See below for the latest CaskieMushens' news - new signings, new deals, prizes, and bestsellers.
22nd August 2018
The internet's favourite cat Curious Zelda makes the ITV news.
This week, Curious Zelda and her owner Matt Taghioff were featured on the ITV news at 6pm, following the announcement of Curious Zelda's first book, The Adventures of a Curious Cat, which will be published by Sphere next year. Reporter Sam Holder went to meet the feline star and owner at their London home, to find out more about the idea behind the new book.
Watch the segment yourself by clicking here!
21st August 2018
Douglas' Do Not Disturb climbs to Number 5 on the Bestseller charts.
Claire Douglas' third novel, Do Not Disturb, has soared up the Sunday Times bestseller list after it was published by Michael Joseph on 9th August. After selling 8,000 copies and placing at Number 14 on the chart after just three days on sale, Do Not Disturb has now moved up to Number 5 after selling over 11,000 copies!
This is Claire Douglas' third official Sunday Times bestseller, following the success of her previous thrillers LOCAL GIRL MISSING and LAST SEEN ALIVE.
Order a copy for yourself by clicking here!
16th August 2018
Sphere wins auction to publish Curious Zelda's first book.
Rhiannon Smith, senior commissioning editor at Little Brown, has acquired world rights at auction for The Adventures of a Curious Cat by Zelda and her owner Matt Taghioff. Curious Zelda's Twitter account has attracted over 80,000 followers since being set-up and Zelda has hooked fans from all over the world with her hilarious debacles.
According to Little, Brown, The Adventures of a Curious Cat will "detail all of Zelda’s escapades and give an insight into her unique view of the world". Readers will be guided through "the trials and tribulations of life as a cat"
To read the full Bookseller article on this, click here.
9th August 2018
Book deal for My Favourite Murder podcasters finalised with Trapeze
Trapeze have just acquired rights to Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered, the debut book by comedians Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark. UK & Commonwealth rights were sold by Juliet Mushens, on behalf of United Talent, to Trapeze's commissioning editor, Emma Smith.
Kilgariff and Hardstack are best known in the US for running the true crime comedy podcast 'My Favourite Murder'. It was launched in January 2016 and revolves around the duo telling one another their "favourite tales of murder" and listening to hometown crime stories from friends and fans.
Their debut book will feature intimate stories from the duo, namely their struggles with depression, eating disorders and addiction.
Stay Sexy and Don't Get Murdered will publish as a £14.99 hardback on 30th May 2019.
8th August 2018
Williams' novel Ninth Rain shortlisted in the 2018 British Fantasy Awards
Ninth Rain, the first novel in Jen Williams' critically acclaimed 'Winnowing Flame Trilogy' has been shortlisted for a Robert Holdstock Award, for Best Fantasy Novel, in the 2018 British Fantasy Awards. The shortlisted entrants were selected after two rounds of nominations, and votes were tallied from the members of the British Fantasy Society and FantasyCon.
The award winners for each category will be announced on 21st October at Fantasycon, an annual convention for readers, writers, artists, editors, and publishers of all things Fantasy, Horror and Science Fiction.
To see the full list of nominees, click here.
Zoe Ball's Book Club - The Silent Companions by Laura Purcell
If you missed The Silent Companions on last Sunday's episode of Zoe Ball on..., never fear! You can still watch Zoe's discussion of this brilliant book with actor and comedian, Ben Millar here, by clicking the link below.
Scott's new novel A Treachery of Spies makes the #NotTheBooker longlist!
Manda Scott's new novel, A Treachery of Spies, has made the Guardian's annual Not The Booker longlist, the first stage towards winning an award which celebrates brilliant books that have not been picked up for the Man Booker Prize. Manda Scott's novel, A Treachery of Spies, is being published in the UK on 9th August.
The books selected for the longlist were voted in by a public poll, and which of these 140 novels will be selected for the shortlist is in your hands as well!
Find out how to cast your vote by clicking here! The deadline is Monday 6 August 2018.
25th July 2018
Mussolini's Island shortlisted for a Polari Prize!
This is an exciting month for Sarah Day as her novel, Mussolini's Island, has been shortlisted for a Polari First Book Prize just days after it won a Betty Trask award at the Author Awards 2018.
Founded by journalist and author, Paul Burston, the Polari Prize is awarded annually to a writer whose first book explores the LGBT experience, whether in poetry, prose, fiction or non-fiction. Judges for the 2018 prize are Paul Burston himself; author and former Head of Literature & Spoken Word at the Southbank, Rachel Holmes; author and comedian, VG Lee; author, performer and writing coach Karen McLeod and playwright, actor and producer, Alexis Gregory.
The winner will be announced on 20th October 2018 at the London Literature Festival.
25th July 2018
Claire Douglas' gripping thriller Local Girl Missing will climb from Number 5 to Number 3 in the German Bestseller Lists as of next week! This will make it Douglas' 6th consecutive week in the Spiegel charts - truly an international bestseller.
20th July 2018
Caskie Mushens authors triumph at the Author Awards 2018!
Frances Maynard, author of The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr and Sarah Day, author of Mussolini's Island, were both awarded prizes in their categories at the Author Awards yesterday evening.
Sarah Day was one of six debut authors under the age of 35 who took home a Betty Trask Award for excellent writing, while Frances Perkins placed as runner-up for The McKitterick Prize, which celebrates debut novels by authors over 40.
What an excellent outcome for the Caskie Mushens team!
To read the full awards listing, click here.
19th July 2018
Purcell wins WHSmith's Thumping Good Read Award!
Laura Purcell has been named the winner of this annual prize-giving by WHSmiths for her gothic thriller The Silent Companions. She takes home the £10,000 prize money and her novel will be promoted in all WHSmith stores throughout summer. The Silent Companions will also be available at half price in High Street stores for one week from 19th to 25th July.
Along with this excellent promotion and substantial prize-money, Purcell has been awarded with the knowledge that The Silent Companions is truly unputdownable!
To read more about the prize-giving, click here.
10th July 2018
Page's international bestseller The Lido hits the US shelves!
Libby Page's feel-good debut novel, The Lido, has reached its US publication date as of July 10th. The US was just one of over 23 territories where rights to this enchanting novel were acquired, others including Finland, Spain and Norway. There are still plenty more publication dates for this title to come so keep your eyes peeled for release in a territory near you!
Two Caskie Mushens authors in the longlist for the Goldsboro Glass Bell Award!
It's an excellent week at Caskie Mushens for prizes as another two authors represented by Juliet Mushens have been longlisted for a prestigious prize - the Goldsboro Books' Glass Bell Award for Contemporary Fiction. Ali Land's Good Me, Bad me and Laura Purcell's The Silent Companions will be considered against 11 other novels in the longlist. The prize will be judged by Goldsboro Books founder and MD David Headley and his team at the bookshop, and the six finalists will be announced on 30th August. The winner of the prize, which rewards 'compelling storytelling with brilliant characterisation and a distinct voice that is confidently written and assuredly realised', will receive both £2,000, and a beautiful, handmade, engraved glass bell, to be awarded at a party at the bookshop on 27th September 2018.
The McIlvanney Prize longlist names two Caskie Mushens authors in the running!
Bloody Scotland's longlist for the McIlvanney Prize, the Best Scottish Crime book of the year, was announced this morning with two Caskie Mushens authors helping to make up the twelve novels in the running for this prestigious prize. James Oswald's novel, No Time to Cry, has been chosen alongside Andrew Reid's novel, The Hunter, both of which were published by Headline in the UK. Both James Oswald and Andrew Reid are represented by Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens.
The judges for the next round on the McIlvanney Prize will be chaired by Craig Sisterson and include Susan Calman and crime reviewer, Alison Flood. The winner will be revealed on 21st September at the opening gala at the Church of the Holy Rude in Stirling.
Two Caskie Mushens authors shortlisted for the 2018 Authors' Awards
The Society of Authors' have announced 22 shortlisted writers whose books will be judged in the 2018 Authors' Awards, two of whom are represented by Juliet Mushens. Sarah Day, author of Mussolini's Island and published by Tinder Press, has been shortlisted for the Betty Trask Prize for first novels written by authors under 35. Another Caskie Mushens' client, Frances Maynard, author of The Seven Imperfect Rules of Elvira Carr and published by Pan Macmillan, has been shortlisted for the McKitterick Prize for first novels by authors over 40.
The Authors’ Awards, presented by Stephen Fry, will take place at RIBA on the evening of Thursday 19 July, during which the winners of each prize will be announced!
To read more about the shortlisted authors, click here.
Around the world with The Lido
Back in March 2017, Libby Page's debut novel The Lido was acquired by a flurry of over 23 publishers around the world after Robert Caskie submitted it just weeks after discovering it in his slush pile. The novel's UK publication date took place in April this year and was celebrated with a launch party at Brockwell Lido, the setting of this wonderful novel. As publication dates across the world grow near, the beautifully varied covers for each edition are slowly being released, further heightening the global excitement for this novel.
No matter where you are in the world, everyone can get involved in the wonder of The Lido!
Armstrong's Head Case long-listed for Gold Dagger in the CWA Dagger Awards
Ross Armstrong's creepy and compelling novel Head Case has been long-listed in the Crime Writer's Association award for Gold Dagger (Novel of the Year). With 10 novels competing for the Gold Dagger in total, the books will be judged by a carefully selected panel of publishers, writers and journalists to determine first, the short-listed novels, and then the winner.
If you're interested in reading more about the association and award, click here.
Purcell's The Silent Companions is named a contender for WHSmith's Thumping Good Read award!
Laura Purcell's spooky thriller The Silent Companions has been listed as a contender for the WHSmith Thumping Good Read award, a prize-giving originally launched in the 1990's. Collecting votes from this public, this award aims to celebrate books deemed unputdownable by readers. The public vote will make up half of the decision, while judges JoJo Moyes and Peter James will make up the other half. Along with six other books, Purcell's novel will be competing for the Thumping Good Read title and £10,000 prize-money.
Go on and get voting!
See the full article here.
Following it's publication day on April 19th, Libby Page's debut novel The Lido leapt up in the Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller list hardback charts to No. 4 after just 4 days on sale. It remained on the bestseller list for five consecutive weeks running. Selling thousands of hardback copies and e-books already, it's clear that this novel is making a well-deserved splash into the UK sales list.
Winman's Tin Man hits the US shelves.
After much anticipation, Sarah Winman's novel Tin Man reached it's US paperback publication date on May 15th, following on from UK publication in March. Winman will be touring around the States promoting her wonderful new novel between 16th-21st May.
Details of the tour can be found here.
Libby Page's debut novel The Lido sweeps The Sunday Times Top Ten Bestseller List after just 3 days on sale.
Just three days after its publication date on the 19th of April, The Lido by Libby Page leapt into this weekend's Top Ten Bestseller List in The Sunday Times. It features alongside titles such as Moyes' Still Me and Miller's long-awaited novel Circe. With such a rapid accent to the charts, it is clear that Page's debut novel has hit the bookshops with a splash and we expect to see it climbing higher in the charts in weeks to come!
The Unseeing by Anna Mazzola wins Edgar Award for 'Best Paperback Original'.
On 26th April, the winners of the 2018 Edgar Allan Poe Awards, honoring the best in mystery fiction, non-fiction and television published or produced in 2017, were announced at the 72nd annual Gala Banquet in New York. Anna Mazzola was awarded with the prize for 'Best Paperback Original' for her debut novel, The Unseeing.
Set in London in 1837, Anna Mazzola's THE UNSEEING is the story of Sarah Gale, a seamstress and mother, sentenced to hang for her role in the murder of Hannah Brown on the eve of her wedding.
After Sarah petitions for mercy, Edmund Fleetwood is appointed to investigate and consider whether justice has been done. Idealistic, but struggling with his own demons, Edmund is determined to seek out the truth. Yet Sarah refuses to help him, neither lying nor adding anything to the evidence gathered in court. Edmund knows she's hiding something, but needs to discover just why she's maintaining her silence. For how can it be that someone would willingly go to their own death.
Here's a link to the complete list of 2018 Nominees and Winners:
‘The Feed’: David Thewlis, Michelle Fairley, Guy Burnet & Nina Toussaint White To Star In Amazon Series From Studio Lambert
Guy Burnet (Counterpart), Nina Toussaint White (EastEnders), David Thewlis (Harry Potter) and Michelle Fairley (Game of Thrones) are set to star in Studio Lambert’s upcoming social media-infused sci-fi psychological thriller drama The Feed for Amazon Prime Video, Liberty Global and all3media international. The series is set to launch globally next year.
Created by showrunner Channing Powell (The Walking Dead), the 10-episode The Feed is based on the recently published novel by Nick Clark Windo (Headline UK and HarperCollins US). Carl Tibbetts is directing all episodes.
The Feed will begin filming in the UK this month for a global premiere next year on Amazon Prime Video in the U.S., Canada and Latin America, across Liberty Global’s international platforms including Virgin Media in the UK, and all3media international are the international sales partner.
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.
For the full article, click here.
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.
Click here, to read the full Bookseller article.
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)
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.