Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

Connect Books
Connect Books saw a 14.4% year-on-year rise in revenue for the first half of its financial year, driven by its wholesale and Wordery arm.
Adrian Searle
Adrian Searle, co-founder and director of Scottish independent publisher Freight Books, has left the company following “irreconcilable differences over strategic direction”.
Mend the Living
Maylis de Kerangal’s Mend The Living, which explores the emotional and physical complexities of organ donation, has been named as the £30,000 winner of the 2017 Wellcome Book Prize.
The Telegraph Media Group has bought revision app Gojimo for an undisclosed sum.
the Famous Five
Hachette Children’s Group and Book People have announced an “exclusive 18-month direct to consumer partnership” promoting Enid Blyton’s titles.
HarperCollins has pre-empted a two book deal for Possession, a psychological thriller by J L Butler, for six figures.

Lenny Henry
Kit de Waal’s debut novel My Name is Leon (Viking) has been optioned for TV by Sir Lenny Henry’s production company, Douglas Road Productions.
French authors, librarians and volunteers are up in arms over libraries and other non-profit venues having to pay a fee of at least €30 to hold public readings in the country.
Crime fiction heavyweights Lee Child and Anthony Horowitz are going to head to head at this year’s CrimeFest Gala Awards, with Katherine Woodfine, Fiona Barton and Simon Mayo also competing for gongs.

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