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Pan Mac acquires two from Theroux
Pan Macmillan will publish two books by TV presenter Louis Theroux, the first of which is a “professional memoir” of his time with disgraced children’s entertainer Jimmy Savile.
Pan Macmillan’s Ingrid Connell acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to the non-fiction titles from Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens, at auction, acting in association with Anita Land.
The first, to be published as a lead title in autumn 2019, was described by Theroux as a “forensic and thoughtful appraisal of my life and career” - covering his 2001 BBC documentary “When Louis Met Jimmy” - in which he explores “the nature of evil”.
Theroux added: “I write honestly about some of the stories behind 20 years of making programmes and, in particular, spending time with Jimmy Savile and the impact of discovering that he was a predatory serial sex offender.”
Witchcraft afoot as débutant Lowe seals six-figure deal
Harperfiction has pre-empted an “arresting” début entitled The Furies, and a second title, in a six-figure deal within 18 hours of submission.
Publishing director Natasha Bardon bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to Katie Lowe’s novel from Juliet Mushens at CaskieMushens.
Billed as The Secret History meets fantasy thriller “The Craft”, Lowe’s novel was the subject of a second six-figure deal when Jen Weis at St Martin’s Press bought North American rights at auction from Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency, on behalf of Mushens.
Lowe is an academic and the founder of the Fat Girl PhD blog, through which she writes about health, feminism and body image. Her novel was also pre-empted in Holland (Bruna), Italy (Mondadori) and Finland (Gummerus), with offers in Spain and Poland.
The Furies follows Violet, a girl who joins a private school located on the site of 17th-century witch trials. She is drawn into a group of girls who have a fascination with witchcraft, but when a former pupil is found dead, Violet begins to doubt everyone around her as well as her own grasp on reality.
Two more Jessie Burton novels to Picador
Picador has acquired the next two novels by Jessie Burton, author of The Miniaturist and The Muse.
Burton's first new novel in the deal will centre on themes of love, sex, work and motherhood and "the wildly divergent paths our lives can take". The as-yet-untitled novel will tell the story of three women – Elise Morceau, Rebecca Holden and Laura Simmons – and "the complex connections they have shared across decades and continents".
Publishing director Francesca Main, who acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens, said working with Burton to date has been "an incredible thrill and honour" and the team "can't wait to see her go from strength to strength" looking ahead.
Mushens echoed the sentiment calling the experience of working with Burton "a delight" and "a dream" after seeing her debut sell in 38 countries around the world. She added: "With Francesca Main at the helm of her publishing, I know this is just the beginning of her career, and cannot wait for even more readers to fall in love with her words."
Burton's debut novel The Miniaturist (Picador) launched her career as an internationally bestselling author in 2014, going on to sell over a million copies worldwide, with a major new BBC TV adaptation starring Romola Garai due to air this winter.
In total Burton has now sold 688,283 books for £4.57m through Nielsen Bookscan, with The Miniaturist and her 2016 second novel The Muse selling 391,166 copies and 143,403 copies respectively in paperback.
Point Blank signs two 'chemical detective' thrillers
Oneworld’s crime imprint Point Blank has signed two "chemical detective" thrillers by Fiona Erskine.
Jenny Parrott, publishing director of Point Blank, bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Juliet Mushens at CaskieMushens for two thrillers by real-life chemical engineer Fiona Erskine.
The first novel has Dr Jaqueline Silver chasing down the baddies across Eastern Europe in a race against time to stop the transportation of illegal chemicals wreaking havoc.
Parrott said: "I’ve been looking for a while for a woman-in-a-man’s-world thriller, and so was delighted to read Fiona’s debut. In real life Fiona is herself a chemical engineer, and so she knows all too well what it’s like to be a woman outnumbered and far from home."
Erskine said: "I’m thrilled to be joining Oneworld. I’ve wanted to tell Jaq Silver’s story for a while, and I hope readers enjoy her exploits as much as I’ve relished writing them".