See below for the latest CaskieMushens' news - new signings, new deals, prizes, and bestsellers.
Auction for Eddie Mair
Little, Brown is publishing Scottish broadcaster Eddie Mair's first book, plus one other, following a five-way auction.
Mair, who presents BBC Radio 4's daily news show "PM", was recently voted the most popular voice of BBC Radio. He also chairs "Any Questions?" and before helped launch BBC Radio Five Live, fronting "Midday with Mair".
Richard Beswick acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Robert Caskie at CaskieMushens, in association with Anita Land Ltd.
Third NYT bestseller for Matharu
SUMMONER: THE BATTLEMAGE by Taran Matharu is currently celebrating its fourth week on the NYT series list. The previous two books have also been NYT bestsellers. Congratulations Taran!
Elise Dillsworth Agency
Literary agent Elise Dillsworth is entering into an association with Caskie Mushens Ltd.
Dillsworth will be working independently with back-room and rights support from the Caskie Mushens team, a literary agency founded by Robert Caskie and Juliet Mushens in January. Dillsworth was previously a commissioning editor at Virago Press and set up her literary agency in 2012, the Elise Dillsworth Agency.
She represents an international list of authors including Anthony Joseph, Saima Mir, Yewande Omotoso and Irenosen Okojie, llmar Taska and Stephanie Victoire. Omotoso's second novel, The Woman Next Door (Chatto & Windus), was longlisted for the Bailey's Women's Prize and is shortlisted for the Sunday Times Barry Ronge Fiction Prize. Okojie's debut novel, Butterfly Fish, won a Betty Trask Award and her short story collection, Speak Gigantular (both published by (Jacaranda Books), was shortlisted for the Jhalak Prize, nominated for a Shirley Jackson Award and is now in the shortlist for the Edge Hill Short Story Prize.
Sceptre wins debut Suicide Club after 'heated' auction
Sceptre editorial director Melissa Cox has acquired debut novel Suicide Club by Rachel Heng after a "heated" auction to be its "super-lead" title in 2018.
The book is set in a near-future New York where life expectancy is 300 years and immortality has become an obsession for "the genetically superior". It follows Lea, an organ trader, who has perfect genetic code, and Anja, a mysterious character who draws Lea into Suicide Club, an outlawed activist group fighting for people's right to live and die as they choose.
Cox acquired British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens at auction. US rights were acquired by Libby Burton at Holt in a six-figure auction from Sasha Raskin at UTA on behalf of Juliet Mushens, and rights have also sold in Sweden and Portugal so far.
Cox said it balanced big questions with "hell-for-leather" pacing, while Mushens called it "timely" and "provocative" with a human story at its heart.
Heng was born in Singapore and, following her studies in Comparative Literature & Society at Columbia University, now lives and works in London as an investment manager. She will soon be pursing her MFA in Fiction and Screenwriting at the Michener Center For Writers, UT Austin, in August.
She said: “I wanted to write a book about our societal obsession with youth and eternal life, our relationships with our oozing, shedding, deteriorating bodies, our age-old fear of mortality. I'm absolutely thrilled that Suicide Club has found its home with Sceptre in the UK and Henry Holt in the US, both of whom have such a great history of publishing ambitious and thought-provoking literary fiction.”
The book will publish as hardback and e-book in August 2018. It will be published simultaneously in the US by Burton at Holt.
Sphere wins auction for 'haunting' crime debut in six-figure deal
Sphere has won an auction for debut thriller writer Vanessa Savage in a six-figure deal for two books. First in the deal, The Murder House, will publish in early 2019 as a "lead" title for the publisher.
Commissioning editor Lucy Dauman bought world English rights to Savage's debut The Murder House plus a second psychological thriller at auction from Juliet Mushens, co-founder of Caskie Mushens Ltd. The six-figure deal was done jointly with Millicent Bennett, executive editor at Grand Central Publishing in the US. German rights were sold at auction in a six-figure deal to Droemer, and there are offers in France and Spain. Czech and Polish rights have also been snapped up.
According to Sphere, The Murder House combines "haunting" atmosphere with "breathtaking tension" in its portrayal of a family in crisis. It follows Sarah and Patrick, who move with their two children to Patrick’s old family home on the Welsh coast after Sarah has a breakdown. To Patrick, the house is a symbol of his idyllic childhood and the perfect place for a fresh start. To everyone else, it’s known as "the Murder House" because of the family who were slaughtered there. Soon Sarah starts to feel that the ghosts of the past are changing the man she loves – and that the house is concealing secrets Patrick has been hiding his whole life.
Alward signs new series with S&S set in near-future
The Potion Diaries author Amy Alward has signed a new series with Simon & Schuster, set in a near-future society where mobile phones have been replaced by “smart pets”.
The as-yet-untitled new two-book series aims to shine a spotlight on STEM fields (science, technology, engineering and mathematics), with only 14% of STEM workforce currently occupied by women.
The YA books will explore how technology has the power to “open up a whole world of magical possibility”. The first will be published in August 2018 followed by the second in August 2019 as paperback originals.
Lucy Rogers acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Juliet Mushens of CaskieMushens.