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NEWS S&S snaps up six-figure Scandal BY LISA CAMPBELL

Simon & Schuster has won what it has labelled a “psychological drama” by author Sarah Vaughan at auction, paying a “good six figures”. S&S acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Anatomy of a Scandal, and a second novel, from Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates. Former Guardian journalist Vaughan has published two novels with Hodder. Kremer said she sent the novel to 10 publishers and received “not one rejection”, which the agent said was unprecedented, “but it is so rare for a book to be both grippingly page- turning, and beautifully written. Sarah tackles a difficult subject with great sensitivity.” The novel centres on a marriage that begins to unravel when the husband is accused of a terrible crime. Sophie is sure her husband

represents a new focus from Sarah on the dilemmas that women face when their lives are touched by crime. Sarah has created a stunning novel that is thought-provoking, brave, real and emotional.” Author Vaughan said: “I’ve been

James is innocent and desperately tries to protect her family, but Kate, the prosecuting barrister, is certain James is guilty and determined to see him pay for his crime. Jo Dickinson, publishing

director for fiction at S&S UK, said: “I absolutely loved Anatomy of a Scandal from the first page; it

overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of those who bid for my novel, and thrilled that it resonates. I’m delighted to be joining Simon & Schuster, where Jo has been passionate about the novel from the start. I can’t wait to work with her.” Anatomy of a Scandal will be published in the UK in hardback and e-book in January 2018. Rights have been pre-empted in France (Préludes) and Italy (Stile Libero), with offers on the table from Germany, Turkey, Russia and Lithuania, and a Norwegian auction under way. The book is currently on submission in the US.

New Tolkien tale to come from HC in 2017

HarperCollins (HC) will publish a new J R R Tolkien title in May 2017. Edited by his son Christopher Tolkien, Beren and Lúthien will be published simultaneously in the US (by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt) and in other territories by Tolkien publishers worldwide. Christopher Tolkien extracted the tale of

lovers Beren and Lúthien from The History of Middle-earth, a 12-volume series that collected and analysed material relating to the fiction of J R R Tolkien. The story of Beren and Lúthien has evolved since it was first written in 1917, and has

been reworked in various forms, including poetry. To reflect this, the new book opens with Tolkien’s original text, before including passages from later texts that rework the tale. Presented together for the first time, they reveal aspects of the story hitherto discarded. Beren and Lúthien will be published on the 10th anniversary of the last Middle-

earth title, The Children of Húrin, with the volume to include illustrations by Alan Lee. HC holds world rights in all languages.


Joe “The Body Coach” Wicks has signed up for further books with Pan Macmillan imprint Bluebird, with publisher Carole Tonkinson securing world rights to two titles from Bev James of Bev James Management. A recipes and exercises paperback and a hardback cookery tome will be released in January and August 2019 respectively, with Wicks now contracted for a total of eight titles with the imprint. Tonkinson said: “Joe was the first author we signed at Bluebird: he is an immense talent and a lovely person, and the partnership with Joe and Bev is a tremendous privilege.” Wicks has been the UK’s breakout star of 2016,

with his Lean in 15 and Lean in 15: The Shape Plan shifting a total of 1.3 million units, for £10.9m, through BookScan UK since December 2015.

19.10.16 NEWS IN BRIEF


Mantle has acquired the first novel for adults from Joanna Nadin above, the children’s author best known for her Rachel Riley series. Sam Humphreys, associate publisher, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to The Queen of Bloody Everything, plus a second book, from Judith Murray at Greene & Heaton. The Queen... is about mothers and daughters and the idea “that family might be what you make it, but you can’t change where you come from”, Humphreys said. Mantle will publish the novel in 2018.


Orion imprint Gollancz has acquired a newly discovered crime novel by the late fantasy novelist David Gemmell, after the text was recovered from his archives by his widow. The novel follows an ambidextrous killer, who is murdering women in London, and struggling journalist Jeremy’s efforts to find him. Gollancz commissioning editor Marcus Gipps acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Howard Morhaim of the Morhaim Literary Agency, through Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein.


Paul Murphy, editorial director at Weidenfeld & Nicolson non-fiction, has acquired world rights to Building the Yellow Wall by Ulrich “Uli” Hesse, an account of Borussia Dortmund’s rise to become one of the world’s most prominent football clubs. Murphy, who bought rights from Kevin Pocklington at Jenny Brown Associates, said: “With football increasingly about money, Dortmund serves as a refreshing antidote: a club owned by and run for the fans, that shows success on the pitch doesn’t need to be sacrificed as a result [of fan ownership].”

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