war from an all-female perspective, A THOUSAND SHIPS, is her best yet" Observer

 

Joanne Harris has been tweeting for some time about her writing process, about the craft and the business of writing, and over this lockdown has pulled together these tweets in a new how-to-write book: TEN THINGS ABOUT WRITING. The aim of the book is to be clear, informative, funny and practical, covering writing tips, how to get an agent, how to find a publisher, and how to act when you have been published. September Publishing released the Ebook on the 9th May, with a hardback publication scheduled for December. 

Joanne Harris's Ten Tweets have been tiny islands of sensibleness and wisdom in the sea of lunacy that is Twitter for a long time now, dispensing advice and distilled observation to those who follow her. I'm delighted they are going to be collected in one place and, selfishly, am looking forward to catching up with all the ones I've missed.Neil Gaiman

 

Also among our upcoming deliveries is exciting debut FEATHERHOOD by Charlie Gilmour (UK: Weidenfeld & Nicolson, US: Scribner). FEATHERHOOD is a story about a man and a magpie, and the entangled webs of freedom and captivity, adoption and parenthood, birth and death. We are expecting delivery in the next few weeks, and in the meantime leave you with this introduction to the book by the author himself:
Watch here


Rights SoldGermany: Rowohlt, Italy: La Nave di Teseo, The Netherlands: Ambo Anthos

You can read the rest of our latest deliveries below.

UNCHARTED by Margaret Heffernan is also an essential read in these times, published in February by Simon and Schuster in the UK, her message about the dangers of forecasting has become even more important as we move further into lockdown. You can listen to an interview here, where she discusses Coronavirus, global finances, and embracing uncertainty - the major theme of her book.  You can also listen to her speaking about 'perils of prediction and the importance of preparing for unforeseen events' with Helen Lewis on new BBC podcast The Spark.
 

Philippe Sands' THE RATLINE certainly caught some attention over the weekend. As Caroline Sanderson's Book of the Month at The Bookseller, she deemed it an "enthralling and eagerly anticipated"  follow up to the author's East West Street. In the Spectator, Caroline Moorehead applauded Sands: '"the picture he evokes is unfailingly clear and lively". Adding, that the "seething world" of post-war Rome has "seldom been more vividly described." Dominic Sandbrook in the Sunday Times praised Sands's writing: "the untangling of the mysteries surrounding Otto von Wächter is masterfully done." Over at the Financial Times, Rebecca Abrams calls the book both "riveting" and "unsettling", admiring Sands for his "keen yet compassionate eye for the complex messiness of people's lives and relationships."


Rights Sold: UK: Weidenfeld & Nicholson; US: Knopf, China: Ginkgo; Frace: Albin Michel, Germany: Fischer, Israel: Kinneret-Zmora, Italy: Guanda, The Netherlands: Spectrum, Poland: Jagielonnian, Spain: Anagrama, Sweden: Bonniers

Also in Chidren's and YA, Clare Rees has, very aptly, been awarded the Golden Tentacle prize for her stunning debut JELLY, which was published i by The Chicken House in the UK in early 2019. Set in a post-apocalyptic world on the back of a giant floating jellyfish, we've been shouting about it on our social media for Earth Day.

And we are very excited that both Aisha Bushby's A POCKETFUL OF STARS and Holly Jackson's A GOOD GIRL'S GUIDE TO MURDER have been shortlisted for the 2020 Branford Boase Award for an outstanding début novel for children.
We are also delighted to announce that Jean-Baptiste Del Amo's ANIMALIA, published by Fitzcarraldo and translated by Frank Wynne has been awarded the Republic of Consciousness Prize for Fiction 2020

NEW DEALS 
Material to be submitted shortly

Orlando Figes - A SHORT HISTORY OF RUSSIA; MAN OF STEEL; UNTITLED BOOK 3
Sold to Alexis Kirschbaum at Bloomsbury

Timothy Garton Ash - EUROPE IN OUR TIME: A PERSONAL HISTORY
Sold to Stuart Williams at Bodley Head (UK) at auction
and Bill Frucht at Yale University Press (US)
(Sold on proposal - title provisional)

Daniel Lavelle - DOWN AND OUT: A JOURNEY THROUGH HOMELESSNESS
Sold to Ella Gordon at Wildfire after an 8-way auction

LATEST DELIVERIES
 
Denise Mina - THE LESS DEAD
Harvill Secker/Vintage, August 2020

"Denise Mina is the cream of the crop, an author who pushes the crime novel in new and exciting directions and never fails to deliver." Ian Rankin

When Margo goes in search of her birth mother for the first time, she meets her aunt, Nikki, instead. Margo learns that her mother, Susan, was a sex worker murdered soon after Margo's adoption. To this day, Susan's killer has never been found. 

Nikki asks Margo for help. She has received threatening and haunting letters from the murderer, for decades. She is determined to find him, but she can't do it alone...

A brilliant, thought-provoking and heart-wrenching new thriller about identity and the value of a life, from the award-winning author of THE LONG DROP and CONVICTION.

Mina's previous novel, CONVICTION, has just been longlisted for the Theakston Old Peculiar Crime Novel Of The Year Award, alongside RCW author Amir Muhkerjee.


Naomi Ishiguro - COMMON GROUND
 Tinder Press, May 2021

 Life for bookish thirteen-year-old Stan Gower takes a turn when his bike breaks while out on the Common. Charlie, a Romany Gypsy three years his senior, stops to help him fix it, sparking a friendship that lasts years, and sees both question their loyalties to each other, their families, and the very different cultures they were raised in. Following them into adulthood, and set against the backdrop of austerity Britain while also taking in Glasgow student art parties and bareknuckle boxing fghts, COMMON GROUND tells a story of the possibilities and importance of friendship across cultural divides in an increasingly fractured and hostile nation.

COMMON GROUND is a major debut novel which offers fresh perspectives on the importance of empathy and the need for kindness in a turbulent world.

 

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