Naomi Joseph is the Head of Broadcast at PFD. Naomi works closely with Jonathan Sissons selling film and television rights around the globe, for all our clients, across a wide variety of genres.
Prior to joining the company Naomi worked at a number of high profile production companies including Endemol, Freemantle Media and The Walt Disney Company.
Jonathan was Rights Director at Cornerstone, and brings with him over 20 years experience selling rights at Random House.
Please see below for our featured titles this month. These titles are available in principle.
C. S. Forester
Described as a ‘riveting read’ by Sarah Waters and acclaimed by crime writers such as Andrew Taylor, THE PURSUED is a dark, gripping 1930s psychological thriller by C. S. Forester, the author of Hornblower.
The story begins when Marjorie, a young woman, arrives home one summer evening and finds her sister, dead, with her head in the oven. She looks peaceful, as if she is asleep. Their mother suspects, however, that Dot’s death was far from natural – and that she knows who the killer is. So, slowly and meticulously, she plots her terrible revenge.
C. S. Forester’s 1935 thriller THE PURSUED, lost for decades, rewrote the traditions of crime fiction to create a dark, twisted portrayal of obsession and retribution.
THE WRONG KNICKERS
Bryony Gordon survived her adolescence by dreaming about the life she’d have in her twenties: the perfect job; the lovely flat; the amazing boyfriend. The reality was something of a shock. Her Telegraph column was a diary of her daily screw-ups; she lived in a series of squalid shoe boxes; and her most meaningful relationship of the entire decade was with a Marlboro Light.
Here in THE WRONG KNICKERS Bryony busts open the glamorized myth of what it means to be a young (perpetually) single girl about London town, and shares the horrible and hilarious truth. The truth about picking up a colleague at the STI clinic; sinking into debt to fund a varied diet of wine, crisps and vodka; and how it feels when your dream man turns out to be a one night stand who hands you someone else’s knickers in the morning.
Bryony’s wonderfully ridiculous and ultimately redemptive story is essential reading for everyone whose ‘best years’ weren’t quite what they were expecting…
HISTORY OF THE RAIN
We are our stories. We tell them to stay alive or keep alive those who only live now in the telling. In Faha, County Clare, everyone is a long story…
Bedbound in her attic room beneath the falling rain, in the margin between this world and the next, Plain Ruth Swain is in search of her father. To find him, enfolded in the mystery of ancestors, Ruthie must first trace the jutting jaw lines, narrow faces and gleamy skin of the Swains from the restless Reverend Swain, her great-grandfather, to grandfather Abraham, to her father, Virgil – via pole-vaulting, leaping salmon, poetry and the three thousand, nine hundred and fifty eight books piled high beneath the two skylights in her room, beneath the rain.
The stories – of her golden twin brother Aeney, their closeness even as he slips away; of their dogged pursuit of the Swains’ Impossible Standard and forever falling just short; of the wild, rain-sodden history of fourteen acres of the worst farming land in Ireland – pour forth in Ruthie’s still, small, strong, hopeful voice. A celebration of books, love and the healing power of the imagination, this is an exquisite, funny, moving novel in which every sentence sings.
THE LITTLE DOCTOR
It was not until Jean Dollent, alias The Little Doctor, had stumbled quite by accident on his first case that he realised he had a passion, and what appeared to be a genius, for detective work. True, his methods were not exactly orthodox and the police were at first sceptical of his theories, but his successes soon changed that: there was the curious case of the pretty girl who stole so clumsily in full view of everyone; the mystery of the two bodies found in the marshes; Monsieur Marbe who insisted intruders were disturbing his collection of ethnic treasures (junk, his alcoholic sister called it); and, one of the most worrying cases, that of the anonymous letters sent to his friend Philippe which threatened to break up his marriage.
In THE LITTLE DOCTOR Simenon has created a splendid character whose vivacity and unconventional detection methods make these witty and amusing stories a delight to read.
THE DARK NET
Beyond the familiar online world that most of us inhabit – a world of Google, Hotmail, Facebook and Amazon – lies a vast and often hidden network of sites, communities and cultures where freedom is pushed to its limits, and where people can be anyone, or do anything, they want. A world that is as creative and complex as it is dangerous and disturbing. A world that is much closer than you think.
The dark net is 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. THE DARK NET is a revelatory examination of the internet today, and of its most innovative and dangerous subcultures: trolls and pornographers, drug dealers and hackers, political extremists and computer scientists, Bitcoin programmers and self-harmers, libertarians and vigilantes.
Based on extensive first-hand experience, exclusive interviews and shocking documentary evidence, THE DARK NET offers a startling glimpse of human nature under the conditions of freedom and anonymity, and shines a light on an enigmatic and ever-changing world.
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MOON ON A RAINBOW SHAWL by Errol John
Esther – if yer have yer head screw on right – No matter where yer go – One night – some time – Yer reach up – yer touch that moon.
For the teeming populace of Old Mack’s cacophonous yard in Port-of-Spain, Trinidad, it’s a cheek by jowl existence lived out on a sweltering public stage. Snatches of calypso compete with hymn tunes, drums and street cries as neighbours drink, brawl, pass judgment, make love, look out for each other and crave a better life. But Ephraim is no dreamer and nothing, not even the seductive Rosa, is going to stop him escaping his dead-end job for a fresh start in England.
Set as returning troops from the Second World War fill the town with their raucous celebrations, Errol John’s Moon on a Rainbow Shawl depicts a vibrant, cosmopolitan world that is as harsh as it is filled with colour and warmth.
Talawa Theatre Company will revive artistic director Michael Buffong’s 2012 National Theatre production of Moon on a Rainbow Shawl as part of its new 2013/2014 season. Performances commence in February 2014.
THE LION, THE UNICORN AND ME by Jeanette Winterson
In this beautiful retelling of the story of the very first Christmas, the humble donkey is chosen above all other animals to carry Mary to Bethlehem. As his journey unfolds, he is touched by th magic and mystery of the Nativity… With sparkles of originality, humour and warmth, the Christmas story is reborn.
The book is currently being adapted into an opera by Washington National Opera, and is due to premiere at the Glimmerglass Festival in December 2013.
CAUTIONARY TALES FOR CHILDREN by Hilaire Belloc
Hilaire Belloc’s misbehaving children suffer all manner of grisly ends in these cautionary tales that poke fun at the idea of improving children’s morals through verse stories. Once heard, who can forget ‘Henry King, Who chewed bits of String’ or the unfortunate lies of Matilda? The wicked humour ensures that they will remain favourites throughout the generations.
Cautionary Tales for Children was recently adapted for the stage by Arena Theatre Company, Australia in 2012.
RISEN PEOPLE by James Plunkett
This Christmas the Abbey Theatre marks the centenary of the 1913 Dublin Lockout with a new version of James Plunkett’s The Risen People.
The Risen People was the inspiration for Plunkett’s best-selling novel Strumpet City. Set in the shadow of the Lockout, this epic story of struggle and solidarity is told through the familiar characters of Annie, Fitz, Rashers and Hennessy.
This is a new adaptation by director Jimmy Fay in collaboration with movement director Colin Dunne and composer and musical director Conor Linehan.
A defining moment in Irish history is brought vividly to life through music, movement and song.
GORMENGHAST by Mervyn Peake
Endorsed by the Mervyn Peake Estate, Carabosse Theatre Company have transformed ‘Titus Groan’ and ‘Gormenghast’ into an extraordinary, vibrant and visually stunning theatrical production to be premiered on 7th -12th October 2014 at the Chrysalis Theatre, Milton Keynes.