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WORDS Lisa Campbell

HE FOUNDER AND c.e.o. of Sharjah publishing house Kalimat Group has said the transla- tion and exporting of Arabic children’s books

is vital in order to avoid cultural “misunderstand- ing and stereotping” globally. She also praised The Quarto Group, Bloomsbury and Gallimard, with whom Kalimat exchanges titles to translate, for “not [being] afraid to try something new—that is something rare in the publishing industry”. Speaking as part of a panel that explored the publishing partnerships at yesterday’s fair, Sheikha Bodour Bint Sultan Bin Muhammad Al Qasimi pictured said it was important for Arabic children’s books to be published in other languages “to make sure children in other parts of the world can under- stand more about our stories”. She added: “[Kids] can act as agents of soſt diplomacy and make the world a beter place. I turn the news on these days and I see horrible things... I hope the children of the future don’t have to live through the misunderstand- ing and stereotping that happens a lot these days.” She said of Kalimat’s coedition publishers

Quarto, Bloomsbury and Gallimard: “It is wonder- ful to have these people, who think outside the box and want to look into other markets. You don’t oſten find publishers who are willing to explore.” Quarto struck a deal in April to translate 10 Kali- mat titles a year for the English-language market,

Hodder’s Cox is attracted to Moth staffer’s début

while Kalimat translated 10 Quarto titles for the Middle East and North African markets. Blooms- bury partnered with Kalimat in May, when its exec- utive director Richard Charkin said: “There’s a greater need than ever for the transfer of cultural and intellectual information between languages.” On the panel, Bloomsbury c.e.o. Nigel Newton said that “when you are [in the Middle East] people like to see partnerships, because that’s what they see from other corporations in other industries”. Quarto c.e.o. Marcus Leaver added that the part- nership was beneficial because it was his firm’s first foray into the Middle East and Africa, and though “it is small acorns at the moment... bigger acorns are going to grow”.

Tramp publisher in Tinder match

Sarah Davis-Goff left, co-founder of Irish indie publisher Tramp Press, has landed a two-book deal with Tinder Press. Publisher Mary-Anne Harrington bought world English-language rights, from Sallyanne Sweeney at MMB Creative, to Last Ones Left Alive (due in January 2019) and a follow-up novel. Last Ones Left Alive takes place in a post-apocalyptic Ireland,

stalked by creatures known as the Skrake, and opens with heroine Orpen steering her wounded aunt towards a mythical Phoenix City. What Orpen encounters there is transformational, and reveals the roots of the Emergency that destroyed the country. Harrington said the novel “just seized me—in an almost visceral way”. Davis-Goff added: “It will be fascinating to sit at the other side of the table in this process, as a writer rather than a publisher. I am hugely looking forward to the experience.”

Michael Joseph picks up non-fiction Blockbuster

Following a five-way auction, Michael Joseph has acquired historian Joanne Paul’s non- fiction title In the Shadow of the Block, billed as a “Tudor ‘House of Cards’”. Editorial director Jil- lian Taylor bought UK and Com- monwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Adam Gauntlett at PFD. It is “a fascinating look at the Dudley family’s towering heights, as well as its tragic lows”, according to Taylor. The title will be published in 2020.


Finding Rose blooms for HarperFiction editor

HarperFiction editor Charlotte Brabbin has sealed world Eng- lish-language rights to British- Indian author Amita Murray’s début Finding Rose. A two-book deal was struck with Samar Hammam at Rocking Chair Books Literary Agency, with rights also sold in Germany after a four-way auction. Brabbin said: “The clever balance of humour and emotional suspense in Finding Rose makes it unique.” The title is slated for early 2019.

Hodder editorial director Melissa Cox has won a four-way auction for UK and Common- wealth rights to Mary Adkins’ début When You Read This, and a second book, inking the deal with Elinor Cooper at Diamond Kahn & Woods (on behalf of Regal Hoffmann and Associates’ Claire Anderson-Wheeler). It will be Hodder’s spring 2019 superlead. The novel by New York-based lawyer Adkins above, who advises storytellers on podcast “The Moth”, centres on the death of a young woman. North American rights went to HarperCollins US, and the novel has been sold into seven other territories. “I knew I wanted to publish this book aſter reading only 10 pages,” said Cox. Cox also pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights to Linda Holmes’ Head Case—a novel of “love, friendship, grief and base- ball”—from Rachel Clements at Abner Stein, acting on behalf of Sarah Burnes at The Gernert Company. Hodder will publish the novel in spring 2019.

Fleet acts fast to snap up cult kidnap tale

Fleet has acquired world rights to Nina X by Ewan Morrison left, a novel inspired by the real case of a London cult whose leader kept five women trapped for more than 20 years. According to editor Ursula Doyle, who con- cluded the deal with Peter Cox at Redhammer and will publish the novel in early 2019, the story of titular protagonist Nina X’s imprisonment and quest for freedom is “compelling, chilling and all too believable”.

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