See below for the latest CaskieMushens' news - new signings, new deals, prizes, and bestsellers.
Nine-way auction for THE FAMILIARS
Nine publishers fought over a debut book by Fabulous magazine’s deputy chief sub Stacey Bartlett before Bonnier Zaffre triumphed as the winner at auction.
Historical novel The Familiars is based around the notorious Pendle witch trials, which took place in 1612 near to where Bartlett, former media editor at The Bookseller, is from.
Drawn from real-life figures, the novel tells the story of Fleetwood Shuttleworth, a 17-year-old noblewoman who finds herself caught up in the trials and risks everything when her friend and midwife Alice Grey is implicated.
Sophie Orme, editorial director at Bonnier Zaffre, bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the title and one other title following a nine-way auction in a deal negotiated by Juliet Mushens of Caskie Mushens. US rights to the book have also been sold to Kathy Sagan at Mira in a six-figure deal following an auction by Jenny Bent at The Bent Agency on behalf of Mushens. The title is also picking up interest abroad, with an offer pending in Italy and more foreign deals expected to close.
TIN MAN shortlisted for the COSTA Novel of the Year
Sarah Winman's TIN MAN has been shortlisted for the 2017 COSTA Novel of the Year Award. Described as "an exquisitely crafted tale of love and loss" (The Guardian) and "her best novel to date" (The Observer), TIN MAN sees Sarah Winman follow the acclaimed success of WHEN GOD WAS A RABBIT and A YEAR OF MARVELLOUS WAYS, with a love letter to human kindness and friendship, loss and living.
Tinder Press published TIN MAN in July 2017, and it has sold in fourteen other territories around the world.
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.
The Miniaturist by Jessie Burton in Christmas TV schedule
The Miniaturist became an instant best-seller when it burst onto the literary scene in 2014 after a bidding war between 11 publishers. Now Jessie Burton’s genre-defying spooky period thriller will be at the centre of the festive TV schedules in a two-part drama on BBC1.
The Miniaturist will air on BBC1 in two parts: episode one will be feature-length, clocking in at 90 minutes, while episode two will be just an hour long.
Episode one will air on Tuesday 26th December at 9pm on BBC1 with episode two broadcast on Wednesday 27th December, also at 9pm on BBC1.
Burton to reimagine Medusa myth in 'empowering' YA
Jessie Burton will retell the Medusa myth in an "empowering" YA title for Bloomsbury exploring themes of "toxic masculinity and the meaning of consent".
The Miniaturist author's second children’s novel, Medusa, will be published in October 2020 as a hardback gift edition by Bloomsbury Children’s Books.
Ellen Holgate, editorial director for Bloomsbury Children’s Fiction, acquired world rights in all languages from Juliet Mushens of Caskie Mushens for two children’s titles from Burton last year. It was revealed in September that the first title The Restless Girls would be a feminist reimagining of the Grimms’ fairytale “The Twelve Dancing Princesses” to be published in September 2018.
Four new titles from bestseller Oswald to Headline
James Oswald, author of the Inspector McLean series, is to move from Penguin to Headline imprint Wildfire for his next four books.
Publishing director Alex Clarke acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to four books from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens.
Oswald’s Inspector Tony McLean series began with Natural Causes,which was initially self-published, and then went on to be published by Penguin. The Wildfire deal includes two new books in the McLean series, and two books in a second series featuring a new lead character, DC Constance Fairchild.