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Welcome to the RCW Foreign Rights Newsletter. We have had this in the works for a while and now seems like a particularly good moment to share it with all of you, when it is more important than ever to keep communicating with one another.

We will be using it to keep you updated with RCW’s latest news and releases, highlighting recent sales, delivered material, reviews and international prizes. 

As always, you can head over to our website and twitter for the latest news and updates. 

Keep well everyone! 

Laurence, Stephen, Katharina, Tristan, Sam & Natasia

We are delighted that Valeria Luiselli has won the 2020 Rathbone Folio Prize for her wonderful novel LOST CHILDREN ARCHIVE which was published in early 2019 and wanted to share with you this extract from her acceptance speech which will resonate with everyone:

I am worried about our guild – worried for independent booksellers, for small and even not so small publishers, for agents, publicists, designers, copyeditors, printers, distributors, for warehouse teams. But I am not at all worried about the future of literature. Which means we’re all gonna be alright, eventually. I’m really not worried about literature. Quite the contrary, literature is always and again revealing to us how, in times of uncertainty and fear, what we can reach for, inside of ourselves and in community with others, is a kind of drive, a commitment to collectively reimagine the narrative of our everydayness, to work our way through despair and senselessness, in order to give shape to words, create new thoughts with them, and find new meaning. What for? For the generations that follow ours, for them to have a narrative in which to live and which to eventually refute or rebel against. 

Rights Sold: UK: Fourth Estate (March 2019); US: Knopf (Feb 2019); Argentina: Sigilo; Bulgaria: Colibri; Brazil : Companhia Das Letras; China: Horizon; Denmark: Grif; Finland: Gummerus; France: Editions de L’Olivier; Germany: Antje Kunstmann; Greece: Metaichmio; Hungary: Magveto; Italy: La Nuova Frontiera; Iraq (World Arabic): AlMada; Netherlands: Das Mag; Norway: Cappelen Damm; Poland: Pauza; Portugal: Bazarov; Romania: Black Button Books; Russia: Mann, Ivanov & Ferber; Spain and Latin America: Sexto Piso; Sweden: Ramus; Turkey: Siren.

We are delighted that Deepa Annappara's DJINN PATROL ON THE PURPLE LINE and Anne Enright's ACTRESS have both been shortlisted for the Women's Prize for Fiction 2020

DJINN PATROL has just been sold to Iztok-Zapad in Bulgaria, bringing her number of international publishers to 20.

 Rights Sold: Brazil: Companhia das Letras, Bulgaria: Iztok-Zapad, Czech: Prostor, Denmark: Politikens, France: Plon/Feux Croisés, Germany: Rowohlt, Greece: Patakis, Hungary: Athenaeum, Israel: Tchelet Books, Italy: Einaudi; Japan: Hayakawa, Korea: Book Road, The Netherlands: Hollands Diep, Norway: Capitana, Portugal: Presenca, Romania: Pandora, Russia: Exmo, Spain: Destino, Sweden: Polaris, Turkey: Ithaki

ACTRESS by has been sold  to Sinbad in Russia and Seix Barral in Spain

A perfect jewel of a book, a dark emerald set in the Irish laureate’s fictional tiara, alongside her Man Booker Prize winner The Gathering (2007) and The Green Road (2015). Its brilliance is complex and multifaceted, but completely lucid… Actress is a deeply humane, often darkly funny novel about the exercise of power over sexually attractive women. The grim subject matter is illuminated by Enright’s acute sensitivity to language… Enright proves, once again, her genius. (Ruth Scurr Spectator)

A warm and generous portrait of a relationship between a daughter and her famous mother… skilfully interwoven with Norah’s own story, and the twists and turns of her own life and marriage. (Hugh Linehan Irish Times)

Rights sold: UK: Jonathan Cape (pub February 2020); US: Norton; Canada: McClelland & Stewart; Germany: Penguin Verlag; Italy: La Nave di Teseo, The Netherlands: De Bezige Bij; Russia: Sinbad,  Spain: Seix Barral; Sweden: Brombergs.

A THOUSAND MOONS, the new novel by Sebastian Barry, twice winner of the Costa Book of the Year Award and Booker Prize shortlisted

His work reminds us how much we need these rare gifts of the natural storyteller, for reckoning with our past and present. - Tessa Hadlley, Guardian Book of the Week
A page-turner with heart and soul ... Like all of Barry’s best fiction, it examines life from an angle that makes it look as fresh as a new moon. - The Times

Barry is an extraordinary descriptive writer ... There’s a quiet glow of brightness – here are unexpected stories of love and respect. But, ultimately, theirs is a world “so knotted with evil that good could only hope to unknot a tiny few threads of it. -  Francesca Carington, Sunday Telegraph


 Rights Sold: UK: Faber; US: Viking; Bulgaria: Labyrint; France: Joelle Losfeld; Germany: Steidl; Greece: Ikaros; Italy: Einaudi; The Netherlands: Querido; Russia: Azbooka Atticus; Spain: Alianza

Hadley Freeman’s HOUSE OF GLASS has been in the Sunday Times Bestseller list each week since 4th Estate published in the UK on the 5th March. The book, a magnificently vivid re-creation of her Jewish family’s experience of twentieth-century Europe (Salman Rushdie) has had incredible reviews from authors and press alike, and was selected as a Best Book of 2020 by the Sunday Times. S&S published in the US at the end of March and we have now sold Portuguese rights in a pre-empt to LeYa and we have offers for the Italian rights.

House of Glass is extraordinary. It reads like a mystery and a memoir and a gripping history of the last century. (…) It’s a brave and wonderful book - Nathan Englander

Guardian columnist Freeman returns with a highly personal, thoroughly and lovingly researched tale of her family. (…) Frightening, inspiring, and cautionary in equal measure. - Kirkus Review - Starred

Bloomsbury has acquired Katherine Rundell’s first two novels from Faber as part of their strategy to jacket each of Katherine’s books to form one clear ‘Rundell’ brand (more on that here). This news came in a year which saw Rundell’s international publishers number 33, and her latest novel, THE GOOD THIEVES, longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2020, longlisted for the Astrid Lindgren award, and awarded the Foyles Children's & Young Adult Book of the Year. 

Rights Sold: UK: Bloomsbury; US: Simon & Schuster; Albania: Botart; Azerbaijan: Parlaq İmzalar; Brazil: Martins Fontes; Bulgaria: Vakon; China: Beijing Yutian Hanfeng/Chu’an Weiming Cultural Media; Croatia: Znanje; Czech Republic: Albatros; Denmark: Loxodonta; Estonia: Tammerraamat; France: Gallimard; Germany: Carsen; Greece: Psichogios/Patakis; Hungary: Manó; Indonesia: The Tiga Serangkai; Iran: Porteghaal; Italy: Rizzoli; Japan: Goblin Shobo; Korea: A Thousand Hope; Lithuania: Nieko Rimto; Macedonia: Sakam Knjigi; Netherlands: Luitingh-Sijthoff; Poland: Poradnia K; Portugal: Caracter; Romania: Booklet; Russia: Ripol Classic; Serbia: Vulkan; Spain: Salamandra; Spain (Catalan): Estrella Polar; Taiwan: Hsiao Lu; Turkey: Domingo; Ukraine: Vivat; Vietnam: SkyBooks.

Sam Lloyd’s beautifully told (Daily Mail) and superbly creepy (The Guardian) debut thriller THE MEMORY WOOD, published by Bantam Press, has spent three weeks in the UK Hardback top 50 and hit 15 territory sales. You can see the trailer here.

Rights Sold: UK: Bantam Press/Transworld; Canada: Penguin Random House; Czech Republic: Argo; Finland: Otava; Germany: Rowohlt; Greece: Psichogios; Italy: SEM; Japan: Kadokawa Shoten; The Netherlands: AW Bruna; Norway: Cappelen Damm; Poland: Foksal / WAB; Russia: AST; Spain: Debolsillo / PRH; Sweden: Norstedts; Turkey: Epsilon Yayincilik

LOVE AFTER LOVE - Ingrid Persaud 

‘Love after love is gift after gift. And unforgettable symphony of love and loss, heartache and guilt, and the secrets and lies that pull us together, and tear us apart. Dazzlingly told in the most electrifying prose you will read all year.’  - Marlon James, Booker Prize Winning author of Black Leopard, Red Wolf

‘Persaud’s auspicious debut traces the gut-wrenching lives of a makeshift Trinidadian family over the past two decades…  (…). This affecting family saga shines brightly.’  - Publisher’s Weekly Starred Review


Outstanding […] wide-ranging, intimate and expressive […] it’s clear that Gleeson’s insight is hard-won, and that, like the women who inspire her, she has found a way to transmute her experience into something powerful that demands to be heard - Observer

Dazzling…Things are changing, thanks to tireless campaigners like Gleeson. These essays are political and they tell of how a life can be saved several times and lived to the full, despite great pain, despite great obstacles. - Irish Times


This is one of those rare books that have something really important to say. Anatol Lieven, one of the most original and independent-minded foreign policy thinkers, is telling his fellow realists that at this moment the world’s great powers are far more threatened by climate change than they are by each other. Ivan Krastev, author of The Light That Failed

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