NEWS Detection Club A-list for Howdunit title

Frankfurt Book Fair 2019 The headlines

More than 50 crime authors and members of the Detection Club, including Ian Rankin, Mick Herron and Val McDermid, will contribute to a HarperCollins-published title about crime writing. David Brawn, HC’s publisher of

estates, acquired world English- language rights in Howdunit: A Masterclass in Crime Writing from Georgia Glover at David Higham. The book is the brainchild of Martin Edwards, Detection Club president and author of Gallow’s Court, who will edit. The Detection Club is one of the world’s oldest writing societies, founded in 1930 by a group of Golden Age crime authors including Agatha Christie, Dorothy L Sayers and G K Chesterton. The famous oath its members take when joining is: “Do you promise that your detectives shall well and truly detect the crimes presented to them, using those wits which it may


please you to bestow upon them, and not placing reliance on, nor making use of, Divine Revelation, Feminine Intuition, Mumbo Jumbo, Jiggery-Pokery, Coincidence, or Act of God?”

Edwards said: “People interested

in writing crime fiction will find Howdunit a unique and invaluable resource, and everyone who loves crime fiction will find it a mine of fascinating information, offering personal perspectives on this most popular of genres from some of the finest crime writers.” Howdunit will publish in June 2020 and be dedicated to Len Deighton, a member of the club for 50 years. Deighton will also contrib- ute an essay on how he wrote his classics The Ipcress File and SS-GB. Brawn said: “The idea of compil- ing the tricks of the trade by the esteemed Detection Club was highly intriguing. When I realised that Martin had assembled contributions from prety much every current member of the esteemed club—plus some rare articles by many of their Golden Age forebears—my intrigue turned to real excitement.” Reporting Tom Tivnan

Extinction Rebellion title rush-released

Début Chelsea Green Publishing has sold

manifesto Climate

French and German rights to Extinction Rebellion co-founder Roger Hallam’s climate mani- festo, with “strong international interest”. Hallam signed a deal with Chelsea Green from his cell at Wormwood Scrubs earlier this month; in September he was charged with conspiring to cause disruption at Heathrow Airport, in protest at its contro- versial plans to build a third runway. The publisher, which



Foley wholly on board as Harper inks new deal for acclaimed thriller writer

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Lucy Foley has signed on for two further books with HarperCollins. Kimberley Young, HarperFiction publisher of general fiction, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown. North American rights were acquired by Katherine Nintzel, executive editor at William Morrow of HarperCollins US. Foley’s acclaimed crime début

The Hunting Party was pre-empted by HarperCollins in a six-figure, two-book deal in 2017. The second title, The Guest List, will be released next spring. The new deal signals HC’s ambition to cement Foley as the

scooped world rights (excluding UK and Australia) will rush- release Hallam’s Common Sense for the 21st Century on 14th November. Chelsea Green rights director

Eliza Haun told The Bookseller there has been “strong inter- national interest”. Suyapa Hammje, acquiring editor from Tana in France, pre-empted the book for a five-figure sum during the fair; in Germany, Julia Janicke snapped up the rights for Ullstein.

“most exciting new voice in the crime thriller market”, said the company. The first title under the new contract will be another atmospheric, high- concept thriller with a contemporary murder mystery twist. Young said: “Lucy is a dream to

work with: immensely talented, creative and hardworking. She’s fast becoming the queen of the modern locked-room mystery, and I know we have an exciting journey ahead.” Foley added: “It’s been such a thrill

seeing the passion and talent of the brilliant team at HarperCollins. It’s wonderful to know the party will be continuing for another two books!”

Sphere bags Colgan trio Sphere fiction publisher Lucy Malagoni has nabbed three new novels from Jenny Colgan. Malagoni acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Jo Unwin at the Jo Unwin Literary Agency, with the first in the deal to be published in October 2020. The author has sold nearly 1.9 million units, for £8.6m, in the UK since first being published in 1999. Malagoni said Colgan’s books are “full to the brim with warmth... we are so excited about what the future holds”.

Daunt gets Real as Missing bags Taylor’s first outing

Début Sophie Missing at Daunt Books Publishing

has acquired Literary Hub staff writer Brandon Taylor’s “breath- taking” début Real Life at auction. Missing signed UK and Commonwealth rights from Jennifer Choi at PRH. Riverhead will publish in February in the US, with Daunt to publish in the UK in June 2020. The novel centres around a biochemistry graduate who “grapples with the trauma of the past and the questions of the future”.

Sparkes flies to Walker with Middle Grade caper Walker Books has snapped up The House at the Edge of Magic, a Middle Grade comic fantasy adventure by picture book author Amy Sparkes, in a two-book deal. Publisher Denise Johnstone-Burt bought the title at auction from Julia Churchill at A M Heath, for world rights in all languages. The House at the Edge of Magic will publish in spring 2021. Johnstone-Burt said: “The manuscript was so enjoyable, lively and magical— the perfect addition to our list.”

Endeavour signs Jeevan’s motivation title Intrinsic Octopus imprint Endeavour has won the auction for a “ground- breaking smart thinking book” by Sharath Jeevan. Publishing director Claudia Connal bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Intrinsic: How We Can Reignite Our Inner Drive in a Rewards-Obsessed World from Rachel Mills of Rachel Mills Literary. Endeavour will publish in spring 2021. The title “answers the question of how we can find intrinsic motivation in five key areas of our lives”.

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