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HIGHLIGHTS The Killing Season by Mason Cross
The Misbegotten by Katherine Webb
The Republic of Thieves by Scott Lynch
City of Lies by Ramita Navai
Black Sabbath by Mick Wall
Messi by Guillem Balagué
Prisoner A26188 by Henia Bryer
The Hairy Dieters by Si King and Dave Myers
iana Bretherick is a lecturer in Criminology and Criminal Justice at Portsmouth University. After completing a Master’s degree there in Creative Writing, she entered the Good Housekeeping Magazine’s first ever Novel Writing competition, along with seven thousand other applicants, and won.
City of Devils A gripping historical thriller set in Turin by an exciting new talent. In the late 1890s, James Murray, a Scottish scientist fascinated by the developing research into criminology, phrenology and the study of criminal behaviour, travels to Turin to be apprenticed to Cesare Lombroso, the world-renowned criminologist. But just hours after his introduction to his new mentor, the discovery of a mutilated body in a public square and a note that appears to implicate Lombroso throws his visit in a whole new direction. With the help of his fellow apprentice Ottolenghi, a local investigator named Tullio, and Lombroso’s beautiful housekeeper Sofia, Murray must learn fast and endeavour to understand the mind of a truly evil serial killer if he is to stop the rapidly escalating bloodbath and clear the name of his mentor. Have Lombroso’s many enemies attempted to frame him? Are the tributes to Lombroso an accusation or a challenge? And will his lauded theories about the behaviour of criminals help to catch a killer let lose on the streets of Turin?
Orion | July 2013 | 448pp | Ms available Rights: World
hristian Cameron is one of Orion’s most accomplished and prolific writers of historical fiction. As a seasoned re-enactor, he totally immerses himself in the world he writes about in order to recreate the historical setting of his novels accurately and completely. www.hippeis.com
The Ill-Made Knight The first action-packed tale in the new Chivalry Series, set during the Hundred Years’ War. William Gold comes into the world as his family slides down the social ladder. Whilst his head is filled with tales of chivalry, he is branded a thief and must make do with being squire to his childhood friend Sir Robert. Sir Robert is a knight determined to make a name for himself as a man at arms in France. While William himself slowly acquires the skills of knightly combat, he remains an outsider, until the Battle of Poitiers, when Sir Robert is cut down by the greatest knight of the age, Sir Geoffry de Charny, and William, his lowly squire, avenges him. But with his knight dead, no honour accrues to William for this feat of arms, and he is forced to become a mercenary. Scavenging a mis-matched set of armour from the knightly corpses, he joins one of the mercenary companies now set to pillage a defenceless France, and so begins a bloody career that sees William joining forces with the infamous Sir John Hawkwood and immersing himself in a treacherous clandestine war among the Italian city states. But paradoxically it is there, among the spies, assassins and hired killers serving their ruthless masters, that William finally discovers the true meaning of chivalry, and his destiny as a knight. Also by Christian Cameron:Tyrant series (2008-2013); The Long War series (2010-2015); God of War (2012)
Orion | August 2013 | 400pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: World Option Publishers: Greek: Malliaris | Italian: Newton Compton | Russian: AST | Spanish: Algaida/Ediciones B | Turkish: Artemis
The Tyrant Series (2008-2014) Tyrant (2008); Tyrant: Storm of Arrows (2009); Tyrant: Funeral Games (2010); Tyrant: King of the Bosporus (2011); Tyrant: Destroyer of Cities (2013); Tyrant: Force of Kings (2014) A truly epic historical series set in the world of Alexander the Great, in which each novel is a drama-drenched instalment of love and war, betrayal and revenge.
Tyrant: Force of Kings This sixth volume brings the scintillating Tyrant series to a spectacular close. Orion | March 2014 | 400 pp | Rights: World | Ms due August 2013 Option Publishers: Czech: BB Art | Greek: Malliaris | Hungarian: Gold Book | Italian: Newton Compton | Polish: Vesper | Russian: AST | Portuguese (Brazil): Record | Spanish: Ediciones B | Turkish: Artemis
The Long War Series (2010-2015) Killer of Men (2010); Marathon (2011); Poseidon’s Spear (2012); The Great King (2013); Platea (2014); Empire (2015) This is the story of Arimnestos’ journey through a world poised on the brink of an epic confrontation, as the emerging civilization of the Greeks starts to flex its muscles against the established empire of the Persians.
The Great King The heroic story of Arimnestos of Plataea continues in the fourth volume of Christian Cameron’s Long War series, set amidst the epic struggle between Greece and Persia. Orion | November 2013 | 400 pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: World Option Publishers: Spanish: Algaida
s a barrister, John Connor spent fifteen years working for the Crown Prosecution Service. He was involved in numerous murder cases and provided advice to the police in several longterm undercover operations. He now writes full time and his novels have been critically acclaimed by the likes of Val McDermid: ‘Intense, gripping, scary, exactly what a thriller is supposed to be.’
The Vanishing A pulse-pounding new thriller from the author of the critically acclaimed Karen Sharpe series. 1992: Lauren Cawley disappears days before her second birthday, triggering a massive police hunt. But she is never found, leaving her parents bereft and James Lomax, the lead investigator who searched tirelessly for her, broken. Twenty years on, Lomax’s son Tom is working as a private investigator and receives a mysterious phone call. Sara Eaton, heir to a massive fortune, has just watched her mother pass away as she whispered one word: Lomax. Tom is flown out to Sara’s private yacht to attend the reading of her mother’s will, but when they are ambushed in a night-time kidnapping attempt Tom has forty-eight hours to get Sara back to London. As they struggle to evade a series of terrifying attempts on her life, the clues inexorably lead back to the case that destroyed Tom’s father. He alone can unlock the terrible secret that Sara’s mother hid from her - leading to a brutal confrontation and a revelation as shocking as it is poignant. Also by John Connor: Karen Sharpe series: Phoenix (2003), The Playroom (2005), A Child’s Game (2006), Falling (2007), Unsafe (2009); The Opposite of Mercy (2010)
Orion | June 2013 | 368pp | Ms available Rights: World
ason Cross was born in Glasgow in 1979, where he now lives with his wife and three children. He studied English at the University of Stirling and currently works in the voluntary sector. He has written a number of short stories, including ‘A Living’, which was shortlisted for the Quick Reads ‘Get Britain Reading’ Award. Orion is delighted to be launching his writing career with his accomplished debut, the first in an exciting new thriller series.
The Killing Season A slick, fast-paced American thriller, perfect for fans of Lee Child, James Patterson and Michael Connelly. When ex-Marine Corps Scout Sniper and infamous serial killer Caleb Wardell breaks out from Death Row, logic suggests he will go to ground. But Wardell has never been one to follow rules. He starts to cut a bloody swathe across America, picking up where he left off five years ago. The FBI are ordered to capture Wardell by any means necessary. With election day approaching, and hunting a skilled serial killer trained in the arts of evasion, they are forced to call in secretive manhunter, Carter Blake – a man with certain specialised talents and a shadowy past. A past that involves Caleb Wardell… But when the manhunt quickly spirals out of control amidst a media and public frenzy, Blake finds himself sidelined from the case. Aided only by Special Agent Elaine Banner, and racked by guilt, Carter knows that he must use all of his expertise if he is to track down the psychopathic killer before it is too late…
Orion | April 2014 | 384pp | Ms available Rights: World
.J. Ellory is one of the crime genre’s most critically acclaimed stars. His bestselling A Quiet Belief in Angels sold 250,000 copies, and was translated into twenty-two languages, while its French translation, Seul le Silence, won the Nouvel Observateur Crime Fiction Prize in 2008 and the Livre de Poche Award 2010. He recently won the Theakstons Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year Award 2010 for A Simple Act of Violence. www.rjellory.com
The Devil and the River The powerful new thriller from the bestselling author of A Quiet Belief in Angels When Sherif John Gaines is called down to the riverside, it is to supervise the uncovering of a body of a teenage girl who has been uncovered from the mud by the torrential rain. The corpse is perfectly preserved and the girl could have died yesterday. But the locals of Whytesburg, Mississippi are in for a shock. For Nancy Denton – a girl missing for over two decades – has come back to them from the cold embrace of the river bank. The crime scene bears the marks of voodoo magic, and as Gaines digs deeper into the dark past of the town he discovers secrets that go back all the way to the war. Nancy’s discovery sets a new chain of events into motion, and as a new series of deaths begin Gaines begins to wonder what new evil has been released by digging her up? Also by R.J. Ellory: Candlemoth (2003); Ghostheart (2004); A Quiet Vendetta (2005); City Of Lies (2006); A Quiet Belief in Angels (2007); A Simple Act of Violence (2008); The Anniversary Man (2009); Saints of New York (2010); Bad Signs (2011); A Dark and Broken Heart (2012)
Orion | June 2013 | 352pp | Ms available Rights: Translation US rights: A.M.Heath Rights Sold: French: Sonatine Option Publishers: Dutch: De Fontein | German: Goldmann | Norwegian: Vega | Polish: Hachette Polska | Spanish: RBA | Turkish: Inkilap
drian Goldsworthy is a critically acclaimed, bestselling historian whose eye for period detail has enabled him to produce an outstanding series – Jane Austen-meets-Bernard Cornwell – set during the Napoleonic Wars. This six-book series will culminate with the Battle of Waterloo, with publication in 2015 (the twohundredth anniversary).
True Soldier Gentleman: Book I
Send Me Safely Back Again: Book III
In this start to the series, we are introduced to the core characters – a group of British recruits, which includes Hamish Williams, a gentleman volunteer, and Mr Wickham, fresh from his dastardly exploits in Pride and Prejudice – who are given their first taste of battle. Goldsworthy’s great skill is to depict action-packed battle scenes alongside fascinating pictures of society and life in the Regency period.
The third novel in the series sees new challenges for the men of the 106th Foot Regiment, as the British army attempts to recover from the disaster of Corunna and establish a foothold in the Peninsula. Featuring the battles of Medellin and Talavera, the 106th will have their mettle severely tested on the battlefield.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | January 2011 | 336pp Rights: World Publishers: Portuguese (Portugal): A Esfera Dos Livros | Spanish: La Esfera de los Libros
Beat the Drums Slowly: Book II Ensign Hamish Williams and his comrades are plunged into one of the most brutal near-disasters in British military history. The retreat to Corunna under the might of Napoleon is nail-bitingly suspenseful stuff. Goldsworthy evokes the chaos with his usual rich command of detail, to give a real sense of drama. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | August 2011 | 336pp Rights: World
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | August 2012 | 400pp | Rights: World
All In Scarlet Uniform: Book IV The fourth novel in Adrian Goldsworthy’s Peninsular War series takes Ensign Williams to the fierce engagements of 1809-1810, opening with a duel between two soldiers, and climaxing in the desperate British rearguard action at the River Coa. With its stunning battle scenes and a vivid cast of characters, this is the most exciting volume yet. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | August 2013 | 400pp | Ms available Rights: World
arah Harrison’s The Flowers of the Field, a sweeping tale of three sisters and how their lives changed during the Great War, was a million-copy bestseller in the early 1980s. It was followed by A Flower that’s Free, tracing the stories of the families after the war. Now Sarah Harrison completes her unique Flowers trilogy with another powerful family saga.
The Wildflower Path Powerful historical drama by the author of the bestselling The Flowers of the Field. The Wildflower Garden spans the best part of a century and can be read as a stand-alone, or for readers of Harrison’s earlier two novels, it can be read as a completion of The Flowers of the Field and A Flower That’s Free. We meet Thea and her husband Jack, coping with a tough life on their Kenyan farm; Kate Drake, their adopted daughter, now a mother herself; Dulcie, the flighty, feisty, younger sister, keeper of secrets. Today there’s Stella, Kate’s stubbornly independent daughter and Will, her handsome self-indulgent soldier son; Will’s own daughter, the divorced and embattled Evie bringing up her boy on her own. As life-changing secrets are revealed, a spoiled war veteran has a second chance; a stubbornly independent woman opens herself to love, and an old one rediscovers it; a young boy begins to understand the complexities of adult life. From the bleakness of post-war Berlin to the Mau Mau terror of fifties Kenya, from Egypt and the Falklands conflict to the beauty of a centuries-old English university town, the novel’s characters make discoveries and confront revelations about themselves and others, to find their individual ways forward into a new millennium.
Orion | September 2013 | 400pp | Ms available Rights: World
10 ANTHONY HOROWITZ
nthony Horowitz is perhaps the busiest writer in England. In addition to the highly successful Alex Rider books and the best-selling The House of Silk, he is also the writer and creator of BAFTA-winning detective series ‘Foyle’s War’, and more recently event drama ‘Collision’. Among his other television work he has written episodes for ‘Poirot’, ‘Murder in Mind’, ‘Midsomer Murders’ and ‘Murder Most Horrid’.
The exciting new project from the best-selling author of The House of Silk. The House of Silk was an international publishing sensation in 2011. Written with the backing of the Conan Doyle Estate, Anthony Horowitz achieved an incredible feat; producing a first-rate mystery for a modern readership while remaining true to the spirit of the Conan Doyle originals. The spectacular reviews confirmed his success, and the novel went on to sell well over 160,000 copies, with rights sold in twenty-eight languages. We are delighted that Anthony will be working on another project for Orion. We can’t release any of the details just yet, but watch this space… It is certain to be one of the publishing events of 2014! ‘Horowitz has captured Holmes Heaven’ The Times ‘For fans of the original tales, the game is afoot once more!’ The Bookseller ‘Bravo, then, Mr Horowitz. Let us hope that the famous dispatch box contains many more cases for him to unearth’ The Financial Times ‘A fresh take on the Sherlock Holmes tales, swirling with all the suspense of the originals’ The Sunday Times ‘It seems improbable, if not impossible, but it’s true! Holmes is back at his best’ The Independent On Sunday ‘Fans of Sherlock Holmes rejoice, for the game is afoot again’ 5-stars Time Out
Orion | November 2014 | 320pp | Ms due September 2013 | Rights: World Rights Sold: French: Hachette Livre The House of Silk (2011) Publishers: US: Little Brown | Arabic: Hachette-Phoenix | Bulgarian: Pro Book | Chinese Complex: Crown | Chinese Simple: HachettePhoenix | Croatian: Profil | Czech: Argo | Danish: Donovan | Dutch: Prometheus | Estonian: Varrak | French: Hachette Livre | German: Suhrkamp | Greek: Anubis | Hungarian: Animus | Indonesian: Noura Books | Italian: Mondadori | Japanese: Kodokawa | Korean: Minumsa | Latvian: Zvaigzne | Norwegian: Juritzen | Polish: Rebis | Portuguese (Brazil): Jorge Zahar Editor | Russian: Slovo | Serbian: CET/ Portalibris | Spanish: Suma de Letras | Thai: Nanmeebooks | Turkish: Ithaki | Vietnamese: Vietnam Women Publishing House
.C. Humphreys was born in Toronto and grew up in Los Angeles and London. He is the author of six best-selling historical novels, including A Place Called Armageddon and Vlad: The Last Confession, based on the astonishing historical story of Dracula. It sold just short of 60,000 copies and was brilliantly reviewed: ‘A fast-paced, intriguing and beautifully-constructed thriller.’ Daily Express
Shakespeare’s Rebel 1599. The future of England rests on one man’s shoulders when politics and passion collide and a volatile power threesome – Robert Cecil, the Earl of Essex and Queen Elizabeth I – threatens to implode. Down on his luck and recovering from a month of excess, Will Shakespeare’s friend and fight-scene choreographer John Lawley is determined to restore his reputation and win back the heart of the woman he loves. However, the fates – and his own weaknesses – are against him, and when his past comrade the Earl of Essex, a man he’s been desperately hiding from in the taverns of London, finally catches up with him, Lawley is faced with the prospect of returning to his side to fight in the seemingly hopeless war in Ireland. But when the feud between Essex and his bitter rival for the queen’s affection, Robert Cecil, reaches breaking point, Lawley can no longer skirt the action. As he becomes embroiled in a foolhardy scheme to oust Elizabeth I from the throne, Lawley must make a choice between duty and desire – a choice that could change the very course of history… Also by C.C. Humphreys: The French Executioner (2002); Blood Ties (2003); Jack Absolute (2004); Blooding of Jack Absolute (2005); Absolute Honour (2006); Vlad (2009); A Place Called Armageddon (2011)
Orion | March 2013 | 352pp Rights: World Rights Sold: US: Sourcebooks A Place Called Armageddon (2011) Publishers: US: Sourcebooks | Greek: Psichogios | Portuguese (Brazil): Record | Serbian: Laguna | Turkish: Inkilap Publishing
raham Hurley’s superb twelve volume series of Portsmouthbased crime novels featuring DI Joe Faraday established him as a premier league writer of crime fiction. ‘There is no doubt that this series of police procedural novels is one of the best since the genre was invented half a century ago.’ Literary Review. And now, French television (France 2) has turned the novels into a series set in Le Havre, starring Jean-Marc Barr as Joe Faraday. Now, Graham is set to build upon this success with an exciting new spin-off series. www.grahamhurley.com
Touching Distance ‘The second novel in a brand new series from ‘one of the country’s leading crime writers’. Front Row, Radio 4 A series of unconnected murders in Devon leads to the inescapable and terrifying prospect that a serial killer is on the loose. An unexplainable killing, then another, and another, and DS Jimmy Suttle is in a race against time. But there is nothing random about these murders. Carefully planned, clinically executed these slayings are the work of a professional. A wider violence has come home to roost in the lanes of Devon. Following on from the Faraday and Winter novels Graham Hurley’s fiction has found a new home and has reached the top of its game. Also by Graham Hurley: The Joe Faraday Series (2000-2012)
Orion | November 2013 | 352 pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: World The Joe Faraday Series (2000-2012) Publishers: Czech: B B Art | French: Les Éditions du Masque | Hungarian: Pecsi Direkt | Portuguese (Portugal): Bertrand
. W. Ironmonger’s highly original and thought-provoking debut novel The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder was shortlisted for the Costa First Novel Award. ‘A book which pulls off its strange premise with charm, wit and devil-may-care storytelling. Huge fun to read, sneakily sad in places. A tragicomic – but mostly comic – meditation on memory and humanity, which will stay with you for a long time.’ Mark Watson
The Coincidence Authority J.W. Ironmonger combines the warmth of Marina Lewycka with the ideas of David Mitchell in his brilliant new novel. Thomas Post is an expert on coincidence. He’s an authority. Every coincidence, he says, can be explained by the cold laws of chance. But why then do coincidences so afflict the life of Azalea Lewis? And why has Thomas Post’s orderly life been thrown into such disarray by the coincidences of Azalea? This is the tale of two lost souls, each with a quest to understand the secret patterns hidden in a very random universe. It is the story of the short but eventful life of Azalea Lewis, a foundling child discovered at a travelling fair; and it is the unfolding story of Thomas Post who looks for patterns in a haphazard world, and who finds his belief in the fabric of life challenged by Azalea. From the windswept tranquillity of a Manx village, to the commuter swarms of London, to the brutal abduction of child soldiers in Africa, this is a search for truth, a search for God, a search for love, and a search for a decent pizza in North London. Also by J.W. Ironmonger: The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder (2012)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | September 2013 | 304pp | Ms available Rights: World The Notable Brain of Maximilian Ponder (2012) Publishers: Turkey: Kolektif Kitap Bilisim ve Tasarim
hilip Kazan is an informed historian, a passionate cook and a keen traveller. He brings real gusto and humanity to his writing.
Appetite A stunning historical novel for fans of Patrick Suskind’s Perfume and Tracy Chevalier’s Girl with a Pearl Earring. 1466: In Florence, everyone has a passion. With sixty thousand souls inside the city, crammed into a cobweb of clattering streets, countless alleys, towers, workshops, tanneries, cloisters, churches and burial grounds, they live their lives in the narrow world between the walls. Nino Latino knows that if you want to survive without losing yourself completely, then you’ve got to have a passion. But Nino’s greatest gift will be his greatest curse. Son of a butcher and nephew of great painter Fra Filippo Lippi, Nino can taste things that other people cannot. Every flavour, every ingredient comes alive for him as vividly as a painting and he puts his artistry to increasingly extravagent use. In an age of gluttony and conspicuous consumption, his unique talent leads him into danger. His desire for the beautiful Tessina Delmazza and his longing to create the perfect feast could prove deadly. It’s not long before Nino must flee Florence if he’s to save his life, and if he ever wants to see home or Tessina again, he must battle each of the deadly sins.
Orion | May 2013 | 352pp | Ms available Rights: US Translation: Christopher Little Agency
aureen Lee is the queen of saga writing. Women of all ages are inescapably drawn to her wonderful, unputdownable novels. Each one is packed full of drama, sorrow, friendship and romance. Her books are now selling in excess of 100,000 copies in paperback and her last two novels appeared on the Sunday Times’ bestseller lists. www.maureenlee.co.uk
Flora and Grace It’s 1944 and Flora Knox is enjoying a beautiful spring morning in the Swiss mountains, waiting on a railway station platform for a train. Having been educated in Switzerland, Flora has been unable to return home to the UK since the outbreak of war, much to her delight. She is far happier there that she had been with her elderly aunt. As Flora watches, a cattle train draws closer to the station, pulling a fleet of slatted trucks behind. But the trucks don’t contain animals. From within come the sounds of humans, groaning, pleading, on a desperate journey across the Swiss countryside. Horrified, Flora runs to the train as it slowly clatters through the station, and as she does so, a filthy bundle of rags is pushed out into her arms. Through the slats of the train, she hears a desperate plea: ‘Take him. His name is Simon.’ As the train disappears, Flora is left holding a tiny baby boy. Everything looks just the same as it did moments before – the sun, the sky, the station – but nothing will ever be the same again. Sunday Times bestseller Maureen Lee has written a powerful, moving story of war, motherhood and love. Also by Maureen Lee: Queen of the Mersey (2004); The September Girls (2005); The Old House on the Corner (2005); Kitty and her Sisters (2006); The Leaving of Liverpool (2007); Mother of Pearl (2008); Nothing Lasts Forever (2009); Martha’s Journey (2010); Au Revoir Liverpool (2011); After the War is over (2012)
Orion | March 2013 | 400pp Rights: World Option Publishers: Polish: Swiat Ksiazki | Russian: Family Leisure Club
harlotte Link is one of Europe’s bestselling crime writers and has sold more than 16 million novels in Germany alone. Her atmospheric brand of psychological suspense made The Other Child a massive No. 1 bestseller in Germany and was greeeted by rave reviews. Charlotte has been nominated for the Fiction Category of the German Book Prize and her work has been widely adpated for TV, with the adaptation of The Other Child set for transmission in Germany in 2011. ‘This is a brilliant novel with compelling characters.’ The Sunday Times
The Watcher An immersive, atmospheric crime novel from the multi-million copy bestselling author, Charlotte Link Carla Roberts lives alone in the top of a highrise building in Hackney, frightened by the sound of the lift stopping and opening on her floor, with nobody getting out. Days later, she’s found brutally murdered. Meanwhile, Samson Segal, an unemployed thirty-something has taken to spying on his neighbours, particularly beautiful and successful Gillian Ward. When Gillian’s daughter comes home to an empty, locked house, Samson takes her in but finds himself venting his anger in his diary when his good Samaritan actions go unappreciated, unaware that his suspicious sister-in-law cracked his password long ago... When Gillian’s husband is then murdered in his own home, Samson comes under intense scrutiny but the only man making any progress in the case shouldn’t be working on it, yet he’s he only one that believes Samson is innocent...
Orion | August 2013 | 400pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: US Translation: Random House The Other Child (2012) Publishers: US: Pegasus
ichael Marshall read Philosophy and Social and Political Science at King’s College, Cambridge, before having his first book published in 1994. His critically-acclaimed novels have won a string of awards on both sides of the Atlantic and his breakout blockbuster, The Straw Men, was a Sunday Times bestseller. It went on to become an international sensation. His recent novel, The Intruders, is currently in series development with the BBC and his second novel, Spares, has been optioned for film by Dreamworks, and has been translated into seventeen languages. www.michaelmarshallsmith.com
We Are Here A brand-new, page-turning thriller from the international bestselling author of The Straw Men. It should have been the greatest day of David’s life: a trip to New York to visit his new publisher. After years of struggle it looks as though the gods of fate are going to lift him from schoolteacher to writer. But on the way back to Penn station, a chance encounter changes that. He bumps into a stranger who covertly follows him, and then, just before he boards the train home, passes by him close enough to whisper: “Remember me”. The stranger follows him back to where he lives, and it isn’t long before David realises that this man wants something from him – something very personal, that he may have no choice but to surrender. Meanwhile, back in New York, ex-lawyer John Henderson does his girlfriend Kristina a favour and agrees to talk to Catherine Warren, an acquaintance of hers, who believes she’s being stalked by an ex-lover. But soon John realizes that Catherine’s problem is more complex than anyone realized… There are people out there in the shadows, watching, wanting to be with you. They are the followers. And they’re about to turn.
Orion | March 2013 | 320 pp Rights: World Rights sold: US: Little Brown | Russian: Exmo
A.P. M c COY
.P. McCoy is a record-breaking Northern Irish horse-racing jockey with a series of impressive wins to his name, including the Cheltenham Gold Cup, Champion Hurdle, Queen Mother Champion Chase, King George VI Chase and the 2010 Grand National. McCoy was named BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, becoming the first jockey to win the award. He has written several outstanding autobiographies, and is turning his hand to fiction for the first time.
Taking the Fall A fantastic new crime novel from champion jockey A.P. McCoy. Set in the tense, high-stakes world of competitive racing, A.P. McCoy will bring his unrivalled knowledge of the racing world to this brilliant new thriller, featuring a series character that fans will love. Having proven himself to be an accomplished writer with his non-fiction prose, we can’t wait to bring McCoy’s talents to the fiction arena. This new novel will delight crime fiction fans and horse racing fans alike, and will be perfect for followers of Dick Francis. McCoy himself is a hugely popular figure, and his fans are in for a treat.
Orion | November 2013 | 400pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: World
alerie Mendes started her working life as a journalist, before moving into book publishing where she worked with Oxford University Press, Penguin Books and Elsevier among others. She lives in Woodstock, Oxfordshire and is the mother of film director Sam Mendes. She always wanted to be a writer, from the age of six, and over the years has progressed from writing children’s books, to young adult novels, to fulfil her ultimate goal of writing a historical fiction novel. www.valeriemendes.com
Larkswood A sweeping historical saga in the tradition of The Forsyte Saga that will delight fans of Julia Gregson. Larkswood House is everything that it’s elegant name suggests. Home to the Hamilton children - Edward, Cynthia and Harriet - they enjoy the freedom and excitement of privilege. But in the glorious summer of 1896, with absent parents and a departed governess, disaster strikes the family, leaving it cruelly divided. More than forty years later, on the eve of the Second World War, Louisa Hamilton, newly presented at court but struck down with glandular fever, is sent to Larkswood to recuperate. There, for the first time, she meets her troubled grandfather, Edward, home after decades in India. Louisa begins to fall under the spell of Larkswood, until she realises it holds the key to the mystery that shattered her family two generations before. Will she find the courage to unravel the dark secrets of the past? And can Larkswood ever become home to happiness again?
Orion | January 2014 | 336pp | Ms available Rights: World Rights sold: German: Weltbild | Spanish: Lumen
teve Mosby is the author of six previous thrillers including The 50/50 Killer, which won him critical acclaim and massive translation deals across Europe. 2012 has been a great year for Steve: He won the CWA Dagger ‘in the Library’ award, given for not just one novel but a whole body of works, and Black Flowers was shortlisted for the Theakston’s Old Peculiar Crime Novel of the Year. It has also been optioned for television. ‘Steve Mosby has become one of a handful of writers who make me excited about crime fiction’ – Val McDermid www.leftroom.co.uk
Dark Room A new novel by one of the most intriguing and chilling voices in modern crime fiction. ‘Thrilling, compulsive and difficult to put down.’ Guardian DI Andrew Hicks thinks he knows all about murder. He even gives it its own architecture – the bedroom, the boardroom, the bar or the basement - depending on the motivations of the killer. So when thirty-two year old Vicki Gibson is found bludgeoned to death, Hicks suspects a ‘bedroom’ murder and attention focuses on her possessive ex-husband. But when a second body is found, similarly beaten and too close to the first murder for coincidence, Hicks is forced to think again: the second victim is a homeless man with no links to Vicki. When more murders take place in quick succession, Hicks realises he is dealing with a type of killer he has never faced before, one who fits nowhere within his architecture. Hicks must search for patterns and reasons where none appear to exist. Then the letters begin to arrive . . . As the death toll rises, the threat gets closer to home for Hicks. To survive, Hicks must face not only a killer obsessed with randomness and chaos, but also the secret in his own past. If he is to stop the killings, he must confront the truth about himself and the fact that some murders take place in much darker rooms than he ever imagined. Also by Steve Mosby: The Third Person (2003); The Cutting Crew (2004); The 50/50 Killer (2007); Cry For Help (2008); Still Bleeding (2009); Black Flowers (2010); Dark Room (2012)
Orion | May 2014 | 304pp | Ms due November 2013 Rights: World Option Publishers: Chinese Simple: Hachette-Phoenix | Dutch: Bruna | French: Sonatine | German: Droemer | Italian: Nord | Polish: Hachette Polska
illiam Napier’s first historical trilogy for Orion, about Attila the Hun, has been a huge critical and commercial success. More than 100,000 copies have been sold in the UK and it is now being published in fifteen countries, proving his skill for finding the right story or character at the right time weaving a rumbustious tale around it. ‘If you think you don’t like historical fiction, you haven’t read William Napier.’ The Times
The Last Crusaders Trilogy (2011-2014) Great Siege (2011); Blood Red Sea (2012); Book III (2014) With the Ottoman Empire set on strangling the crusading Christian power before it can take root, hostilities between East and West - Muslim and Christian - are vicious and deadly. A powerful story of bravery, battle and bloodlust in sixteenth century Europe taking in the Siege of Malta and the Battle of Lepanto in Books I and II, before our heroes encounter Ivan the Terrible in the concluding volume. Also by William Napier: Attila: The Scourge of God (2005); Attila: The Gathering of the Storm (2007); Attila: The Judgement (2008)
Orion | 2011–2014 | 352pp Rights: World Option Publishers: Czech: BB Art |German: Rowohlt | Indonesian: Gagasmedia | Korean: Gimm-Young | Russian: AST | Serbian: Laguna | Spanish: La Esfera de los Libros | Turkish: Remzi Kitabevi
icky Pellegrino is of Italian origin and lives in New Zealand where she works on a leading women’s magazine. Her debut novel Delicious received wonderful reviews: ‘Full-bodied as a rich Italian red, it is a page-turner combining the missed chances of Captain Corelli’s Mandolin with the foodie pleasures of Chocolat. A warming read for a winter’s night.’ Eve magazine. Her novels have been translated into thirteen languages.
The Food of Love Cookery School A gorgeous, gastronomic, Italianate drama set in the sun-drenched Sicilian hills. Luca Amore runs cooking holidays in the Sicilian mountain town of Fasolino. He’s taught many people how to cook the dishes passed down to him by generations of Amore women. As he readies himself for yet another course he expects it to be much like all the others. But there is a surprise in store for Luca. This time there are four women booked in to the ‘That’s Amore’ cooking school. All are at turning points in their lives. All want something more than new recipes and cooking skills from their time in Sicily. Luca doesn’t realise it yet but he is going to fall in love with one of these women. But which one will it be? And what are the chances she will love him back? Perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes, Santa Montefiore, Adriana Trigianni and Veronica Henry. Also by Nicky Pellegrino: Delicious (2005); Summer at the Villa Rosa (2007); The Italian Wedding (2009); Recipe for Life (2010); The Villa Girls (2011); When In Rome (2012)
Orion | August 2013 | 352pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: World Option Publishers: Dutch: De Kern | Polish: Proszynski | Portuguese (Portugal): ASA | Russian: Exmo
an Smith grew up following his parents across the world to Africa, Indonesia and Brazil. He has been writing short stories for as long as he can remember and has been published in the anthology MATTER 4, shortlisted for the Royal Literary Fund mentor scheme, the Northern Writers Awards, the 2010 Brit Writers Published Author of the Year award and the Authors’ Club First Novel award. He lives in Newcastle with his family. www.dansmithsbooks.com
Red Winter The chilling and sophisticated new thriller from the acclaimed writer of The Child Thief. It is 1920, central Russia. The Red Terror tightens its hold. Kolya has deserted his Red Army unit and returns home to bury his brother and reunite with his wife and sons. But he finds the village silent and empty. The men have been massacred in the forest. The women and children have disappeared. In this remote, rural Russian community the folk tales mothers tell their children by candlelight take on powerful significance and the terrifying legend of Koschei, The Deathless One, begins to feel very real. Kolya sets out on a journey through dense, haunting forests and across vast plains as bitter winter sets in, in the desperate hope he will find his wife and two boys, and reach them alive. But there are very dark things in Kolya’s past. And, as he strives to find his family, there’s someone or something on his trail... Also by Dan Smith: Dry Season (2010); Dark Horizons (2011); The Child Thief (2012)
Orion | July 2013 | 400pp | Ms available Rights: World The Child Thief (2012) Publishers: US: Pegasus | French: Le Cherche Midi
LAUREN ST. JOHN
auren St. John is from Zimbabwe where she grew up on the Rainbow’s End farm and game reserve. After a decade as a Sunday Times journalist, she turned to children’s fiction to become the acclaimed author of the bestselling, award-winning White Giraffe series and Laura Marlin mysteries. The White Giraffe series has been translated into twenty-two languages. The Obituary Writer is Lauren’s first novel for adults. www.laurenstjohn.com
The Obituary Writer A powerful novel of love, loss and fear, from bestselling author Lauren St. John. Nicholas Donaghue should know life is fragile. He spends his days writing obituaries for The Times – but only truly realises how precious life is when one day he gets on the wrong train. The next thing he knows he’s caught up in a horrendous crash. And yet he’s the only person who walks from the wreckage with barely more than a scratch. So begins The Obituary Writer. But what starts as a novel about a survivor’s guilt soon becomes a richer and more mysterious story as Nick struggles to work out why he’s having bad dreams, full of omens of death that seem to be striking down the people he sees in his sleep. Running away to Cornwall seems like it might be the answer – especially when he sees a young woman with a tearaway horse chasing across the sands, full of life and vitality. But life is never simple and as Nick struggles to understand his dreams, his fears and most dangerously of all, his passions, he must realise that facing our fears can come at a terrible price. Also by Lauren St. John: The White Giraffe Series (2006-2009); The Laura Marlin Mysteries (2010-present); The One Dollar Horse (2012)
Orion | June 2013 | 320pp | Ms available Rights: World
aul Torday is the bestselling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, a Richard and Judy pick which has sold over 500,000 copies and been translated into twenty-five languages. The novel has now been made into a major international film staring Ewan McGregor and Emily Blunt. Torday’s subsequent novels have proved hugely popular, and Julian Fellowes of Downton Abbey fame is currently working on a screenplay of another Torday novel, The Girl on the Landing.
Light Shining in the Forest An original, intelligent compelling thriller, from the bestselling author of Salmon Fishing in the Yemen. Norman Stokoe is appointed Children’s Czar only to have the new government put his department on permanent hold. He has a spacious office and P.A. but nothing to do – that is, until two children go missing. Faced with a distraught mother, Norman begins a search that will lead him to question the very system he is supposed to uphold. ‘Torday, as he demonstrated in his debut novel Salmon Fishing in the Yemen, is an extravagantly gifted writer’ Mail on Sunday ‘Paul Torday is a remarkably original novelist’ Evening Standard ‘One of the most outstanding authors to have emerged in recent years’ Daily Express Also by Paul Torday: Salmon Fishing in the Yemen (2006); The Irresistible Inheritance of Wilberforce (2007); The Girl on the Landing (2009); The Hopeless Life of Charlie Summers (2010); More Than You Can Say (2011), The Legacy of Hartlepool Hall (2012) Weidenfeld & Nicolson | January 2013 | 320pp Rights: World Salmon Fishing In The Yemen (2006) Publishers: Arabic: British Countil | Catalan: Salamandra | Chinese (Complex): Owl | Chinese (Simplified): Law Press China | Croatian: Naklada Ljevak | Czech: Jota | Danish: Turbulenz | Dutch: Arena | French: Lattès | German: Berlin Verlag | Greek: Minoas | Hebrew: Kinneret | Hungarian: Jaffa | Icelandic: EDDA | Italian: Elliot | Korean: Korea Economic | Japanese: Hakusui Sha | Norwegian: Gyldendal | Portuguese (Brazil): Record | Portuguese (Portugal): ASA | Romanian: Leda | Slovenian: Modrijan | Spanish: Salamandra | Swedish: Brombergs | Turkish: Arkabahce Yayincilik Ve Reklam | US: Harcourt Option Publishers: Chinese (Complex): Owl | French: Lattes | Italian: Elliot | Japanese: Hakusui Sha
tmospheric’, ‘engrossing’, ‘brilliant’, ‘absorbing’ are all words that have been used to describe Katherine Webb’s writing. She is a spell-binding story-teller who has become an international bestseller. Her novels are now translated into twenty-three languages.
The Misbegotten A powerful and poignant new novel from Katherine Webb. Bath, 1821. Rachel Crofton leaves behind the binds of her unhappy employment as a governess and starts a new life as the wife of a charming self-made merchant. As she promises to love, honour and obey him, she plans to create for herself the family and home she has so long been without. Through her new husband’s connections Rachel is invited to become the companion of the reclusive Jonathan Alleyn, a man tortured by memories of what he witnessed in the Peninsula War, and tormented by the disappearance of his childhood sweetheart, Alice, twelve years ago. Rachel’s arrival into the grand house on Lansdown Crescent has a mysterious effect on those who live there, and suddenly it seems the secrets and dark deeds of the past can no longer be swept away. A family servant is convinced that Alice was stolen away and is determined to uncover the truth. Did she run away? Was there someone else? Or did something altogether darker occur...? Also by Katherine Webb: The Legacy (2010); The Unseen (2011); A Half Forgotten Song (2012) Orion | Aug 2013 | 432pp | Rights: World | Ms due April 2013 Publishers: German: Diana Option Publishers: : US: Harper Collins | Catalan: Rosa del Vents | Chinese (Complex): Spring International Publishers | Chinese (Simple): Chinese Citic Press | Czech: Euromedia | Dutch: De Kern | French: Belfond | German: Diana | Greek: Oceanida | Hungarian: General Press | Italian: Mondadori | Norwegian: Gyldendal | Polish: Insignis | Portuguese: (Brazil): Record | Portuguese: (Portugal): Asa | Romanian: Editura Allfa | Russian: Ripol | Serbian: Laguna | Spanish: Lumen | Swedish: Historiska Media | Turkish: Pegasus
ate Williams is an author, social historian, constitutional and royal expert, broadcaster and novelist.
The Storms Of War The start of an exciting new historical series perfect for fans of Atonement, Birdsong and Downton Abbey. Kate Williams’ new novel will mark the centenary of the Great War and start a glorious sweeping trilogy. This will be gripping, high-concept, intensely cinematic fiction that that goes behind the history to show us the drama and wonder of early twentieth-century lives. Also by Kate Williams: England’s Mistress (Hutchinson, 2006); Becoming Queen (Hutchinson, 2008); The Pleasures of Men; Young Elizabeth (Weidenfeld & Nicolson, 2012)
Orion | March 2014 | 364pp | Ms due June 2013 Rights: World
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices MARK ALDER
ark Alder is a pseudonym for M.D. Lachlan, author of the acclaimed Wolfsangel series.
Son of the Morning The start of an original new fantasy: The Hundred Years’ War played out by angels and demons. It is 1337 and Edward III is powerless and bankrupt. He cannot hope to defend his lands in France, which are subject to a vicious scorched earth policy pursued by the French King. Hal Romsey is a sixteen year old boy; he is a visionary and a disciple of the Devil. He has one of the keys to Hell, and knows how to use it. Hell is willing to ally with England, and thus begins a story that will shake the thrones of medieval Europe and see angels and demons fighting for the future of England and France.
Gollancz | October 2013 | 400pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: World Option Publishers: Chinese Complex: Popular Press | Chinese Simple: Tianjin HuaWenTinXia | French: Pygmalion | German: Heyne
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices MITCH BENN
itch Benn is a much admired comedian and musician. He is a regular contributor to Radio 4’s The Now Show. Terra is his first novel.
Terra An exciting SF debut from a master of British comedy. Terra is a charming and hilarious satirical fable. A story about how odd and alien we are. And a story about how ‘human’ odd aliens are. It tells the story of a girl who grows up in a very different world, who gains a unique perspective on our world and a unique perspective on her new home. A girl who can teach us, and them, a lot. A girl living in an extraordinary world that is spiraling into a terrible war. ‘I found myself thinking of Roald Dahl, Douglas Adams and Terry Pritchard. Wise, funny, and above all, human’. Neil Gaiman
Gollancz | July 2013 | 224pp | Ms available Rights: World
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices ANNA CALTABIANO
orn to an Italian-American father and a Japanese mother in Hong Kong, Anna Caltabiano moved with her parents to Palo Alto, California and began her writing career at the age of thirteen. She self-published her writing debut All That is Red when she was fifteen years old. Gollancz is thrilled to have signed up this stunningly accomplished new YA voice. www.annacaltabiano.com
The Seventh Miss Hathfield An exciting new time-travelling trilogy from an impressively accomplished teenage author. Rebecca isn’t entirely happy with her life, comfortable though it is. Still, even she knows that she shouldn’t talk to strangers. So when her mysterious neighbour Miss Hathfield asks her in for a chat and a drink, Rebecca isn’t sure why she says yes. It is a decision that changes everything: Miss Hathfield is immortal, you see. And now, thanks to a drop of water from the Fountain of Youth, Rebecca is too. But this gift comes at a price: Rebecca begins to lose her personality, to take on the aspects of her neighbour; she is becoming the next Miss Hathfield. But before the process goes too far, Rebecca must travel back in time to turn-of-the-century New York to steal a painting, a picture which might provide a clue to the whereabouts of the source of immortality. In order to retrieve the painting, Rebecca must infiltrate a wealthy household, learn more about the head of the family before finding an opportunity to escape. Before her journey is through, she will also have fallen in love. But how can she stay with the boy she cares for, when she must return to her own time before her time-travelling has a fatal effect on her body? And would she rather stay and die in love, or leave and live alone?
Gollancz | April 2014 | 320pp | Ms due June 2013 Rights: Translation US Rights: Maggie Hanbury Agency
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices EDWARD COX
dward Cox had his first short story published in 2000. After gaining a Masters degree in Creative Writing he went on to teach the subject at the University of Bedfordshire. The Relic Guild is his first completed novel and Gollancz is thrilled to welcome Edward to its ranks as one of its 2014 debut authors.
The Relic Guild A stunning commercial fantasy debut. It was said the Labyrinth had once been the great meeting place, a sprawling city at the heart of an endless maze where a million humans hosted the Houses of the Aelfir. The Aelfir who had brought trade and riches, and a future full of promise. But when the Thaumaturgists, overlords of human and Aelfir alike, went to war, everything was ruined and the Labyrinth became an abandoned forbidden zone, where humans were trapped behind boundary walls a hundred feet high. Now the Aelfir are a distant memory and the Thaumaturgists have faded into myth. Young Clara struggles to survive in a dangerous and dysfunctional city, where eyes are keen, nights are long, and the use of magic is punishable by death. She hides in the shadows, fearful that someone will discover she is touched by magic. She knows her days are numbered. But when a strange man named Fabian Moor returns to the Labyrinth, Clara learns that magic serves a higher purpose and that some myths are much more deadly in the flesh. The only people Clara can trust are the Relic Guild, a secret band of magickers sworn to protect the Labyrinth. But the Relic Guild are now too few. To truly defeat their old nemesis, Moor, mightier help will be required. To save the Labyrinth - and the lives of one million humans - Clara and the Relic Guild must find a way to contact the worlds beyond their walls.
Gollancz | June 2014 | 400pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: World
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices MIKE CAREY, LINDA CAREY, LOUISE CAREY
ike Carey is the author of the critically acclaimed Felix Castor novels, and is also a noted comics writer, having written scripts for the X-Men, Ultimate Fantastic Four, Hellblazer and the comics adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s Neverwhere, among many others. His most recent work is the New York Times bestselling series The Unwritten. Linda Carey is the author of the YA fantasy trilogy The Darkest Age under the name A J Lake. Louise Carey is the co-author, with Mike Carey, of the DC Comics graphic novel mini-series Confessions of a Blabbermouth.
The City of Silk and Steel An Arabian Nights-style fantasy by the acclaimed author of the Felix Castor novels, and his wife and daughter! Once, in a city known as Bessa, there was a sultan named Bokhari Al-Bokhari, who was thrown down by the zealots of the ascetic Hakkim Mehdad. The sultan, his wives and children were put to the sword, while his three hundred and sixty concubines were sent to a neighbouring caliph as tribute, Hakkim having no use for the pleasures of the flesh. But a day after the caravan had departed, Hakkim discovered that the concubines had hidden from him. His reaction was swift and cruel. Kill the women of the harem forthwith. Let not one survive. This is the tale – or tales – of how a group of remarkable women fight together to survive the fury of Hakkim and the rigours of the desert. It is the tale of the redemption and rise of Bessa, fabled City of Women. And it is the tale of an act of kindness that carries the seed of death, and will return to bring darkness and the end of a dream . . .
Gollancz | March 2013 | 400pp Rights: Translation US Rights: Ki Agency Option Publishers: French: Bragelonne | German: VGS | Polish: MAG
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices NATHAN HAWKE
athan Hawke is a pseudonym for British fantasy author Stephen Deas.
Gallow: The Crimson Shield Gallow: Cold Redemption Gallow: The Last Bastion Fantasy needs a new hero. Meet Gallow: trouble for anyone who crosses him. “I have been Truesword to my friends, Griefbringer to my enemies. To most of you I am just another Northlander here to take your women and drink your mead, but to those who know me, my name is Gallow. I fought for my king for seven long years. I have served lords and held my shield beside common men. I have fled in defeat and I have tasted victory and I will tell you which is sweeter. Despise me then, for I have slain more of your kin than I can count, though I remember every single face.” A protagonist with a big sword, a troubled past and big sense of justice. The whole of this exciting new trilogy will be published over three months and will be perfect for fans of David Gemmell.
Gollancz | July, August, September 2013| 320 pp | Ms available Rights: World Option publishers: US: Berkley | French: Pygmalion | German: Heyne |
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices PETER HIGGINS
ollancz welcomes a powerful new voice to SF. Peter Higgins read English at Oxford and was Junior Research Fellow at Wolfson College before joining the Civil Service. He began writing fantasy and SF stories in 2006 and his work has appeared in Fantasy: Best of the Year 2007 and Best New Fantasy 2. Wolfhound Century is his first novel.
Wolfhound Century A gripping SF thriller in a brilliantly realised alternate Russia. The endless forest and its antique folklore are of no concern to Inspector Vissarion Lom, summoned to the capital in order to catch a terrorist. A totalitarian state, worn down by an endless war, must be seen to crush home-grown terrorism with an iron fist. Lom was chosen because he is an outsider, not involved in the struggle for power within the party. And because of the sliver of angel stone implanted in his head at the children’s home. His investigations reveal secrets so ancient that only the forest remembers and catapults Lom into a perilous, life-threatening conspiracy. ‘An amazing, fast-paced story in a fantasy world poised dangerously on the edge of quantum probability, a world where angels war with reality.’ Peter F Hamilton ‘Like vintage China Mieville, but with all the violent narrative thriller drive of Ian Fleming at his edgiest.’ Richard Morgan ‘I absolutely loved Wolfhound Century’ Higgins’s world is a truly original creation, Russian cosmism and Slavic mythology filtered through steampunk and le Carre. What really captured me was his beautiful style and language: his metaphors and associations flow smoothly like the waters of the Mir, and, like Lom without his angel stone, make you see the world in a new way.’ Hannu Rajaniemi
Gollancz | March 2013 | 368 pp Rights: World Rights sold: US: Orbit | Finnish: Gummerus | French: Bragelonne | German: Heyne | Polish: Akurat
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices JOHN HORNOR JACOBS
ohn Hornor Jacobs has already made his writing debut in the States, with Southern Gods, which was short-listed for the Bram Stoker Award for First Novel and The Twelve Fingered Boy series of young adult novels. ‘Jacobs’ storytelling has the effortless velocity of early Dean Koontz, and his prose is textured with hard-boiled grit... An expertly spiced stew of attitude, humor, horror, and grief’ Booklist. Gollancz is excited to be launching this gritty new fantasy voice in the UK in 2014. www.johnhornorjacobs.com.
The Incorruptibles A brand new voice combining the gritty fantasy of Joe Abercrombie with the fasttalking roguish charm of Chris Wooding. In the contested and unexplored territories at the edge of the Empire, a boat is making its laborious way up stream. Riding along the banks are the mercenaries hired to protect it - from raiders, bandits and, most of all, the Stretchers, elf-like natives who kill any intruders into their territory. The mercenaries know this is dangerous, deadly work. But it is what they do. In the boat the drunk governor of the territories and his sons and daughters make merry. They believe that their status makes them untouchable. They are wrong. And with them is a mysterious, beautiful young woman, who is the key to peace between warring nations and survival for the Empire. When a callow mercenary saves the life of the Governor on an ill-fated hunting party, the two groups are thrown together. For Fisk and Shoe - two tough, honourable mercenaries surrounded by corruption, who know they can always and only rely on each other - their young companion appears to be playing with fire. The nobles have the power, and crossing them is always risky. And although love is a wonderful thing, sometimes the best decision is to walk away. Because no matter how untouchable or deadly you may be, the Stretchers have other plans. Gollancz | April 2014 | 400pp | Ms due April 2013 Rights: World
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices STEPHEN HUNT
ollancz is thrilled to welcome Stephen Hunt to its ranks with the start of an exciting new series. Canadian by birth, but now living in Spain and the UK, Stephen Hunt studied both Marketing and Art and Design in London before embarking on a career in publishing. His first book, the fantasy novel For the Crown and the Dragon, was published in 1994. His Jackalian series is published by Harper Collins. He is the founder of the SF and Fantasy web portal SFcrowsnest.com.
In Dark Service The start of a brand new fantasy adventure trilogy by an acclaimed fantasy author. The world of Plenas has a land mass 550 million times the surface area of the Earth and is a place where peddler caravans can take a thousand years to complete a limited circuit of their trade territory. Jacob Carnehan the priest of the Church of the Three Saints in the harbour town of Northgate, and his wild son Carter have a difficult relationship. Carter resents his timid soft-spoken father and yearns for adventure. The old adage about being careful what you wish for was never better applied than to Carter, as a massive six hundred-rotor warcraft flies over his hometown, parachuting slave raiders down into Northgate. Burning and slaying all before them, the slavers are interested solely in sturdy young trade flesh and capture Carter and the majority of his youthful companions. Jacob is resolved to rescue his only child. He really isn’t as serene as his parishioners once believed. The man Jacob has worked so hard to become is being shed like a snakeskin, and despite his best efforts to hold onto serenity, the man he once was, is now slowly returning. And in that man’s shadow, demons will not tread, righteous gunfire will bark, and sabre steel will stab down anyone who dares to oppose him. Hell is coming, and neither father nor son will recognise each other when they are finally reunited..
Gollancz | January 2014 | 512pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: World
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices SIMON INGS
imon Ings is an English novelist and science writer living in London. He was born in July 1965 in Horndean and educated at Churcher’s College, Petersfield, at King’s College London and Birkbeck College, London. He has written a number of science fiction and thriller novels, short prose and articles for national newspapers, and has just taken up the position as editor of Arc, a new science fiction magazine from the New Scientist stable. Which is quite timely, as Simon’s new novel tackles the subject of augmented reality and its role in our digital future.
Wolves A new work of science fiction from the acclaimed novelist and science writer Simon Ings. At school, Connie and Micky were best friends. Together they cooked up all the ways the world could end. Years later, Michel imagines apocalypses for a living, and lives inside fantasies of the Fall. Conrad works in advertising, spinning aspirational dreams out of imaginary light. Their reunion promises to reveal who killed Conrad’s mother. It’s also going to make them a lot of money, wreck Michel’s marriage and maybe – just maybe – bring about the collapse of Western civilization. Based on work and research in the booming field of augmented reality, Wolves is a surreal whodunnit about what happens when unhappy men get their hands on powerful media. Part crime novel, part coming-of-age tale and part intellectual thriller, it should appeal to readers of Margaret Atwood’s The Year of the Flood and Michel Faber’s Under the Skin – an informed, atmospheric cutting-edge tale of the near future. ‘Modern science fiction in full pomp.’ Christopher Priest ‘One of the very few British writers [who is] both contemporary and genuinely challenging’ James Flint, Guardian
Gollancz | February 2014 | 400pp | Ms due July 2013 Rights: US Translation: Louisa Pritchard Associates
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices PHILLIP MANN
hillip Mann was born in 1942 and studied English and Drama at Manchester University and later in California. He worked in the New China News Agency in Beijing for two years but has lived in New Zealand since 1969, working as a theatre critic, drama teacher and university Reader in Drama. As well as writing novels, he has written a number of plays and stories for Radio New Zealand.
The Disestablishment of Paradise An ecological SF thriller from one of the greats of the genre. Something has gone wrong on the planet of Paradise. The human settlers – farmers and scientists – are finding that their crops won’t grow and their lives are becoming more and more dangerous. The indigenous plant life – never entirely safe – is changing in unpredictable ways, and the imported plantings wither and die. And so the order is given – Paradise will be abandoned. All personnel will be removed and reassigned. And all human presence on the planet will be disestablished. Not all agree with the decision. There are some who believe that Paradise has more to offer the human race. That the planet is not finished with the intruders, and that the risks of staying are outweighed by the possible rewards. And so the leader of the research team and one of the demolition workers set off on a journey across the planet. Along the way they will encounter the last of the near-mythical Dendron, the vicious Reapers and the deadly Tattersall Weeds as they embark on an adventure which will bring them closer to nature, to each other and, eventually, to Paradise.
Gollancz | February 2013 | 368pp Rights: World
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices DEN PATRICK
en Patrick has worked at Titan as a comics and role-playing writer and is currently SF and Fantasy buyer for the bookshop Blackwells. This year, Gollancz publishes Den’s Fighting Manuals for Orcs, Elves and Dwarves, but next year we are delighted to launch his stunningly original fantasy The Boy with the Porcelain Blade.
The Boy with the Porcelain Blade A thrilling new voice with echoes of Mervyn Peake, Scott Lynch and Jon Courtenay Grimwood. Lucien de Fontein has grown up different. One of the mysterious and misshapen Orfano who appear around the Kingdom of Landfall, he is a talented fighter yet constantly lonely, tormented by his deformity, and well aware that he is a mere pawn in a political game. Ruled by an insane King and the venomous Majordomo, it is a world where corruption and decay are deeply rooted - but to a degree Lucien never dreams possible when he first discovers the plight of the ‘insane’ women kept in the haunting Sanatoria. Told in a continuous narrative interspersed with flashbacks we see Lucien grow up under the care of his tutors. We watch him forced through rigorous Testings, and fall in love, set against his yearning to discover where he comes from, and how his fate is tied to that of every one of the deformed Orfano in the Kingdom, and of the eerie Sanatoria itself. The Boy with the Porcelain Blade is an ornate, dark fantasy in an original, beautifully imagined world, populated by unforgettable characters.
Gollancz | March 2014 | 320pp | Ms available Rights: World
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices ANTOINE ROUAUD
ollancz is thrilled to welcome Antoine Rouaud. Acquired in an exciting pre-empt at the Frankfurt Book Fair last year, The Book and the Sword is set to make Rouaud a major new player in the fantasy genre.
The Path of Anger The Book and the Sword: 1 An exciting debut: fast-paced, brilliantly imagined, perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin. An empire has been overthrown. An emperor has been murdered. A republic has risen from the ashes . . . and now an assassin may be trying to bring it down. This debut fantasy strikes for the heart – and readers will be swept away by it. Gollancz has a history of publishing terrific European fantasy in translation including Pierre Pevel and Andrzej Sapkowski
Gollancz | October 2013 | 412pp | Ms due April 2013 Rights: US Translation: Bragelonne
Science Fiction & Fantasy
New Voices JON WALLACE
on Wallace, another exciting Gollancz debut for 2014 is a thrilling new voice in British SF. Jon has written acclaimed short stories for Interzone. Barricade is his first full-length novel.
Barricade A dynamic, violent and hugely intelligent SF road thriller - a desperate journey through a ruined future world. Kenstibec was genetically engineered to build a new world, but the apocalypse forced a career change. These days he drives a taxi instead. A fast-paced, droll and disturbing novel, Barricade is a savage road trip across the dystopian landscape of post- apocalypse Britain, narrated by the cold-blooded yet magnetic antihero, Kenstibec. Kenstibec is a member of the ‘Ficial’ race, a breed of merciless super-humans. Their war on humanity has left Britain a wasteland where Ficials hide in barricaded cities, besieged by tribes of human survivors. Originally optimised for construction, Kenstibec earns his keep as a taxi driver, running any Ficial who will pay, from one surrounded city to another. The trips are always eventful, but this will be his toughest yet. His fare is a narcissistic journalist who’s touchy about her luggage. His human guide is constantly plotting to kill him. And that’s just the start of his troubles. On his journey he encounters ten-foot killer rats, a mutant King with a TV fixation, a drugcrazed army, and even the creator of the Ficial race. He also finds time to uncover a terrible plot to destroy his species for good - and humanity too.
Gollancz | March 2014 | 400pp | Ms available Rights: World Rights sold: German: Heyne
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BEN AARONOVITCH www.the-folly.com
NEW FROM JOE ABERCROMBIE www.joeabercrombie.com
The Peter Grant series (2011-2013) Book I: Rivers of London (2011) Book II: Moon over Soho (2011) Book III: Whispers under Ground (June 2012) Book IV: Broken Homes (2013) Ms available Ben Aaronovitch’s highly-acclaimed writing debut Rivers of London went straight into The Sunday Times Top Ten, beginning a fabulous urban fantasy series featuring PC Peter Grant. ‘Witty, well plotted, vividly written and addictively readable.’ The Times ‘What would happen if Harry Potter grew up and joined the Fuzz?’ Diana Gabaldon. Gollancz | 380pp | Rights: World (US, French, German: Zeno Agency) Rights sold: Czech: Laser Books | Hungarian: Agave | Italian: Fanucci | Japanese: Hayakawa | Korean: Hyundaemunhak | Polish: MAG | Portuguese (Brazil): Casa da Palaural | Spanish: Minotauro
Red Country Joe Abercrombie is the most successful fantasy novelist of his generation, with a remarkable, cynical and powerful voice cutting through the clichés of the fantasy genre to create something compelling and exceptionally commercial. With Red Country, Joe Abercrombie is once again venturing in a new direction, and on a new adventure, with one of the most enduring, powerful and popular characters of the First Law trilogy. It’s going to be their biggest challenge yet . . . Gollancz | October 2012 | 560pp | Rights: World Rights sold: US: Orbit | Czech: Pdaris | French: Bragelonne |German: Heyne | Polish: MAG | Spanish: Alianza Backlist publishers: Bulgarian: Colibri | Chinese Complex: Fantasy Foundation | Chinese Simple: Chongquing Daily News | Croatian: Algoritam | Czech: Polaris | Danish: Tellerup | Dutch: MYNX | Estonian: Varrak | Finnish: Kirjava | Greek: Anubis | Hebrew: Opus | Hungarian: Konyvmolykepzo Kiado | Israeli: Opus | Italian: Gargoyle | Portuguese (Brazil): Sextante | Portuguese (Portugal): Gailivro | Romanian: Nemira | Russian: Eksmo | Serbian: Laguna | Swedish: Damm | Turkish: Artemis
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JAMES BARCLAY www.jamesbarclay.com
NEW FROM: STEPHEN BAXTER www.stephen-baxter.com
Elves series (2010-2013) Book I: Elves: Once Walked with Gods (2010) Book II: Elves: Rise of the Taigethen (2012) Book III: Elves: Beyond the Mists of Katura (May 2013) Ms available James Barclay writes ‘action fantasy at its best’ (SFX Magazine). He is the author of Gollancz’s bestselling trilogies The Chronicles of the Raven and The Legends of the Raven which are now published in nine languages. His current, exciting actionpacked trilogy, telling the story of the Elven race is a uniquely entertaining take on a fantasy staple that will appeal to all fans of the genre. Gollancz | 352pp | Rights: World Rights sold: French: Bragelonne | German: Heyne Option Publishers: Russian: Eksmo Backlist Publishers: US: Pyr/Prometheus | Czech: Fantom Print | Dutch: MYNX | Italian: Nord | Polish: ISA | Spanish: La Factoria de Ideas
Proxima Proxima is a brand new novel from preeminent SF writer, Stephen Baxter. It is an awe-inspiring planetary romance set in the 27th century. Proxima Centauri, a red dwarf star, is the nearest star to our sun, and host to the world, Proxima IV, habitable by humans. Huddling close to the warmth, orbiting in weeks, Proxima IV keeps one face to its parent star at all times. The ‘substellar point’, with the star forever overhead, is a blasted desert, and the ‘antistellar point’ on the far side is under an ice cap in perpetual darkness. How would it be to live on such a world? Proxima will tell the amazing tale of how we colonise a harsh new Eden, and the secret we find there that will change our role in the Universe for ever. Gollancz | September 2013 | 400pp | Ms due January 2013 | Rights: World Option publishers: Czech: BB Art | French: Les Presses de la Cite | German: Heyne Backlist publishers: US: Berkley | Greek: Ioannis Koutsaftis | Hebrew: Yaniv | Spanish: La Factoria de Ideas and Minotauro
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ELSPETH COOPER www.elspethcooper.com
THE TRAITOR’S SON CYCLE (2012-2014)
The Wild Hunt series (2011-2014)
The Red Knight (2012)
Songs of the Earth (2011)
The Fell Sword (November 2013) Ms due May 2013
Trinity Rising (July 2012) Ms due April 2012
The Dread Wyrm (September 2014) Ms due January 2014
The Raven’s Shadow (July 2013) Ms available
A stunning new epic fantasy series with larger than life characters. A tale of betrayal, murder, ambition and love. Dark, violent, and brilliantly observed and written, this is an ideal series for fans of Joe Abercrombie, George R.R. Martin and A-list epic fantasy fiction. Gollancz | 2012-2014 | 600pp | Rights: World Rights sold: US: Orbit | French: Bragelonne | German: Heyne | Russian: Fantastika
The Dragon House (August 2014) Ms due October 2013 Elspeth Cooper is a spectacular new find for Gollancz: ‘A true storyteller-’ Alexander Kent. She carries forward the flame of new talent, following other outstandingly successful Gollancz debuts, including Joe Abercrombie, Scott Lynch, Patrick Rothfuss, Tom Lloyd and Kristin Cashore. The acquisition of her trilogy, The Wild Hunt, was met with a flurry of interest at the Frankfurt Book Fair and rights were snapped up in five territories. Gollancz | 2011-2014 | 360pp | Rights: World Rights Sold: US: Tor | Dutch: Mynx | French: Bragelonne | German: Heyne | Russian: Family Leisure Club | Spanish: Planeta
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EMPIRE OF THE SAVIOURS TRILOGY (2012-2014) Empire of the Saviours (2012) Gateway of the Saviours (March 2013) Book III of Empire of the Saviours Trilogy (May 2014) Ms due September 2013 Adam Dalton is a metaphysical fantasy writer whose trilogy that was launched with Empire of the Saviours this year demonstrates the defining aspects of the genre: gods interfering in people’s lives and the nature of the self and its dark side explored. The trilogy follows the adventures of Young Jillan, who goes on the run after he unwittingly performs illegal pagan ‘magicks’ in an accident and his whole town turns against him . . . Gollancz | 2012-2014 | 452pp | Rights: World Publishers: German: Blanvalet
Heritage of the Xandim (2009) Exodus of the Xandim (May 2013) ms delivered Maggie Furey’s latest series is the perfect introduction to the richness and wonder of Aurian - a world like no other. It tells the story of the genesis of the Artefacts of Power and charts the epic struggle for freedom of cursed people. This is fantasy at its purest and most enchanting. Magical high fantasy, perfect for a young female readership. Gollancz | 2009-2013 | 480pp | Rights: World Rights sold: Dutch: Mynx
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NEW FROM TONY GONZALES
NEW FROM GRAHAM JOYCE www.grahamjoyce.net
Year of the Ladybird
Epic SF – Game of Thrones meets Battlestar Galactica
A ghost story with a difference from an award-winning author.
Here comes an all-new adventure from Tony Gonzales, author and part-creator of the Eve Online Universe and tie-in novels. Tony established a strong audience with his two Eve novels, and his new project is perfect for fans of Battlestar Galactica and Peter F. Hamilton.
It is the summer of 1976, the hottest since records began and a young man leaves behind his student days and learns how to grow up. A first job in a holiday camp beckons. But with political and racial tensions simmering under the cloudless summer skies there is not much fun to be had. And soon there is a terrible price to be paid for his new-found freedom and independence. A price that will come back to haunt him, even in the bright sunlight of summer. Graham Joyce has crafted a deceptively simple tale of great power. With beautiful prose, wonderful characters and a perfect evocation of time and place, this is a novel that transcends the boundaries between the everyday and the supernatural while celebrating the power of both.
Earth has fallen to alien invasion. Our final hope lies in two enormous starships carrying both a population for a new world and fleets of attack ships for protection. Mankind must find new reserves of courage and cooperation, discover new tactics to beat the enemy and, in the end, make sure the enemy is not us. Driven by strong characters facing unendurable odds this is SF in the grand tradition: an epic adventure full of huge ships, vast battles and epic challenges in a freshly imagined world. Gollancz | January 2014 | 400pp | Ms due: June 2013 Rights: World
Gollancz | June 2013 | 400pp | Ms available Rights: Translation US: LBA Literary Agency Backlist Publishers: Chinese Complex: Business Weekly | French: Bragelonne | Greek: Kadath | Italy: Nord | Polish: MAG | Portuguese (Portugal): Bizancio | Romanian: Tritonic | Russian: Azbooka | Serbian: Dereta | Turkish: Final Yayincilik and Neo Yayincilik
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M. D. LACHLAN www.mdlachlan.com
NEW FROM TOM LLOYD www.tomlloyd.co.uk
Wolfsangel series (2010-2012) Wolfsangel (2010) Fenrir (2011) The Lord of Slaughter (2012) M.D. Lachlan has created an extraordinarily original, multi-volume fantasy that takes the werewolf from his beginnings as heir to a brutal Viking king, down through the ages. It is a journey that sees him hunt for his lost love through centuries and lives, and sees the endless battle between the wolf, Odin and Loki – the eternal trickster – spill over into countless bloody conflicts from our history. This is the myth of the werewolf as it has never been told before. Gollancz | 448pp | Rights: World Rights sold: US: Pyr/Prometheus | Bulgarian: Bard | Chinese Complex: Popular Press | Chinese Simple: Tianjin HuaWenTinXia | Dutch: Luitingh | French: Pygmalion | German: Heyne | Indonesian: Penerbit Kantera | Polish: Proszynski | Russian: Family Leisure Club
Moon’s Artifice Bestselling Gollancz author kicks off a spectacular new fantasy series, perfect for fans of George R. R. Martin, Joe Abercrombie and, of course, Tom Lloyd! On the cusp of an industrial age that threatens the warrior caste’s rule, the Empire of a Hundred Houses awaits civil war between noble factions. Centuries of conquest has made the empire a brittle and bloated monster, constrained by tradition and crying out for change. To save his own life and those of untold thousands Nariote must understand the key to it all: Moon’s Artifice – the poison that could destroy an empire. Gollancz | November 2013 | 400pp | Ms due: May 2013 | Rights: World Option Publishers: Czech: Fantom Print | German: Heyne | Polish: Rebis | Russian: Eksmo
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SCOTT LYNCH www.scottlynch.us
NEW FROM PAUL MCAULEY www.unlikelyworlds.blogspot.com
The Gentleman Bastard Sequence (2006-) The Lies of Locke Lamora (2006) Red Seas under Red Skies (2007) The Republic of Thieves (October 2013) Ms available Scott Lynch’s brilliantly original fantasy debut The Lies of Locke Lamora launched one of the most exciting new fantasy careers of the 21st century. Sold in twenty-five countries and optioned for television, Scott Lynch’s novels introduced the world to the thief and con-man Locke Lamora. Gollancz | 448pp | Rights: World Rights sold: US: Bantam | Bulgarian: Riva | Chinese Complex: China Times | Chinese Simple: Shanghai Translation | Czech: Laser | Dutch: De Boekerij | Finnish: WSOY | French: Bragelonne | German: Heyne | Greek: Unicorn | Hebrew: Aviel | Hungarian: Alexandra | Italian: Nord | Indonesian: Penerbit Matahati | Japanese: Hayakawa | Korean: D &C Media | Norwegian: Damm | Polish: MAG | Portuguese (Brazil): Sextante | Portuguese (Portugal): Saida de Emergencia | Romanian: RAO | Russian: AST | Serbian: Laguna | Spanish: Alianza | Swedish: Bonnier Carlsen | Thai: Pearl Publishing
Evening’s Empire The fourth novel in a quartet of linked space operas. After mankind’s divergent evolutionary strands went to war over a child and her vital memories in The Quiet War, Gardens of the Sun and In the Mouth of the Whale, now the epic struggle for mankind’s future reaches a new level of ferocity. Acclaimed for strong, believable hard science, McAuley here weaves this into a story of high drama and vast possibilities and dangers. Gollancz | July 2013 | 352pp | Ms available Rights: World Option Publishers: French: Bragelonne | German: Heyne | Polish: MAG
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The Spellcrackers.com series (2008-2014) The Sweet Scent of Blood (2008) The Cold Kiss of Death (2009) The Bitter Seed of Magic (2011) The Shifting Price of Prey (August 2012) Ms available The Hidden Rune of Iron (January 2014) Ms due May 2013 In 2008 Gollancz launched Suzanne McLeod’s paranormal romance series Spellcrackers.com – a sexy, sassy series guaranteed to spice up your reading life. The series features Genny Taylor, a female magical practitioner hired to sort out bad magic in a vibrant London peopled with a myriad of fantastic creatures: vamps, elves, goblins and witches. Each novel is actionpacked and full of humour, perfect for fans of Charlaine Harris, Kim Harrison and Laurell K. Hamilton. ‘The Sweet Scent of Blood is one of my favorite reads . . . The fast pace of the plot and the fascinating cast of characters will give you a happy little vacation between two covers.’ Charlaine Harris Gollancz | 352pp | Rights: World Rights sold: US: Berkley | Estonian: Varrak | German: Goldmann | Russian: Azbooka
Ragnarok Space Opera Trilogy (2010-2013) Absorption (2010) Transmission (January 2012) Resonance (December 2013) This is an epic space opera that pulls together ancient history, the dark events of the twentieth century and the far future. The Ragnarok universe not only provides a stunning SF rationale for Norse mythology but posits a world where pilots are locked into symbiotic relationships with their ships and the cities can come alive. A perfect series for fans of Peter F. Hamilton and Alastair Reynolds. Gollancz | 464pp | Rights: Translation US: MBA Literary Agency Option Publishers: Czech: Fantom Print | Russian: AST
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RICHARD MORGAN www.richardkmorgan.co.uk
NEW FROM SARAH PINBOROUGH www.sarahpinborough.com
The Steel Remains (2009) The Cold Commands (2011) The Dark Defiles (April 2014) Ms due December 2013 One of the key talents in science fiction has brought his uniquely hard-hitting style and trademark visceral writing style to fantasy, with extraordinary success. This new trilogy has turbo-driven plotting and thought-provoking characterization. Gollancz | 464pp | Rights: World Rights sold: US: Random House | French: Bragelonne | German: Heyne | Italian: Gargoyle | Polish: ISA Russian: Eksmo | Spanish: Alamut Backlist publishers: US: Random House | Bulgarian: Bard | Chinese Simple: Science Fiction World | Croatian: Algoritam | Czech: Triton | Finnish: Like | French: Bragelonne | Greek: Anubis | Hungarian: Agave | Japanese: Aspect | Korean: Minumsa | Lithuanian: Eridanas | Polish: ISA | Portuguese (Portugal): Saida de Emergencia | Romanian: Tritonic | Russian: AST | Serbian: Laguna | Swedish: Ordbilder | Turkish: Alfa Yayin Grubu
Fairy Tales: Tales in Tatters Poison (April 2013) Charm (July 2013) Beauty (October 2013) Three interwoven well-known fairy stories with deliciously dark twists. Each story Poison (Snow White), Charm (Cinderella) and Beauty (Sleeping Beauty) will be 40,000 words, illustrated, and have a clever twist at the end. The tales are also linked together quite deviously. Gollancz | April – October 2013 | 400pp | Ms due May 2013 | Rights: World
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The Dragon Arcana
The Quantum Thief (2010)
Pierre Pevel is one of the foremost writers of French fantasy today. The author of seven previous novels, he was awarded the Grand Prix L’Imaginaire in 2002 and the Prix Imaginales in 2005, both for best novel. The Cardinal’s Blades was voted the Best Fantasy Debut Novel of 2009.
The Fractal Prince (2012)
The Dragon Arcana is the epic conclusion of Pierre Pevel’s superb swashbuckling adventure set in Paris in the 17th Century. Full of courtly intrigue and draconic plots, it is perfect for fans of Dumas and Captain Alatriste, and core fantasy readers. Gollancz | November 2011 | 336pp Rights: US Translation: Bragelonne
Hannu Rajaniemi is from Finland and has a PhD in String Theory. Described by Charles Stross as ‘brilliant’ and ‘the next big thing in hard SF’, Hannu’s dazzling duology set in a far-flung solar system and featuring the amazing Jean le Flambeur has fantastic science, original concepts and excellent characters. Gollancz | 448pp | Rights: World Rights sold: US: Tor | Bulgarian: Bard | Czech: Laser Books | Finnish: Gummerus | French: Bragelonne | German: Piper | Hungarian: Ad Astra | Japanese: Hayakawa | Polish: MAG | Russian: Fantastika Book Club | Romania: Nemira | Spain: Bibliopolis | Turkey: Pegasus
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NEW FROM ROBERT RANKIN
NEW FROM ALASTAIR REYNOLDS
The Chickens of Atlantis and other Fowl and Filthy Fiends
On the Steel Breeze Poseidon’s Children Book 2
The fourth in Robert Rankin’s series of steampunk-tinged Victoriana novels featuring the master detective Cameron Bell (who has an unfortunate fondness for blowing up major landmarks) and his companion, Darwin, the Educated Ape, this is another masterpiece of comic fiction and SF.
Alastair Reynolds is an SF superstar, writing ingenious, hugely inventive, sprawling space adventures. Poseidon’s Children is a monumental trilogy tracing the Akinya family across more than ten thousand years of future history...out beyond the solar system, into interstellar space and the dawn of galactic society.
Gollancz | September 2013 | 368pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: World
Gollancz | August 2013 | 488pp | MS due June 2013 | Rights: World Rights sold: US: Berkley | Finnish: Like OY | Spanish: La Factoria de Ideas Option Publishers: French: Les Presses de la Cite| German: Heyne | Japanese: Hayakawa | Polish: MAG | Russian: AST
Science Fiction & Fantasy
NEW FROM ADAM ROBERTS
NEW FROM GAVIN SMITH
Twenty Trillion Leagues under the Sea It is 1954 and France’s first nuclear submarine, Plongeur, leaves port for the first of its sea trials. The Plongeur makes her first dive and goes down, and down and down... Out of control, the submarine plummets to a depth where the pressure will crush her hull, killing everyone on board, and beyond. Hundreds of miles, thousands... And so it goes on. And on board the crew succumb to madness, betrayal, religious mania and murder. Has the Plongeur left the limits of our world and gone elsewhere? Gollancz | November 2013 | 320pp | Ms due June 2013 | Rights: World
Crysis: Escalation The authorised tie-in to Crysis 3, one of the most highly anticipated games of 2013 Gollancz | February 2013 | 304pp Rights: World Rights sold: Polish: Insignis
Age of Scorpio A fast moving SF thriller set in a uniquely dark future from a new voice in the tradition of Peter F. Hamilton and Richard Morgan. Gollancz | April 2013 | 304pp Rights: World Backlist publishers: Bulgarian: Colibri | German: Blanvalet | Polish: Dwojka bez Sternika
Science Fiction & Fantasy
CHRIS WOODING www.chriswooding.com
Destiny Quest (2012-2013)
The Tales of the Ketty Jay (2009-
The Legion of Shadow (2012)
Retribution Falls (2009)
The Heart of Fire (November 2012) Ms available
Black Lung Captain (2010)
The Eye of Winter’s Fury (February 2014) Ms due May 2013 Fighting Fantasy meets World of Warcraft in a new type of adventure novel. Michael Ward has been writing and gaming for as long as he can remember. For him DestinyQuest is a fusion of those two passions. As you guide your hero through this epic adventure, you will be choosing the dangers that they face, the monsters that they fight and the treasures that they find. Every decision that you make will have an impact on the story and, ultimately, the fate of your hero. Gollancz | 560pp | Rights: World Publishers: French: Bragelonne | Spanish: Mundos Epicos
The Iron Jackal (2011) The Ace of Skulls (September 2013) Ms due May 2013 This is a fun, action-packed series from an internationally celebrated author. Each heist-ridden novel with its superb cast of characters is full of double-crossing entertainment and holds significant appeal for both a teen readership and the growing steampunk market. Perfect for fans of Firefly. Gollancz | 480pp | Rights: World Rights sold: US: Titan Publishing | Bulgarian:Studio Art | French: Bragelonne | German: Heyne | Polish: Amber | Russian: Eksmo
Science Fiction & Fantasy
ohn Adamson is a Fellow of Peterhouse, Cambridge, and has written extensively on sixteenth and seventeenth-century political and cultural history. He is a winner of the Royal Historical Society’s Alexander Prize and Cambridge University’s Seeley Medal for History. The Noble Revolt was published to wide acclaim in 2007 and was awarded the Samuel Pepys Prize.
The War of the Realms The boldest revision of the history of English Civil War in over a hundred years. As a sequel to the widely acclaimed The Noble Revolt, which described the political crisis that brought about the overthrow of Charles I, The War of the Realms picks up the story as it reaches its bloody climax. Adamson’s gripping narrative focuses on the struggle between Parliamentarians and Royalists to realize their rival political visions of Britain’s future through war, diplomacy and political intrigue. But this is much more than a sequel. Adamson looks beyond the world of Westminster and the court to examine the experience of war, its impact on individual lives and families, and – perhaps most importantly of all – its massive long-term influence on the size and power of the British state, the consequences of which endure today. The book’s originality is driven by an astonishing number of archival discoveries. Personalities are revealed with detail where earlier historians had to resort to speculation, and the dramatis personae of the English Civil War are wholly redefined. The War of the Realms presents a magnificent new account of Britain’s greatest-ever internal political crisis that is both compellingly argued and beautifully told. Also by John Adamson: The Noble Revolt (2007)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | September 2014 | 600pp | Proposal available | Ms due January 2014 Rights: World
History & Current Affairs
en Chu studied Modern History at Jesus College, Oxford and has been a lead writer at the Independent since 2004, where he is currently Economics Editor. Chinese Whispers is his first book.
Chinese Whispers Why everything you thought you knew about the world’s most populous nation is wrong A corrective to Western assumptions about modern China. The West has been getting China wrong for centuries. Our perspective on this sprawling and complex empire tends to be skewed by our own insecurities and the assumption that in China’s rise we are witnessing the inevitable eclipse of the Western world. Ben Chu identifies seven common myths – or ‘whispers’ – that hold sway about modern China, and deconstructs them. Some, such as the supposedly inexhaustible Chinese appetite for work, have a long lineage; others are more recent, such as the myth that Chinese parents bully their children into success or the frequently asserted notion that it is only a matter of time before China rules the world. By examining the twisting roots of these assumptions and contrasting them with the reality, Ben Chu gets to grips with modern China in an iconoclastic and illuminating portrait of this profoundly misunderstood country. Those who raise the alarm about the economic expansion of China are right about one thing: the Western world’s relationship with China will help to define the twenty-first century. It is time for the West to stop getting China wrong, and to stop listening to the Chinese Whispers.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | October 2013 | 352pp | Ms due May 2013 Rights: World Rights sold: Russian: Astrel
History & Current Affairs
erry Deary is the author of the internationally bestselling Horrible Histories series, popular among children for their disgusting details, gory information and sharp wit, and among adults for engaging children (and themselves) with history. He was voted Outstanding Children’s Non-Fiction Author of the 20th Century by Books for Keeps magazine. He is also an actor and writer for stage, television and film. www.terry-deary.com
Dangerous Days In the Roman Empire An exciting new series of accessible, in-your-face, history books by an expert populariser. The Romans have long been held up as one of the first ‘civilised’ societies, and yet in fact they were capable of immense cruelty: they made killing of humans into a sport; and some of the spoiled emperors were the perpetrators (and victims) of some horribly imaginative murders. These include animal attacks in the Coliseum, being thrown from the Tarpeian Rock, death by kicking (Nero and Poppea), death from poisonous mushrooms, by flogging, boiling, being skinned alive . . . Written in Deary’s crisp, dry style, and laced with his trade-mark black humour Dangerous Days in Ancient Rome will look at the back-story to some of the gruesome deaths, and in so doing will give the general reader a concise history of a misunderstood era.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | November 2013 | 224pp | Ms due June 2013 Rights: World
History & Current Affairs
ames Evans gained a PhD at Oriel College, Oxford, following a first-class Masters in Historical Research. He has worked as a producer on several historical television documentaries for the BBC and Channel 4.
Merchant Adventurers The Voyage that Launched Modern England A Tudor voyage of exploration – an extraordinary story of daring, discovery and tragedy. In 1533 a pioneering voyage was undertaken in an attempt to find a new, shorter route to China and its riches, skirting through the icy seas round the top of Norway and along Asia’s northern rim. Two of the three ships became trapped in an Arctic bay by the oncoming winter; the captain and his crew were discovered by Russian fishermen the following summer, their bodies still frozen in the thawing ice. Sir Hugh Willoughby, the captain of the doomed ships, kept diaries which were recovered from his final resting place, and James Evans has used these to build a vivid account of the tragic fate of the two ships. A third ship, commanded by Richard Chancellor fared better, thanks to his study of the navigational sciences that were beginning to transform Europe. He voyaged over a thousand miles by sled through the Russian wilderness to Moscow, where he dined at the court of Ivan the Terrible. Chancellor returned to London as a hero, only to be drowned on his second journey to Muscovy two years later. Yet, as Evans makes clear, his ground-breaking achievements laid the foundations for England’s subsequent expansion on the global stage. Merchant Adventurers illuminates wider themes in the history of exploration, trade, science and globalisation. But, above all, it promises to be a gripping and tragic story of adventure.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | September 2013 | 352pp | Ms due June 2013 Rights: World
History & Current Affairs
drian Goldsworthy has a doctorate from Oxford University. His first book, The Roman Army at War, was recognised by John Keegan as an exceptional work, original in treatment and impressive in style. His monumental biography of Julius Caesar published in 2006 has been translated into fourteen languages.
Augustus From obscure teenager to Rome’s first and greatest emperor: Augustus’s rise to power, by an acclaimed expert on ancient Rome. In 44BC, on the death of Julius Caesar, Augustus stepped forward to proclaim himself Caesar’s rightful successor. He was not yet twenty years old. Over the next ten years he consolidated his power in Rome, and finally overthrew the last of his rivals in 31 BC. From that moment on Rome became an empire, and Augustus its first emperor. Adrian Goldsworthy’s biography is the first major book about Augustus and his legacy for well over a decade and is destined to become the standard work for years to come. Also by Adrian Goldsworthy: Roman Warfare (2000); Cannae (2001); In the Name of Rome (2003); The Fall of Carthage (2003); Caesar (2006); The Fall of the West (2009); Antony and Cleopatra (2010)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | July 2014 | 582pp | Ms due November 2013 | Proposal available Rights: World Augustus (2014) Publishers: US: Yale | Spanish: La Estera de Los Libros Option Publishers: Dutch: Ambo/Anthos | Finnish: Gummerus | Korean: Rubybox | Portuguese (Portugal): A Esfera dos Livros | Russian: Eksmo
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eorge Goodwin is a history graduate of Cambridge, where he was awarded a Foundation exhibition. He is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts and lives in London. His 2010 debut for Weidenfeld and Nicolson, Fatal Colours, was warmly praised: ‘Vivid, humane and superbly researched.’ David Starkey.
Fatal Rivalry Power, personality and the decisive battle for Renaissance Britain The relationship between England and Scotland became defined by the biggest and bloodiest battle in British history: the Battle of Flodden. James IV came to the Scottish throne as a fifteen-year-old widely suspected of ordering the murder of his own father. Chronicling James’s curbing of a nobility to whom regicide was second nature, Fatal Rivalry charts his ascent to the first ruler of a unified Scotland. It shows how he was able to outfox Henry VII, and how Scotland and England later signed a Treaty of Perpetual Peace, cemented by James’s marriage to Henry’s eldest daughter, Margaret Tudor. But peace was never guaranteed for long. After the death of Henry VII, James’s ambition to become a great Renaissance prince soon clashed with the new teenage king, his brother-in-law, Henry VIII. The ensuing rivalry was a full-scale political, ceremonial and even cultural competition at a time of rapid technological, economical and geopolitical change, fuelled by shifting alliances with France and Spain, Popes and Emperors. This book captures the importance of the key players in the story, as they bring the two countries inexorably to war. Fatefully it would be an error by James, that most charismatic of commanders, and in the thick of engagement, that would make him the last British king to die in battle, that would condemn the bulk of his nobles to a similarly violent death and that would settle the fate of Scotland. Also by George Goodwin: Fatal Colours (2011) Weidenfeld & Nicolson | July 2013 | 288pp | Ms available Rights: World Fatal Colours (2011) Publishers: US: WW Norton Fatal Rivalry (2013) Publishers: US: WW Norton
History & Current Affairs
isa Hilton was educated at Oxford University and lives with her husband in London. Her first book for Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2005, a biography of actress-turned-duchess, Lavinia Fenton, was a huge hit with the critics: ‘Hilton’s style is … positively edible.’ Observer
Elizabeth A Biography The definitive portrait of a brilliant and compelling monarch: Queen Elizabeth I. It is more than a decade since publication of David Starkey’s biography of Elizabeth. Assimilating new discoveries and interpretations from the academic corpus, Lisa Hilton takes a new direction. She argues that Elizabeth’s royalty negated her gender, and that the queen regarded herself primarily as a prince. Hilton carefully grounds this approach in contemporary Renaissance theory, and in turn provides a fresh perspective on Elizabeth’s emotional and sexual life, as well as her drive to fashion England as a Renaissance state. Elizabeth was not merely an exceptional woman, but an exceptional ruler, and Lisa Hilton redefines English history with this vibrant and utterly comprehensive account of her life and times. Also by Lisa Hilton: The Real Queen of France (2005), Mistress Peachum’s Pleasure (2005); Queens Consort (2008); The Horror of Love (2011)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | July 2014 | 512pp | Ms due November 2013 Rights: World Queens Consort (2008) Publishers: US: Pegasus The Horror of Love (2011) Publishers: US: Pegasus
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ir Alistair Horne is a distinguished award-winning historian whose books include Back into Power, Small Earthquake in Chile, The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 (Hawthornden Prize), To Lose a Battle: France 1940, The French Army and Politics, 1870–1970, A Bundle from Britain, and A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962 (Wolfson Prize).
Hubris Ten battles that have defined the history of the 21st century and shaped our world by ‘One of the best writers of history in the English-speaking world’, Financial Times. Alistair Horne analyses ten historical battles which had consequences above and beyond the war itself. The common thread running through his choices is hubris, or complacency, or a deadly mix of the two. In the nineteenth century, Trafalgar was lost almost as an oversight by a thoroughly hubristic Napoleon. In the twentieth century nothing illustrated the theme better than the two Pacific battles of Tsushima in 1905 and Midway in 1942, covering a period which began with the extraordinary rise of the Japanese Empire to its spectacular demise at Hiroshima in 1945. The other battles with awesome consequences include: Verdun, 1916; Khalkin Gol, 1938, on the SiberianManchurian frontier; Sedan, 1940; the defence of Moscow in 1941; Dien Bien Phu, 1954; the Six Day War in 1967 and the Yom Kippur War in 1973. Alistair Horne’s brilliant work of narrative history has three sections: the Pacific (including Russia and Japan); France; and the Middle East. Each begins with an introduction setting the historical scene, followed by a brief account of the battle itself. Each chapter closes by dramatically showing the longer-term consequences for our times. Also by Alistair Horne: Back into Power (1955); The Price of Glory: Verdun 1916 – Hawthornden Prize (1962), To Lose a Battle: France 1940 (1969); A Savage War of Peace: Algeria 1954–1962 – Wolfson Prize (1977); Seven Ages of Paris (2002); The Age of Napoleon (2004); La Belle France (2005); The French Revolution (2008); Kissinger 1973 (2009) Weidenfeld & Nicolson | September 2014 | 336pp | Proposal available | Ms due January 2014 | Rights: Translation US Rights: PFD
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obert Hutchinson has made his name as a popular historian with several critically acclaimed and commercially successful books on Tudor history. The Daily Express on The Last Days of Henry VIII said ‘the scholarship of this book is meticulous… Hutchinson brilliantly conveys the atmosphere of terror and provides an across-the-spectrum grand-slam portrait of the second Tudor monarch. No-one writing about Henry VIII in the future will be able to ignore this magnificent book.’
Thomas Blood The story of the audacious crimes of Colonel Thomas Blood: double agent at the court of Charles II. Thomas Blood attempted to steal the Crown Jewels from the Tower of London on 9 May 1671. When he was arrested, he happily acknowledged that the outrage. But Blood was not just a daring thief attempting one of the greatest crimes in English history: he had already been involved in an abortive coup d’état in his native Ireland, the attempted murder of the Duke of Ormond outside Clarence House, and an attempted assassination of Charles II while the king was swimming in the River Thames. Why was Blood not immediately executed for treason? The plain truth is that this brash adventurer was more useful to Charles alive than hanging from the gallows. Smoothtalking and brimming with Irish charm and wit, Blood became a spy for the king, eavesdropping on within the feverish atmosphere of the court, while also acting as a double agent. Robert Hutchinson grippingly describes the hotbed of political intrigue and conspiracy surrounding the ‘Merry Monarch’. Also by Robert Hutchinson: The Last Days of Henry VIII (2006); Elizabeth’s Spy Master(2007); Thomas Cromwell (2008); House of Treason (2009); Young Henry (2011); The Spanish Armada (2013); Weidenfeld & Nicolson | April 2014 | 324pp | Ms due September 2013 Rights: World Weapons of Mass Destruction (2003) Publishers: Italian: Newton Compton Last Days of Henry VIII (2006) Publishers: US: HarperCollins | Czech: Jiri Sevcik | Dutch: Uitgeverij Houtekiet | Polish: Amber | Portuguese: Casa das Letras Elizabeth’s Spy Master (2007) Publishers: US: St. Martin’s Press Thomas Cromwell (2008) Publishers: US: St. Martin’s Press House of Treason (2009) Publishers: Czech: Jiri Sevcik Young Henry (2011) Publishers: US: St. Martin’s Press The Spanish Armada (2013): Publishers: Spanish: Pasado & Presente
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fter a distinguished teaching career Lawrence James became a full-time writer and has emerged as one of the outstanding narrative historians of his generation. His books include Crimea: The War with Russia in Contemporary Photographs; The Savage Wars: British Campaigns in Africa 1870-1920, Mutiny: Mutinies in British and Commonwealth Forces 1797-1956 and Imperial Rearguard: The Last Wars of Empire. He regularly appears on television and writes for the Daily Mail, The Times and Literary Review.
Churchill and Empire A genuinely new biography of Churchill by a leading historian. As a young army officer in the late nineteenth century, Churchill’s first experience of the British Empire was serving in conflicts in India, South Africa and the Sudan. His attitude towards the Empire at the time was the stereotypical Victorian paternalistic approach. As a politician he consistently relied on the Empire for support during crises, but was angered by any demands for nationalisation. He held what many would regard today as racist views, in that he felt that some nationalities were superior to others, but he didn’t regard those positions as fixed. His outmoded attitude was one of the reasons the British voters rejected him after a Second World War in which – it was universally felt – he had led the country brilliantly. His attitude remained Victorian in a world that was shaping up very differently. However, it would be a mistake to consider Churchill merely as an anachronistic soldier. He grasped the problems of the Cold War immediately, believing that immature nations prematurely given independence would be more likely to be sucked into the vortex of Communism. This view chimed with American foreign policy, and made the Americans rather more pragmatic about their demands for selfgovernance for Empire countries. Lawrence James has written a fascinating portrait of an endlessly interesting statesman – and one that includes tantalising vignettes about his penchants for silk underwear and champagne. Also by Lawrence James published by Abacus (most recent titles): The Illustrated Rise and Fall of the British Empire (1999); Warrior Race: the British at War (2001); The Iron Duke (2002); The Middle Class (2006); Aristocrats (2009 Weidenfeld & Nicolson | July 2013 | 448pp | Proposal available | Ms available Rights: US Translation Rights: Andrew Lownie
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reg Jenner is a graduate of the University of York and the Historical Consultant to CBBC’s multi-award winning Horrible Histories series, and a blogger for the Huffington Post.
A Million Years in a Day A History of Everyday Life A popular history of everyday life, from the Stone Age to the ‘phone age. How old is monogamy? Who invented streets? Why did cows change the world? When was the first war and how was it fought? What is time and how have we measured it? Who invented cookery? When did we discover medicine, and when did it actually start working? Who wrote the first song? When did we first build permanent homes? How old is fashion? Told in a cheerful and wry style, A Million Years in a Day will answer all these questions and more. Drawing on his experience in making the past entertaining and accessible on the award-winning Horrible Histories television series, Greg Jenner will narrate the variety of ordinary life in easily-digestible thematic snippets, while also reminding us that our ancestors were not so very different from us. This is a history of everything you never considered, a smorgasbord of learning. It is the story of your life in a day, one million years in the making.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | May 2014 | 320pp | Ms due July 2013 Rights: World
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hris Lightbown was an investigative journalist on The Sunday Times and has been a consultant on enquiries into the Hillsborough disaster and the death of Princess Diana.
The Strange Death of JFK Astounding and convincing inquiry into the assassination of US president John F Kennedy in Texas in 1963. Published to coincide with the 50th anniversary of the assassination, Lightbown’s book takes advantage of the new information that has emerged since the passing of President Clinton’s JFK Act. Even as the anniversary approaches, there is still no definitive answer as to who killed Kennedy. The argument rages between those who believe the official version – that he was killed by Lee Harvey Oswald, acting alone – and those who believe the President was a victim of a conspiracy. Chris Lightbown’s masterly book is the first to use the network of high-quality but little-known independent researchers whose findings have been largely ignored by the mainstream media. The author dismisses bizarre conspiracy theories to allow the extraordinary evidence to speak for itself.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | September 2013 | 512pp | Ms due June 2013 | Proposal available Rights: World
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ory MacLean is an acclaimed travel writer whose eight books, including best-sellers ‘Stalin’s Nose’ and ‘Under the Dragon’ have challenged and invigorated the genre, and – according to the late John Fowles – are among works that ‘marvellously explain why literature still lives’. Born in Canada and resident for many years in Britain, Rory Maclean now lives in Berlin. http://www.rorymaclean.com
Berlin The intimate biography of one of world’s great cities. Imagine Berlin. Imagine a city of fragments and ghosts, a laboratory of ideas, the fount of both the brightest and darkest designs of history’s most bloody century. Through a series of intimate portraits of some of its key residents over five centuries, Rory MacLean weaves together a rich, interconnected, energetic history of this volatile city. From the crippled medieval balladeer whose suffering explains the Nazi’s rise to power, to the architect Schinkel whose insomnia created a capital on the barren Prussian plain, to Christopher Isherwood, who let his fiction reshape the city. Alongside them we encounter Marlene Dietrich flaunting her sexuality in ‘The Blue Angel’, Goebbels concocting Nazi iconography, Hitler fantasizing about the mega-city Germania and David Bowie recording his ‘Heroes’, as well as the ambitious prostitute who refashioned herself as a royal princess, the Scottish mercenaries who fought for the Prussian Army, the fearful Communist Party functionary who helped to build the Wall, and the immoral, genius chemist who invented both agricultural fertiliser and poison gas. Berlin: A Biography uncovers and evokes the seen and the unseen, in a unique portrait of one of the world’s great cities. Also by Rory Maclean, published by I. B. Tauris: Stalin’s Nose (1992); The Oatmeal Ark (1997); Under the Dragon (1998); Next Exit Magic Kingdom (2000); Falling for Icarus (2004); Magic Bus (Penguin, 2006); Missing Lives (Dewi Lewis Publishing, 2010); Gift of Time (Constable, 2011)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | January 2014 | 400pp | Proposal available | Ms due June 2013 Rights: World Rights Sold: Dutch: Be Bezige Bij
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fter growing up in London, Ramita Navai returned to live in the city of her birth in 2003 and spent three years reporting for The Times as their Tehran correspondent, before working as a volunteer in a school for street children in south Tehran. She has also worked extensively as a journalist for the United Nations and as an investigative reporter for the award-winning Channel 4 documentary series Unreported World. She was recently awarded an Emmy for her undercover reporting from Syria, and in 2012 won the Royal Society of Literature Jerwood Award for non-fiction for this book.
City of Lies A searing portrait of modern Tehran that reveals the brutal reality of life in one of the world’s most repressive and secretive states. This is not the Tehran we glimpse in news stories. This is the other, hidden Tehran – a city that survives on an intricate network of lies and falsehoods. It is a place where Mullahs visit prostitutes, gangs sell guns supplied by corrupt Revolutionary Guards, cosmetic surgeons restore girls’ virginity and homemade porn is bought and sold in the bazaars. It is also the home of our eight protagonists, drawn from across the spectrum of Iranian society – the gun runner, the ageing socialite, the porn star, the assassin and enemy of the state who ends up working for the Republic, the volunteer religious policeman who undergoes a sex change, the dutiful housewife who files for divorce. Through these extraordinary lives Ramita Navai reveals the daily reality of living, loving and surviving in one of the world’s most brutally repressive regimes. Plotted around Tehran’s pulsing central thoroughfare, Vali Asr Street, City of Lies is an energetic, intimate and unforgettable portrait of this greatly misunderstood city.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | May 2014 | 320pp | Material available July 2013 Rights: Translation US Rights: Tibor Jones
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DAVID JAMES SMITH
avid James Smith has been a journalist all his life, most prominently for The Sunday Times Magazine and is the acclaimed author of Young Mandela.
The Men Who Destroyed Africa Riveting narrative about six contemporary dictators and how they have systematically squandered Africa’s huge potential. David James Smith’s Young Mandela described the intoxicating mood of optimism that greeted Nelson Mandela at the beginning of the 1960s when he travelled out of South Africa for the first time and saw, at first hand, the dreams of black nations among the newly independent states of Africa. These were heady days of hope for the positive changes that liberation would bring. Tragically, in the majority of cases, the successive generations of home-grown leaders were not selfless and noble like Nelson Mandela, but turned out to be tyrants instead: dictators, self-appointed life presidents and high and mighty emperors who siphoned the wealth out of their own countries and subjugated their people with fear and violence. This book charts the course of modern history in post-colonial Africa through a vivid account of the six big personalities and their misdeeds: Mobuto of Kenya, Bokassa of the Central African Republic, Idi Amin of Uganda, Mengistu of Ethiopia, Mugabe of Zimbabwe, Gaddafi of Libya. The richness of the narrative rests in fresh accounts of the personal and political excesses. However, this is not a book about a disparate selection of corrupt leaders. It is the story of modern Africa with a broad historical sweep across the last half century of liberation and disappointment. Also by David James Smith: One Morning in Sarajevo (2008); Young Mandela (2010) Weidenfeld & Nicolson | April 2014 | 320pp | Proposal available | Ms due Aug 2013 Rights: World Rights Sold: US: Little Brown Young Mandela (2010) Publishers: US: Little Brown | Portuguese (Portugal): Saida de Emergencia | Swedish: Leopard Publishing
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obert Twigger is an award-winning author and television presenter. He won the Somerset Maugham and William Hill Sports Book of the Year awards for Angry White Pyjamas. He lives with his family in Cairo.
Red Nile The Unexpurgated Biography of the World’s Greatest River A fascinating exploration of one of the world’s natural wonders. From his back garden Robert Twigger can see kingfishers swooping and crocodiles emerging from the grey-green expanse of the Nile. Never-ending, as wide as a lake in places, the Nile snakes its way north to the sea. It’s a river steeped in history, and as Twigger searches for its source and probes its ancient, biblical and more contemporary existence, he uncovers the Nile’s bloody, murderous past. Whether tracking Cleopatra’s great journey up the river with Caesar, investigating the attacks of the Nile crocodile (the deadliest creature on earth), exploring the context of Agatha Christie’s Death on the Nile or that of the assassination of President Sadat, Twigger’s history of the river is hugely atmospheric, definitive and incredibly violent. Also by Robert Twigger: Angry White Pyjamas (1997); Big Snake (1999); Being A Man (2002); Voyageur (2004); Lost Oasis (2006); Real Men Eat Puffer Fish (2008)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | May 2013 | 600pp | MS available Rights: World
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s defence and diplomatic correspondent for a national news agency, Iain Ballantyne has written on naval matters for a number of major newspapers and magazines as well as contributing to official NATO and Royal Navy publications. This brought him very close to his subject and he has been on both ends of a submarine attack. At the close of the Cold War he was aboard a warship forced to take evasive action in the Barents Sea when a Russian submarine launched a torpedo. He has also sailed under the waves aboard a nuclear-powered attack submarine, at one stage using the periscope to view potential targets during a combat exercise.
Hunter Killers The inside story of the Cold War beneath the waves: this is real-life Hunt for Red October. Official Royal Navy definition: HUNTER KILLER: a submarine designed to pursue and attack enemy submarines and surface ships using torpedoes Hunter Killers will follow the careers of four daring British submarine captains who risked their lives to keep the rest of us safe, their exploits consigned to the shadows until now. Their experiences encompass the span of the Cold War, from voyages in WW2-era submarines under Arctic ice to nuclear-powered espionage missions in Sovietdominated seas. There are dangerous encounters with Russian spy ships in UK waters and, finally as the communist facade begins to crack, they hold the line against the Kremlin’s oceanic might, playing a leading role in bringing down the Berlin Wall. It is the first time they have spoken out about their covert lives in the submarine service. Also by Iain Ballantyne, published by Pen and Sword: Strike from the Sea (2004); Warspite (2010), HMS Rodney (2012),
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | August 2013 | 400pp | Proposal available | Ms due May 2013 Rights: US Translation rights: Pollinger Ltd.
eith Barnham is Emeritus Professor of Physics at Imperial College London and co-founder of the Solar cell manufacturing company QuantaSol. He has written for the Guardian and the New Statesman.
The Burning Answer A user’s guide to the solar revolution: timely, controversial and newsworthy. Rapid consumption of useful oil, gas, coal and uranium resources in the last few generations have left us with an urgent question – how will we meet our future energy needs? Einstein’s ‘other’, lesser known equation, E-hf, the equation which began the quantum revolution, could hold the key to human survival – through the generation of electricity from sunlight. The Burning Answer offers the controversial promise that our sun can provide all our primary energy needs again, saving us from the threats of global warming, diminishing oil resources, and nuclear disaster, provided we don’t allow politics to stand in our way.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | September 2013 | 320pp | Ms due July 2013 Rights: World
THE BEATLES, HUNTER DAVIES
unter Davies, the editor of The Beatles Lyrics, is an author, journalist and broadcaster, and the author of the only authorised biography of the Beatles. He is the editor of The John Lennon Letters.
The Beatles Lyrics The Unseen Story The first ever look at the original, handwritten Beatles lyrics. Many books have appeared over the years about the Beatles lyrics – about the words of those songs which the whole world knows and sings. But no one has ever tried to track down and publish the original versions of the classic songs – showing the words in the Beatles’ own handwriting, how they first wrote them, how they scribbled them down on pieces of paper or backs of envelopes, with all the crossings out and changes. Hunter Davies has sought out nearly one hundred Beatles lyrics. His expert introduction describes the creativity of the greatest ever rock band – then he lists and illustrates each song, in chronological order, putting each song in context: what the Beatles were doing at the time, how and when they came to write and then record it, how the original version differs from the story behind it – whether it is In My Life, For No One, Yesterday, Eleanor Rigby or Yellow Submarine. Also by The Beatles, Hunter Davies: The John Lennon Letters (2012)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | September 2014 | 560pp | Ms due January 2014 Rights: Translation Publishers: US: Little, Brown
ohn Browne was born in Germany in 1948 and joined BP as a university apprentice in 1966, rising to Group Chief Executive from 1995 to 2007, where he built a reputation as a visionary leader, regularly voted the most admired businessman by his peers.
Seven Elements That Have Changed the World Uranium, carbon, iron, titanium, gold, silver and silicon – how seven elements are shaping the 21st century. Combining history, science and politics, Seven Elements that Have Changed the World takes you on a present day adventure of human passion, ingenuity and discovery. This journey is far from over: we continue to find surprising new uses for these seven elements. Discover how titanium pervades modern consumer society, how natural gas is transforming the global energy sector, and how an innovative new form of carbon could be starting a technology revolution. John Browne, CEO of BP for twelve years, vividly describes how seven elements are shaping the world around us – for good and bad.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | May 2013 | 288pp | Proposal available | Ms available Rights: World Rights Sold: US: Pegasus | Chinese Simple: CITIC | Chinese Complex: Commonwealth
ita Carter is a science writer who specialises in the human brain: what it does, how it does it and why. She has an amazing ability to popularize this most complex of subjects and has been twice awarded the Medical Journalists’ Association prize for outstanding contribution to medical journalism. www.ritacarter.co.uk
Mapping Personality A comprehensive guide to the science behind human personality Who am I? Why am I like this? Why do some people habitually lie, or take silly risks, or fail dismally to resist temptation? We all crave to understand ourselves and those around us. Countless personality tests and theories have evolved to help us classify and describe people. Yet all these systems merely describe the way people are, rather than attempting to explain why. The latest research in neuroscience and genetics is beginning to change this. Neuroscientists are now able to untangle the complex neural networks that give rise to ‘whole person’ characteristics to examine how one brain differs from another, and how such differences produce the enduring characteristic behaviours which we call personality. Scientists are fast piecing together links between gene mutations and particular behaviours. Risk-taking, addiction, ruthlessness, courage, kindness and compulsive violence have all been linked with specific variations in the genome. In between lie the brain processes which produce the behaviour. When all three are aligned – genes, brain and behaviour – we will have a predictive portrait of the individual. Drawing on the very latest research, Dr Rita Carter explores how and why personality evolved as well as the prospects for transforming personality through brain manipulation in the future. Also by Rita Carter: Mapping the Mind (1998, 2010) Weidenfeld & Nicolson | March 2014 | 352pp | Ms due July 2013 Rights: World Mapping the Mind (revised 2010) Publishers: US: University of California Press | Chinese complex: Yuan-Liou | German: Spektrum | Japanese: Hara Shobo | Russian: Corpus | Turkish: Tubitak
ichard Hammond is internationally famous for co-presenting Top Gear with Jeremy Clarkson and James May. His crash in 2006 whilst driving a jet-powered car nearly killed him and made him a household name. He is known for his biting wit and is the author of a number of humorous titles on cars and caravans as well as his own hair-raising stunts. His account of the crash, On The Edge, was the overall bestselling non-fiction title of 2007 in the UK, selling nearly 750,000 copies.
On the Road The life of Richard Hammond in twenty road journeys. Richard Hammond tells his life story through a series of significant driving episodes. He’s a child in the back seat of Dad’s car on the way to the seaside in Weston-SuperMare. He’s on his first bike, a red one, in Solihull; then on his first motorcycle, a Honda MTX50. He’s at the wheel of his first car (and in the book with his first girlfriend). He is driving a furniture delivery van as part of his first job in and around Ripon. Now he is showing off with a friend, risking everything. Then he is surging ahead in an opentop, a successful TV star. Next, a car crash that made national headlines. On the Road is an emotional road map in which each chapter has its own registration number, and its own distinctive interior. Most importantly, each chapter sets off and arrives. On the Road surges on to its destination, reversing or moving quickly through the gears, reliving the central episodes and conflicts of Richard’s life. Every chapter is a stage in a longer journey. Although there are precious few road-rage monologues against fourwheel drivers and men in vests in white vans, Richard Hammond’s readers will quickly recognise the funny self-deprecating and balanced ease that has made him one of Britain’s best-loved writers and television presenters. Also by Richard Hammond: What Not to Drive (2005); Richard Hammond’s Car Confidential (2006); On the Edge (2007); As You Do (2008); A Short History of Caravans in the UK (2009); Or Is That Just Me (2010) Weidenfeld & Nicolson | October 2013 | 288pp | Ms due July 2013 Rights: World Richard Hammond’s Car Confidential (2006) Publishers: Polish: Insignis On The Edge (2007) Publishers: Czech: Nakladatelstvi XYZ | Dutch: Foreign Media | Polish: Znak As You Do (2008) Publishers: Estonian: Eesti Ajalehed | Polish: Znak Or Is That Just Me (2010): Publishers: Czech: Nakladatelstvi XYZ | Estonian: Hea Lugu
andra Hempel has long worked as a medical journalist, running specialist medical magazines as well as writing for The Times, The Sunday Times and The Guardian. Her first book, The Medical Detective (Granta, 2007), won The Medical Journalists’ Association Book of the Year Award.
The Inheritor’s Powder A tale of poisoning, inheritance and betrayal The Suspicions of Mr Whicher meets Victorian science in this compelling true story of family rivalry and arsenic poisoning. This is the story of how an infamous murder case – when one young man was accused of poisoning his family in order to gain his inheritance – led to the birth of modern toxicology. In the 19th century, criminal poisoning with arsenic was frighteningly easy. For a few pence and with few questions asked, it was possible to buy enough poison to kill off an entire family, hence arsenic’s popular name ‘The Inheritor’s Powder’. Yet if poisoning was easy, it was a notoriously difficult crime to prove. The popular press led to the nation becoming transfixed by the idea that danger lurked in every cup and on every plate. Thus, armed with a coffee pot and some ‘rat poison’ one potential heir saw his opportunity. The case became a cause celebre, and drew the attention of the experts. Michael Faraday asked a young chemist, James Marsh, to develop a failsafe test. This proved a turning point in the way such crimes were investigated – but years later there was a twist in the tale! Also by Sandra Hempel: The Medical Detective (Granta, 2007)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | May 2013 | 312pp | Ms available Rights: Translation US: Conville & Walsh
ue Palmer is a writer, broadcaster and specialist adviser on the education of young children, acting as independent consultant to many organisations, including the BBC and the DfES. www.suepalmer.co.uk
21st Century Girls How Female Minds Develop, How to Raise Bright, Balanced Girls and Why Today’s World Needs Them More Than Ever A must-have parenting guide to raising girls in the 21st Century. Children today are introduced to 21st Century adult values and behaviour at an increasingly early age, before they’re developmentally ready to cope with them. In this important polemic, Sue Palmer believes that if we don’t get a grip on this problem, the increase in developmental disorders, behavioural difficulties and mental health problems will soon roll out of control. She tackles the issues of parents facing materialism, the way gender wars have intensified problems, the debate about the ‘female brain’, the damage of contemporary culture and the challenges of detoxifying family life. Also by Sue Palmer: Toxic Childhood (2006); Detoxing Childhood (2007); 21st Century Boys (2010)
Orion | March 2013 | 320pp Rights: World Ongoing/option Publishers: Arabic: Al Sayed Publishing | Chinese (complex): Heliopolis Culture Group | Greek: Patakis | Thai: Rakluke Group | Turkish: Iletisim |
ick Wall is one of the foremost music commentators of our day. He is the founding editor of Classic Rock Magazine as well as the author of numerous highly acclaimed rock biographies. A recent book was a biography of Led Zeppelin: When Giants Walked the Earth. ‘As well as being the most complete account yet of a great British rock band, When Giants Walked the Earth is, as its name implies, a document of a bygone age… Wall has done his subject proud.’ The Sunday Times
Black Sabbath The story of Black Sabbath by the ‘don of heavy metal writing’. Mick Wall has known Ozzy Osbourne and Black Sabbath since the late 1970s, first from his work with a PR company whose clients included Black Sabbath, Dire Straights and Thin Lizzy among others, and later from his earliest work as a biographer when he penned the official biography of Ozzy Osbourne, Diary Of A Madman, published 1986. To coincide with the release of Black Sabbath’s first album together since 1979 as well as the start of a two-year tour, Mick is writing a masterly account of the band’s rise from the slums of Birmingham, about how their dream came true, and how it then turned into a nightmare for all of them. This tour de force will be the final word on the band whose name is synonymous with heavy metal. Also by Mick Wall: John Peel (2004); Led Zeppelin: When Giants Walked the Earth (2008); Appetite for Destruction (2010); Metallica: Enter Night (2010); AC/DC (2012)
Orion | June 2013 | 320pp | Ms due February 2013 Rights: World Rights Sold: Swedish: Forum
onathan Wilson is the football correspondent for the Financial Times. His previous book, Inverting the Pyramid: A History of Football Tactics, won a National Sporting Club award and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
Angels with Dirty Faces
Inverting the Pyramid
Argentina, seen through its rich, footballing history.
The History of Football Tactics
Diego Maradona, Gabriel Batistuta, Juan Roman Riquelme, Sergio Aguero, Lionel Messi . . . Argentina is responsible for some of the greatest footballers on the planet. Argentina is a nation obsessed with football, and Jonathan Wilson, having lived there on and off during the last decade, is ideally placed to chart the five stages of Argentinian football: from the appropriation of the British game, the cult of the gambeta (a kind of slaloming style of dribbling) and la nuestra (the joy of attack) through the loss of homegrown stars to Europe, a hardening into ‘antifutbol’ (Alf Ramsey’s ‘animals’), the fusing of beauty and efficacy under Cesar Luis Menotti, and the ludicrous (albeit underachieving) creative talent of recent times. Published in the run-up to the next World Cub, Angels With Dirty Faces will be a book no self-respecting football fan can do without. Orion | November 2013 | 224pp | Ms due February 2013 | Rights: World
Fifth-anniversary, updated edition of Jonathan Wilson’s award-winning classic on football tactics. Jonathan Wilson’s Inverting the Pyramid won the National Sporting Club Football Book of the Year Award and was shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year. In this new edition, the football classic has been fully updated to include an investigation of the modern-day Barcelona. Jonathan Wilson pulls apart the finer details of the world’s game, tracing the global history of tactics, from modern pioneers right back to the beginning when chaos reigned. Along the way, he looks at the lives of great players and thinkers who shaped the sport. Orion | August 2013 | 384pp Rights: World
Also by Jonathan Wilson: Behind the Curtain (2006); Sunderland (2007); The Anatomy of England (2010); Brian Clough: Nobody Ever Says Thank You (2011); The Outsider (2012); The Anatomy of Liverpool (2013)
Inverting the Pyramid (2008): Publishers: US: Nation Books | Arabic: Kalima Project | Danish: Herreværelset | Dutch: Amstel Uitgevers | Finnish: Helsingin Sanomat | German: Verlag Die Werkstatt | Greek: Polaris | Hebrew: S. Zack | Hungarian: Akademiai Kiado | Italian: Libreria della Sport | Japanese: Chikuma Shobo | Korean: Leebook | Polish: Polityka | Portuguese (Portugal only): Fabrico Proprio | Russian: Eksmo | Spanish (South America): Editorial Sudamericana S.A. |
hlomo Avineri is Professor of Political Science at the Hebrew University of Jerusalem and has written extensively on the history of political philosophy.
Herzl The first account of Herzl’s life for more than 35 years. Born in Budapest in 1860, Theodor Herzl was a daydreamer who aspired to follow the footsteps of De Lesseps, builder of the Suez Canal. He did not succeed in the sciences and developed a successful career in journalism. Herzl came to reject his early ideas regarding Jewish emancipation and assimilation, and to believe that the Jews must remove themselves from Europe and create their own state. In 1896, he published Der Judenstaat (The Jewish State) to immediate acclaim, attracting international attention. As a result, he met Kaiser Wilhelm II on several occasions, once in Jerusalem; attempted and failed to obtain support for a Jewish homeland from Pope Pius X; secured an offer from the British government to facilitate a large Jewish settlement in East Africa (modern Uganda); and visited St Petersburg to confront the Russian threat to the Zionist movement. Herzl died suddenly in 1904, too early to see the rejection of the Uganda plan a year later, and over forty years before the creation of a Jewish state in Israel, yet he is its undisputed visionary: “if you will it, it is no dream”. This is a distinguished biography of a seminal figure whose influence on the modern world has been profound.
Orion | December 2013 | 224pp | Ms due July 2013 Rights: World
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uillem Balagué is a key fixture in Sky Sports’ coverage of Spanish football. He is also a broadcaster and journalist, and the author of numerous books including a biography of Pep Guardiola. www.guillembalague.com
Messi The Biography Biography of one of the greatest footballers of all time, Lionel Messi. Lionel Messi’s career has been a stellar ascent, and shows no signs of slowing down. He debuted in the 2004-5 season for FC Barcelona and has gone on to great success. He won the Ballon d’Or and FIFA World Player of the Year in 2009, and won the inaugural FIFA Ballon d’Or in 2010 and again in 2011. The Argentinean plays with a smile on his face at the most successful club in European football and has even been praised by Maradona as his ‘successor’. He is undoubtedly one of the greatest players of all time. Also by Guillem Balagué: A Season on the Brink (2006); Pep Guardiola (2012)
Orion | November 2013 | 320pp | Ms due September 2013 Rights: World Pep Guardiola (2012): Publishers: Catalan: Roca | Chinese (simplified): New World Press | Danish: Art People | Dutch: Tirion | German: C Bertelsmann | Hungarian: Akademiai Kiado | Japanese: FromOne | Polish: Wydawnictwo Sine Qua Non | Slovene AT Adria | Spanish: Roca
Biography and Memoir
enia Bryer was born to a middle class Jewish family in Poland before the Second World War. During the war she lost most of her family and survived four concentration camps. After the war she made her way to Palestine, saw in the birth of Israel and then moved to Africa to start a new life. Currently in her mid-eighties, she lives in South Africa.
Prisoner A26188 A unique and harrowing account of the Holocaust, told from an exceptional viewpoint. For years, Henia has lived with the memories of the horrors of the Second World War, having been interred in Plaszow, Majdanek, Auschwitz and Bergen-Belsen concentration camps. “You can’t live with hatred and grief because . . . you can’t live with it and you can’t cope with it” she explains, saying that many survivors of the Holocaust went on to commit suicide. This is Henia’s testimony. With remarkable clarity and calm dignity she describes the terrors of the camps, the cruelty of the SS, the Death March, and how through a combination of her own resourcefulness and luck, she survived.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | January 2014 | 320pp | Ms due July 2013 Rights: World
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emir Kirdar is the founder, executive chairman and CEO of the global investment group Investcorp, which operates out of New York, London and Bahrain. Now a British citizen, he was born in Iraq but left the country after the military coup of 1958. His personal experiences provide a topical counterpoint to his business story, and earned excellent reviews for his previous book Saving Iraq: ‘Part memoir, part history and part a pragmatic roadmap, Saving Iraq brings clear insight and valuable substance into the complex issues of restoring Iraq.’ Henry Kissinger
Need, Respect, Trust Nemir Kirdar’s personal story of setting up investment bank, Investcorp. Need, Respect, Trust is the story of how the internationally renowned investment bank Investcorp was founded by the book’s author, Nemir Kirdar. It is Kirdar’s story of his successful career and how it began. It is also a corporate report about the successes and failures of Investcorp, showing that this investment bank, with headquarters in Bahrain, London and New York, is based upon integrity and sound character. The book describes the events that drove Kirdar away from a life in politics in Iraq, including the assassination of King Kaisal II and Kirdar’s arrest in Iraq after trying to start his own business. Having reached the safety of the United States, Kirdar worked to establish himself in banking and then in international investment banking, and with some help from the Arab Monetary Fund founded his company which was to be an investment company for the entire Gulf region, a bridge linking the Middle East and the West. Need, Respect, Trust is a personal manifesto articulating these three essentials in international business - and in life. The author’s emphasis on good practice within the investment banking industry is a refreshing antidote to the current climate where bankers are viewed in a very negative light. Also by Nemir Kadar: Saving Iraq (2009); In Pursuit of Fulfilment (2012)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | July 2013 | 288pp | Ms available Rights: World
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arry Mulholland is a brilliant writer on pop music and pop culture whose earlier titles This is Uncool and Fear of Music have become cult classics. His last book Stranded At The Drive In: The 100 Best Teen Movies got rave reviews: ‘Mulholland has an undeniable knack for a one-liner, and his clear passion for the subject means some entries carry genuine emotional kick.’ Time Out
Amy Sensitive, in-depth biography of Amy Winehouse. This thoughtful, well-written look at the life, death and times of Amy Winehouse will get at the real person behind the headlines as well as considering her musical legacy (something often lost in the never-ending talk of her addiction and rehab). That said, answers to the questions surrounding her final days will be sought too. Garry has the ear of individuals within her management and record company/PR, and plenty of music industry insiders, so the book will have weight/authority and genuine behind-the-scenes insight. Also by Garry Mullholland: This Is Uncool: The Greatest 500 Singles Since Punk and Disco (2002); Fear of Music: The Greatest 261 Albums Since Punk and Disco (2006); Popcorn: Fifty Years of Rock ‘n’ Roll Movies (2009); Stranded at the Drive-in (2011)
Orion | April 2014 | 320pp | Ms due September 2013 Rights: World
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onnie O’Sullivan is still the most naturally gifted snooker player around. Since turning professional in 1992, O’Sullivan has clocked up an incredible number of awards and trophies, including the Embassy World Championship, the China Open, the Regal Championships, the Benson and Hedges Masters and the British Open.
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Ronnie O’Sullivan The sequel to Ronnie’s O’Sullivan’s best-selling autobiography from 2003, Ronnie. Since 2003, the ups and downs of Ronnie O’Sullivan’s life have continued to be as vertiginous as prior to the publication of Ronnie. On the one hand he has been as successful at the table as ever, winning everything from the Welsh Open and the Masters twice apiece, to the Embassy World Championship. There’s not a major tournament in world snooker that Ronnie hasn’t won at least once. On the other hand, Ronnie continues to be dogged by inconsistency, and has continued to battle with his depression. Having a stable family set-up and Ray Reardon as a mentor have helped enormously, but there have still been times – walking out of the UK Championships in 2006 mid-match against Stephen Hendry – when the demons have prevailed. In this sequel, Ronnie unravels some of the contradictions that seem to rule his life, and comes to grips with coping with the pressures at the very top. Also by Ronnie O’Sullivan: Ronnie (2003)
Orion | October 2013 | 288pp | Ms due February 2013 Rights: World Ronnie (2003): Chinese (Simplified): Hunan | Czech: R+H | German: Dragonstars Event Management | Russian: 000 Polygraph
lan B (Ben Drew) is the multi-award winning singer/actor whose 2010 album The Defamation of Strickland Banks sold 1.25 million copies in the UK, earning him three Ivor Novello Awards as well as the Brit for ‘Best British Male’ in 2011. He was the winner of ‘Best Male Act’ and ‘Best Grime Grime/Hip Hop Act’ at the 2012 MOBO Awards. 2012 saw the release of Drew’s acclaimed directorial film debut Ill Manors for which he also wrote the script. It was a UK box office Top 10 and has been selected for the Toronto Film Festival this September.
Plan B: My Story Part memoir, part commentary – an exclusive look at Plan B’s life in and out of the spotlight. Throughout the past 24 months legendary British photographer Gavin Watson has gained exclusive access to the critically acclaimed singer, rapper, songwriter, film producer and director Plan B. Shooting him on stage, off stage, back stage, in the recording studio, on guard, off guard and on set acting and directing, the result is an exclusive behind-the-scenes look at Plan B on tour: twisting genres, telling stories and defying expectations. With over 18,000 photographs to choose from, this book will tell the story of where Plan B came from complete with his unique razor-sharp edge. Plan B’s vision has rocked the UK music and film scene. Working with the likes of Noel Gallagher and Elton John, he has also been classed in the same league as devotees to classic soul, Amy Winehouse and Mark Ronson. Award-winning photographer Gavin Watson has produced three best-selling books, including the subversive Skins, Skins and Punks, and Raving ’89. In 2011 he was named as Artrocker magazine’s Photographer of the Year.
Orion | November 2013 | 240pp | Ms due May Rights: World
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illiam Shawcross is a renowned writer and broadcaster whose books include: Deliver us from Evil: Warlords, Peacekeepers and a World of Endless Conflict; Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother: The Official Biography and Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed.
Conversations with George Weidenfeld Wide-ranging series of perceptive conversations between legendary publisher George Weidenfeld and major biographer William Shawcross. George Weidenfeld escaped Nazi Vienna and arrived in Britain as a penniless refugee at the age of nineteen. In a series of lively and perceptive ‘conversations’ with the distinguished biographer and author William Shawcross, George Weidenfeld describes his assimilation into English society, the evolution and success of the book publishing firm of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, and his close association with senior British politicians, including Prime Minister Harold Wilson, and his subsequent elevation to the peerage. But more than that, Conversations indicates the extraordinary breadth of his international interests and ideas, combined with his remarkable gift for friendship. It has bought him into contact with many of the most fascinating people of the post-war era. A great publisher, a cultural impresario of legend, a power-broker and sage, George Weidenfeld conducted some wide-ranging and sharply perceptive conversations with William Shawcross over a period of weeks. Reading this book is akin to an invitation to the most glitteringly intellectual dinnerparty! Also by William Shawcrow: Murdoch: The Making of a Media Empire (Pan, 1992); Deliver us from Evil: Warlords, Peacekeepers and a World of Endless Conflict (Simon & Schuster, 2000); Queen and Country (BBC Books, 2002); Allies (Public Affairs, 2004); Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother: The Official Biography (Macmillian, 2009); Justice and the Enemy: Nuremberg, 9/11, and the Trial of Khalid Sheikh Mohammed (Public Affairs, 2011)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | August 2014 | 224pp | Ms due December 2013 Rights: World
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hruv Baker is the winner of the BBC’s MasterChef 2010 and has a rich cultural background which has helped shape how he cooks and the spices he uses – from living in Mexico to India, Spain and Tanzania, Dhruv is the perfect chef to introduce us to the world of spice. www.dhruvbaker.com
Spice Layers of Flavour Understanding the power of spice through delicious, approachable recipes. Spice is a reference to the myriad of unbelievable ingredients that were hunted all over the globe and sent back thousands of miles to royal courts as exotic bounties from far flung, mysterious lands. We now have these wonderful ingredients in our spice racks or cupboards but we still fear them or treat them with a degree of confusion. In this cookbook, Dhruv will instil an understanding of the characteristics of individual spices, which will then lead to an ability to blend or fuse more and more spices to give an enhanced experience with the addition of each extra layer of flavour.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | May 2014 | 224pp | 244 x 188 mm Rights: World
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iona Cairns Ltd began on Fiona’s kitchen table 25 years ago, when Kishore Patel – Fiona’s husband and now MD of the company – spotted the potential of his wife’s beautifully crafted handmade cakes. Kishore and Fiona have built the company up to be an established premium brand and last year they had the honour of being chosen to make the official wedding cake for Prince William and Catherine Middleton. Fiona Cairns cakes are available at Waitrose, Selfridges, Harrods, Sainsbury’s and Bon Marche, Paris.
Seasonal Baking Seasonal baking from the Royal cake maker. Fiona Cairns knows how important the seasons are in creating a delicious cake. Not only are seasonal ingredients at their very best and often cheapest – it also makes sense to be in tune with the changing seasons. The colours, textures, moods and decorations will naturally follow too. In the spring, after all the excesses of the winter festivities, why not try baking a fresh tangy lime and coconut drizzle cake; on a hot summer’s day, a peach & cream pavlova and on a dark, damp afternoon by the fireside, why not share a plate of dark comforting sticky gingerbread cake? Many of the cakes are accompanied by decorating ideas, as well as seasonal drink suggestions. Whether you find yourself in the kitchen wondering what to bake for the simple pleasure of it, to share or give to a friend or maybe bake for a party large or small – whatever the time of year or occasion, you will find plenty of ideas. Also by Fiona Cairns: Bake and Decorate (Quadrille, 2009); The Birthday Cake Book (Quadrille, 2011)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | September 2013 | 224pp | 288 x 217 mm Spreads available Rights: World
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CHANTAL COADY & LAURENT COUCHAUX
hantal Coady is the founder of London’s Rococo Chocolates. Laurent Couchaux is an award-winning chocolatier and Rococo’s principal ‘Prof du Choc’.
Mastering the Art of Chocolate A gorgeous collection of recipes from London’s most exclusive chocolatier. Rococo has been the pioneering hub of the new chocolate revolution since it was established in 1983. With its very own chocolate school, the company is renowned for exploring new boundaries in chocolate creativity, with flavours such as Earl Grey; Milk Chocolate with Sea Salt; Basil and Persian Lime. In this beautifully illustrated book, Chantal and Laurent will share their expertise with the home cook – from how to create the perfect ganache, to the recipe for a delicious crème Anglaise. For absolute beginners to connoisseurs, Mastering the Art of Chocolate is a masterclass for chocolate lovers everywhere. Also by Chantal Coady: Chocolate: The Food of Gods (Pavilion, 1993); The Chocolate Companion (Apple Press, 1995); Real Chocolate (Quadrille, 2003)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | November 2012 | 320pp Rights: Translation
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De li c i o us b re a kf a s t a n d s n a ck i d e a s fro m o u r f avo u ri t e Pa r i s i a n co o k a n d No. 1 b e s t s e l l e r
RACHEL KHOO’S muesli & granola
achel Khoo is a hugely successful TV chef whose popular BBC series The Little Paris Kitchen inspired her bestselling cookery book of the same name. She moved to Paris six years ago to pursue a passion for patisserie, and today owns her own restaurant ‘La petite cuisine à Paris’, Paris’ smallest underground restaurant. The Little Paris Kitchen has sold over 102,000 copies since publication in 2012 and has been published around the world.
Rachel Khoo’s Muesli and Granola Classic and simple breakfast recipes from the Sunday Times bestselling author of The Little Paris Kitchen From her tiny kitchen in Paris, Rachel Khoo has revolutionised the way in which we think about French food with her bestselling book and BBC series, The Little Paris Kitchen. She has come to represent French cooking with a fresh and modern twist. Here Rachel Khoo shows you how to create your own boxes of cereal, delicious mueslis, granolas and porridges, such as Persian porridge, citrus fruit granola and a rhubarb compote. You’ll also discover other exciting uses for muesli: crumbles, cookies, muffins, bread and amuse-bouches, with recipes such as double chocolate flapjack and cherry and pistachio muesli bars. Including ideas for children and for those with gluten allergies, this is a unique collection of recipes that will inspire you to start your day with a little bit of Paris. Also by Rachel Khoo: The Little Paris Kitchen (Michael Joseph, 2012)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | October 2013 | 128pp | 210 x 190 mm Rights: US Translation: Bragelonne
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SI KING & DAVE MYERS
i and Dave are a British cookery sensation. They are hugely charismatic, larger-than-life characters that everyone falls in love with. Passionate about food, they have a refreshingly down-to-earth touch. www.hairybikers.com
The Hairy Dieters How To Love Food and Lose Weight The No. 1 bestselling diet book, with over 1.2 million copies sold in the UK. In this groundbreaking diet book, Si and Dave have come up with tasty recipes that are low in calories and big on flavour. There are ideas for family meals, hearty lunches and dinners, even a few knock-out bakes and snacking options. The Hairy Bikers will always love their food but using these recipes, and following their clever tips and heartfelt advice, you can bake your cake, eat it, and lose the pounds. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | August 2012 | 192pp Rights: World
The Hairy Bikers Eat for Life Diet Si and Dave are back with more recipes created with their winning formula of delicious, hearty but low-calorie meals for people who love to eat. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | August 2013 | 192pp Rights: World
The Hairy Bikers’ Great Curries In this book, Si and Dave have put together brand-new recipes from around the world – from simple dishes for a quick mid-week taste treat to fantastic feasts for a weekend celebration. This is the one-stop shop for the best curries you’ve ever tasted – fresh, full of flavour and fantastic. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | February 2013 | 284pp Rights: World
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usician, TV & radio presenter, designer, model and singer, Myleene Klass is one of the UK’s most in demand and successful entertainers. From fronting primetime TV, to scoring No.1 albums and adorning billboards across the country, Myleene’s achievements are quite staggering. She is also a mum.
Things to Make and Do With Your Children 150 Activities That You and Your Child Will Love A bumper collection of fun activities to keep all 2-5 year olds wonderfully amused! Packed full of stories, rhymes, activities and advice, Myleene Klass’ Things to Make and Do With Your Children will be the best ever book for 2- to 5-year-olds. Published as a big bumper book, this fabulous full-colour edition will be perfect for parents and children to enjoy together. Myleene has presented television shows for the BBC and ITV as well as releasing classical music albums and designing her own childrens’ clothing range ‘Baby K’ inspired by her daughter Ava. The stories and rhymes in Things to Make and Do With Your Children will be appealing, interactive and high in early-learning content; there will be a wide range of traditional stories as well as ones about big occasions in a child’s life. The craft and creative play ideas will be entertaining and varied, including dressing up and facepainting; food to prepare and eat together; and things to do outside. The sections will be interspersed with Myleene’s advice and encouragement to parents based on her experiences as mother to two young daughters, which make her an inspiration to both stay-at-home parents and those who work.
Orion | June 2013 | 224pp | 246 x 189 mm | Layout available Rights: World
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H. R. H. THE PRINCE OF WALES
. R. H. The Prince of Wales has been a keen gardener for many years and has developed his estate at Highgrove as a model for organic farming and gardening. www.princeofwales.gov.uk
Highgrove A Garden Celebrated A celebration of one of the greatest gardens of our time, Highgrove House, now thirty years on. When H. R. H. Prince Charles bought Highgrove House in 1981, the surrounds consisted of a brown path which ran around the house, a lawn and a few thorn bushes. Now thirty years later, he has transformed it into several exquisite gardens which embody his gardening ideals and organic principles. With help from some of Britain’s finest designers, including The Marchioness of Salisbury, Rosemary Verey, Miriam Rothschild and Sir Roy Strong, the Prince of Wales has created highly individual gardens which have now, with his own horticultural ideas, reached maturity. The Prince of Wales describes the thinking behind each garden, the mistakes and the triumphs, and his plans for the future. Lavishly illustrated with photographs which capture both the scope and detail of each garden, this book will delight and inspire both gardeners and horticulturists at every level. Also by H. R. H The Prince of Wales: Highgrove: Portrait of an Estate (1993); The Garden at Highgrove (2000); The Elements of Organic Gardening (2007)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | April 2014 | 288pp | 237 x 278 mm Rights: World
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ennifer Irvine started The Pure Package from her own kitchen in 2003. It is now an award-winning multi-million pound business. Celebrity fans include Hugh Jackman, Alexandra Burke and Lily Cole. She has won many awards including the Shell Livewire Young Entrepreneur of the Year 2005, Harper’s Bazaar Entrepreneur of the Year 2007 and is involved in mentoring future entrepreneurs. www.purepackage.com
The Quick and Easy Diet for Food Lovers The Pure Package From the founder of The Pure Package, the gourmet diet food delivery service, and author of the successful The Pure Package diet book, comes this delicious collection of recipes designed to be healthy, nutritious and quick. The book is ideal for people who lead busy lives but still want to eat and feel healthy, and it will provide all the tips, tricks and know-how needed to whip up meal after meal with minimal fuss. This book will be gorgeously illustrated with tips on specific time-saving and healthy cooking techniques. Also by Jennifer Irvine: The Pure Package (2011)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | December 2013 | 224pp | 222 x 183 mm Rights: World
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herry Menlove’s blog www.cherrymenlove.com has had over two million hits since it was launched a year ago. People from 173 countries have visited the site in the last year for updates on Cherry’s charming philosophy of making your house and life beautiful in every way.
The Handmade Home Inspirational Craft, Food and Flowers Create, craft and bake – Cherry Menlove shows you how to make your house a warm and cosy home all year round. A love of home is at the heart of everything Cherry Menlove does. She is here to inspire you to make your home feel special to you and your family with cooking, crafting, design, gardening and upholstery. In this beautifully illustrated book, Cherry transports you to a world of homemade luxury, teaching you everything from how to create a patchwork quilt, bake delicious cakes or host the perfect children’s party. She is a mother of twins, and wife to Robert, who is currently receiving treatment for leukaemia. Her blog shows that, even when life is far from beautiful, there is comfort to be found in small, simple pleasures.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | April 2013 | 256pp | 246 x 189 mm | Layout available Rights: World
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artin Morales is a renowned businessman who launched Ceviche in Soho in March 2012 to enormous critical and commercial success.
Ceviche: Peruvian Kitchen A Peruvian food revolution. Making ceviche is a serious business in Lima – and restaurateur Martin Morales, whose top Soho restaurant opened to wide acclaim in 2012, has travelled the length of Peru to find the best recipes, and the length of Britain to find the freshest fish. From sizzling barbecued anticuchos, super salads, giant corn choclos, juicy saltados and lucuma ice – Ceviche brings the unique and delicious dishes from Peru to the home kitchen. The freshest raw fish, just enough Peruvian lime, a chilli-kick and a pinch of ground sea salt. That’s just what’s in it. How you make it, the methods and timings, are ingredients in their own right. Here for the first time, Martin shows you how to make the best ceviche this side of Lima; laid back, fuss-free and delicious Peruvian food, with just a little bit of chica and cariño.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | July 2013 | 256pp | 246 x 189 mm | Layout available Rights: World
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ustine Pattison is a highly regarded food writer and food consultant who specialises in writing recipes for some of the UK’s top TV chefs and food presenters. Her recipes have featured in a number of books that have sold over one million copies.
Freeze 100 Delicious, Fresh and Economical Freezer Recipes to Feed Your Family and Make Life Just That Bit Easier A must-have freezer cook book, packed with delicious recipes and money and timesaving tips. Most households now have freezers, and yet people don’t really know how to use them to their full potential – apart from a few bags of frozen peas and an ice box, your freezer may well be empty of anything other than a thick layer of ice! This fresh and modern look at how to cook for your freezer will change all that. This neat little book is packed with recipes, ideas and handy tips for cooking for yourself and your family and making the most of a modern convenience. It will cover everything from breakfast time-savers, food on the move and ideas for one, to easy entertaining, special occasions and even Christmas dinner! With innovative ideas for lunchbox fillers, batch cooking for later and the best ways to store your garden produce, Freeze will encourage you to use your freezer effectively to make your own life easier.
Orion | March 2013 | 240pp | 246 x 189 mm Rights: World
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ose Prince started her career working as a chef in the test kitchen of Notting Hill’s ‘Books for Cooks’ alongside Clarissa Dixon Wright. She moved on to make radio programmes for BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme. She is now a respected journalist, with a weekly food column in the Daily Telegraph and has written five bestselling cookery books.
The Pocket Bakery A collection of wonderful bread recipes from renowned cook/food writer Rose Prince. Beginning as an idea to get her children to earn their pocket money and gain a lifelong skill, Rose Prince, along with daughter Lara and son Jack, began opening up their Battersea home every Saturday morning to sell freshly made bread. Trained in the art of sourdough by guru Giuseppe Mascoli, owner of the infamous Franco Mana in Brixton market, the Pocket Bakery has gone from strength to strength, awakening a passion for all things bread-based in Rose and her teenage children. In this book they share their techniques, secrets, and recipes to get everyone baking fresh, tasty, wholesome loaves.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | November 2013 | 256pp | 246 x 189 mm Rights: World
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MICHEL ROUX Jr
ichel Roux Jr is one of London’s most respected chefs. Le Gavroche, which he has run since 1994, has two Michelin stars and continues to receive recommendations for excellence in every food guide.
The French Kitchen An inspirational culinary guide to regional French cooking from Britain’s master chef. French gastronomy is renowned for its classic recipes passed from generation to generation. From Burgundy to the Auvergne, Provence, the Loire and the Pyrenees, traditional family cooking has always been at the heart of the French kitchen and lifestyle. With its delicious dishes and exquisite ingredients as diverse as the regions from which they come, heritage cooking and family values from provincial France have stood the test of time. In this book Michel Roux Jr, star of MasterChef and owner of the two-Michelin star Le Gavroche in London, explores the heritage of his native French cuisine. With classic recipes using delicious ingredients, Michel Roux Jr will help you bring provincial French cooking into your kitchen and helps you to recreate the ‘je ne sais quoi’ that only French cuisine can embody. Also by Michael Roux Jr: Le Gavroche Cookbook (2001); Marathon Chef (2003); Matching Food and Wine (2005); Life in the Kitchen (2009); Cooking with the Master Chef (2010)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | October 2013 | 320pp | 245 x 187 mm Rights: World Le Gavroche Cookbook (2000) Publishers: Dutch: Direct Holdings Holland The Marathon Chef (2003) Publishers: Dutch: Kamphuis G.E. | German: Christian Verlag
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ince its foundation in 2005 studentbeans.com has become the leading UK website for marketing to 15-24 year olds. It is a highly trusted brand among students and has strong relationships with brands such as Apple, Microsoft and Marks & Spencer. It has over 500,000 registered members, with 20,000 signing up each month. www.studentbeans.com
The Student Beans Ultimate Student Cookbook The Student Beans Ultimate Student Cookbook will be the cooking bible for all students; something every student will need at university, and every parent will want their teenager to take with them as they embark on life away from home. The book offers a range of delicious recipes, from the very basic for complete beginners, to more advanced meals for every occasion from dinner parties and hot dates, to brain food for revising and comfort food that mum would have made. Written in a friendly and entertaining way the book focusses on eating and living well as easily as possible and on a budget.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | August 2013 | 192pp | 244 x 188 mm Rights: World
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lanche Vaughan is a food writer and chef who trained at the River Café before working at Moro and St John. She currently writes for the Guardian online.
In One Pot 100 deliciously simple, fresh recipes for every occasion Over 100 delicious, simple and seasonal recipes to enjoy and cook with the least amount of fuss. This collection of delicious one-pot recipes is perfect for those who like simple food, cooked with the least amount of fuss but all the flavour. Taking inspiration from the seasons, Blanche has brought taste, flavour and variety to this wonderful way of cooking. From a quickly prepared spiced prawn pilaf for a midweek supper to a beef tagine with prunes and chocolate molten pots for a dinner party triumph, there is something for everyone in this book. Blanche has created dinner party dishes, one-pot weekend menus, one pots to carry, and sweet pots, to sit alongside her invaluable advice on the basics for every kitchen. There is a one-pot recipe for everyone, gourmet and beginner alike.
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | February 2013 | 224pp Rights: World
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ames Wong trained at the Royal Botanical Gardens, Kew, and at the University of Kent, gaining a Master of Science degree with distinction in Ethnobotany. He is the presenter of the awardwinning BBC2 television series Grow Your Own Drugs, the tie-in book of which sold over 100,000 copies.
James Wong’s Home Grown Revolution A revolution in the garden, a completely new range of fruit and vegetables to grow – and eat. James’s idea is both simple and revolutionary. For a century and more gardening books have suggested the same fruits and vegetables to the amateur gardener. But there is a huge variety of delicious and often simple-to-grow common plants whose food uses we have forgotten. For example, plants grown for flowers, such as fuchsias and roses, have delicious fruits or hips. As the demand for home-grown produce increases, James Wong blazes the trail for overlooked plants that can provide a tasty, healthy and productive alternative to the humble lettuce and potato. Gardening for a new generation that is ready for something completely different. Also by James Wong: Grow Your Own Drugs (Collins, 2009); Grow Your Own Drugs: A Year with James Wong (Collins, 2010)
Weidenfeld & Nicolson | September 2012 | 224pp Rights: World Rights Sold: Dutch: Karakter
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FICTION Anthony Horowitz The House of Silk
This Sherlock Holmes story with its devilish plotting and excellent characterization is a first-rate mystery for a modern readership while remaining true to the spirit of the Conan Doyle originals. It was an international bestseller; rights were sold in thirty-four languages. Orion | November 2011 | 320pp | Rights: World Publishers: US: Little Brown | Arabic: Hachette-Phoenix | Bulgarian: Pro Book | Chinese Complex: Crown | Chinese Simple: Hachette-Phoenix | Croatian: Profil | Czech: Argo | Danish: Donovan | Dutch: Prometheus | Estonian: Varrak | Finnish: Valitut Palat | French: Hachette Livre | German: Suhrkamp | Greek: Anubis | Hungarian: Animus | Indonesian: Noura Books | Italian: Mondadori | Japanese: Kodokawa ¦ Korean: Minumsa | Latvian: Zvaigzne | Malayalam: DC Box | Norwegian: Juritzen | Polish: Rebis | Portuguese (Brazil): Jorge Zahar Editor | Portuguese (Portugal) Editorial Presenca | Russian: Slovo | Romanian: Editura Reader’s Digest | Serbian: CET/Portalibris | Spanish: Suma de Letras | Thai: Nanmeebooks | Turkish: Ithaki | Vietnamese: Vietnam Women Publishing House
JULIAN FELLOWES Two best-selling novels from the creator of Downton Abbey.
Snobs An actress marries an aristocrat: a delicious comedy of manners with twists and turns aplenty. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2004 | 352 pp | Rights: World Publishers: US: St Martin’s Press | Albanian: Botime Spektor | French: JC Lattes | German: C Bertelsmann Verlag | Greek: Fereniki Publications | Hungarian: Ulpius-Haz Konyvkiado | Italian: Neri Pozza Editore | Romanian: SC Nemira & Co. | Russian: AST Publishers | Spanish: Suma
Past Imperfect A dying man’s quest to trace his heir . . . this novel from the master of social satire is deftly plotted, perceptive, poignant, witty and elegant. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2008 | 416 pp | Rights: World Publishers: US: St Martin’s Press | Chinese (Complex): ThingKingdom | Croatian: Mozaik | French: Sonatine | German: C Bertelsmann Verlag | Italian: Neri Pozza Editore | Portuguese (Brazil): Prumo | Portuguese (Portugal): Civilizacao | Spanish: Suma
M. John Harrison The Kafahuchi Tract Trilogy Light (2003) Nova Swing (2006) Empty Space (2012) M. John Harrison is one of Britain’s most accomplished writers. The awesome Kafahuchi Tract Trilogy is a classic example of his high-concept SF and stunning prose. Gollancz | 320pp | Rights: World Publishers: US: Night Shade Books | Finnish: Like Oy | French: Univers Poche | German: Heyne | Hungarian: Ulpius Haz | Italian: Mondadori | Japanese: Kokusho | Polish: MAG | Russian: Astrel | Romanian: Tritonic | Spanish: Bibliopolis
Ian McDonald The Dervish House The Dervish House is a stunning rich portrayal of life in Istanbul in 2015 that won the BSFA award in 2011. Gollancz | July 2010 | 480pp | Rights: Translation | US: MBA Publishers: Bulgarian: Altera | French: Denoel | Hungarian: Ad Astra | Japanese: Tokyo Sogen-Sha | Polish: MAG | Russian: Astrel | Serbian: Paladin | Turkish: Pegasus
MICHAEL PALIN The Truth From the inimitable Michael Palin comes the warm and witty story of an everyman, a tantalising offer, a journey to India, and the search for the truth. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2012 | 272 pp | Rights: World Publishers: US: St Martin’s Press | Danish: Hetland Forlag | Dutch: AmboAnthos | Norwegian: Juritzen Forlag | Polish: Insignis
This chilling Arctic ghost story from the globally successful Michelle Paver has now sold over 90,000 copies and rights have been sold in ten languages. It is no surprise that this wonderful novel was selected as a Richard and Judy bookclub read. ‘Paver is the mistress of suspense, and the strangeness that humans can suffer from when exposed to the Arctic wilderness is brilliantly exploited in this period piece.’ The Times Orion | October 2010 | 256pp Publishers: Czech: Euromedia | Dutch: The House of Books | French: Hachette Livre | German: Rowohlt | Italian: Neri Pozza | Norwegian: Cappelen Damm | Polish: W.A.B | Portuguese (Brazil): Rocco | Romanian: Reader’s Digest | Serbian: Laguna | Slovak: Enigma | Swedish: Semic
Jim Powell The Breaking of Eggs A thought-provoking and poignant literary debut for Weidenfeld & Nicolson in 2010, The Breaking of Eggs garnered wonderful reviews: ‘A fluent, unusual novel.’ Times Literary Supplement. It is now being published in eleven countries. As part of the first World Book Night celebrations in 2010, Jim was selected by BBC ‘The Culture Show’ as one of Britain’s 12 most exciting novelists. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | March 2010 | 364pp Publishers: US: Penguin | Catalan: La Campana | Croatian: Ljevak | Danish: HR Ferdinand | Icelandic: Bjartur | Italian: Einaudi | Norwegian: Pax | Polish: Albatros | Portuguese: (Brazil) Geracao | Portuguese (Portugal): Livraria Civilizacao Editora
Adam Roberts The Soddit The film of Tolkien’s The Hobbit, released in December 2012, was a commercial and critical hit. Gollancz re-released the hilarious parody The Soddit by Tolkien scholar Adam Roberts to time in with this cinematic event and the eagerly awaited future installments. Gollancz | 2003 | 325pp Publishers: Czech: Mlada Front | French: Bragelonne | German: Heyne | Italian: Fanucci | Russian: AST | Spanish: Devir Iberia | Swedish: Lind och Co
Michelle Paver Dark Matter
NON-FICTION RICHARD DAWKINS The Ancestor’s Tale One of the most brilliant scientists of our age gives us his definitive work: a synthesis of his comprehensive vision of life. Arranged as a collection of 40 tales concerning aspects of evolutionary biology, The Ancestor’s Tale has sold 125,000 copies since publication. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2004 | 520pp Publishers: US: Houghton Mifflin | Bulgarian: Iztok Zapad | Chinese: Jiangsu Science & Technology | Croatian: Algoritam Books | Czech: Academia Publishing House | Dutch: Nieuw Amsterdam | French: Laffont | German: Ullstein | Hungarian: Partvonal | Italian: Mondadori | Korean: Kachi | Japanese: Shogakukan | Portuguese (Brazil): Companhia das Letras | Russian: Corpus | Serbian: Laguna | Spanish: Antoni Bosch | Turkish: Hil Publishing
Paul Ekman Emotions Revealed Whatever culture we come from, emotions play a huge role in our lives and in every relationship within them. Paul Ekman draws on a lifetime’s study to take the reader on a complete tour of the emotional self. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2003 | 384pp Publishers: Czech: 4 Ears | Chinese (Simplified): Hunan | Chinese (Complex): Psygarden | Dutch: Nieuwezijds | German: Spektrum | Hungarian: Kelly | Italian: Amrita | Japanese: Kawade Shobo | Korean: Bada | Polish: Helion | Portuguese (Brazil): Lua de Papel | Romanian: Trei | Russian: Piter | Serbian: JP Zavod | Slovak: Braingy | Spanish: RBA | Turkish: Okuyanus
Leonie Frieda The Deadly Sisterhood The stories of the Renaissance’s most remarkable women, who are all joined by birth, marriage and friendship and who ruled for a time in place of their men-folk: Lucrezia Turnabuoni, Clarice Orsini, Beatrice d’Este, Caterina Sforza, Isabella d’Este, Giulia Farnese, Isabella d’Aragona and Lucrezia Borgia. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2012 | 432pp | Rights: World Publishers: US: HarperCollins | Russian: AST
ERIC HOBSBAWM The Age of Capital/The Age of Empire/ The Age of Revolution/Bandits Hobsbawm has written extensively on many subjects as one of Britain’s most prominent historians. ‘Arguably our greatest living historian – not only Britain’s, but the world’s.’ Spectator Publishers: Arabic: El Ain | Basque: Klasiosk | Chinese (Simplified): CITIC | Chinese (Complex): China Times | Dutch: Contact | French: Fayard | German: Campus (Age of Empire) | Greek: National Bank Cultural | Hindi: Samvad | Italian: RCS | Korean: Hangilsa | Polish: Krytyka Polityczna | Slovene: Sophia | Spanish: Critica | Turkish: Dost Kitaberi
JOHN LENNON The John Lennon Letters edited by Hunter Davies The first ever published collection of the letters of John Lennon. Edited and with an introduction by Hunter Davies. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2012 | 384pp | Rights: World Publishers: US: Little Brown | Bulgarian: Ciela Norma | Czech: Leune Knihy | Danish: Lindhardt & Ringhof | Dutch: Uniboek | French: Lattès | German: Piper | Hungarian: Partvonal | Italian: Mondadori | Japanese: Kadokawa Shoten | Korean: Mirae | Norwegian: Cappelen Damm | Polish:Proszynski | Portuguese (Brazil): Planeta | Russian: Slovo | Slovenian: Modrijan | Spanish: Planeta | Swedish: Norstedts
David Millar Racing through the Dark This compelling and revealing memoir by British road racing cyclist, David Millar, spent several weeks in the Top Ten bestseller charts last summer. Orion | June 2011 | 288pp Publishers: US: Touchstone (S&S) | Dutch: Tirion | German: Covadonga | Spanish: Contra Ediciones
Steven Mithen Thirst Steven Mithen examines the history of water in the ancient world, using examples from a five year archaeological project in the Jordan Valley to discover how waters domestication changed society at all levels. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2012 | 368pp | Rights: World Publishers: US: Harvard University Press | Chinese (Simplified): Post Wave Consulting | Japanese: Seidosha
SIMON SEBAG MONTEFIORE Stalin: The Court of the Red Tsar The remarkable untold story of the men and women who sustained Stalin in power in the Soviet Union for nearly 30 years. This Sunday Times’ best-seller has sold over 40,000 copies in hardback and 165,000 mass market paperback copies since publication in 2003. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2003 | 693pp Publishers: US: Knopf | Albanian: Shtepia Botuese “55” | Chinese (Simplified): China Youth | Croatian: Profil | Danish: Borgens | Dutch: Spectrum | Estonian: Varrak | Finnish: WSOY | French: Syrtes (hb) Perrin (mmp) | Georgian: Baku Sulatauri | German: S. Fischer | Greek: Potamos | Hebrew: Kinneret | Hungarian: Pecsi Direct | Indonesian: Pustaka Alvabet | Italian: Rizzoli | Japanese: Hakasui Sha | Latvia: Apgads Atena | Lithuanian: Tyto Alba | Norwegian: Cappelens | Polish: Magnum | Portuguese (Brazil): Companhia Das Letras | Russian: AST | Slovenian: Mladinska Knjiga | Spanish: Critica | Swedish: Norstedts | Turkey: Ithak
Michael Palin Brazil Brazil is one of the new global superpowers. For a BBC 1 series Michael explores the vast nation, meeting its mix of peoples and experiencing its unexplored wilderness, bustling modern cities and its vibrant culture. Weidenfeld & Nicolson | 2012 | 320pp | Rights: World Publishers: US: St Martin’s Press | Dutch: Ambo Anthos Publishers
TIM SPECTOR Identically Different Professor Tim Spector reveals how the latest genetic research and his own pioneering studies are rewriting everything we thought we knew about genes, identity and evolution. In the face of these astonishing new discoveries, the old nature-nurture debate instantly dissolves and can be replaced with a much deeper understanding of our genes and the complex role they play in shaping our identities. A popular and accessible take on the very latest scientific research. Orion | June 2012 | 352pp | Rights: World Publishers: US: The Overlook | Italian: Bollati | Japanese: Diamond | Spanish: Editorial Planeta
PROF. JAMES D. WATSON The Double Helix The discovery in 1953 of the structure of DNA – the ‘double helix’ – transformed the science of biochemistry and virtually created molecular biology. The Double Helix is the exciting ‘inside story’ of one man’s part in this revolutionary discovery. Publishers: Arabic: El Ain | Basque: Klasiosk | Chinese (Simplified): Chemical Industry Press | Chinese (Complex): China Times | Dutch: Contact | French: Robert Laffont | German: Rowohlt | Italian: Garzanti | Japanese: Kodansha | Korean: Kungree Press | Portuguese (Brazil): Jorge Zahar | Russian: Astrel | Spanish: Alianza | Thai: Post Publishing
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