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The Peters Fraser & Dunlop International Rights Division is headed by Rachel Mills.  We have direct relationships with publishers in all major territories, visiting them regularly to promote our authors and manage their international careers. Our clients are published in 48 languages, and feature on bestseller lists all over the globe.

Prior to joining Peters Fraser & Dunlop Rachel worked at Penguin Books where she was Foreign Rights Manager, and in the rights team at Ebury Press.

In 2013, Rachel was shortlisted for the Rights Professional of the Year Award at the Bookseller Industry Awards.


Rachel Mills handles rights in the United States, Canada, Australia, India (English language), Germany, The Netherlands, France, Brazil and Latin America.

Alexandra Cliff handles rights in Italy, Scandinavia, Spain, Portugal, Japan, the Middle East, Israel, Poland and India (Indian languages).

Marilia Savvides handles rights in Greece, Eastern Europe (excluding Poland), Russia, Turkey, China, Taiwan, Korea, Thailand, Vietnam, Indonesia and Malaysia.


Rachel Mills:
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Telephone: +44 (0)20 7344 1039

For a list of our International sub-agents please click here

Rights Guides

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The Foreign Rights team also handle translation and US rights on behalf of independent publisher, Unbound.

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THE STORY OF THE JEWS: Finding the Words (1000 BCE – 1492)

The Sunday Times bestseller

‘This is classic Schama: playful, ironic, immensely erudite, exuding humanity. It is also deeply personal, with references to his parents and memories of his boyhood.’ New Statesman

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.

PUBLISHER: Bodley Head

PUBLICATION DATE: 12th September 2013

ISBN: 978-1847921321


RIGHTS SOLD: Dutch, French, German, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Portugal), Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, US.




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The Story of Our Lives in Ten Buildings

Tom Wilkinson

Architecture is the design and theory of buildings. But we don’t just look at buildings: their facades, beautiful or ugly, conceal the spaces where we live. We are born, work, love, and die in architecture. We buy and sell it, rent it and squat in it, create and destroy it. All of these aspects of buildings – economic, erotic, political, psychological – are crucial if we are to understand architecture and our intimate relationship with it. Architecture moulds us just as much as we mould it.

In Bricks and Mortals, Tom Wilkinson takes us on a fascinating journey through the ages, from the Tower of Babel to a footbridge in Rio de Janiero, via the Summer Palace in Beijing and the Ford car plant in Detroit, lifting the roof of these structures to reveal the story of our buildings, the lives of the people who lived in them, and the struggle that lies in between.

PUBLISHER: Bloomsbury



RIGHTS SOLD: German, Russian, Spanish, US


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In Leningrad: Siege and Symphony, Brian Moynahan sets the composition of Shostakovich’s most famous work against the tragic canvas of the siege itself and the years of repression and terror that preceded it.

Drawing on extensive primary research in archives as well as personal letters and diaries, he vividly tells the story of the cruelties heaped by the twin monsters of the 20th century, Stalin and Hitler, on a city of exquisite beauty, and of its no less remarkable survival.

Weaving Shostakovich’s own story and that of many others into the context of the maelstrom of Stalin’s purges and the Nazis’ brutal invasion of Russia,Leningrad: Siege and Symphony is a magisterial and moving account of one of the most tragic periods of the twentieth century.


PUBLICATION DATE : 7th November 2013


RIGHTS SOLD: Dutch, French, Italian, Polish, Spanish, US


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The Stones’ 50th anniversary and Mick Jagger’s 70th birthday will be celebrated by global publication of this astounding new biography.

A miracle of still-plentiful hair, raw sex-appeal, and strutting talent. The frontman of one of the most influential and controversial groups of all time. A musical genius with a career spanning over four decades. Mick Jagger is a testament at once to British glamour and sensual decline, the ultimate architect and demi-god of rock.

Bestselling biographer Philip Norman offers an unparalleled account of the life of a living legend, Mick Jagger. From Home Counties schoolboy to Sixties rock sensation and global idol, Norman unravels with astonishing intimacy the myth of the inimitable frontman of The Rolling Stones. Jagger charts his extraordinary journey through scandal-ridden conspiracy, an infamous prison spell, hordes of female admirers and a knighthood while stripping away the colossal fame, wealth and idolatry to reveal a story of talent and promise unfulfilled.

This revelatory tour de force is ample tribute to a flawed genius, a Casanova, an antichrist and a god who, with characteristic nonchalance, realised the dreams of thousands of current contenders and rocker pretenders, longevity, while coasting on a sea of fur rugs.

PUBLISHER: HarperCollins



RIGHTS SOLD:  Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Greek, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, Swedish, US & Canada

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A ‘shattering brilliant memoir…brave, funny, heartbreaking…Her childhood was ghastly, as bad as Dickens’s stint in the blacking factory, but it was the crucible for her incendiary talent.’  Sunday Times


In 1985 Jeanette Winterson’s first novel, Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit, was published. It tells the story of a young girl adopted by Pentecostal parents. The girl is supposed to grow up and be a missionary. Instead she falls in love with a woman. Disaster.


Oranges was semi-autobiographical. Mrs Winterson, a thwarted giantess, loomed over that novel and its author’s life. When Jeanette left her home, at sixteen, because she was in love with a woman, Mrs Winterson asked her: why be happy when you could be normal?


This book is the story of a life’s work to find happiness. It is a book full of stories: about a girl locked out of her home, sitting on the doorstep all night; about a tyrant in place of a mother; about the Universe as a Cosmic Dustbin. It is the story of how the painful past Jeanette Winterson thought she had written over returned to haunt her later life, and sent her on a journey into madness and out again, in search of her real mother. It is also a book about other people’s stories, showing how fiction and poetry can form a string of guiding lights, a life-raft which supports us when we are sinking.


Funny, acute, fierce and celebratory, this is a tough-minded search for belonging, for love, an identity, a home, and a mother.


PUBLISHER: Jonathan Cape
PUBLICATION DATE: 27th October 2011

RIGHTS SOLD: Dutch, French, German, Italian, Polish, Spanish, Swedish, Portuguese (Brazil), Slovene

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The seminal narrative history of the Second World War from one of our finest historians. A book which depicts what the war was like to live through – whether you were a starving child in Leningrad, a soldier in North Africa, or a civilian in Dresden. Truly global, Max Hasting’s book is the definitive account.


With its battlefields dispersed across the globe, the vastness of the Second World War was unparalleled. This was a time when nearly everything which civilised people took for granted in peace time was destroyed. Between 1939 and 1945, around 27,000 people died, every single day – most of them on the Eastern Front. Many men and women who lived through this catastrophe struggled to find the words to describe what they witnessed daily. Many turned to a phrase, which although a cliché, summed things up: “All Hell’s Let Loose!”


In this definitive, single-volume history of a war that continues to fascinate and horrify us in equal measure, Max Hastings brings together many different human stories, and touches on almost every country in the world. Hastings stresses that it is impossible to compare the suffering of people during WWII – it would have seemed monstrous to a British soldier facing a mortar barrage, with his comrades dying around him, to be told that Russian casualties were many thousand times greater. However, there were some aspects of wartime experience that were universal: fear and grief; the conscription of young men and women sent to new lives remote from their choice, genocide and mass migration. All Hell Let Loose charts these experiences, along with the numerous battles on land, at sea and in the air, all over the world, that formed the greatest conflict in human history.


Using a huge range of sources, including new material from Russia, Italy and Poland, All Hell Let Loose is not only a magnificent and movingly written book; it is arguably one of the most important books on the Second World War ever published.


“No other general history of the war amalgamates so successfully the gut-wrenching personal details and the essential strategic arguments.” The Times


“This is the book he was born to write: a work of staggering scope and erudition, narrated with supreme fluency and insight, it is unquestionably the best single-volume history of the war ever written.” Sunday Times


“Max Hastings’ majestic account of the Second World War in which the human stories come alive … Hastings shapes all these stories, almost miraculously, into a single coherent narrative.” Sunday Telegraph


“Hastings has an extraordinary ability to throw a bucket into the ocean of wartime papers, diaries, letters and documents of every kind, and bring up something fascinating and worthwhile every time.” Financial Times


PUBLISHER:  HarperPress

PUBLICATION DATE: September 2011


RIGHTS SOLD: Chinese (simplified), Dutch, Finnish, Hebrew, Hungarian, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese (Portugal), Serbian, Spanish, US

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From the best-selling author of All Hell Let Loose comes 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.

In 1914, Europe plunged into the 20th century’s first terrible act of self-immolation- what was then called The Great War. On the eve of its centenary, Max Hastings seeks to explain both how the conflict came about and what befell millions of men and women during the first months of strife.

He finds the evidence overwhelming, that Austria and Germany must accept principal blame for the outbreak. While what followed was a vast tragedy, he argues passionately against the ‘poets’ view’, that the war was not worth winning. It was vital to the freedom of Europe, he says, that the Kaiser’s Germany should be defeated.

His narrative of the early battles will astonish those whose images of the war are simply of mud, wire, trenches and steel helmets. Hastings describes how the French Army marched into action amid virgin rural landscapes, in uniforms of red and blue, led by mounted officers, with flags flying and bands playing. The bloodiest day of the entire Western war fell on 22 August 1914, when the French lost 27,000 dead. Four days later, at Le Cateau the British fought an extraordinary action against the oncoming Germans, one of the last of its kind in history. In October, at terrible cost they held the allied line against massive German assaults in the first battle of Ypres.

The author also describes the brutal struggles in Serbia, East Prussia and Galicia, where by Christmas the Germans, Austrians, Russians and Serbs had inflicted on each other three million casualties.

This book offers answers to the huge and fascinating question ‘what happened to Europe in 1914?’, through Max Hastings’s accustomed blend of top-down and bottom-up accounts from a multitude of statesmen and generals, peasants, housewives and private soldiers of seven nations. His narrative pricks myths and offers some striking and controversial judgements. For a host of readers gripped by the author’s last international best-seller All Hell Let Loose, this will seem a worthy successor.


PUBLISHER:  HarperPress

PUBLICATION DATE: September 2013


RIGHTS SOLD: Czech, Danish, Dutch, Hebrew, Italian, Portuguese (Brazil), Russian, Spanish, US


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A mysterious gathering of thirteen people is interrupted by local magistrate, Roger Nowell.


Is this a witches’ Sabbat?


Two notorious Lancashire witches are already in Lancaster Castle waiting trial. Why is the beautiful and wealthy Alice Nutter defending them? And why is she among the group of thirteen on Pendle Hill?


Elsewhere, a starved, abused child lurks. And a Jesuit priest and former Gunpowder plotter, recently returned from France, is widely rumoured to be heading for Lancashire. But who will offer him sanctuary? And how quickly can he be caught?


This is the reign of James I, a Protestant King with an obsession: to rid his realm of twin evils, witchcraft and Catholicism, at any price …


PUBLICATION DATE: 16th August 2012


UK PUBLISHER: Hammer / Random House




RIGHTS SOLD: Dutch, Italian, Spanish, Swedish, Turkish


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Cecilia Ekbäck

Swedish Lapland: 1717; a village of settlers from across the country and parts of Scandinavia struggle to forge a new life away from the mistakes of their past, under the haunting presence of the notorious mountain Blackåsen, whose dark mythology is the source of a strong, almost feudal church presence. Into this setting, Maija, her husband and two daughters arrive, yearning to forget the traumas which caused them to abandon their native Finland and start anew.

Not long after their arrival, their eldest daughter Frederika stumbles across the mutilated body of one of their fellow neighbours in a picturesque glade. The men of the village quickly dismiss the death as a wolf or bear attack. Unconvinced by this due to the sheer savagery of the wounds, Maija becomes more and more certain that instead this was a vicious murder and compelled by the ghosts of her own past, becomes determined to investigate.

But as the seasons change and a harsh winter known as a ‘Wolf Winter’ descends on the settlers threatening the survival of all, she begins a quest to unearth the secrets that both her neighbours and the church have conspired to bury. As the snow begins to fall and the harshness of winter prevails, Maija will soon come to know the full cost of survival demanded under the mountain, and the terrible truth of those who paid the price.

PUBLISHER: Hodder & Stoughton



RIGHTS SOLD: US, Canadian, German, Swedish


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A pacy, compelling and penetrating account from Wolfson Prize-winning author Norman Stone, that shows World War Two in a fresh new light


The Second World War is the nightmare that sits at the heart of the modern era – a total refutation of any notion of human progress and a conflict which still haunts us seventy years on.

Norman Stone’s gripping new book aims to tell the narrative of the war in as brief a compass as possible, making a sometimes familiar story utterly fresh and arresting. As with his highly acclaimed World War One: A Short History, there is a compelling sense of a terrible story unfolding, of a sceptical and humorous intelligence at work, and a wish to convey to an audience who may well have no memory of the conflict just how high the stakes were.

This is a beautifully written, clever and imaginative attempt to convey what can almost not be conveyed.



PUBLICATION: 8th January 2013


RIGHTS SOLD: Chinese (simplified), Dutch, Estonian, Greek, Hebrew, Italian, Norwegian, Portuguese (Portugal), Spanish, Turkish, US


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The Mind Management Program to Help You Achieve Success, Confidence and Happiness

Dr. Steve Peters


The Sunday Times number 1 bestseller with over 125,000 copies sold

The Chimp Paradox is an incredibly powerful mind management model that can help you become a happy, confident, healthier and more successful person. Dr. Steve Peters explains the struggle that takes place within your mind and then shows how to apply this understanding to every area of your life so you can: Recognise how your mind is working; understand and manage your emotions and thoughts; manage yourself and become the person you would like to be

The Chimp Mind Management Model is based on scientific facts and principles, which have been simplified into a workable model for easy use. It will help you to develop yourself and give you the skills, for example, to remove anxiety, have confidence and choose your emotions. The book will do this by giving you an understanding of the way in which your mind works and how you can manage it. It will also help you to identify what is holding you back or preventing you from having a happier and more successful life.

Each chapter explains different aspects of how you function and highlights key facts for you to understand. There are also exercises for you to work with. By undertaking these exercises you will see immediate improvements in your daily living and, over time, you will develop emotional skills and practical habits that will help you to become the person that you want to be, and live the life that you want to live.




RIGHTS SOLD: Chinese (complex), Chinese (simplified), Croatian, Czech, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Polish, Russian, Serbian, Spanish, Turkish


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 Bear Grylls knows what it takes to survive. But he’s not the first.

Take the American bombardier Louis Zamperini, who survived 47 days stranded at sea by catching and killing hungry sharks and drinking the warm blood of albatrosses – only to be captured by the Japanese and horrifically tortured for years in their most brutal POW camps.

Or Marcus Luttrell, a Navy SEAL who single-handedly took on a Taliban regiment before dragging his bleeding, bullet-ridden body for days through the harsh mountains of Afghanistan.

Or Nando Parrado, one of the survivors of a horrific air-crash high in the ice-bound Andes, who only lived because he was willing to eat the flesh of his dead companions.

In this gripping new book, Bear tells the stories of the adventurers, explorers, soldiers and spies whose refusal to quit in the most extreme situations has inspired him throughout his life. Some of them make uncomfortable reading – survival is rarely pretty. But all of them are tales of eye-watering bravery, death-defying resilience and extraordinary mental toughness by men and women who have one thing in common: true grit.

PUBLISHER: Bantam Press

PUBLICATION DATE: 24th October 2013


RIGHTS SOLD: German, Hungarian


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Praise for My Last Duchess:

‘A wonderful guilty pleasure… the relief of reading a novel that puts enjoyment first’ (Amanda Foreman, Sunday Telegraph)

‘Sparkling and thoroughly engaging…highly enjoyable’ (The Times)

‘Pure, light-hearted, unpretentious entertainment’ (Sunday Express)

 In 1875, Sisi, the Empress of Austria is the woman that every man desires and every woman envies.
Beautiful, athletic and intelligent, Sisi has everything – except happiness. Bored with the stultifying etiquette of the Hapsburg Court and her dutiful but unexciting husband, Franz Joseph, Sisi comes to England to hunt. She comes looking for excitement and she finds it in the dashing form of Captain Bay Middleton, the only man in Europe who can outride her. Ten years younger than her and engaged to the rich and devoted Charlotte, Bay has everything to lose by falling for a woman who can never be his. But Bay and the Empress are as reckless as each other, and their mutual attraction is a force that cannot be denied.

Full of passion and drama, Fortune Hunter tells the true story of a nineteenth century Queen of Hearts and a cavalry captain, and the struggle between love and duty.

PUBLISHER: Headline Review

US PUBLISHER: St Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE: 24th April 2014



RIGHTS SOLD: US, German, Italian, Latvian, Norwegian, Romanian, Serbian, Spanish

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Victor and Jacob Maymudes

August 2014 marks 50 years since Bob Dylan released his remarkable fourth album, Another Side of Bob Dylan. Recorded in one night, in the middle of a turbulent year in his life, the album marked a departure from Dylan’s socially-conscious folk songs and began his evolution towards other directions.

Few people outside Dylan’s immediate family have ever been closer than Victor Maymudes, who was Dylan’s tour manager, personal friend, and travelling companion from the first days in 1960s Greenwich Village through the late 90’s. Another Side of Bob Dylan recounts landmark events including Dylan’s infamous motorcycle crash; meeting the Beatles on their first US tour; his marriage to Sarah Lownds, his romances with Suze Rotolo, Joan Baez, and others; fellow travelers including Ramblin Jack Elliott, Wavy Gravy, Dennis Hopper, The Band, The Traveling Wilburys, and many more; memorable concerts around the world, and the recording of his seminal album, Blood on the Tracks.

On January 26th, 2001, after recording more than 24 hours of taped memories in preparation for writing this book, Victor Maymudes suffered an aneurysm and died. His son Jacob has written the book, using the tapes to shape the story. The result is a vivid, first hand, and unique account of Dylan as an artist, friend, and celebrity, illustrated with never-before-seen photographs, and told by an engaging raconteur who cut his own swathe through the turbulent counterculture.

PUBLISHER: St Martin’s Press

PUBLICATION DATE: September 2014



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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.

PUBLICATION DATE: 26th September 2013
RIGHTS SOLD: US & Canada (Atria)