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A truly wonderful achievement for our Pollinger/New Directions author, László Krasznahorkai, who has just been announced as the winner of 2015 Man Booker International Prize. The judges said of Krasznahorkai’s work: “What strikes the reader above all are the extraordinary sentences, sentences of incredible length that go to incredible lengths, their tone switching from solemn to madcap to quizzical to desolate as they go their wayward way.”

Bloomsbury Reader reissues H.E. Bates


Bloomsbury Reader began their complete reissue of H.E. Bates’ short story collections on Thursday, starting with his first published collection, Day’s End and Other Stories.  If you’ve never read an H.E. Bates short story, we urge you try try Castle in the Air, which is available for free at all ebook retailers.

Peters Fraser + Dunlop at Hay Festival 2015


For 27 years Hay Festival (21st-31st May 2015) has brought together writers from around the world to debate and share stories at its festival in the staggering beauty of the Welsh Borders. Join us for a host of talks by PFD authors. Click the links below to browse the programme and buy tickets to each event:

Saturday 23rd May

Peter Moore talks about The Weather Experiment (10.00am) and a generation of mavericks who set out to explain the secrets of the atmosphere and learned to predict the future.

Helen Lederer, the actress and comedy writer introduces her desperately funny first novel Losing It (10.00am).

Steve Peters, the consultant psychiatrist to Liverpool FC, Sky ProCycling, Ronnie O’Sullivan and the England football team introduces The Chimp Paradox: The Mind Management Programme to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness (1.00pm).

Sunday 24th May

Sarah Winman, the author of When God Was a Rabbit – selected for World Book Night 2015 – introduces her second novel A Year of Marvellous Ways (10.00am).

Tuesday 26th May

Shireen Jilla explores friendships unravelling and ravelling as old university friends set out on a Kalahari journey in her book The Art of Unpacking your Life (11.30am).

Janice Hadlow talks about The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians (5.30pm). George III wanted to be a new kind of king, one whose power was rooted in the affection and approval of his people. And he was determined to revolutionise his private life.

Wednesday 27th May

Bryony Gordon joins Mary Ridell, Michael Deacon and Allister Heath for Telegraph Question Time (4.00pm) discussing everything from Farage and the future of Europe to feminism and family life.

Jamie Bartlett speaks about The Dark Net (7.00pm), an underworld that stretches from popular social media sites to the most secretive corners of the encrypted web. It is a world that frequently appears in newspaper headlines, but one that is little understood, and rarely explored.

Friday 29th May

Tony Juniper explores What Nature Does For Britain (4.00pm) – from the peat bogs and woodlands that help to secure our water supply, to the bees and soils that produce most of the food we eat, Britain is rich in ‘natural capital’.

Saturday 30th May

Polly Vernon talks to Bryony Gordon, author of The Wrong Knickers (1.00pm). A trip through feminism, fashion, the righteous pursuit of a sexy vibe, and what it means to be a woman when you’re on the receiving end of modern media’s hilariously/bizarrely/insanely contradictory/restrictive/reductive/sometimes just straightforward revolting notions of womanhood.

Simon Schama, the historian and author of The Story of the Jews introduces a screening of André Singer’s documentary Night Will Fall (8.30pm). When Allied forces liberated the Nazi concentration camps, their terrible discoveries were recorded by army cameramen, revealing for the first time the horror of what had happened.

Sunday 31st May

Alex Salmond relates the inside story of the campaign for Scottish independence (10.00am), told in his diary – The Dream Shall Never Die: 100 Days That Changed Scotland Forever.

Alongside Terry Waite, Celia Imrie talks about her fiction debut Not Quite Nice (10.00am), a gloriously funny and charming novel about the joys and challenges of living abroad from one of the nation’s best-loved actresses, star of The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel and author of the witty memoir The Happy Hoofer.

Simon Schama examines the persistence of Anti-Semitism in the contemporary world (11.30am). Simon’s latest project is the book and documentary series The Story of the Jews. Volume 2 – When Words Fail will be published in November.

Jenny Agutter, Heidi Thomas and Pippa Harris discuss Call the Midwife (1.00pm). The star, screenwriter and producer of the television drama discuss the stories and period of Jennifer Worth’s best-selling books.

Bear Grylls launches his thriller Ghost Flight (2.30pm), in which his hero is sent deep into the Amazon jungle on the hunt for a WW2 secret. Bear’s recent non-fiction includes True Grit, Extreme Food and Your Life – Train For It.

Peter Hain revisits Anthony Crosland’s classic text Back to the Future of Socialism (5.30pm) and presents a stimulating political prospectus for today.

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Bear Grylls GHOST FLIGHT Tour Dates

Bear Grylls‘ exciting first adult fiction publication, Ghost Flight, is out on the 4th June. Pre-order the book here: Ghost Flight, and meet the author at one of these great events:


Rachel Mills has won Rights Professional of the Year at The Bookseller Awards 2015

PFD’s International Rights Director Rachel Mills has won Rights Professional of the Year at The Bookseller Awards 2015.


A Bookseller Rising Star in 2012, since she joined PFD, Rachel has transformed the foreign rights team to spearhead a department that has become one of the best foreign rights departments in the industry.

Nominated in 2013 and 2014, last night she fought off stiff competition from whole publishing teams as well as formidable agents to rightly win Rights Professional of the Year for her work done on behalf of our authors whose work she has sold across the globe. Congratulations to Rachel from her proud colleagues at PFD!


Bear Grylls at the Royal Institution

Bear Grylls will be speaking at The Royal Institution about his first adventure novel, Ghost Flighton June 5th. It will be his only London talk, and as a treat each ticket will include a copy of Bear’s new book! 

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TICKETS £27 (inc. book RRP £16.99 )

£20 (inc. book RRP £16.99) concessions


Part of the profits from this event will support a charity of Bear’s choice.

Helen Rappaport Announced as Nominee for Best Biography of the Year for 2015 BIO Plutarch Award


Helen Rappaport‘s The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra has been nominated for the “Oscar” of biographies to be presented next month at national conference in Washington, D.C.

Biographers will name the best biography published in 2014 when they present the 2015 Plutarch Award during the Biographers International Organization (BIO) conference at the National Press Club in Washington, D. C. on Saturday 6th June.

Named after the famous Ancient Greek biographer, the Plutarch Award aims to be the genre’s equivalent of the Oscar. The winner will be determined by secret ballot from a list of nominees selected by a committee of distinguished members of the craft.

The ten books nominated for the 2015 Plutarch are:

1. Nigel Hamilton, The Mantle of Command: FDR at War, 1941-1942 (Houghton Mifflin Harcourt)
2. Jeff Hobbs, The Short and Tragic Life of Robert Peace (Scribner)
3. John Lahr, Tennessee Williams: Mad Pilgrimage of the Flesh (W. W. Norton & Company)
4. Hermione Lee, Penelope Fitzgerald: A Life (Knopf)
5. Helen Rappaport, The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra (St. Martin’s)
6. Andrew Roberts, Napoleon: A Life (Viking Adult)
7. Richard Norton Smith, On His Own Terms: A Life of Nelson Rockefeller (Random House)
8. Will Swift, Pat and Dick: The Nixons, An Intimate Portrait of a Marriage (Threshold Editions)
9. Edward White, The Tastemaker: Carl Van Vechten and the Birth of Modern America (Farrar, Straus and Giroux)
10. A.N. Wilson, Victoria: A Life (Penguin Press)

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The Weather Experiment will be the next R4 Book of the Week

We’re delighted that Peter Moore’s The Weather Experiment will be the Radio 4 Book of the Week next week! It will be serialised from Monday to Friday, read by Tim McMullan, and you can find out more about how to tune in here.


Lisa Eldridge's FACEPAINT No. 1 Pre-Order on Amazon

It is not officially published until October 13th 2015 but Lisa Eldridge’s beautiful non fiction book FACEPAINT: THE STORY OF MAKE UP is already creating huge buzz.


A big autumn title for Abrams, the book has jumped to the top of Amazon’s pre-release rankings after Eldridge revealed the cover to her social media followers at the weekend and broken into Amazon’s top 500 books overall despite not being out for another 6x months.

Nelle Andrew who represents Lisa’s literary interests at PFD said: “I am delighted with this incredible news and this is only the beginning in what is going to be a fantastic PR campaign ahead of the launch in October.”

To pre-order your copy on Amazon follow the link here

Or go to Lisa’s website for more news and updates:

Out this week: THE WEATHER EXPERIMENT by Peter Moore

Peter Moore’s exhilarating account of the mavericks who first set out to understand the secrets of the atmosphere is out this week.

In an age when a storm at sea was evidence of God’s wrath, nineteenth-century meteorologists had to fight against convention and religious dogma. Among them were Luke Howard, the first to classify the clouds, Francis Beaufort who quantified the winds, James Glaisher, who explored the upper atmosphere in a hot-air balloon, Samuel Morse whose electric telegraph gave scientists the means by which to transmit weather warnings, and FitzRoy himself, master sailor, scientific pioneer and founder of the Met Office.

Reputations were built and shattered. Debates raged over decades between scientists from London to Galway, Paris to New York. Explaining the atmosphere was one thing, but predicting what it was going to do seemed a step too far. In 1854, when a politician suggested to the Commons that Londoners might soon know the weather twenty-four hours in advance, the House roared with laughter.

Listen to Peter talk about the book here



Visit Peter’s author page here

Don’t miss out. Pre-order your copy from Amazon.




Ruby Wax to be awarded OBE

We are delighted to announce that broadcaster and campaigner Ruby Wax will be awarded an OBE for her services to mental health. Read more about Ruby and her work here

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Motown to Thames & Hudson

Thames & Hudson has announced its lead music title for spring 2016, Motown: The Sound of Young America, by former Billboard editor Adam White and ex-Motown Records president Barney Ales. The book uses archive material, as well as that of personal collectors, to build a visual narrative of the influential record label, and features large amounts of previously unseen material. Rights in the book were signed from Adam Gauntlett at PFD.


David Young's Stasi Child to Bonnier in Three-Book Deal

We’re delighted to announce that Mark Smith of Bonnier Publishing has acquired World English rights in David Young’s historical crime novel, Stasi Child, from Adam Gauntlett in a three-book deal. The first in the series, which will follow the exploits of Oberleutnant Karin Muller, will be published by Bonnier’s Twenty7 imprint in September 2015.

1975. The body of a teenage girl has been found by the East German border; the girl appears to have been fleeing from the West into the East. An uncommon scenario. Her back is riddled with bullet holes, her face has been mutilated beyond recognition and strange tyre tracks pockmark the snow. In an effort to identify the murdered girl, Stasi officer Klaus Jäger enlists the help of Karin Müller, a detective with the Kriminalpolizei. Partnered with her deputy, Werner Tilsner, a man with whom she has been having an illicit affair, Karin is thrust into a conspiracy that sends shockwaves right to the very top of the Secret Police. But in solving the case, can Karin too solve the crisis at the heart of her marriage?

 Reminiscent of the work of Tom Rob Smith, Philip Kerr, and the film, The Lives of Others, Stasi Child is  a skilfully-woven, labyrinthine and intensely gripping tale, chock-full of intrigue, double-crossing and infidelity.

David Young is a graduate of the City University MA Crime Writing course and was the recent winner (for this manuscript) of the PFD-sponsored course prize. 



We are delighted to announce that debut crime novel BURNT PAPER SKY by Gilly Macmillan will be the next choice for our PFD Book Club event.

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Rachel Jenner turned her back for a moment. Now her eight-year-old son Ben is missing. But what really happened that fateful afternoon?

Caught between her personal tragedy and a public who have turned against her, there is nobody left who Rachel can trust. But can the nation trust Rachel?

 The clock is ticking to find Ben alive.


This title will not be published until 27th August in paperback, so a lucky few will have the chance to read and discuss with us before the book’s official launch later this year.

For details of how to register for this event, subscribe to the PFD Book Club. Please note that this is a free event with a limited number of places. The event will be held in our London offices on the 20th May.

 Due to the popularity of the event, our quota for this Book Club choice is now full and as such the deadline for entries is now closed.


Every parent’s nightmare, handled with intelligence and sensitivity, the novel is also deceptively clever’

– Rosamund Lupton, (Sister; Afterwards)

What an amazing, gripping, beautifully written debut – BURNT PAPER SKY kept me up late into the night (and scared the life out of me)

– Liane Moriarty (The Husband’s Secret)

What an exciting debut! Burnt Paper Sky kept me up until the small hours, from the nightmarish moment when a mother first realises that her son has disappeared, to the dramatic denouement. Gilly Macmillan’s voice is innovative and confident, and she creates a cast of very human characters. There’s a page-turning urgency, combined with an insightful exploration of the emotional fall-out after the abduction of a small child. .. Meanwhile the media and internet community are shadowy figures whose pitiless speculation and harassment seem all too believable.    Burnt Paper Sky is written with passion and insight, clearly backed by careful research.

– Charity Norman (After the Fall)




ITV to bring Maigret back to British TV with Rowan Atkinson

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ITV’s Director of Television, Peter Fincham, today confirmed commission of two stand-alone dramatic films featuring the legendary French fictional detective Jules Maigret, to be played by Rowan Atkinson.

Set in the 1950’s in Paris, the first of the two x 120’ films, Maigret Sets A Trap and Maigret’s Dead Man, will go into production in September 2015, produced by Ealing Studios and Maigret Productions Ltd (a Peters Fraser Dunlop Group company) and commissioned by ITV’s Director of Drama, Steve November, and Controller of Drama, Victoria Fea.

Maigret will be written by Stewart Harcourt (Love & Marriage, Treasure Island, Marple).  The Executive Producers are Barnaby Thompson (Easy Virtue, Dorian Gray, St. Trinians) and Ben Latham-Jones (Nina, D Train, Midsummer Nights Dream) for Ealing Studios, John Simenon for Maigret Productions, and Stewart Harcourt.  Jeremy Gwilt (Undeniable, Foyle’s War, Torn, Home Fires) will produce the drama.

With his laconic manner, heavy coat and trademark pipe, the formidable character of Jules Maigret first appeared in print in 1931.

Georges Simenon, who wrote 75 Maigret novels, is considered one of the greatest writers of the 20th century –selling around a billion books worldwide to date.

Maigret Sets A Trap is adapted from the Simenon novel “Maigret tend un piège.” The second film “Maigret’s Dead Man” is based on “Maigret et son mort.”

Globally-renowned actor and comedian, Rowan Atkinson, who is best known for portraying iconic characters such as Johnny English, Blackadder and Mr Bean, will play the dramatic role of Jules Maigret, the magnificently measured and insightful French detective.

On his role as Maigret, Rowan Atkinson said:

“I have been a devourer of the Maigret novels for many years and I’m very much looking forward to playing such an intriguing character, at work in Paris during a fascinating period in its history”.

ITV’s Director of Television Peter Fincham said:

“Maigret is a prestigious commission and we’re delighted to be working with Maigret Productions, Ealing Studios and Rowan Atkinson, to bring these stories to screen for our viewers.”

Barnaby Thompson said:

“Simenon was the godfather of the modern detective novel. We are excited to bring one of his greatest characters and the gritty life of Paris in the 1950’s to the screen. We are thrilled to be making this new adaptation with ITV.”

John Simenon said:

“Maigret has been part of our family for almost nine decades, and we are bringing together one of the best-known characters in world literature with one of the greatest international stars. I have no doubt my father, like me, would have approved of Rowan’s casting and been very excited to see him inhabit his most renowned creation.”

BBC Worldwide is the international partner for Maigret and the BBC’s commercial arm will oversee the global rights for the series in all territories outside the UK.

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Valentine Warner: Chef and Presenter

We are so thrilled to announce that chef and presenter Valentine Warner has joined PFD. Read more about Valentine and his work here: Valentine Warner.

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WOLF WINTER is the first PFD Book Club title

We are pleased to announced that Wolf Winter by Cecilia Ekback is the first PFD Book Club title of 2015.

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We will be sending out free copies of the novel to a lucky few and then inviting them to our offices to meet both Cecilia’s agent and her editor, and to share their thoughts about the novel.

Like a silent fall of snow; suddenly, the reader is enveloped… visually acute, skilfully written; it won’t easily erase its tracks in the reader’s mind (HILARY MANTEL, author of WOLF HALL and BRING UP THE BODIES)

Exquisitely suspenseful, beautifully written, and highly recommended (LEE CHILD, No. 1 bestselling author of the JACK REACHER thrillers)

For details of how to register for this event, subscribe to the PFD Book ClubPlease note that this is a free event with a limited number of places. The event will be held in our London offices on a date to be announced.

Deadline for entries: 16th February 2015

PFD Book Club 2015


Calling all readers! We’re delighted to announce the very first PFD Book Club. Over the course of the year we will host free events for debut books, established authors and vintage titles, and invite members of the public to share their thoughts here at our offices in Covent Garden. You’ll also be able to follow live on Twitter and catch up on our YouTube channel.

Please check out our Events Page to find out more. We’re looking forward to hearing from you.


THE WRONG KNICKERS is a Sunday Times Bestseller

  We are delighted to announce that the paperback for The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon is now no.7 in The Sunday Times Bestseller chart.  



Absurdly good (Grazia)

Anyone who has got halfway through their 20s to realise that adulthood isn’t all they’d hoped will read this memoir of a misspent youth howling with recognition and helpless laughter. (Elle)

Any book that sees the protagonist exclaim the line, “Beyoncé is an essence, not a human being” is literary gold as far as we’re concerned… This book definitely needs a disclaimer – if you read it in public, you will definitely get some funny looks for guffawing quite a lot. (Heat)

If you want a real page-turner that will have you laughing out loud, then this is the book for you. (Bella Magazine)

Heart-and-snot-on-sleeve honest, The Wrong Knickers is the real Bridget in all her hopeless glory. (The Telegraph)

Candid and touching (The Independent)

The book is the equivalent of Bridget Jones, Carrie Bradshaw and Hannah Horvath exchanging slightly guarded handshakes, then realising they’ve all slept with the same terrible men…dark, funny, [and] honest (Barbara Ellen The Observer)



Amazon Rising Stars 2015: Cecilia Ekback, Catherine Chanter & Nikki Owen

We are delighted to announce that Cecilia Ekback‘s Wolf Winter, Catherine Chanter‘s The Well  and Nikki Owen‘s The Spider in the Corner of the Room have all been named by Amazon as Rising Stars for 2015.


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Jeanette Winterson presents MANCHESTER: ALCHEMICAL CITY (BBC Radio 4)

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Jeanette Winterson writes and presents Manchester: Alchemical City for BBC Radio 4 — a five-part personal exploration of Manchester from its Celtic roots to the present day and beyond, recorded on the streets of the city.

Jeanette grew up in Accrington in Lancashire and regards the city of Manchester as always influencing, always transforming — an alchemical place. The sounds of Manchester, past and present, are woven between her words and thoughts.

Listen Monday 8th to Friday 12th December at 13.45pm on BBC Radio 4 then catch up online.

Helen Rappaport wins Best History & Biography of the Year

Congratulations to Helen Rappaport on winning Best History & Biography of 2014 at the Goodreads Choice Awards for The Romanov Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Daughters of Nicholas and Alexandra. The awards are decided by readers and this year over 3.3 million votes were cast.


The Romanov Sisters, also published as Four Sisters, chronicles the short lives of the most photographed and talked about young royals of the early twentieth century, subjects of fascination since their untimely deaths. Helen’s work makes use of a treasure trove of diaries and letters from the grand duchesses to their friends and family as they witness the onset of Russian Revolution and reveals the human story behind the legendary family.



Broadcast Awards 2015 Shortlist Announced


Congratulations to PFD clients on their Broadcast Awards 2015 nominations.

The Island with Bear Grylls (Shine TV for Channel 4) is shortlisted for both Best Original Programme and Best Popular Factual Programme. Extreme Food: What to eat when your life depends on it… was published by Bantam Press in October.

Carnival FilmsDownton Abbey series 4, distributed by NBC Universal International Television Distribution, is shortlisted for Best International Programme Sales. A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey (the official companion book to series 5) and The Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff were published this Autumn by Headline. Downton Abbey: Series 3 Scripts will be published by HarperCollins later this week.

MasterChef (distributed by Shine International) which features William Sitwell on all strands in the UK (MasterChef, MasterChef: The Professionals, Celebrity MasterChef and Junior MasterChef) is also shortlisted for Best International Programme Sales.

Big Talk Productions is shortlisted for Best Comedy Programme with Rev. series 3. The paperback of The Rev Diaries was published by Penguin in November.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on 4th February 2015.

Jamie Bartlett Shortlisted for Salon London Transmission Prize

Congratulations to Jamie Bartlett on being shortlisted for the Salon London Transmission Prize.

Now in its third year, the prize ‘celebrates inspired ideas- cleverly communicated’ and is awarded to ‘the brightest, most inspirational and useful idea of the year’.

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Jamie is shortlisted for his work ‘getting up close and personal to those who define, exploit and are ruined by The Dark Net‘. He is recognised alongside other thought leaders including Julian Baggini, Margaret Heffernan, Zoe Cormier, Charles Fernyhough, Lucinda Hawksley and David Speigelhalter.

The winner will be announced on 12 February 2015 at a special Big Ideas Salon, held at Foyles bookshop, dedicated to the biggest ideas of 2014.

Previous winners are Claudia Hammond for Timewarped and neuropsychopharmacologist Professor David Nutt (the truth about drugs).

Jamie Bartlett is the Head of the Violence and Extremism Programme and the Centre for the Analysis of Social Media at the think-tank Demos, where he has researched and written extensively about radical political parties and movements across Europe.  He is also technology blogger for the Telegraph, and writes frequently for several newspapers and magazines on how the internet is changing politics and society. His book,  The Dark Net, is an examination of the hidden corners of the internet and the strange subcultures and protagonists that inhabit it, from bitcoin miners to neo-Nazis.

Details of the prize can be found here.

William Sitwell Wins Editor of the Year at 2014 BSME Awards

Congratulations to William Sitwell on winning Editor of the Year at the 2014 British Society of Magazine Editors Awards.

The BSME Awards honoured William with the top prize in the Branded Content: Consumer category, for his work on Waitrose Kitchen.

Journalist, broadcaster, and author of A History of Food in 100 Recipes, William said of the win: “In my world this is the one to get. I am massively proud and so happy to have won.”

“The team I work with are without doubt the world’s finest, from recipe creation, to design and styling, to subbing and epic deputising; I could not have better people around me.”

Waitrose Kitchen now has a readership of more than 1.6 million – the highest circulation of any food and drink title in the UK.

The BSME judges felt the winning title was a “genius engine for driving business, at the very top of its game”. One judge said he “would buy it even if it wasn’t free”, while another “wanted to lick every page”.

BURNT PAPER SKY by Gilly Macmillan: Trailer #1

Watch the exciting new video trailer from Piatkus about the first stage in the publication process for Gilly Macmillan‘s gripping debut Burnt Paper Sky.

Barney Norris shortlisted for Most Promising Playwright in Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014

We are delighted that Barney Norris has been shortlisted for Most Promising Playwright in the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards 2014. Past winners of this prize are  a list of the great and good of British playwrights, including David Hare, Frank McGuinness, Martin McDonagh, Jez Butterworth, Robert Bolt, Tom Stoppard, and more recently Anya Reiss, Lolita Chakrabarti and Polly Stenham.

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Visitors has been called ‘infinitely touching’ (****, Guardian), ‘an absolute beauty’ (****, The Telegraph), and ‘astonishingly accomplished” (****, Evening Standard). In a five star review in The Times, Kate Bassett noted ‘Remember the name Barney Norris. He’s a new writer in his mid-twenties, but already outstanding. Visitors, his first full-length play, is a beautiful piece of work… See this.’

Following its phenomenal success on tour and at Arcola Theatre in spring 2014, Visitors will transfer to the Bush Theatre for Christmas, and run from 26th November 2014 to 10th January 2015.

Barney has also just finished his first novel, Five Rivers Met in a Wooded Plain.

Tickets for Visitors at the Bush Theatre are available here and more information about Barney and his theatre company Up In Arms can be found here.

War Dog by Damien Lewis a 7 week Sunday Times Bestseller

We’re delighted that War Dog by Damien Lewis, a story of loyalty in the face of extraordinary adversity, and of the unshakable bond between a man and his best friend, has been in the Sunday Times paperback non-fiction for the last consecutive seven weeks.

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In the winter of 1939 in the cold snow of no-man’s-land, two loners met and began an extraordinary journey together, one that would bind them for the rest of their lives. One was an orphaned puppy, abandoned by his owners as they fled the approaching Nazi forces. The other, a lost soul of a different sort – a Czech airman, flying for the French Air Force but soon to be bound for the RAF and the country that he would call home.

Airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across the tiny German Shepherd after being shot down during a daring mission over enemy lines. Unable to desert his charge, he hid the dog inside his flying jacket as he made his escape. In the months that followed the pair would save each other’s lives countless times as they fled France and flew together with Bomber Command; the puppy – which Robert named Ant – becoming the Squadron mascot along the way. Wounded repeatedly in action, shot, facing crash-landings and parachute bailouts, Ant was eventually grounded due to injury. Even then he refused to abandon his duty, waiting patiently beside the runway for his master’s return from every sortie.

By the end of the war Robert and Ant had become very British war heroes, and Ant was justly awarded the Dickin Medal, the ‘Animal VC’. Thrilling and deeply moving, their story will touch the heart of anyone who understands the bond that exists between one man and his dog.

War Dog, published by Quercus, is available in all good bookshops, and on Amazon here. The US, the book is published by Atria as The Dog Who Could Fly: The Incredible True Story of a WWII Airman and the Four-Legged Hero Who Flew At His Side, and is available here.


PFD City University Writing Prizes 2014

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We are delighted to present this year’s winners of the PFD prizes for crime and literary writing, awarded at City University last week. Graduates of the University’s MA in novel writing were eligible to enter the competition, judged by a panel of PFD agents, and the winners received a cash prize and an offer of representation.

The prize for crime writing was won by David Young’s novel Stasi Child, a Cold War thriller set in East Berlin. The literary prize went to Helen Donohue’s Dab Hand Moggie, a coming-of-age novel about a young girl struggling with her identity in 1970s England.

Congratulations to our winners! We’re delighted to have sponsored the prize for the third year running. Previous winners include Iman Verjee, whose novel In Between Dreams was published by Oneworld this year.

Hanna Jameson talks GIRL SEVEN, the second novel in the London Underground series

Hanna Jameson is reading American History & Literature with Politics at the University of Sussex.  Her first novel Something You Are was published in December 2012 by Head of Zeus (UK), in German language by Suhrkamp and in Dutch by Luitingh-Sijthoff.

Hanna was shortlisted for the CWA John Creasey Dagger Award 2013 for her debut novel Something You Are.

Girl Seven, the second novel in the London Underground series, was published in April 2014 by Head of Zeus.

Bear Grylls’ EXTREME FOOD Published Today

Survival expert and bestselling author Bear GryllsExtreme Food is published today. A survival guide on what to eat when your life depends on it in the wild and a fascinating look at the abundant food available in the most unlikely places, Bear offers tips on everything from preparing the perfect clay roasted porcupine to avoiding deadly mushrooms.

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Bear Grylls‘ prime-time TV adventure series are some of the most watched shows on the planet, reaching an estimated 1.2 billion viewers in over 200 countries. He has authored twelve books, including the international bestseller Mud, Sweat and Tears, which has been translated into thirteen languages and was voted the most influential book in China in 2012.

Bear says of his latest offering: ‘Some of it might take you out of your comfort zone. Some of it might turn your stomach. But it’s saved my life more than once. And one day, it might save yours.’

Extreme Food is available in store and online today.

Harry Cliff among The Evening Standard's Most Influential Londoners


Praised for his work ‘bringing Cern to South Kensington’ as the Science Museum’s fellow of Modern Science, Harry Cliff, 27, was responsible for last year’s lauded Large Hadron Collider exhibition. He splits his time between London and Cambridge, where he decodes data from the collider.

Harry is in good company with others from PFD including Kay Burley, William Hague, Peter Florence, Matthew D’Ancona, Seb Coe and Ruby Wax. He will be reading from his work at the Whitchapel Gallery at 3pm on Friday 17th November. Tickets and more information are available on the gallery website.

To book Harry for an interview or speaking engagement please contact James Carroll ( / 0207 344 1087). For broadcasting enquiries please contact Naomi Joseph ( / 0207 344 1011).


Tim Hayward talks FOOD DIY and THE DIY COOK

Tim Hayward is a food writer and broadcaster, and the proprietor of Fitzbillies bakery and restaurant in Cambridge. Tim’s first book, Food DIY – How To Make Your Own Everything, is a handbook of smoking, curing, preserving, baking and other manly pursuits from sausages to smoked salmon, sourdough to sloe gin, bacon to buns. His next book is The DIY Cook.

Tim is a regular presenter on BBC Radio 4’s Food Programme and appears as a panellist on The Kitchen Cabinet. He has appeared on the Good Food channel’s Market KitchenEver Wondered about Food? for BBC One and Sunday Brunch for Channel 4. Tim is a contributing writer at the Financial Times and a regular contributor to the Guardian ‘Word of Mouth’ Food Blog. His features have appeared in the FT, Guardian, Observer Food Monthly, Delicious, Olive, Waitrose Food Illustrated, and Saveur. Tim was named Food Writer of the Year at the Guild of Food Writers Awards 2014.


With a general introduction for new members of staff from Carson the Butler, The Downton Abbey Rules for Household Staff by Carnival Productions tells you everything you need to know about working below stairs in the grand estate of Downton Abbey.

The household staff of Downton Abbey carry out their duties with effortless dignity, finesse and pride. Yet how do they know how exactly to lay the table, when to leave the room to give Lord and Lady Grantham their privacy, how to care for Lady Mary’s furs and which uniform to wear when? This recently recovered and fascinating staff handbook answers all of these questions and more.

Our Zoo Downton Rules

When George Mottershead moved to the village of Upton-by-Chester in 1930 to realise his dream of opening a zoo without bars, his four-year-old daughter June had no idea how extraordinary her life would become. Soon her best friend was a chimpanzee called Mary, lion cubs and parrots were vying for her attention in the kitchen, and finding a bear tucked up in bed was no more unusual than talking to a tapir about granny’s lemon curd. Now over 80 years since June first set foot in the echoing house, Chester Zoo has achieved worldwide renown.

Our Zoo by June Mottershead chronicles the heartbreak, the humour, the trials and triumphs, through World War Two and nightly bombing raids, and above all the characters, both human and animal, who shaped her childhood.


Nikki Owen is an award-winning freelance writer and columnist currently based in Gloucestershire.

Her debut novel, The Spider in the Corner of the Room – a gripping, high-concept psychological conspiracy thriller, and the first in a trilogy – will be published by Harlequin Mira in May 2015. TV rights are currently under option with NBC/Universal Studios.

PFD Authors at Cheltenham Festival 3rd – 12th October 2014

Cheltenham festival kicks off today and PFD authors will be out in force.

Geoffery Robertson and Andrew Lloyd Weber will be discussing innocence, injustice and the 1963 Profumo Affair with Libby Purves in their session Stephen Ward Was Innocent, OK.


Susan Greenfield asks Is Technology Changing Our Brains with Richard Graham and Maggie Boden?

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Robert Sackville-West will be sharing  The Story of Vita Sackville-West and her Family  with Matthew Dennison.


Janice Hadlow presents The Strangest Family: The Private Lives of George III, Queen Charlotte and the Hanoverians, an intensely moving account of the king’s doomed attempt to create a happy, harmonious family.

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Simon Schama presents The Story of the Jews: When Words Fail, discusses his work Rembrandt’s Eyes, and talks to Yotam Ottolenghi about his rich and fascinating life in food.  

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Jamie Bartlett steers us through the internet’s darker side in The Dark Net.

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Parish priest, former rock star with The Communards and BBC Radio 4 presenter the Reverend Richard Coles joins Peter Guttridge for a rich insight into his remarkable life, explored in his autobiography Fathomless Riches.


And last but by no means least, Philip Hook asks Is there a Con in Contemporary Art? with Will Gompertz, Sarah Thornton and Waldemar Januszczak.

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A full guide to what’s happening all week long can be found here

To book one of our authors for a speaking engagement or for further information please contact James Carroll ( / 0207 344 1087).


We’re delighted that CHURCHILL’S SECRET WARRIORS by Damien Lewis is published today. Damien brings to life the adventures of the secret unit that undertook devastatingly effective missions against the Nazis, often dressed in enemy uniforms and with enemy kit, breaking all previous rules of warfare.  Available for purchase both in-store and online.

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We’re delighted to announce that A YEAR IN THE LIFE OF DOWNTON ABBEY by Jessica Fellowes is out today. Jessica takes the reader behind the scenes of one of the nation’s favourite shows and gives an in depth guide to the lives of our favourite characters, the actors who play them, and those who create the world we love so much. Available for purchase both in-store and online.

A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey



Bear Grylls on Piers Morgan's Life Stories

Bear Grylls will be talking marriage proposals, naked cliff jumps and more at 9pm on ITV’s Piers Morgan’s Life Stories.


Tim Atkin wins International Wine Writers' Award

We’re delighted at the news that Tim Atkin has won the Ramos Pinto Online Communicator of the Year 2014 award at the annual Louis Roederer International Wine Writers’ Awards. The awards celebrated its tenth anniversary this year and the announcement was made on the 9th of September at the Royal Academy of Art in London.



The new series of Downton Abbey starts this Sunday 21st September on ITV and the official accompanying book A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey by Jessica Fellowes is published next Thursday 25th September. Pre-order your own copy here.

A Year in the Life of Downton Abbey


ANOTHER SIDE OF BOB DYLAN trailer released

Jake and Victor Maymudes‘ new book, Another Side of Bob Dylan: A Personal History on the Road and off the Tracks, will hit the shelves tomorrow and a fantastic trailer has been released to celebrate. As Bob Dylan’s tour manager, friend and travelling companion, Victor Maymudes knew the star better than most. Known in the business as ‘the keeper of secrets’, Victor had already recorded 24 hours’ worth of material in preparation for writing this book before he tragically passed away in 2001. His son, Jake Maymudes, has used these taped memories to shape a vivid, first-hand account of Dylan’s life as an artist, friend, and celebrity.

Full of intimate and never-before-seen photographs, the Maymudes take the reader through landmark events in Dylan’s life, from his infamous motorcycle crash, meeting the Beatles on their first US tour, and his time in 1960’s Greenwich Village surrounded by fellow travellers such as Dennis Hopper, The Band, Wavy Gravy, and The Travelling Wilburys. The book will be available both online and instores from the 9th of September, published by St. Martin’s Press.

Check out the video below for a nostalgic insight into Dylan’s world, both on the road and in the studio.

Dr Harry Cliff curates CERN Live at Gravity Fields Festival

Dr Harry Cliff will curate CERN Live at Gravity Fields Festival in Grantham on Friday 26th and Saturday 27th September. Visitors will be able to discover the excitement of particle physics at this exhibition about CERN, home of the giant Large Hadron Collider.


The festival itself runs from Wednesday 24th to Sunday 28th September and includes a series of events to explore the physical sciences and to celebrate one of the world’s greatest thinkers, Sir Isaac Newton.


Daisy Goodwin selected for Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club 2014

We are delighted with the news that Daisy Goodwin’s The Fortune Hunter, has been selected for Richard and Judy Autumn Book Club 2014. The Fortune Hunter tells the true story of a nineteenth century Queen of Hearts and a cavalry captain, and the struggle between love and duty.




Helen Rappaport on the Romanov sisters for BBC

Helen Rappaport will discuss the Romanov sisters in a two-part series for BBC Two. The first episode of Russia’s Lost Princesses will be broadcast at 8.00pm on Thursday 21st August. Helen is the author of Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses, a New York Times Best Seller.



BRICKS AND MORTALS Longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014

We are pleased with today’s news that Tom Wilkinson’s Bricks and Mortals has been longlisted for the Guardian First Book Award 2014.

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Peters Fraser and Dunlop has sold a new crime trilogy featuring a surgeon with Asperger’s who has been accused of murdering a priest.

Commissioning Editor Sally Williamson at Harlequin MIRA won UK and Commonwealth rights for debut author Nikki Owen’s ‘dark, twisted, psychological’ thrillers from Adam Gauntlett at Peters, Fraser & Dunlop.  The page-turning first instalment, The Spider in the Corner of the Room will be published by Harlequin MIRA in spring 2015, supported by a fully integrated marketing campaign.

Gauntlett says: ‘The Spider in the Corner of the Room is one of the most enthralling debut thrillers I’ve read in a very long time. Nikki is a real talent – a writer with a fantastic sense of place, character and plot-driven intensity. Just when you think the tension has reached its pinnacle, Nikki turns the dial to 11.’

PFD have also sold translation rights for the three books in Germany to Goldmann (Random House) and in France to Super8/ Sonatine Editions, who published Gillian Flynn’s Gone Girl to great success in 2012. UK Audio rights in the trilogy have been bought by WF Howes, US audio rights bought by Blackstone, Turkish rights sold to Koridor and Complex Chinese rights sold to Springly Seasons (Taiwan).

NBCUniversal International Television has optioned the book to develop a potential 1 hour returnable TV series. TV rights were acquired from Jonathan Sissons at PFD.


HISTORY OF THE RAIN Longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014

We’re delighted that History of the Rain by Niall Williams has been longlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2014. Read the first chapter here.


James Bannon, Max Hastings, Damien Lewis and Steve Peters are Best Sellers

We are thrilled to have four titles in the Sunday Times Best Sellers List this week. Congratulations to James Bannon (Running with the Firm), Max Hastings (Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914), Damien Lewis (Judy, A Dog in a Million) and Dr. Steve Peters (The Chimp Paradox).

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Guardian Faber Buys First Book by Emily Chappell

Emily Chappell‘s book, Unburdened: The Life and Opinions of a London Cycle Courier, was bought by Guardian Faber to be published in 2016. This is Emily’s first book, and it will describe her unique experiences as a bicycle courier in London.

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Congratulations Emily and keep up the good work!

Damien Lewis Has Three Books on Best Sellers List

Damien Lewis’ books Judy: A Dog in a Million, Zero Six Bravo and Operation Mayhem, with Steve Heaney, all made The Sunday Times’ Best Sellers List this week. damien lewis book coversThe Romanov Sisters by Helen Rappaport, published as Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses in the UK, also moved up to number 16 on the New York Times’ Best Sellers List. Congratulations Damien and Helen!

Paddy Ashdown on THE CRUEL VICTORY

Paddy Ashdown’s new book The Cruel Victory is now available. The book tells the story of the brave men and women who partook in the resistance movement in the Vercors, the largest, most brutally crushed resistance force in the Second World War.

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Paddy also spoke about his book at this year’s Hay Festival and last night at 5×15 Talks at the Tabernacle in Notting Hill.

Helen Rappaport featured on the New York Times Best Sellers list for THE ROMANOV SISTERS

We’re delighted that Helen Rappaport is featured on the New York Times Best Sellers list for her book The Romanov Sisters. UK readers can purchase Four Sisters: The Lost Lives of the Romanov Grand Duchesses here.

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Listen to Amanda Prowse's Latest Podcast

Amanda Prowse, the author of novels such as What Have I Done? and Clover’s Child, launched her new website this month.

Amanda Prowse Book Shots (24 of 26)


Her website contains information about her novels and short stories as well as her brand new podcast.

To visit Amanda’s site for more information, click the link below.amanda prowse website

Tom Wilkinson Hosts Event for the London Festival of Architecture

Tom Wilkinson, the author of Bricks and Mortals, led a walk around the Square Mile this past Sunday for the London Festival of Architecture. Tom explained the birth and growth of the city’s financial centre and the conflicts that had risen in the past as different groups struggled to gain control of it.

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Tom’s book explores the economic, erotic, political and psychological aspects of ten of the greatest buildings in history. Bricks and Mortals will be published June 19, 2014 and is available for pre-order here.

Tim Hayward Wins Food Writer of the Year Award

We are pleased to announce that Tim Hayward won Food Writer of the Year at last night’s Guild of Food Writers Awards for his work published in the FT Weekend Magazine.


This is the most prestigious food-writing award, congratulations Tim!

James Bannon's RUNNING WITH THE FIRM Published Today in Paperback

The paperback of James Bannon’s memoir Running with the Firm was published today.

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The book recounts James’s time as an undercover officer in the Millwall Bushwackers football hooligans, earning it the number one spot on WHSmith’s list for fifteen weeks last year when it came out in hardback.

Bannon is also being played this evening through Saturday night at London’s Soho Theatre.


Hay Festival Round-Up

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We had a fantastic time at Hay Festival catching up with many of our authors. Both The Wrong Knickers by Bryony Gordon and The Rev Diaries were bestsellers in the Festival Bookshop last weekend. Tom Hollander, James Wood and Jon Canter gave an inspiring talk on Rev and here’s Bryony’s view of the packed-out audience waiting to hear about life in her twenties:


Reported by the Telegraph as “one of television’s most foremost survival experts” and “a role model for a generation of young adventurers”, Bear Grylls enthralled a sell-out crowd being interviewed by a local student, and spent a lot of time saying hello to those in line. Afterwards he signed copies of True Grit in the bookshop.

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Paddy Ashdown spoke on The Cruel Victory and praised the heroism of the young men and women of the Vercors in 1944 after Allied commanders decided to ask all French resistance groups to rise up, even though they could not be supported or protected.


Philip Hook spoke on the value of art and his book Breakfast at Sotheby’s, arguing that David Hockney’s work would be more valuable if the artist had died early.

Daisy Goodwin gave a fascinating talk on The Fortune Hunter and how she approached writing about the Empress Sisi.

Daisy also chaired a discussion with producer Pippa Harris, actor Jenny Agutter and writer Heidi Thomas on Call the Midwife. Audience questions included “Where do you get your babies?” and whether all panel members were women purely because of the subject matter, to which Heidi replied: “Every job I’ve ever done has had a female writer – which is me.”

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Max Hastings delivered a lecture on Catastrophe: Europe Goes To War 1914 and among those Jesse Norman interviewed were Kate Adie on women in the First World War and Charlotte Higgins on the Romans in Britain.


Ruby Wax performed a shortened version of her show Sane New World, teaching the Hay crowd how to find calm, and Simon Schama spoke at multiple events including a moving discussion of the late Gabriel Garcia Marquez.

Other participants included Matthew D’Ancona, Rosie Boycott and Ffion Hague.

Team PFD finished the final weekend dancing in Booth’s bookshop. We’re looking forward to next year!

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Lynda Gratton to judge new £15,000 prize for best business book proposal

Lynda Gratton, Professor of Management Practice at London Business School, is to judge the Bracken Bower Prize, launched by the Financial Times in partnership with McKinsey & Company. A panel of four judges will award the prize to a promising young writer with the best proposal for a book about an emerging business theme.

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The prize is designed to encourage young writers and researchers to identify and analyse the business trends of the future. The winner of the inaugural award will be announced at an award dinner in London on 11th November 2014. They will receive £15,000 and their proposal will be published on the Financial Times website.

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Lynda has written extensively about the interface between people and organizations. Her eight books have been translated into more than 15 languages. Her latest book The Key: How Corporations Succeed by Solving the World’s Toughest Problems was published this month and looks at the impact of the changing world on corporate practices, processes and leadership.

PFD at Hay Festival 2014: 22nd May — 1st June

The sun is shining (through the rain) and PFD’s authors, journalists and broadcasters are out in force at Hay Festival 2014. This weekend’s highlights included Matthew D’Ancona, Rosie Boycott, Jesse Norman, Ffion Hague and Simon Schama.

Yesterday Philip Hook, a senior director at Sotheby’s, discussed how art acquires its financial value through his work Breakfast at Sotheby’s: An A-Z of the Art World

Tonight Ruby Wax explains why we sabotage our sanity with our own thinking — based on her critically-acclaimed book, her show Sane New World is a passport to saner living (and here’s the current list of tour dates).

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There’s plenty more later this week with Paddy Ashdown on The Cruel Victory and the largest Resistance action of the Second World War, an audience with adventurer, survival master and chief scout Bear Grylls, events for The Rev Diaries and Call the Midwife, and Bryony Gordon discussing The Wrong Knickers: A Decade of Chaos and how her twenties weren’t quite one long episode of Sex and the City.

Plus: the true story of Avraham Stern and Geoffrey Morton as told by Patrick Bishop in The Reckoning: Death and Intrigue in The Promised Land, Max Hastings on Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War, 1914, and the bestselling author of My Last Duchess, Daisy Goodwin, introduces her new novel The Fortune Hunter about Sisi the Empress of Austria.


Follow PFD at Hay on Twitter and Instagram — or please do say hello in person. For a complete listing of events, please check the Hay Festival website.

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Bryony Gordon will appear at the Hay Festival this weekend


On Saturday 31st May at 11.30am, Telegraph columnist Bryony Gordon will appear at the Hay Festival promoting her new memoir The Wrong Knickers (published by Headline on the 5th June).

Order the book here.

Like Carrie Bradshaw, Gordon may have had a column in a national newspaper, but her twenties weren’t one long episode of Sex and the City. They were a decade of hangovers, heartbreak, and hideously awkward mornings-after, all over her overdraft limit. She tells the tales to Georgina Godwin.

Order tickets here.


Tim Hayward and Tim Atkin win Best Food Writer Award and Best Online Drink Writer Awards

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Tim Hayward and Tim Atkin  both won Food & Drink Awards, held in store last night in Piccadilly.  We are delighted that Tim Hayward won the Best Food Writer category of the Awards for his work in the Financial Times Weekend Magazine and  Tim Atkin won the Online Drink Writer Award for work published on his website.

The awards celebrate the very best in writing, publishing and broadcasting on food and drink. The awards have 12 categories with over 400 entries.  They were judged by an expert panel, led by Ewan Venters, CEO of Fortnum & Mason.

Along with Christopher Hirst and The Ethicurean Cookbook, Tim Hayward is shortlisted for Food Journalist of the Year by The Guild of Food Writers Awards.  Winners to be announced on the 5th of June.











CHIMP PARADOX the No. 1 Bestselling Non-Fiction Book in the UK

We’re delighted that last week Dr Steve Peters’ The Chimp Paradox was the number one bestselling non-fiction book throughout the UK.

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Gilly Macmillan's debut novel a Piatkus Superlead for 2015

Emma Beswetherick at Piatkus/Little, Brown has signed two books by debut author Gilly MacMillan. Nelle Andrew at PFD brokered the six-figure, world English deal. Rachel Mills at PFD and Kate Hibbert at Piatkus are handling translation and US rights respectively.

BURNT PAPER SKY is a psychological suspense about a missing child, and a story about how social media can turn in on an innocent but emotionally unhinged mother.

Piatkus will publish the novel in 2015 as a superlead, a slot that features only one new author a year and that launched Richard and Judy-bestselling authors Rosamund Lupton, Lisa Ballantyne and Saskia Sarginson – the factor that convinced the author not to auction the novel, despite receiving other offers.

Beswetherick describes MacMillan‘s writing as “flawless, and the sense of anxiety and anticipation around the devastating first days after the son’s disappearance is spot on. It’s the kind of book you want to press into the hands of everyone you know, because it is so completely unputdownable. I also haven’t read a novel presented in this way before, with its clever use of websites and media, blogs and transcripts, interspersing the view of the public with the personal torment of the family and the wide chasm in between.”

Auctions are ongoing in Germany and France. Ambo Anthos pre-empted the title in the Netherlands.

J. Kent Messum shortlisted for the Arthur Ellis Award

J. Kent Messum‘s novel Baithas been shortlisted for the 2014 Arthur Ellis Award for Best First Novel! The Arthur Ellis is awarded for excellence in Canadian crime writing, but this award encompasses more than just the traditional whodunit.  Bait is a dark psychological thriller set on a desert island.


There are seven categories for this award, and three judges for each category, that’s twenty-one judges! The judges are volunteers including award-winning writers, booksellers, librarians, and avid crime fiction fans across Canada. The judges, therefore, represent a broad and knowledgeable cross-section of the reading public.


The 2014 winners will be announced at the Arthur Ellis Awards gala dinner on Thursday, June 5, at the Arts & Letters Club in downtown Toronto.

The contenders for Best First Novel are:

E.R. Brown, Almost Criminal, Dundurn

A.S.A. Harrison, The Silent Wife, Penguin Books Canada

Axel Howerton, Hot Sinatra, Evolved Publishing

J. Kent Messum, Bait, Penguin Canada

S.G. Wong, Die on Your Feet, Carina Press

History of the Rain on Book at Bedtime

Niall WilliamsHistory of the Rain will be this week’s Book at Bedtime on Radio 4 this week. Starting tonight at 10:45 PM, and continuing every weeknight until Friday 25th, we will follow Ruth Swain, voiced by Ailish Symons, as she searches for her father in the books he left behind.

History of the Rain by Niall Williams, on Book at Bedtime April 2014 Radio 4

Broadcasting Press Guild Awards nominations

We are delighted that Simon Schama’s The Story of the Jews (BBC Two) is nominated for Best Documentary Series at the Broadcasting Press Guild Awards 2014 today along with Nev Wilshire’s The Call Centre (BBC Three).


Jesse Norman longlisted for the Orwell Prize

The contenders for the Orwell Prize have just been announced, and we are pleased to announce that Jesse Norman‘s Edmund Burke is one of them.

Fourteen books were chosen out of 235 entries, and (for the Journalism Prize), 15 journalists from 167 entries. The judges for the 2014 Book Prize are Sue MacGregorRobert McCrum, andTrevor Phillips, and those for Journalism are Paul AndersonRobin Lustig, and Michael Parks.


The full list of contenders for the book prize is:

Gaiutra Bahadur, COOLIE WOMAN (Hurst)
Frank Dikotter, THE TRAGEDY OF LIBERATION (Bloomsbury)
Shereen El Feki, SEX AND THE CITADEL (Chatto)
Ahmed Errachidi, THE GENERAL (Chatto)
James Fergusson, THE WORLD’S MOST DANGEROUS PLACE (Bantam Press)
David Goodhart, THE BRITISH DREAM (Atlantic)
Jay Griffiths, KITH: THE RIDDLE OF THE CHILDSCAPE (Hamish Hamilton)
Alan Johnson, THIS BOY (Bantam Press)
Catherine Merridale, THE RED FORTRESS (Allen Lane)
Jesse Norman, EDMUND BURKE (William Collins)
David Runciman, THE CONFIDENCE TRAP (Princeton UP)
Simon Sebag Montefiore, ONE NIGHT IN WINTER (Century)
Alison Wolf, THE XX FACTOR (Profile)

Allison Pearson: Intelligence Squared Debate in Hong Kong

Allison Pearson, author of I Don’t Know How She Does It, took part in the Intelligence Squared Asia debate “The Hand that Rocks the Cradle cannot Rock the Boardroom” with Debora Spar, current president of Barnard College, in Hong Kong last week.

Standing in opposition to Allison and Debora were Zhang Xin and Helena Morrisey CBE.

Watch the lively and energetic debate here:


Our Sunday Times Best Sellers

This week, two of our clients’ wonderful novels topped the Sunday Times Best Seller charts:

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Max Hasting‘s Catastrophe: Europe Goes To War, a chronicle of the build-up to and first few months of the Great War, holds the 5th place on the hardbacks’ list; and Ruby Wax‘s Sane New World, explaining how to break free from anxiety and stress, is 9th on the paperbacks’ list.

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Tessa Everleigh‘s The Great British Sewing Bee and Dr Steve PetersThe Chimp Paradox are also doing extremely well, respectively at the 3rd and 10th places on the Nielsen BookScan charts.

The Bookseller Industry Awards 2014 nominations

We are pleased to announce that our very own Rachel Mills has been shortlisted for the Bookseller Industry Rights Professional of the Year Award for the second year running, as the only literary agent in her category! The full list of nominees can be seen on The Bookseller’s website.

Rachel Mills literary agent foreign rights at Peters Fraser and Dunlop agency

Simenon Roundup

Il Porto Delle NebbieL'impiccato di Saint-Pholien


Georges Simenon’s audiobooks have proved to be a tremendous success. The first two Maigret audiobooks in Italian reached the top of the iTunes chart as the ‘most downloaded audiobooks’ in Italy. iTunes sold around 1,500 copies of Il porto delle nebbie (Port of Shadows) and L’impiccato di Saint-Pholien (The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien.) The audiobooks also received great coverage on the Rolling Stone website. Two more audiobooks, Pietr the Latvian and The Yellow Dog, will be released in Italian in March. The audiobooks of Pietr the Latvian, The Late Monsieur Gallet and The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien can also be ordered in English.


Meanwhile, Ann Cleves from The Guardian wrote a superb review this week on Simenon’s The Hanged Man of Saint-Pholien. The article titled Top 10 crime novels in translation talked of learning about a country’s preoccupations and cultures by reading its popular fiction, Simenon’s Inspector Maigret collection being among the top 10 novels having achieved this.
‘I loved the exotic setting of Parisian bars and run-down hotels, the economic storytelling, Maigret’s understanding of the frailty of men and women whatever their social status. I could have chosen any of the novels, but this one illustrates the detective’s compassion for the desperate and downtrodden and has just been re-issued.’

Christmas News Round-Up

Jeanette Winterson

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The wonderful Jeanette Winterson appeared on Any Questions Friday. In case you missed her storming appearance, you can catch it here.

Rachel de Thame


Rachel de Thame was busy promoting Great British Garden Revival this past week. Rachel appeared on BBC Radio 2’s Breakfast Show with Chris Evans, you can listen to it here (at 1:46:00).

Great British Garden Revival was shown on BBC2 on Thursday 12th December, it was watched by an average of 1.34 million and peaked at 2.44 million. If you missed it, you can catch-up here.

Nev Wilshire

Nev Awards

The final repeat of The Call Centre aired on BBC3 on Thursday night in preparation for the Christmas Special, which will air this week. You can catch-up on the series here.

Georges Simenon


There was amazing coverage for Georges Simenon’s new Italian audio editions in Rolling Stones Italy and in Italy’s national newspapers.

Cameron Gives Disraeli as Gift


During his trade trip to China on Monday evening, David Cameron presented Premier Li with a copy of Douglas Hurd and Edward Young’s extraordinary biography, Disraeli.

Disraeli was one of several biographies which Prime Minister gave to Premier Li and his wife Cheng Hong. The gifts were described in detail in both The Huffington Post and The Daily Mail.




Liz Jones speaks at Local Charity Event

Liz jones

We are delighted to report that our fabulous Liz Jones was Guest Speaker at the Cherry Lodge Cancer Care Ladies Lunch last Friday. More than 80 women attended the lunch at Old Fold Golf Club in Barnet. 

As well as speaking about her experiences in the fashion industry, Liz also spoke about her incredible new book Girl Least Likely To: 30 years of fashion, fasting and Fleet Street, which will be released in paperback in February 

The Fundraiser raised over £2000 for a very worthy cause!



Broadcast Awards 2014

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We’re pleased to report that Jonathan Goodwin’s DANGERMAN: THE INCREDIBLE MR. GOODWIN (Objective/BBC Worldwide for Watch) is shortlisted for Best International Programme Sales at the 2014 Broadcast Awards, with the likes of DOCTOR WHO and THE GREAT BRITISH BAKE OFF.

Nev Awards

Nev Wilshire’s THE CALL CENTRE (BBC Wales for BBC3 & BBC1) is also shortlisted for Best Multichannel Programme along with A YOUNG DOCTOR’S NOTEBOOK.

The awards ceremony is on Wednesday 5th February at Grosvenor House and you can view the full shortlist here: .

Award Winners


The wonderful Allison Pearson won Columnist of the Year at the Comment Awards 2013. Allison faced strong competition from Caitlin Moran and Hugo Rifkind, but ultimately came out on top.


Meanwhile Mark Diacono  has won Best Book Photographer of the Year in the Garden Media Guild Awards 2013 for My Cool Allotment.

Twiggy on LIVING THE LIFE for Sky Arts

Living the Life with Elaine Paige

Twiggy Lawson filmed a brilliant finale to the third series of LIVING THE LIFE for Sky Arts, chatting with Elaine Paige about their rollercoaster lives growing up in 50s and 60s London.

Twiggy also recalls the dangers of fame and explains how she once had to be thrown through the open window of a limousine by her bodyguard.

Catch a preview here and the repeat on Sky Arts 1 this Sunday 24th November at 3pm.



 Jonathan Goodwin is a man who combines the skills of Houdini and Superman. He is the new breed of escapologist and a professional danger-man, putting himself in the most extreme situations and dodging death every time. Share the tension and excitement as he attempts spectacular feats of out-of-this-world bravery, agility and physical strength on his new DVD, Dangerman. These include racing to unlock himself from a rocket-launched car before it drags him off a 200-foot cliff and fighting to the surface after being buried underground – after first being bitten by a venomous snake. He also free climbs up a towering office block and attempts an incredible headline-making stunt hanging by a burning rope from the iconic London Eye! You can watch an adrenaline filled taster on The Paul O’Grady Show,  where Jonathan performed a spectacular stunt last week, if you missed it you can catch-up here.

Dangerman will be released on the 25th November, it is available for pre-order now.


There has been a flurry of activity this week in the world of PFD; here are some of the highlights:


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Pietr the Latvian was released last week; the first in the Maigret series to be re-published by Penguin Classics. The book was reviewed on a number of sites including The Independent, The Herald Scotland and by Crime Time. There was also the fantastic piece by Jake Kerridge, which was featured in Saturday’s Daily Telegraph Review. The re-publishing of Maigret was discussed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row on Tuesday, you can listen to the discussion here.



Be among the first to see a brand new photography exhibition by the acclaimed Sunday Times photographer Paul Conroy. The exhibition features Syrian refugees who the British Red Cross are working with here in the UK.

This free exhibition is open from 12 noon until 7pm on Friday 15 November and 11am until 7pm on Saturday 16 November; more information here.




Another of our authors was also reviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row; you can listen to Matthew Sweet reassess Dennis Wheatley here. Bloomsbury Reader are republishing all of Wheatley’s backlist, including fan favourites The Devil Rides Out, The Satanist and To the Devil a Daughter.



Two of our clients met when Robert Elms interviewed Alex Andreou on what it’s like to be employed but still homeless, you can listen to this moving interview here.

A wonderful article written by Alex was featured in The Guardian last week, where he writes about the harsh reality of homelessness in the UK.



Catastrophe by Max Hastings has been named as The Best History Book in Amazon’s Best Book of the Year

The Bookseller Association also selected Catastrophe as one of their Christmas Picks.


Our wonderful CEO Caroline Michel was also interviewed on BBC Radio 4’s Front Row this week; discussing the market for unique or bespoke editions of books. In case you missed it,  you can listen here.


Maigret Reborn


Last week Penguin Classics re-published Pietr the Latvian; the first novel which appeared in Georges Simenon‘s famous Maigret series, in a gripping new translation by David Bellos.

‘Compelling, remorseless, brilliant’  – John Gray

‘One of the greatest writers of the twentieth century . . . Simenon was unequalled at making us look inside, though the ability was masked by his brilliance at absorbing us obsessively in his stories’ –  Guardian

‘A supreme writer . . . unforgettable vividness’ –  Independent

Inevitably Maigret was a hostile presence in the Majestic. He constituted a kind of foreign body that the hotel’s atmosphere could not assimilate.

Not that he looked like a cartoon policeman. He didn’t have a moustache and he didn’t wear heavy boots. His clothes were well cut and made of fairly light worsted. He shaved every day and looked after his hands.

But his frame was proletarian. He was a big, bony man. His firm muscles filled out his jacket and quickly pulled all his trousers out of shape.

He had a way of imposing himself just by standing there. His assertive presence had often irked many of his own colleagues.

In Simenon’s first novel featuring Maigret, the laconic detective is taken from grimy bars to luxury hotels as he traces the true identity of Pietr the Latvian.

This release marks the beginning of a campaign that will release a Maigret a month, until all 75 Maigret novels are available in print again. This campaign has been received with much excitement, including a fantastic piece by Jake Kerridge in The Daily Telegraph.

The Late Monsieur Gallet will be the next novel released in the series on the 5th December, you can pre-order the novel here.


There has been a lot happening this week; here’s a small round-up of some of the stories:


Louise Mensch (@LouiseMensch) and Alex Andreou (@SturdyAlex) were among those named as Britain’s most influential Tweeters in The Telegraph this week. Louise, who came in at number 54, is a bestselling novelist and screenwriter (as Louise Bagshawe); her work has been published in nine languages, and she has adapted her novels for major Hollywood film studios, as well as being a freelance journalist. Alex also made the top 100 at number 81; Greek-born, Alex Andreou has a background in law and economics. He writes for both the Guardian and The New Statesman, whilst also running the Sturdy Beggars Theatre Company and blogging at Sturdyblog.

War Dog UK jacket

In the Daily Mail this week, there was Serial for War Dog by Damian Lewis. War Dog is a heartwarming story about an abandoned puppy and the World War II pilot who saved him…

After getting shot down in the skies over France during a daring mission over the trenches in the winter of 1939, airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across a tiny German Shepherd puppy while engaged in his own nail-biting escape from no-mans-land. He hid the dog, who he named Ant, inside his jacket, and from that moment on an unbreakable bond was formed.

In the years that followed, Robert and Ant would save each other’s lives many more times. They flew together with Bomber Command over targets in Germany and beyond, both getting injured in the line of duty, and when Ant was eventually grounded by the RAF top brass he waited patiently on the runway for his master and his fellow pilots to return from each and every sortie.

Perhaps inevitably, Ant became the mascot to Robert’s squadron, the only such mascot to fly on combat missions, or to suffer so many brushes with death under enemy fire. French by birth, but British by his and his master’s adopted nationality, by the end of the war Ant had become a very British hero – and it was only right when he was awarded the Dickin Medal, the “Animal VC.” Thrilling and moving in equal measure, WAR DOG is a story of loyalty in the face of extraordinary adversity, and of the unshakeable bond between a man and his best friend.


Dennis Wheatley was unveiled as a spook that the Government commissioned to write an anti-communist novel during the Cold War. This was revealed in an article written by Adam Luck in The Daily Mail

Bloomsbury Reader are republishing all of Dennis Wheatley’s backlist including The Forbidden TerritoryThe Satanist and of course The Devil Rides Out.


Harriet  Sergeant was one of the panelists on Thursday evening’s Question Time. They discussed everything from high-speed rail to Union bullying; if you missed this episode you can catch-up here.



And finally some PFD office news; this week we welcomed a new member of staff: Marlowe, a Poodlepom, is absolutely adorable and has already become an integral part of the PFD team. HAPPY FRIDAY!

Neil Gaiman reveals the terror of Dennis Wheatley


Neil Gaiman, author of the bestseller The Ocean at the End of the Lane, revealed himself to be a Dennis Wheatley fan from the tender age of 10. He told of how The Devil Rides Out “was handed around from boy to boy and we read it incredibly nervously and with deep trepidation and terror”

Bloomsbury Reader are republishing all of Dennis Wheatley’s backlist novels including The Forbidden Territory, The Satanist and of course The Devil Rides Out.

Weidenfeld buys Special Forces book

Alan Samson at Weidenfeld has acquired Operation Mayhem by Steve Heaney with Damien Lewis, the story of a daring Special Forces mission by the secret elite British military unit, X Platoon, in Sierra Leone.

Weidenfeld has world rights from Annabel Merullo here at PFD.

Read more on this story on BookBrunch.

Pre-Frankfurt international deals for THE WELL

One of the most talked about pre-book fair books, debut novel The Well by Catherine Chanter has been bought for a substantial pre-empt by Editorial Director, Louisa Joyner and Jamie Byng at Canongate and Michael Heyward at Text.

The deal was made by primary agent Nelle Andrew at PFD for UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada after a flurry of international pre-empts handled by International Rights Director Rachel Mills.

Canongate will be the lead publisher in Louisa Joyner’s first acquisition there, co-publishing with Text in Australia, following significant pre-empts from Fischer in Germany, Ambo Anthos in The Netherlands, Bromberg in Sweden as well as Atria/Simon and Schuster in North America. Rights have also subsequently been sold at pre-empt in Norway.

Catherine Chanter was the winner of this year’s Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize before being signed by Nelle Andrew. Her novel tells the story of a modern day Britain where it has not rained for three years except on a piece of farmland known as The Well.  A high concept literary tour de force wrapped up in a thrilling who-dunnit, it follows the story of Ruth, the owner of the land and her husband Mark as they deal with the blessing and curse of rain in the face of a nationwide drought and the devastating effect it has on their marriage, their home and the very lives of their family as they are thrown into peril.

Louisa Joyner said: “I keep having to pinch myself to believe that we really have acquired The Well by the remarkably talented Catherine Chanter. The Well is a novel of enormous power. It combines the unputdownable pace of Before I go to Sleep with the emotional pull of The Outcast and the literary quality of early Atwood, and for it to be my first acquisition at Canongate makes it all the more exciting.’

Michael Heyward of Text Publishing said:“I read The Well in a kind of trance, desperate to race ahead, but wanting to savour its sentences at the same time. Gorgeously written and fiendishly constructed, this seductive and creepy novel with its backdrop of weird weather and its cast of lost souls is about what happens when escape into rural bliss becomes a nightmare. With her eye for the unexpected word and for the phrase that tightens the screw, Catherine Chanter has written an astonishing novel, and I suspect that reading it is going to become something of a cultish activity.”

Daniel Loedel, the acquiring editor for S&S in the US also stated that: “The Well is a remarkably assured and original first novel, at once a haunting page-turner and a deeply-felt exploration of the mysterious connection between people and the places they call home.”

There has been immense international interest in the novel since its submission with requests from foreign publishers all over the world. All international rights will be handled by Rachel Mills at PFD and Alexandra Cliff and this will be a key fiction title for PFD ahead of the Book Fair.




Victor Maymudes was Bob Dylan’s tour manager, close personal friend and confidant from the golden period of the ‘60s up until the late ‘90s. He died in 2001, leaving to his son Jake over 20 hours of audiotapes which form the basis of this terrific memoir, transcribed and edited by Jake. There are also dozens of unseen/unpublished photographs and cans of likewise unseen 8mm film. The whole offers a unique and fascinating insight into Victor’s time in Dylan’s inner circle; a world only a few were privileged to be a part of, and fewer have spoken of.

Another Side of Bob Dylan spans Dylan’s formative years on the Greenwich Village circuit through to his Never Ending Tour. Along the way, it covers such landmark events as his turn to electric, the infamous motorcycle crash, and the recording of his seminal album Blood on the Tracks. Amidst the chaos of this world is Victor himself, an old hand on the ‘60s counterculture scene who acts, above all, as Bob’s friend and mentor; or, as one critic described him, the Robin to Bob’s Batman. Victor was certainly the consummate insider, and the book is teeming with intimate and revelatory accounts of life close to Dylan: from Bob’s first meeting with the Beatles, to the breakdown of his marriage to Sara Lownds. But Victor is as much the star of this memoir as Dylan himself; a witty, engaging raconteur who cut his own swathe through the turbulent counterculture – from wild cocaine-fuelled parties at Dennis Hopper’s estate to a hilarious (but gripping) drug rip-off across state lines in a Travco camper van.

Please click the following link to view a trailer for the book:

This manuscript is the talk of the town, with articles featured in The Times, Bookbrunch, Publishers Weekly and The Daily Express.

Publication Day Continues....

Today also marks the release of the wonderfully heart-warming War Dog by Damien Lewis

War Dog UK jacket

A heartwarming story about an abandoned puppy and the World War II pilot who saved him.

After getting shot down in the skies over France during a daring mission over the trenches in the winter of 1939, airman Robert Bozdech stumbled across a tiny German Shepherd puppy while engaged in his own nail-biting escape from no-mans-land. He hid the dog, who he named Ant, inside his jacket, and from that moment on an unbreakable bond was formed.

In the years that followed, Robert and Ant would save each other’s lives many more times. They flew together with Bomber Command over targets in Germany and beyond, both getting injured in the line of duty, and when Ant was eventually grounded by the RAF top brass he waited patiently on the runway for his master and his fellow pilots to return from each and every sortie.

Perhaps inevitably, Ant became the mascot to Robert’s squadron, the only such mascot to fly on combat missions, or to suffer so many brushes with death under enemy fire. French by birth, but British by his and his master’s adopted nationality, by the end of the war Ant had become a very British hero – and it was only right when he was awarded the Dickin Medal, the “Animal VC.” Thrilling and moving in equal measure, WAR DOG is a story of loyalty in the face of extraordinary adversity, and of the unshakeable bond between a man and his best friend.

You can get your copy of War Dog here.

The Terror Has Been Released.......

 The time has come…“No one is coming to your aid. We have ensured this.”


Today is the publication date of the chilling Bait by the wonderful J. Kent Messum:

Six strangers wake up on a remote island in the Florida Keys with no memory of their arrival. They soon discover their common bond: all of them are heroin addicts. As the first excruciating pangs of withdrawal make themselves felt, the six notice a yacht anchored across open water. On it lurk four shadowy figures, protected by the hungry sharks that patrol the waves. So begins a dangerous game. The six must undertake the impossible—swim to the next island where a cache of heroin awaits, or die trying. When alliances form, betrayal is inevitable. As the fight to survive intensifies, the stakes reach terrifying heights—and their captors’ motives finally begin to emerge.

Bait is available now from all good bookstores and Amazon.


Review Highlights

Last week saw the release of Catastrophe by Max Hastings and The Story of the Jews by Simon Schama. Simon’s novel has been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Award, whilst Max has been made a Christmas Pick by the Booksellers Association.

Below are some highlights of reviews for both books, which are sure to hit the bestseller’s list this week.



Catastrophe Reviews:

“Hastings writes with an enviable grasp of pace and balance, as well as an acute eye for human details.  Even for readers who care nothing for the difference between a battalion and a division, his book is at once moving, provocative and utterly engrossing”. Dominic Sandbrook,  The Sunday Times.

“Hastings is a master of the pen portrait and the quirky fact.  Yet his greatness as a historian – never shown to better in this excellent book – lies in his willingness to challenge entrenched opinion and say what needs to be said”. Saul David, Evening Standard.

“This is history-writing at its best, scholarly and fluent, relating with equal verve the attitudes and experiences of crowned heads and peasants, generals and privates, the handful of statesmen in seven countries whose decisions started the war, and the millions of ordinary people who fought it.” Ben Macintyre, The Times.


Story of the Jews

Story of the Jews Reviews:

“This book shows Schama at his best, doing his shtick and doing it well: no hasty product of midnight oil for a television tie-in, but a labour of love, as full of memorable incident as a Bellow novel and wittier than a Woody Allen movie.  His take on Jewish history if highly idiosyncratic and will doubtless infuriate many.  Me, I can hardly wait for the second volume”. Daniel Johnson, The Times.

“This is classic Schama: playful, ironic, immensely erudite, exuding humanity. It is also deeply personal.” The New Statesman.

“Schama has written a proud and personal story of his people, one that will make a good starting point for those interested in one of history’s most fascinating and tragic tales”. Josh Glancy, Sunday Times.

“Simon Schama has returned to his roots and written an affecting and raw account of early Jewish history”. Tom Holland, The Guardian.

“Simon Schama’s history of the Jews does a splendid job in challenging stereotypes”. Financial Times.

Samuel Johnson Longlist announced

We are delighted to announce that three of our authors have been longlisted for the Samuel Johnson Prize:

Story of the Jews

Simon Schama’s Story of the Jews:

It is a story like no other: an epic of endurance against destruction, of creativity in oppression, joy amidst grief, the affirmation of life against the steepest of odds.

It spans the millennia and the continents – from India to Andalusia and from the bazaars of Cairo to the streets of Oxford. It takes you to unimagined places: to a Jewish kingdom in the mountains of southern Arabia; a Syrian synagogue glowing with radiant wall paintings; the palm groves of the Jewish dead in the Roman catacombs. And its voices ring loud and clear, from the severities and ecstasies of the Bible writers to the love poems of wine bibbers in a garden in Muslim Spain.

Within these pages, the Talmud burns in the streets of Paris, massed gibbets hang over the streets of medieval London, a Majorcan illuminator redraws the world; candles are lit, chants are sung, mules are packed, ships loaded with spice and gems founder at sea.

And a great story unfolds. Not – as often imagined – of a culture apart, but of a Jewish world immersed in and imprinted by the peoples among whom they have dwelled, from the Egyptians to the Greeks, from the Arabs to the Christians.

Which makes the story of the Jews everyone’s story, too.



Jesse Norman’s Edmund Burke:

Both conservative and subversive, Burke’s beliefs have never been more relevant than in today’s ‘Big Society’, as MP Jesse Norman explains.

Philosopher, statesman, and founder of modern conservatism, Edmund Burke is both the greatest and most under-rated political thinker of the past three-hundred years. Born in Ireland in 1729, and greatly affected by its bigotry and extremes, his career constituted a lifelong struggle against the abuse of power.

Amid the 18th century’s golden generation that included his companions Adam Smith, Samuel Johnson and Edward Gibbon, Burke’s controversial mixture of conservative and subversive theories made him first a marginal figure, and finally a revered theorist – a hero of the Romantics. He warned of the effects of British rule in Ireland, the loss of the American colonies, and most famously, he foresaw the disastrous consequences of revolution in France. This he predicted, would trigger extremism, terror and the atomisation of society – a profound analysis that continues to resonate today.

In this absorbing new biography Conservative MP Jesse Norman gives us Burke anew, vividly depicting his dazzling intellect, imagination and empathy against the rich tapestry of 18th century Europe. Burke’s wisdom, Norman shows, applies well beyond the times of empire to the conventional democratic politics practised in Britain and America today. We cannot understand the defects of the modern world, or modern politics, without him.



Douglas Hurd and Edward Young’s Disraeli:

Benjamin Disraeli was the most gifted parliamentarian of the nineteenth century. A superb orator, writer and wit, he twice rose to become Prime Minister, dazzling many with his famous epigrams along the way.

But how much do we really know about the man behind the words? How did this bankrupt Jewish school dropout and trashy novelist reach the top of the Victorian Conservative Party? And why does his reputation continue to have such a hold over British politics today?

In this engaging reassessment, Douglas Hurd and Edward Young explore the paradoxes at the centre of Disraeli’s ‘two lives’: a dandy and gambler on the one hand, a devoted servant and favourite Prime Minister of the Queen on the other. A passionately ambitious politician, he intrigued and manoeuvred with unmatched skill to get to – in his own words – ‘the top of the greasy pole’, but he also developed a set of ideas to which he was devoted. His political achievements are never quite what they seem: he despised the idea of a more classless society, he never used the phrase ‘One Nation’, and although he passed the Second Reform Act he was no believer in democracy.


The longlist has been chosen by Martin Rees, Astronomer Royal (chair of judges); classicist, Mary Beard; Director of Liberty, Shami Chakrabarti; historian, Peter Hennessy; and writer and non-fiction reviewer, James McConnachie.

The winner of last year’s prize was another of our authors, Wade Davis for the wonderful Into the Silence: The Great War, Mallory and the Conquest of Everest, published by The Bodley Head.

This year’s shortlist will be announced on 30 September, and the winner on 4 November.

When J. Kent Messum met PFD

In a wonderful article written for the Writer’s Digest, J. Kent Messum describes his journey to find an agent. This article is a must-read for all writers looking for representation; an honest, no-frills account of persistence and self-belief. See the article here.

Messum is the author of the thrilling Baita fantastic novel which has been described as “Lost meets Trainspotting meets Battle Royale” and is currently a Thriller Book of the Month on


Hodder wins Ekback auction!



Hodder’s Kate Parkin has won the auction for two books from one of our wonderful new novelists Cecilia Ekback.

Parkin bought UK and Commonwealth rights from the brilliant Nelle Andrew.

The first title Wolf Winter tells the story of a vicious murder in a small community of new settlers in 18th century Lapland, and a severe winter, known as a “wolf winter,” which descends on the inhabitants.

Parkin said Ekback, a graduate of the Royal Holloway creative writing masters, was “a real talent”, saying: “It’s rare to find a first novel that transports you so effortlessly to another time and place and holds you captive there.”

PFD has also accepted a six figure pre-empt from Droemer in Germany, with negotiations ongoing in other countries.

For the full article, see the Bookseller article.

The Story of the Jews

Last night, the first episode of the five-part series, The Story of the Jews, aired on BBC2. The show, which was chosen as The Sunday Times Culture magazine’s Pick of the Day, follows Simon Schama as he takes us through the history of Judaism, picking out stories that help explain how Judaism survived through all the persecutions.

The Telegraph called it “a rousing success”

The Story of the Jews continues on Sunday at 9pm on BBC2. You can catch-up here.

Simon Schama has also written a wonderful novel linking to the show; The Story of the Jews: Finding the Words (1000 BCE – 1492) can be pre-ordered here.

Story of the Jews

SOMETHING YOU ARE shortlisted for CWA John Creasey Dagger Award

We are absolutely thrilled to announce that Hanna Jameson’s Something You Are has been shortlisted for The Crime Writers’ Association’s John Creasey Dagger Award.

The John Creasey Dagger Award is for the best new crime writer of the year and CWA Chair, Alison Joseph, commented: “These 2013 CWA Dagger shortlists are all about inspirational story-telling and great writing. They show, once again, just why this genre continues to be so hugely popular and so greatly loved by readers.”

Hanna is one of only four writers to make the shortlist, the winner will be announced on the 24th October at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards.

Something You Are was described as “Fast, uncompromising and violent, Jameson’s debut evokes classic thrillers such as Get Carter. Dark and atmospheric with a bedrock of powerful and memorable characters. This is London noir with a subtle punch.”  by the Judges of the award. You can buy this thrilling debut here.



Today is the publication day for Bait  by the wonderful J. Kent Messum, in the US and Canada. We can’t help but be jealous, and who could blame us when the book has been described as “Lost meets Trainspotting meets Battle Royale”?

Six strangers wake up on a remote island in the Florida Keys with no memory of their arrival. They soon discover their common bond: all of them are heroin addicts. As the first excruciating pangs of withdrawal make themselves felt, the six notice a yacht anchored across open water. On it lurk four shadowy figures, protected by the hungry sharks that patrol the waves. So begins a dangerous game. The six must undertake the impossible—swim to the next island where a cache of heroin awaits, or die trying. When alliances form, betrayal is inevitable. As the fight to survive intensifies, the stakes reach terrifying heights—and their captors’ motives finally begin to emerge.

And if that wasn’t enough to get you excited, check out the amazing book trailer here!

Bait will be published in the UK  by Penguin, on the 26th September, it is available for pre-order now.



Edinburgh International Book Festival 2013

Team PFD hit up the Edinburgh International Book Festival last week, and had an amazing time packing in as many events, at both the Book Festival and Fringe proper, as was feasibly possible in 48 hours. Susan Greenfield and Ruby Wax were both brilliant, in sold out events, last week and signed books afterwards.

Susan Greenfield discussed her research into Alzheimers and her debut science fiction novel 2121, which was longlisted for the Edinburgh Festival First Book Award.

Ruby Wax explained some of the techniques she’s found useful in her battles with her own mental health issues, which she discovered in her research into Mindfulness based Cognitive Therapy, she describes this in more detail in her Sunday Times #1 bestselling Sane New World: Taming The Mind.

Team PFD had a great time in the Festival Bookshop, catching sight of Edmund Burke by Jesse Norman, The Road To Le Tholonet by Monty Don, The Fabulous Baker Brothers: Glorious British Grub by Tom and Henry Herbert, A Heart Bent Out of Shape by Emylia Hall, Disraeli by Douglas Hurd and Edward Young and Capturing the Light by Helen Rappaport and Roger Watson… so much to be enjoyed at the Festival this year! Well done to all our brilliant authors.




Christmas comes early for Max Hastings

Even though we’re still loving the sunshine and ignoring the rain, Christmas is only four months away! In preparation for this the Booksellers Association has already selected its Christmas Picks, which this year includes the brilliant Catastrophe: Europe Goes to War 1914 by Max Hastings. Catastrophe is a magisterial chronicle of the calamity that befell Europe in 1914 as the continent shifted from the glamour of the Edwardian era to the tragedy of total war.

Catastrophe will be released in September 2013, you can pre-order it here.

The full Christmas Catalogue will be released on the 14th September as part of the Books Are My Bag campaign.

Six weeks in the chart for TREO and a new entry for DISRAELI!

We’re thrilled to announce that two of PFD’s books are in The Sunday Times bestsellers list this week:

At Number 8 in Hardback General is Disraeli by Douglas Hurd and Edward Young, an exploration of Benjamin Disraeli; the most gifted parliamentarian of the nineteenth century.

In the charts again this week is Dave Heyhoe‘s and Damien LewisIt’s All About Treo, an account of the most highly decorated dog in Afghanistan and his handler, which is at Number 3 in Paperback GeneralThis week marks the 6th week that Treo has been in the top 10!

Sunday Times Bestsellers 4th August

Graham Masterton’s WALKERS optioned

We are thrilled to announce that Jules Stewart and her Libertine Films banner have optioned the novel Walkers by Graham Masterton.  Set in a seemingly-abandoned mental institution turned resort, the story has been described as “a modern classic of sheer hair-raising terror” and “an effective horror novel” by Publisher’s Weekly.

Stewart, a veteran Hollywood script supervisor for more than 30 years wrote and directed her debut film, K-11, in 2012 about a record producer who, after binging on drink and drugs, wakes to find himself in a section of the Los Angeles County Jail reserved for homosexuals.

Masterton, described by the San Francisco Chronicle as “the living inheritor to the realm of Edgar Allan Poe”, has published over 100 horror novels and a mass of short stories. He has won numerous awards including an Edgar and is “delighted and honoured” that Jules Stewart has optioned Walkers.

The film will be written and directed by Stewart and produced by Tom Wright of Libertine Films. The deal was orchestrated by Alan Nevins of Renaissance Literary & Talent on behalf of Libertine and Jonathan Sissons of PFD in London on behalf of Masterton.

SANE NEW WORLD travels across the pond

We are delighted to announce that Penguin USA have bought US rights in Ruby Wax’s number 1 bestseller Sane New World, for their Perigee imprint. The editor, Marian Lizzi has had huge success with Goldie Hawn’s book on mindfulness Ten Mindful Minutes, Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith, and The Out of Sync Child by Carol Kranowitz, so Ruby is in great company. They will be looking to publish in September 2014.

This is an exciting week for Ruby as it also marks her fifth week in the Sunday Times Bestsellers list!

Book trailer for BAIT by J. Kent Messum is now live!

We’re delighted to announced that the trailer for Bait by J. Kent Messum has been launched!

“Six strangers wake up on a remote island in the Florida Keys with no memory of their arrival. They soon discover their common bond: all of them are heroin addicts from the slums of Miami. As the first excruciating pangs of withdrawal make themselves felt, the six notice a yacht anchored across open water. On it lurk four shadowy figures, protected by the hungry sharks that patrol the waves. So begins a dangerous game. The six must undertake the impossible—swim to the next island where a cache of heroin awaits, or die trying. When alliances form, betrayal is inevitable. As the fight to survive intensifies, the stakes reach terrifying heights—and their captors’ motives finally begin to emerge.”

Bait is published on August 27th in the US by Plume Books and in Canada by Penguin Canada, and on September 26th in the UK by Michael Joseph. Rights have also been sold in Brazil, Greece, Czech Republic and Bulgaria.

We’re so impressed by all the hard work that’s gone into this amazing trailer, please do check it out – and then pre-order the book here!


Hanna Jameson longlisted for CWA John Creasey Dagger Award

Hanna is one of eight authors longlisted for this award, which was announced at the CWA Gala Daggers award dinner on July 15th.

The Judges described Hanna’s debut as “Fast, uncompromising and violent, Jameson’s debut evokes classic thrillers such as Get Carter. Dark and atmospheric with a bedrock of powerful and memorable characters. This is London noir with a subtle punch.”

The shortlist will be announced later on this summer, with the winner being revealed in the autumn. Find out more from the CWA website.

One-two for PFD!

Ruby Wax’s Sane New World has risen up the chart and taken the Number 1 spot this week in Hardback general, Sane New World shows us how our minds can jeopardize our sanity and how we can break free from anxiety and stress.

David Heyhoe and Damian Lewis have also risen up the ranks to claim Number 2 in Paperback general with their account of the most highly decorated dog in Afghanistan and his handler in It’s All About Treo. 

Sunday Times Bestsellers 7th July 2013

PFD Sunday Times Bestsellers!

We’re thrilled to announce that two of PFD’s books are in The Sunday Times bestsellers list this week.

At Number 6 in Hardback General is Ruby Wax’s informative and humorous manual to saner living, Sane New World.

At Number 3 in Paperback General is Dave Heyhoe’s and Damien Lewis’ account of the most highly decorated dog in Afghanistan and his handler, It’s All About Treo. 

PFD Sunday Times bestsellers 30.06.13

Jeanette Winterson one of the first authors signed up to the Hogarth Shakespeare Project

Our fantastic author Jeanette Winterson will be part of an international project by Random House’s Hogarth imprint, with the world’s finest comtemporary authors reimagining the plays of William Shakespeare. The Bard’s most loved plays will be retold by some of the most acclaimed authors of our time to increase contemporary readership, much to the delight of Shakespeare fans around the world. Award winning authors Jeanette Winterson and Anne Tyler are the first authors to be commissioned by Hogarth.

This project will give authors, such as our very own Jeanette Winterson, the chance to write prose versions of the plays, staying true to the original spirit, but being able to place their own modern twist on these classics, while still appealing to the existing fans. The concept of The Hogarth Shakespeare was devised Juliet Brooke, Senior Editor at Chatto & Windus/Hogarth, and Becky Hardie, Deputy Publishing Director. It will be launched in 2016 and the publishing initiative will be led by Hogarth UK and published in partnership with Hogarth US, Knaus Verlag in Germany, Mondadori in Spain, Knopf Canada; and Random House Australia, New Zealand, South Africa and India. The new novels will be published in print, digital and audio formats throughout the English-speaking world.

Jeanette has chosen the play The Winter’s Tale to put her own spin on. She says: ‘All of us have talismanic texts that we have carried around and that carry us around. I have worked with The Winter’s Tale in many disguises for many years. This is a brilliant opportunity to work with it in its own right. And I love cover-versions.’

After generations of reinterpretations of Shakespeare’s plays as movies, musicals and novels, The Hogarth Shakespeare will be a unique series of retellings with the aim of becoming modern classics. It is hoped that the series will please existing fans of Shakespeare as well as create new readership, both young and old, of the world’s most famous writer.

Read more about this in The Guardian.



Ruby Wax - Sane New World

Allison Pearson describes Ruby Wax’s new book Sane New World as “funny and well-researched” in her brilliant review in this Saturday’s Telegraph. In fact, Ruby has even made a convert: “Her wonderful, painfully funny and instructive book has inspired this depressive to sign up for mindfulness training“. The full review can be read here.


If you missed Ruby at Hay Festival, you can still listen to her talk here. And she’ll also be appearing at Edinburgh Book Festival on 14th August (tickets available from 28th June

Super Thursday - 6th June

There has been a wonderful raft of new publications on what is proving to be a super Thursday for PFD.

Six books are all being published on this day spanning a variety of genres, publishers and readers to give us a bumper Thursday of brilliant new titles in the opening of what looks to be a fantastic summer…


Sane New World by Ruby Wax

Ruby Wax – comedian, writer and mental health campaigner – explains how our busy, chattering, self-critical thoughts drive us to anxiety and stress.  If we are to break the cycle, we need to understand how our brains work, rewire our thinking and find calm in a frenetic world.


Damn His Blood by Peter Moore

This nail-biting true crime story of the brutal murder of Reverend George Parker in the quiet village of Oddingley provides a fascinating glimpse into rural English life at the beginning of the nineteenth century.  Now out in paperback, Damn His Blood is a nail-biting true story of brutality, greed and ruthlessness which brings an elusive society vividly back to life.


Killing Range by Phil Campion

The second Blackstone Six thriller is out now – Steve Range believes his friend Randy is a corpse in a desert grave – until he reappears in an Al Qaeda video, spitting extremist hate and challenging Range and Blackstone Six to a desert battle that will settle a vicious blood feud.


Under the Wire by Paul Conroy

Under the Wire is the epic, untold account of the late Marie Colvin, one of the foremost war correspondents of her generation, and veteran photographer Paul Conroy’s last, tragic assignment together, documenting the bloodshed under Assad’s brutal regime in Syria. Under the Wire is a tale of courage and survival and a poignant account of a friendship forged amid the carnage of war.


A Girl Like You by Maureen Lindley 

A new novel from the acclaimed author of The Private Papers of Eastern Jewel, Maureen Lindley’s new novel follows Satomi, a Japanese teenager, growing up in the US after Pearl Harbour.


 Spitalfields Life by The Gentle Author

Out now in paperback for the first time, Spitalfields Life has drawn comparisons to the work of Pepys, Mayhew and Dickens. Everything you seek in London can be found here – street life, street art, markets, diverse food, immigrant culture, ancient houses and history, pageants and parades, rituals and customs, traditional trades and old family businesses.


The Wreck of the Mary Deare, Campbell’s Kingdom, The Lonely Skier, Wreckers Must Breathe by Hammond Innes

Fourteen titles by masterful thriller writer Hammond Innes have been reissued as Vintage Classics this week to celebrate the author’s Centenary, with introductions from the likes of Andy McNab and Stella Rimington. BBC Radio 4 will be reviewing The Lonely Skier and The Wreck of the Mary Deare by Hammond Innes on ‘Saturday Review’ on 8th June.