See below for the latest CaskieMushens' news - new signings, new deals, prizes, and bestsellers.
Gollancz acquires space opera Seven Devils by Elizabeth May and Laura Lam
Commissioning editor at Gollancz, Rachel Winterbottom, has bought rights for Seven Devils, co-written by Laura Lam and Elizabeth May. This fast-paced space opera is set in a universe where every person is born with loyalty to the Empire coded into their DNA - and breaking this code is not an easy task...
The novel is set to be published in Summer 2019.
Marc Hamer's debut book is bought by Harvill Secker
Harvill Secker editor, Liz Foley, has pre-empted Hamer's tender and reflective book, titled How to Catch a Mole, ahead of a six-way auction. This nature book-stroke-memoir interweaves stories from Hamer's work as a mole-catcher with reflections on his life, the cycle of nature, solitude and death.
Raven signs two more 'gothic chillers' from Purcell
Raven is set to publish two more gothic novels from Laura Purcell in the following two years. The first title Bone China sees a doctor move to the Cornish coast to establish a colony for those suffering from consumption after the death of his wife and all but one of his children; forty years later a heartbroken and disgraced young woman turns up at the same house, only to find it simmering with secrets. Then, in The Shape of Darkness a Victorian silhouette artist falls under suspicion when several of her clients are found dead, the fates eerily predicted by the profiles she has cut of them.
Q & A with Libby Page
Here's a link to a great Q&A with Libby Page about her debut novel, The Lido, which is being published by Orion on April 19th.
The Call of the Weird by Louis Theroux
The updated version of Louis Theroux's The Call of the Weird is being published on March 22nd by Pan Books.
Somewhere Close to Happy acquired by Trapeze
Katie Brown has made her first acqusition for Trapeze, a debut "up lit" novel by Lia Louis, acquired at auction.
Brown. commissioning editor at the imprint, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to Somewhere Close to Happy and one other book in a deal struck by Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens, to publish in hardback in Summer 2019.
Italian rights have been pre-empted by Rizzoli and Spanish rights sold at auction to Planeta.
The novel follows Lizzie James, who receives a letter from her best friend dated the day he disappeared, 12 years before. This triggers a series of events that forces Lizzie to confront her past, and discover what really happened the year her life fell apart. In equal measure laugh-out-loud funny and heart-achingly sad, it is a book about self-discovery, friendship and realising it’s never too late to move forward, the publisher said.
Spicer pens pet memoir for Ebury
Freelance lifestyle journalist Kate Spicer is to write "a modern take on a pet memoir", about her rescue dog Wolfy, for Ebury Press.
A "tender memoir of an extraordinary rescue mission", Lost Dog: A love story describes how the author was saved by the arrival of her rescue dog Wolfy, and how her life was transformed when he went missing.
According to Ebury, while exploring London’s dark underbelly in order to bring her boy home, Spicer also delves into the story of her own life in "a very modern take on the pet memoir, exploring modern womanhood as well as the bond between human and animal".
Robyn Drury, commissioning editor for Ebury Press, pre-empted world all languages rights from Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens for Spicer's first book. She said: "Kate’s narrative voice – tender, comic, vulnerable and brilliantly complex – is totally thrilling, and Lost Dog is a book that we instantly knew we needed to publish. In her hands, the simplest sentences become absolutely compelling, and I’m so thrilled to be publishing her first book."
Ebury Press will publish Lost Dog in hardback and e-book in April 2019.
Nick Clark Windo's The Feed to become a 10-part TV series with Amazon
Amazon and Liberty Global are traveling into the future with their latest big-budget drama order – a social media-infused sci-fi series from The Walking Dead exec producer Channing Powell and British producer Studio Lambert.
The SVOD service and the European pay-TV operator have commissioned The Feed, a TV adaptation of Nick Clark Windo’s dystopian novel. It will air on Amazon in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, while Liberty Global will air across Europe including on UK cable platform Virgin Media. All3Media International will distribute globally.
The “Walking Dead-meets-Black Mirror”-style ten-part series is set in a near-future world where people can download a social media feed directly into their brains and follows a couple who find their six-year-old daughter missing after the ‘Feed’ goes down and society crumbles. The book, which was released last month, is published by Headline and HarperCollins US.
The drama is being overseen by Powell, who has worked on the last five seasons of zombie thriller The Walking Dead as well as crime drama White Collar. She will exec produce the London-set series alongside Studio Lambert Chief Executive Stephen Lambert and drama chief Susan Hogg. Humans and Black Mirror director Carl Tibbetts is the lead director.
Barnett's 'taboo-busting' book on periods to HQ
HQ has acquired a "fierce and funny" feminist manifesto by broadcaster Emma Barnett, which confronts the taboo topic of women's periods.
Entitled Period., Barnett's book aims to remove the stigma and myths continuing to surround the female body. It has been pitched as "bold, unapologetic and a crusade to ignite conversation" as well as "a book for every woman and man".
HQ editor Charlotte Mursell acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to Period. by Emma Barnett from Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd in association with Anita Land Ltd.
Mursell predicted the "taboo-busting" title will get everyone talking. "Emma’s fearless, feminist and revolutionary book shatters the lingering silence around periods once and for all. Time’s up on shame, on revulsion, on dashing to the toilet with a tampon hidden up your sleeve. Myth-debunking and taboo-busting, this is going to be the book that everyone is talking about. Period," she said. "We’re delighted that HQ will be publishing Emma’s clever, funny and powerful call-to-arms."
HQ will publish Period. in summer 2019 in hardback, e-book and audiobook.
Anna Mazzola in 2018 Edgar Award Nominations
Mystery Writers of America have announced, as they celebrate the 209th anniversary of the birth of Edgar Allan Poe, the Nominees for the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honouring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2017. The Edgar® Awards will be presented to the winners at their 72nd Gala Banquet, on 26th April 2018 at the Grand Hyatt Hotel, New York City. Anna Mazzola is in the running for best paperback original, for THE UNSEEING!
BEST PAPERBACK ORIGINAL
In Farleigh Field by Rhys Bowen (Amazon Publishing – Thomas & Mercer)
Ragged Lake by Ron Corbett (ECW Press)
Black Fall by Andrew Mayne (HarperCollins Publishers – Harper Paperbacks)
The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola (Sourcebooks – Sourcebooks Landmark)
Penance by Kanae Minato (Hachette Book Group – Little, Brown & Co./Mulholland Books)
The Rules of Backyard Cricket by Jock Serong (Text Publishing)
Hodder Children’s acquires new Taran Matharu series
Hodder Children’s Books, part of Hachette Children’s Group (HCG), has bought the UK and Commonwealth rights to a new series by YA author Taran Matharu.
The ‘Contender’ series is about a juvenile delinquent called Cade and Victorian cat-burglar Harriet who live in different eras. One day they are both transported to another world and are forced to become contenders in an “endless, brutal” tournament.
Hodder struck the deal for three books with Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens and will publish the first book in hardback in May 2019.
The publisher is also releasing several books in Matharu’s previous series ‘The Summoner’, with Summoner: The Battlemage paperback, a World Book Day edition of Summoner: The Novice, and a new hardback prequel called Summoner: The Outcast, all coming this year. The whole series is set to undergo a rejacket, starting with the World Book Day title and followed by the rest of the series in January 2019.
In addition, Hodder has bought UK and Commonwealth rights to gift book, entitled The Summoner’s Handbook, that will be published in October.
4th Estate buys Temelkuran's 'urgent defence of democracy'
HarperCollins imprint 4th Estate will publish a book about the “new Ice Age of politics” by one of Turkey’s best-known novelists and political commentators, Ece Temelkuran.
Helen Garnons-Williams, publishing director at 4th Estate, acquired world English language rights in Temelkuran’s How to Lose a Country: The New Ice Age of Politics, from Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens. 4th Estate will publish in hardback in January 2018.
“Wide-ranging, impassioned, provocative” and informed by Temelkuran’s personal experience, How to Lose a Country dissects the global rise of populism, revealing patterns, dissecting root causes and exploring the myriad and complex ways in which countries can sleepwalk out of their own democracies, according to a 4th Estate spokesperson.
Garnons-Williams described Temelkuran as “one of the most brilliant and insightful political commentators writing today”. She said: “As someone who has already lost her own country and who is passionately determined to stop the same thing happening to others, she is uniquely placed to write this important and, ultimately, optimistic book. We are so proud to be publishing her at 4th Estate.”
Temelkuran said: “Though it appears in a different guise in every country, it is time to acknowledge that what we are going through is a global phenomenon.
The author urged for collaboration to occur through a “global conversation” which she hopes will be initiated by the book.