Ebury Press has acquired Good Cop, Bad War – a true crime memoir by an ex-undercover police officer.
UK & Commonwealth rights for the book by Neil Woods, who spent 14 years infiltrating drug gangs throughout the UK, were pre-empted from Adam Gauntlett at PFD by Ebury Press’s commissioning editor Ciara Foley.
TV rights for the title have been acquired by Headline Pictures.Read more
On 17th November, 2012, Salvador Alvarenga left the coast of Mexico for a two-day fishing trip. A vicious storm killed his engine and the current dragged his boat out to sea. The storm picked up and carried him West, deeper into the heart of the Pacific Ocean. Alvarenga would not touch solid ground again for 14 months. When he was washed ashore on January 30th, 2014, he had drifted over 9,000 miles. Three dozen cruise ships and container vessels passed nearby. Not one stopped for the stranded fisherman. He considered suicide on multiple occasions – including offering himself up to a pack of circling sharks. But Alvarenga developed a method of survival that kept his body and mind intact long enough for the Pacific Ocean to spit him up onto a remote palm-studded island. Crawling ashore, he was saved by a local couple living in their own private castaway paradise.
For the first time, journalist Jonathan Franklin tells this epic tale of survival and one man’s incredible story of beating the ultimate odds. Franklin had unprecedented access – the book is based on dozens of hours of interviews with Alvarenga and his colleagues, search and rescue officials, the medical team that saved his life and the remote islanders who nursed him back to normality.
438 Days is published today in the UK by Macmillan, and in the US by Atria. If you want a sneak peak, read a chapter of this remarkable story in the Guardian, and the pick up your copy of the book here!
As part of the fun and festivities of The Bookseller’s inaugural Author Day, taking place on 30th November, the agents at PFD are running a Q&A session on Twitter on Thursday and Friday this week between 3-5pm on both days. Tweet us any and all questions about publishing, or to pitch us your books, using the hashtag #authorday.
Want to know how to get an agent? Worried that your manuscript won’t be commercial enough? Confused about how selling translation rights works? Want to know more about digital publishing? Robert Caskie, Laura Williams, Rachel Mills, Marilia Savvides and Adam Gauntlett will be on hand to answer your questions! The best part? The tweeter who asks us the best question will win free entry to Author Day!
We’ll also be at Author Day running an author clinic for writers to ask us questions or pitch us their books directly. More info about all of the above is here.Read more
Words and Music for Remembrance, followed by drinks – 6.30pm on 11th of November at St-Dunstan-in-the-West on Fleet Street.
Cast and speakers include: Dr Bill Frankland MBE, 103 year old former Japanese POW, world leading immuniologist, Twiggy and her husband Leigh Lawson, Steve Heaney MC, Sir John Standing, Colonel Stuart Tootal DCO OBE, Colour Party of 4 PARA, and Harry Potter actor Jason Isaacs.Read more
If you’re mourning the end of the sixth and final season of Downton Abbey, like us, then the perfect way to bridge the gap until the final Christmas special has arrived! Downton Abbey: A Celebration, a companion to all six series of the show, is published today by Headline. It’s available on Amazon here, or in all good bookshops.
The Biennial Warwick Prize is this year for books in any genre that tackle the theme of “instinct”. We are very pleased to announce that PFD author, Mark Vanhoenacker, has been shortlisted for the prize this year for his fantastic book Skyfaring. The judges are AL Kennedy (Chair), Robert Macfarlane, Fiona Shaw, Tony Wheeler and Gavin […]Read more
THE GUARDIAN has written a piece on the fantastic international reaction to E.O. Chriovici’s gripping whodunnit, THE BOOK OF MIRRORS.
Read the article here.
Robert had an interview with Ricardo Fayet, the co-founder of Reedsy, about the launching of Ipso Books, our new digital publishing imprint. Watch it here.Read more