On the Hulse: Orion’s deal spree O

WORDS Katherine Cowdrey

RION HAS INKED a flurry of deals, acquiring “a hilarious and heartwarming” début by Caroline Hulse at auction and a collection

of short stories from Man Booker shortlistee Emily Fridlund. It is also publishing a new book by radio presenter Fearne Coton in December called Calm. Emad Akhtar, publishing director at Orion Fiction, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Hulse’s The Adults in a two-book deal, struck with Caroline Hardman at Hardman & Swain- son. It is the story of two divorcees’ atempt at a “normal” family holiday. US rights were pre- empted within 48 hours of submission by Andrea Walker at Random House, with French rights (Fleuve), Dutch rights (A W Bruna) and Serbian rights (Evro) all pre-empted. Italian rights went to Mondadori at auction, while the German auction was won by Aufau Verlag. The deal for Fridlund’s Catapult was sealed by W&N fiction publisher Kirst Dunseath, who bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Sarah Gorham, president and editor-in-chief at Sara- bande. Fridlund’s début History of Wolves (W&N) is on this year’s Man Booker shortlist. Orion commissioning editor Marcus Gipp has signed world rights to a “startlingly visionary novel” called Rejoice, A Knife to the Heart. Fantasy author Steven Erikson’s title was signed from

Caroline Hulse’s début The Adults went to Orion in a two-book deal

Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein, acting on behalf of Howard Morhaim of the Morhaim Literary Agency. Orion Fiction and Hachete ANZ also acquired world rights (all languages) to Live Your Dream of Italy and Tiny Little Pieces of Us, both by Nicky Pellegrino, from Caroline Sheldon at the Caroline Sheldon Literary Agency.

The publisher has signed a number of titles on the topic of anxiet, including world rights to Coton’s Calm—which is about leting go of stress and “searching for a happy centre”—from Rowan Lawton at Furniss Lawton. It also secured UK and Commonwealth rights, from Siobhan O’Neill at WME, to How to Break Up with Your Phone, a “prac- tical guide to conquering phone addiction” by journalist Catherine Price.

Ono’s Imagine history for T&H

Yoko Ono will share the story of the making of John Lennon’s album “Imagine” in a “landmark publication” with Thames & Hudson. The book is due for release in October 2018 and will contain “unseen photographs, artefacts and new interviews” with the people who were there when the album was conceived and recorded. This year Ono belatedly received an official co-credit on the album’s title track, in accordance with Lennon’s wishes. Ono said: “A lot has been written about the creation of the song, the album and the film of ‘Imagine’, mainly by people who weren’t there, so I’m very pleased and grateful that now, for the first time, so many of the participants have kindly given their time to ‘gimme some truth’ in their own words and pictures.” Tristan de Lancey, head of illustrated reference at Thames & Hudson, signed the title directly from Ono.

Grandad Mandela joins up with Frances Lincoln

Frances Lincoln Children’s Books (FLCB) is to publish Grandad Mandela, after commissioning editor Katie Cotton acquired rights from Mandela Legacy Media Proprietory. Publication of the title, created in collabora- tion with Nelson Mandela’s fam- ily and illustrated by Sean Qualls, is set for July 2018. FLCB publisher Rachel Williams said: “We’re honoured to be working with Mandela’s family to publish this historic book.”


Dart takes flight in three-book Hot Key deal

Hot Key Books has acquired a three-part teen series by Jess Vallance. Publishing director Emma Matthewson, who bought world rights to the Gracie Dart series from Jo Williamson at Antony Harwood, said: “With Gracie, Jess has created the per- fect best friend who makes all the mistakes, so you don’t have to.” Gracie Dart: You Only Live Once will publish in April 2018, with the sequel due in August and the third slated for 2019.

Moroccan cookbook goes to Mitchell Beazley

Mitchell Beazley publishing director Stephanie Jackson has acquired the début cookbook of founder Nargisse Benkabbou, securing world rights in all languages to Casablanca from Ariella Feiner of United Agents. Jackson said: “I’m delighted to bring- ing an exciting, authentic new voice to the food scene: Nargisse is an exceptional cook.” Casa- blanca will be published on 3rd May 2018.

Stuart Evers has been promoted to assistant director at NetGalley

NetGalley to open dedicated UK and Japan operations

Digital advance-copy service NetGalley is going to launch a UK-specific website and an offi- cial Japanese site this month. The business has been operat- ing in the UK for five years from its US base, but on 25th October it will launch British writer Stuart Evers, who has worked with the company since it became available in the UK, has been promoted to assis- tant director and will oversee client acquisitions and market- ing services for the UK platform. Around 40,000 people in the UK use the service, which has some 300,000 members worldwide. Meanwhile, will have its official launch on 17th October, aſter being in beta for several months. NetGalley c.e.o. Fran Toolan said: “The UK is our fastest-growing market, and we are thrilled to be able to provide its own dedicated site, while preserving the abilit to promote to US influencers. We are also pleased and excited that NetGal- has now achieved enough momentum in Japan to warrant a full release.”

The Legend of Kevin set for OUP Children’s

OUP Children’s is to publish a highly illustrated fiction series from Philip Reeve and Sarah McIntyre. Head of publishing Liz Cross acquired world rights to four titles from Jodie Hodges at United Agents and Philippa Milnes-Smith at LAW, with the first to be published in Septem- ber 2018. The Legend of Kevin series, aimed at readers aged 7+, follows the friendship that follows when biscuit-loving pony Kevin flies into Max’s bedroom.

Abner Stein sets Sale on a course for Scribe

Scribe has pre-empted Anna Sale’s Go There: The Art of Talk- ing About Hard Things, in which the creator and presenter of podcast “Death, Sex & Money” explores the “challenges and benefits” of asking people uncomfortable questions, and receiving “real answers”. Scribe pre-empted UK and Common- wealth rights from Abner Stein, acting in association with Levine Greenberg Rostan. Publication is slated for late 2019.

12th October 2017

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