Eddie Redmayne & Felicity Jones in Talks to Reunite for Amazon Film ‘The Aeronauts’

We have some very exciting news to share on The Aeronauts, a film inspired by Richard Holmes' Falling Upwards; “The Theory of Everything”'s Eddie Redmayne and Felicity Jones are in negotiations to star.

“War & Peace’s” Tom Harper is attached to direct from a script by Jack Thorne.

The screenplay is based on the true story of balloon pilot Amelia Wren (who would be played by Jones) and scientist James Glaisher (Redmayne) who, in 1862, embarked on an extraordinary journey to discover the secrets of the heavens. In the process, they flew higher in an open balloon than anyone had before or has since. They made breathtaking discoveries, but as they ascended to the highest points of the atmosphere, they were forced into an epic fight for survival.

Mandeville Films’ Todd Lieberman and David Hoberman are producing alongside Harper

Amazon Studios picked up the spec last winter after a heated bidding war. It’s currently unknown when production will commence.

Redmayne, who won an Oscar for playing Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything,” is now the star of the “Harry Potter” spinoff “Fantastic Beasts and Where to Find Them.” He is filming the sequel, “Fantastic Beasts: The Crimes of Grindelwald,” which bows next November.

Jones received an Academy Award nomination for her role as Jane Hawking in “The Theory of Everything.” She recently starred in “Star Wars: Rogue One.”

Get hold of a copy of Richard Holmes' gripping book, Falling Upwards, here.

 

Happy Publication Day Norman Davies

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A very happy publication day to Norman Davies whose new work of non-fiction, Beneath Another Sky: A Global Journey into History is out today. 

'He writes history like nobody else. He thinks like nobody else ... He sees the world as a whole, with its limitless fund of stories' Byan Appleyard, Sunday Times

Where have the people in any particular place actually come from? What are the historical complexities in any particular place? This evocative historical journey around the world shows us.

'Human history is a tale not just of constant change but equally of perpetual locomotion', writes Norman Davies. Throughout the ages, men and women have endlessly sought the greener side of the hill. Their migrations, collisions, conquests and interactions have given rise to the spectacular profusion of cultures, races, languages and polities that now proliferates on every continent.

This incessant restlessness inspired Davies's own. After decades of writing about European history, and like Tennyson's ageing Ulysses longing for one last adventure, he embarked upon an extended journey that took him right round the world to a score of hitherto unfamiliar countries. His aims were to test his powers of observation and to revel in the exotic, but equally to encounter history in a new way. Beneath Another Sky is partly a historian's travelogue, partly a highly engaging exploration of events and personalities that have fashioned today's world - and entirely sui generis.

Davies's circumnavigation takes him to Baku, the Emirates, India, Malaysia, Mauritius, Tasmania, Tahiti, Texas, Madeira and many places in between. At every stop, he not only describes the current scene but also excavates the layers of accumulated experience that underpin the present. He tramps round ancient temples and weird museums, summarises the complexity of Indian castes, Austronesian languages and Pacific explorations, delves into the fate of indigenous peoples and of a missing Malaysian airliner, reflects on cultural conflict in Cornwall, uncovers the Nazi origins of Frankfurt airport and lectures on imperialism in a desert oasis. 'Everything has its history', he writes, 'including the history of finding one's way or of getting lost.'

The personality of the author comes across strongly - wry, romantic, occasionally grumpy, but with an endless curiosity and appetite for knowledge. As always, Norman Davies watches the historical horizon as well as what is close at hand, and brilliantly complicates our view of the past.

Get hold of a copy of Norman's brilliant book via the Penguin Random House website. 

Preti Taneja's WE THAT ARE YOUNG one of The Sunday Times' Book of the Year 2017

We're thrilled to share that Preti Taneja's debut novel, We That Are (Galley Beggar Press) has been listed by The Sunday Times as one of their Fiction Books of the Year 2017. 

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Jivan Singh, the bastard scion of the Devraj family, returns to his childhood home after a long absence – only to witness the unexpected resignation of the ageing patriarch from the vast corporation he founded, the Devraj Company. On the same day, Sita, Devraj’s youngest daughter, absconds – refusing to submit to the marriage her father wants for her. Meanwhile, Radha and Gargi, Sita’s older sisters, are handed the Company… And so begins a brutal, deathly struggle for power, ranging over the luxury hotels and spas of New Delhi and Amritsar, the Palaces and slums of Napurthala, to Srinagar, Kashmir. 

Told in astonishing prose – a great torrent of words and imagery – We that are young is a modern-day King Lear that bursts with energy and fierce, beautifully measured rage. Set against the backdrop of the anti-corruption riots in 2011–2012, it provides startling insights into modern India, the clash of youth and age, the hectic pace of life in one of the world’s fastest growing economies – and the ever-present spectre of death. More than that, this is a novel about the human heart. And its breaking point.

Praise for We That Are Young

"I spent too much of this (and last) year reading anaemic updatings of Shakespeare plays: pale novels which borrowed plots and missed points and, oddly, always misunderstood the minor characters. After these, Preti Taneja’s We That Are Young came as a relief and a surprise. Her novel is big, beautiful, and most of all bold: a rewriting of King Lear, transplanted to modern day Delhi, which is both a dazzlingly original reading of the play and a full novel in its own right. A masterpiece, and by a long way my book of the year." ~ Daniel Swift, The Spectator

"Brilliant... Finely crafted... Taneja has given us that rarest of beasts, a page-turner that is also unabashedly political." ~ The Guardian

"Revelatory... Urgent and irresistible... One of the most exquisite and original novels of the year." ~The Sunday Times

"Wonderful... Looks set to hold a mirror to our times." ~The Observer

"In years to come, Preti Taneja will be known as one of the UK's most important writers." ~ Nikesh Shukla

"The writing is stunning... turns of phrase are to be savoured, imagery basked in. A literary feast - Preti Taneja deserves all the commendations." ~ Never Imitate

"In a brilliant, sharp adaptation, Preti Taneja shows her profound understanding not just of Shakespeare and India, but of human nature itself. Heartbreaking. A poetic tour de force." ~ Vishal Bhardwaj

"Sharp, cogent, and evocative... The great appeal of We that are young concerns the serving of justice: discovering who gets what, as opposed to who deserves what." ~ The New Statesman

"A remarkable picture of contemporary India... Taneja s sensuous writing brings women s predicaments to life - a chilling warning." ~ The Irish Times

"An instant classic. Stunning. Gripping. Before I run out of praise - just read it." ~ Rishi Dastidar

"The best book set in India... since A Suitable Boy. She writes gloriously." ~ Backlisted

"With We that are young, Preti Taneja has written an enthralling, brave, and very important book." ~ Maureen Freely

"A truly magnificent novel: epic in scope and fizzing with originality. Taneja's is a powerful and arresting voice. We that are young tells a piercing tale of modern India - and of modern womanhood - that is brutally honest. It lingers in the mind long after the last page."  ~Jodie Ginsberg, Index on Censorship

"An absolutely fantastic book. The Lear background made it feel as though I was re-reading a very old and much loved novel for the second time, picking up on new and fascinating thoughts and connections, even while I forgot that Lear was there at all. We that are young is beautifully, beautifully written." ~ The Conversation

PRETI TANEJA was born in the UK to Indian parents and spent most of her childhood holidays in New Delhi. She has worked as a human rights reporter and filmmaker on Iraq, in Jordan, Rwanda, and Kosovo, and her work has been published in the Guardian and Open Democracy. A fellow at Warwick University, in 2014 Preti’s novella Kumkum Malhotra won the Gatehouse Press New Fictions Prize. She is also the editor of Visual Verse and was selected as an AHRC/ BBC Radio 3 New Generation Thinker for 2014.

Fergal Keane wins Non-fiction Book of the Year at The Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards

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Our heartiest congratulations go to Fergal Keane whose latest title, Wounds, has won Non-fiction Book of the Year at The BGE Irish Book Awards. 

Now in its 12th year, the ceremony took place in Dublin’s Clayton Hotel and was attended by a number of those from the publishing industry including John Banville, Roddy Doyle and David Walliams, who was honoured with the ‘International Recognition Award’.

Larry MacHale, Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards’ chairperson, said: “When you scan the list of award winners, it makes you feel proud to be part of an industry that produces so many great Irish writers.

Dave Kirwan, m.d of Bord Gáis Energy, added: “The 2017 Bord Gáis Energy Irish Book Awards have shown, yet again, that we in Ireland are blessed with a huge amount of literary talent, so to receive one of these awards is a significant achievement indeed.  The quality of the shortlisted entries across each of the categories was incredibly high, and I hope that this year’s event will inspire those who perhaps didn’t win an award this year to enter again in the coming years.” 

This year, more than 50,000 people voted to select the winners in each category. From Thursday (29th November), the public can vote for their overall ‘Bord Gáis Energy Book of the Year’ by visiting 

Published by HarperCollins imprint, William Collins, Wounds is a Sunday Times Bestseller.

After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has gone home to Ireland to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is a family story of war and love, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present.

Wounds is a powerful memoir about Irish people who found themselves caught up in the revolution that followed the 1916 Rising, and in the pitiless violence of civil war in north Kerry after the British left in 1922.

It is the story of Keane’s grandmother Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, and how they and their neighbours took up guns to fight the British Empire and create an independent Ireland. And it is the story of another Irishman, Tobias O’Sullivan, who fought against them as a policeman because he believed it was his duty to uphold the law of his country.

Many thousands of people took part in the War of Independence and the Civil War that followed. Whatever side they chose, all were changed in some way by the costs of violence. Keane uses the experiences of his ancestral homeland in north Kerry to examine why people will kill for a cause and how the act of killing reverberates through the generations.

Once again, congratulations Fergal from all here at DGA.

TV rights in Sabrina Cohen-Hatton's Memoir Acquired by Kudos

Kudos has preemptively acquired television rights to an inspiring memoir from Deputy Assistant Commissioner for the London Fire Brigade, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton.

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The title, to be published by Transworld in spring 2019, was signed by Sue Swift, Head of Literary Acquisitions for Kudos from Kirsty McLachlan here at DGA.

Overcoming extreme personal adversity, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton has risen through the ranks of the fire service becoming Deputy Assistant Commissioner at the age of just 31. Leaving home at 15, she lived rough for a year and joined the fire service at 18, and was the first female ever to serve at her first posting in the Welsh Valleys. She wanted to be a fire fighter, she says, so she could ‘rescue people because no one had rescued her’.

The book however is much more than a memoir of her extraordinary life. Drawing on Sabrina’s personal experience of managing emergency situations, having attended a number of major incidents. The book provides a unique insight into the reality of firefighting. Through the Fire also explores the psychology of leadership and crisis management. Sabrina has a PhD in Behavioral Neuroscience having studied at night school while working full time, and her ground- breaking studies on decision making within the service have changed national policies as a result.

Emma Kingsman-Lloyd, Kudos, said; “At a time when the female workplace experience is under ever closer scrutiny we are thrilled to be able to bring Sabrina’s remarkable book to the screen. She’s not only a remarkable woman, she’s a natural storyteller and her personal experiences as a front line professional and her revolutionary insights into the psychology of decision-making in extreme situations make this title a truly extraordinary, exciting and unique examination of the firefighting profession”.

Through the Fire (w/t) will be Executive Produced by Diederick Santer and Emma Kingsman-Lloyd at Kudos.

Collusion Soars into Best-seller charts around the world

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We're thrilled to share the news that Luke Harding's Collusion: Secret Meetings, Dirty Money, and How Russia Helped Donald Trump Win is making its mark globally, having reached number 10 in The New York Times paperback non-fiction charts, and is number 1 in Sweden only one week after its release.

Collusion is an explosive exposé that lays out the Trump administration’s ties to Moscow, and Russia’s decades-in-the-making political game to upend American democracy.

Kirkus Reviews said of the book, "Harding is at his best connecting dots that may not always be obvious, including Trump’s long history of business dealings with Russia and alleged connections to organized crime. [...] Among the most intriguing of the threads are Trump’s astoundingly checkered relations with a German banking giant that continued to lend him money even as the worst of credit risks—and that at the same time was laundering Russian money, “not small amounts but many billions of dollars.” If readers emerge from this fast-paced narrative convinced that the Trump White House is a wholly owned subsidiary of the Russian oligarchs, then there’s good reason for it." 

Congratulations, Luke! 

Collusion by Luke Harding Published Today

Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House, the newest work of non-fiction from award-winning journalist, Luke Harding, is published today by Guardian Faber, as well as by nine other publishers across the globe.

Collusion is 'the inside story of how a former British spy was hired to investigate Russia’s influence on Trump – and uncovered explosive evidence that Moscow had been cultivating Trump for years'. 

The book is set to be published simultaneously by Vintage (USA), Into Kustannus (Finland), Flammarion (France), Penguin Random House Germany, Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland), Mondadori (Italy),  Penguin Random House Spain, Bonniers (Sweden) and Forlaget Press (Norway). Foreign rights are handled by Susanna Lea Associates.

Collusion is the first book on the topic and an invaluable read for anyone seeking to understand the Trump-Russia scandal. From today there will be press coverage around the world including interviews and serial running in major newspapers such as The Guardian, El Pais, La Repubblica and Stern. It is a fast-paced, riveting, up-to-the-minute overview of the momentous events of the past year and reads like a le Carré novel. Get hold of a copy here.

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Christina Lamb's 'My Body, Your Battlefield' to be published globally

We're delighted to share that Christina Lamb's extraordinary new non-fiction book, My Body, Your Battlefield will be published by Arabella Pike of William Collins in the UK Commonwealth, Kathryn Belden at Scribner in North America as well as by the following publishers in translation: Mondadori in Italy, Penguin Random House in Germany, Companhia das Letras in Brazil, Ambo Anthos in Holland, HarperCollins in France and Natur & Kultur in Sweden.

My Body, Your Battlefield is an account of war through women’s eyes and an exploration of how rape became a weapon of mass destruction by Sunday Times writer Christina Lamb. The significant UK deal was negotiated by literary agent David Godwin. North American and translation rights are being handled by Susanna Lea Associates.

The book, as unflinching as it is passionate, tackles head on the growing number of stories of brutality against women from across the world, some of which have shocked Lamb more profoundly than anything she has seen in her 30-year career as a war correspondent. Whilst rape in war is nothing new, brutality towards women in conflict has increased exponentially in recent times. Ethnic and sectarian groups across the world now use rape as a strategy with women rounded up and incarcerated to produce offspring, a new generation of jihadis in a chilling real-life version of Margaret Atwood’s The Handmaid’s Tale.

From Bangladesh in 1970/1 when as many as 400,000 women were strung up against banana trees and raped deliberately by Pakistani troops to breed Punjabis, to Bosnia between 1992-5 when 20,000 women were forced into sexual slavery in rape camps by Serbian soldiers; to Rwanda where, in 1994 an estimated 250,000 Tutsi women were raped, and the ‘rape capital of the world’ – Congo – where soldiers and rebels raped an estimated 200,000 women over the last ten years, often in front of their own children. Islamic State and Boko Haram have seized thousands of women as sex slaves, including Yazidi women and children, as well as the 219 Chibok teenagers abducted from their school dormitories, using these sexual slaves to lure recruits from the west. Fighters are told that raping them is their religious duty, not just spoils of war.

Though rape has been listed as a war crime since 1919, the developed world has shown little urgency to seeking justice for these crimes against women. Yet for the victims, these appalling crimes condemn them to a life sentence of mental and physical suffering and ostracism.

Motivated by the fact that if it is terrible to remember, it is far more terrible to forget, Lamb’s book will restore voices to the thousands of women brutalised by war rape and sexual slavery. Beginning with the Yazidi girls in asylum in Germany, the book will take the form of a journey across the world to attempt an understanding of why this is happening, what can be done about it and the incredible people who are trying to make a difference.

Arabella Pike said: ‘This going to be a hugely important book. Told with equal amounts of compassion and fury, the book will amplify the voices of the women and girls who have suffered brutality in war and be published to bring about change as the start of a campaign of recognition and justice.’

Christina Lamb said: ‘In all my years of covering war this is the hardest and most important subject I have ever reported on. We don’t seem to be able to end wars anymore, but, even when we do, for these women their suffering will never end. If we don’t face up to this we can’t change things. I have never felt more strongly that these stories need to be told.’

Publication is scheduled for 2019.

Christina Lamb is one of Britain’s leading foreign correspondents and a bestselling author. She has won 14 major awards including five times being named Foreign Correspondent of the Year and Europe’s top war reporting prize, the Prix Bayeux. She is the author of numerous books including Farewell Kabul, The Africa House, Waiting For Allah, The Sewing Circles of Herat and House of Stone. She co-wrote the international bestselling I am Malala with Malala Yousafzai and The Girl from Aleppo with Nujeen Mustafa. She is a fellow of the Royal Geographical Society, an honorary fellow of University College, Oxford and was awarded an OBE by the Queen in 2013.

Anne Fine's 'Let It Snow', illustrated by Kerry Hyndman for Waitrose

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Inspired by this year's Waitrose Christmas advert, David Fickling Books have published Let It Snow, written by Anne Fine and illustrated by DGA's Kerry Hyndman.

When two families get caught in a snowstorm on Christmas eve, it’s a disaster! They are all quite sure that Christmas is ruined. Can they work together and turn things around? And will they become firm friends filled with Christmas cheer? Let it Snow! is once again inspired by the Waitrose Christmas TV advert. It tells a heart-warming tale of two animal families who become unlikely friends by sharing a special meal.

Get hold of a copy here today! 

Happy Publication Day to Daisy Hildyard

Wishing a very happy publication day to Daisy Hildyard, whose The Second Body is released today from Fitzcarraldo Editions.

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Every living thing has two bodies. To be an animal is to be in possession of a physical body, a body which can eat, drink and sleep; it is also to be embedded in a worldwide network of ecosystems. When every human body has an uncanny global presence, how do we live with ourselves? In this timely and elegant essay, Daisy Hildyard captures the second body by exploring how the human is a part of animal life. She meets Richard, a butcher in Yorkshire, and sees pigs turned into boiled ham; and Gina, an environmental criminologist, who tells her about leopards and silver foxes kept as pets in luxury apartments. She speaks to Luis, a biologist, about the origins of life; and talks to Nadezhda about fungi in an effort to understand how we define animal life. Eventually, her second body comes to visit her first body when the river flooded her home last year. The Second Body is a brilliantly lucid account of the dissolving boundaries between all life on earth.

Praise for The Second Body:

‘Part amateur detective, part visionary, Hildyard’s voice is so intelligent, beguiling and important. Like Sir Thomas Browne or even Annie Dillard, her sly variety of scientific inquiry is incandescent.’ 
— Rivka Galchen, author of Little Labors

‘In its insistence on the illusion of individuality and on the participation of human animals in the whole of earthly life, The Second Body might be an ancient text; in its scientific literacy and its mood of ecological disquiet, Daisy Hildyard’s book is as contemporary as the morning paper. If ecstasy means to go outside oneself, the word usually carries connotations of chaos and inarticulacy. Here, however, is a precise and eloquent ecstasy – and this slender book about who we are beyond our own skins is likewise much larger than itself.’ 
— Benjamin Kunkel, author of Utopia or Bust

‘Daisy Hildyard has turned her curious, sifting, brilliantly original mind onto the pressing ecological questions of our age. The result is a series of essays as captivating as they are delightful, their object no less than to quietly rewire our thinking.’ 
— Sarah Howe, author of Loop of Jade

‘Hildyard takes us on a white-knuckle philosophical ride through identity, agency, ecology and molecular biology, leaving us vitally disconcerted, but with a strange new sense of community and solidarity. A curious, oblique, important, and fascinating book.’
— Charles Foster, author of Being a Beast

‘In The Second Body, Daisy Hildyard gives a body to an idea in a series of curious encounters that take us from the floor of a butcher shop to the computer room of a biologist to the wreckage of a flooded home. Heady and visceral both, this essay revels in the mess and splendour of the world.’
— Eula Biss, author of On Immunity

Daisy Hildyard holds a PhD in the history of science, and has previously published essays on the language of science, and on seventeenth-century mathematics. Her first novel Hunters in the Snow received the Somerset Maugham Award and a ‘5 under 35’ honorarium at the USA National Book Awards. She lives with her family in North Yorkshire, where she was born.

The truth is coming: 10 to publish Luke Harding’s exposé on the Russia–Trump scandal around the globe

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We're finally able to share that ten publishers are set to publish Collusion: How Russia Helped Trump Win the White House by award-winning journalist Luke Harding simultaneously, on 16 November, including Guardian Faber and Vintage in the US.

In December 2016 Harding meets former MI6 officer Christopher Steele to discuss the president-elect’s connections with Russia. Harding decides to follow the money and the sex. In Washington, January 2017, Steele’s explosive dossier alleges that the Kremlin has been ‘cultivating, supporting and assisting’ Trump for years and that they have compromising information about him. Trump responds on Twitter, ‘FAKE NEWS’.

Collusion is a gripping, alarming exposé about the biggest political scandal of the modern era, in which Harding reveals the true nature of Trump’s decades-long relationship with Russia and presents the gripping inside story of Steele’s dossier.

Drawing on exclusive new material and key sources from the intelligence community, Harding tells an astonishing story of offshore money, sketchy real-estate deals, a Miss Universe Pageant, mobsters, money laundering, hacking and Kremlin espionage. He shines a light on powerful Russian players like Aras Agalarov, Natalia Veselnitskaya and Sergey Kislyak, whose motivations and instructions may have come from Vladimir Putin himself. Collusion is up-to-date to the minute, including last week’s indictment of campaign manager, Paul Manafort, which threatens to engulf Trump’s administration.

This book gets to the heart of the biggest political scandal of the modern era. Russia is reshaping the world order to its advantage; this is something that should trouble us all.

Laura Hassan, said: ‘Harding’s book is the first to unravel the truth of the Steele dossier and it is a zippy, riveting, up-to-the-minute overview of the momentous events of the past year. This this an invaluable read for anyone seeking to understand the Trump-Russia scandal.’

Collusion will be published simultaneously by Vintage (USA), Into Kustannus (Finland), Flammarion (France), Penguin Random House Germany, Nieuw Amsterdam (Holland), Mondadori (Italy),  Penguin Random House Spain, Bonniers (Sweden) and Forlaget Press (Norway). Foreign rights are handled by Susanna Lea Associates. 

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Luke Harding is an award-winning foreign correspondent with the Guardian. Between 2007 and 2011 he was the Guardian’s Moscow bureau chief; the Kremlin expelled him from the country in the first case of its kind since the cold war. He is the author of A Very Expensive Poison: The Definitive Story of the Murder of Litvinenko and Russia’s War with the West, The Snowden Files: The Inside Story of the World’s Most Wanted ManMafia State and co-author of WikiLeaks: Inside Julian Assange’s War on Secrecy, The Liar: The Fall of Jonathan Aitken (nominated for the Orwell Prize). Two of Harding’s books have been made into films; The Fifth Estate and Snowden.

Arundhati Roy & Meena Kandasamy on The Hindu Prize 2017 Shortlist

We're delighted to share news that two DGA authors have reached The Hindu Prize 2017 Shortlist. The prize, which recognises the best work of Indian literary fiction of the year, was announced at The Hindu Lit for Life Annual Lecture on Saturday 28th October.

From DGA, When I Hit You by Meena Kandasamy and The Ministry of Utmost Happiness by Arundhati Roy are on the list alongside Leila by Prayaag Akbar, The Small Town Sea by Anees Salim and Temporary People by Deepak Unnikrishnan.

The winner will be announced at the Lit for Life event to be held in January 2018.

The jury comprised Ananya Vajpeyi, Chandan Gowda, Gauri Viswanathan, Jonathan Gil Harris and Kamini Mahadevan.

Submissions were invited in April and close to a 100 entries came in from writers across the country.

The jury whittled this down to a long list of 45 books and then zeroed in on the five that made it to the shortlist.

The first award was given in 2010 to Manu Joseph for his novel Serious Men, and last year, the winner was Kiran Doshi’s Jinnah Often Came To Our House.

Good luck to all involved!

Happy Publication Day to Darryl Cunningham

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We're excited to share that Darryl Cunningham's graphic novel, Graphic Science: Seven Journeys of Discovery is available to buy now

Much is known about scientists such as Darwin, Newton, and Einstein, but what about lesser known scientists – people who have not achieved a high level of fame, but who have contributed greatly to human knowledge? What were their lives like? What were their struggles, aims, successes, and failures? How do their discoveries fit into the bigger picture of science as a whole?

Overlooked, sidelined, excluded, discredited: key figures in scientific discovery come and take their bow in an alternative Nobel prize gallery.

Antoine Lavoisier: the father of French chemistry who gave oxygen its name, Lavoisier was a wealthy man who found himself on the wrong side of a revolution and paid the price with his life.

Mary Anning: a poor, working-class woman who made her living fossil-hunting along the beach cliffs of southern England. Anning found herself excluded from the scientific community because of her gender and social class. Wealthy, male, experts took credit for her discoveries.

George Washington Carver: born a slave, Carver become one of the most prominent botanists of his time, as well as a teacher at the Tuskegee Institute. Carver devised over 100 products using one major ingredient – the peanut – including dyes, plastics and gasoline.

Alfred Wegener: a German meteorologist, balloonist, and arctic explorer, his theory of continental drift was derided by other scientists and was only accepted into mainstream thinking after his death. He died in Greenland on an expedition, his body lost in the ice and snow.

Nikola Tesla: a Serbian American inventor, electrical engineer, mechanical engineer, physicist, and futurist best known for his contributions to the design of the modern alternating current (AC) electricity supply system. A competitor of Edison, Tesla died in poverty despite his intellectual brilliance.

Jocelyn Bell Burnell: a Northern Irish astrophysicist. As a postgraduate student, she discovered the first radio pulsars (supernova remnants) while studying and advised by her thesis supervisor Antony Hewish, for which Hewish shared the Nobel Prize in physics while Bell Burnell was excluded.

Fred Hoyle: an English astronomer noted primarily for the theory of stellar nucleosynthesis – the process whereby most of the elements on the Periodic Table are created. He was also noted for the controversial positions he held on a wide range of scientific issues, often in direct opposition to prevailing theories. This eccentric approach contributed to him to being overlooked by the Nobel Prize committee for his stellar nucleosynthesis work.

Any one of these figures could have been awarded a Nobel prize. Not every scientific discoverer was lauded in their time, for reasons of gender, race, or lack of wealth, or (in the case of Lavoisier) being too wealthy: in the 21st century, there are many more reparations and reputations to be made.

Praise for Graphic Science

"A rich, rewarding, fascinating and warmly personable view into some of those who, often against the odds, have added fuel to the shining beacon of learning and knowledge which has helped defined our species, our place in the world, our understanding of that world and the vast cosmos around us. A wonderful read." - Joe Gordon, Forbidden Planet

"This is not just mind-blowing, complex scientific discovery made accessible, but made absolutely riveting. Daryl Cunningham brings to life the lives and often troubled and tortuous circumstances of those who have made some of the greatest scientific discoveries in history. His graphic narrative style is unparalleled – as with all his books, he breaths fire and soul into the big ideas that dominate human understanding." Jamie Kelsey-Fry

Caroline Bird on T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist

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We're thrilled to share that Caroline Bird is on the shortlist for the T. S. Eliot Prize with her collection, In These Days of Prohibition

Chair Bill Herbert said:

“This was a very strong year, and it was a privilege to read so many books that possessed as well as intrigued us; our shortlist explores grief, pleasure, place and history in a formidable variety of ways.”

To mark the 25th anniversary of the T. S. Eliot Prize, the T. S. Eliot Foundation has increased the winner’s prize money to £25,000. Judges Bill Herbert (Chair), James Lasdun and Helen Mort have chosen the shortlist from a record 154 poetry collections submitted by publishers:

The T. S. Eliot Prize is run by The T. S. Eliot Foundation. This is the richest prize in British poetry, with the winning poet receiving a cheque for £25,000 and the shortlisted poets each receiving £1,500.

The T. S. Eliot Prize Shortlist Readings will take place on Sunday 14th January 2018 in Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall. The shortlist readings are the largest annual poetry event in the UK and will be hosted once again by Ian McMillan. 

The winner of the 2017 Prize will be announced at the Award Ceremony on Monday 15th January 2018, where the winner and the shortlisted poets will be presented with their cheques. This continues the tradition started by Mrs Valerie Eliot, who provided the prize money from the inception of the Prize.

From everyone here at DGA, congratulations Caroline!

Faber Children's to publish Clementine Beauvais

Faber Children's has bought a “seductive and spine-tinglingly brilliant” French YA novel after only reading a short translation sample.

Alice Swan, the division's editorial director, acquired world English rights for Songe à la Douceur by Clémentine Beauvais from Kirsty McLachlan here at DGA. The book was originally published by French publishing house Sarbacane last year.

It will be translated by Sam Taylor and published in the UK next July as In Paris with You, inspired by the James Fenton poem of the same name.

Swan said: "It's the first novel I've bought in translation. I would never normally acquire a novel without reading it. But I shared the manuscript with French-speaking colleagues and their response was so overwhelmingly positive that it felt worth the risk. I was nervous to read the translation, but it was an incredible reading experience - and thrilling to know that we'd already bought the book."

She added: “Clémentine's story is so unusual, so seductive and so spine-tinglingly brilliant, and Sam's translation is outstanding from start to finish." 

Beauvais, who is also the author of YA novel Piglettes (Puskin Press), said: “I was absolutely delighted and also honoured to hear that Faber, which has such legendary status in the publishing of poetry and of children's and young adult literature, wanted to acquire my novel.”

The French-born writer, who is now based in London, said the book is “such a difficult book to translate” and added: “I'm amazed by Sam's creation. It's full of inventiveness, wit and intelligence; it's intimately close to my own novel, and at the same time his own voice sings through.”

Taylor described it as “both the most difficult and most enjoyable translation” he has worked on. He said: “I’ve translated more than 20 novels, many of them prize-winners and best-sellers, but I’ve never been more passionate about a book than I am about In Paris With You.

"It’s a lyrical, intelligent, sexy, romantic and very funny novel about life and love in the 21st century, and it was both the most difficult and most enjoyable translation I’ve ever done.”

Beauvais is the co-host of the "Kid You Not" podcast on children's literature and her books have previously been published by Hachette Children's Group and Bloomsbury.

Memoir from firefighter, Sabrina Cohen-Hatton to be published by Transworld

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We're thrilled to share that Transworld has acquired an "empowering" memoir by one of the UK's most senior female firefighters, Dr Sabrina Cohen-Hatton, in a "substantial" pre-empt. 

Lizzy Goudsmit, editor at Transworld, pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights, including audio, to Through the Fire from Kirsty McLachlan here at DGA, calling its author, Cohen-Hatton, "one of the most extraordinary people" she had ever met. 

Cohen-Hatton, who is deputy assistant commissioner for the London Fire Brigade, left home at 15 and school at 16, before joining the fire brigade of a small, South Wales mining community. She has gone on to attend a number of major incidents, including the Westminster terrorist attack in March this year and the Holborn fire in 2015. She also has a PhD in Behavioural Neuroscience, having undertaken a series of night classes, and has won awards for her research into incident command in the emergency services. 

In Through the Fire, she will draw on and unpack her experiences to reveal the realities of firefighting, including the skills and qualities that are essential to surviving in such a fast-paced, high-pressured and emotionally-charged working environment. Cohen-Hatton said: "I hope the book will reveal the human side of firefighting, the ordinary people who work tirelessly to achieve extraordinary things, rather than the superhuman face of firefighting that is often presented to us".

Goudsmit commented: "Sabrina is one of the most extraordinary people I have ever met. I am hugely inspired by her resilience, warmth, knowledge and humour. In Through the Fire she takes us right to the heart of firefighting, from moments of devastation and crisis to the quieter moments when these assumed heroes question themselves, their choices, the decisions they’ve made in the most unforgiving of circumstances. This promises to be an honest, eloquent, empowering book full of important lessons for real life."

Transworld will publish Through the Fire in hardback in spring 2019.

Happy Publication to Fergal Keane

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A very happy publication day to Fergal Keane, whose new work of non-fiction is available now from William Collins. 

Wounds is a family story of blood and memory and the haunting power of the past.

After nearly three decades reporting conflict from all over the world for the BBC, Fergal Keane has gone home to Ireland to tell a story that lies at the root of his fascination with war. It is a family story of war and love, and how the ghosts of the past return to shape the present.

Wounds is a powerful memoir about Irish people who found themselves caught up in the revolution that followed the 1916 Rising, and in the pitiless violence of civil war in north Kerry after the British left in 1922.

It is the story of Keane’s grandmother Hannah Purtill, her brother Mick and his friend Con Brosnan, and how they and their neighbours took up guns to fight the British Empire and create an independent Ireland. And it is the story of another Irishman, Tobias O’Sullivan, who fought against them as a policeman because he believed it was his duty to uphold the law of his country.

Many thousands of people took part in the War of Independence and the Civil War that followed. Whatever side they chose, all were changed in some way by the costs of violence. Keane uses the experiences of his ancestral homeland in north Kerry to examine why people will kill for a cause and how the act of killing reverberates through the generations.

Praise for Wounds:

‘His book is a memoir but it is so much more than that…a volume of the most exquisitely written and moving truth and honesty.’ TLS

'A profoundly tragic book by an eminent humanitarian…Fergal Keane is not a man for triumphalism…he is really writing a passionate elegy for all battles…it is a noble book that Keane has written…its grandeur lies in its essential vision – decent forgiving, pitying and always regretful’ Jan Morris, The Times

‘Fergal Keane operates masterfully…I found myself, on one or two pages towards the close, caught in a choking emotion…the evidence is meticulously gathered and the writing so powerful that it turns a book about a battle into a book about human beings, their existence, their end’ Guardian

‘In his sweeping account of the battle in Kohima in 1944, Fergal Keane does justice to the memory of the men who fell and who survived…a vivid account which brings to life the brutality of that war…an engrossing narrative of ghastly battle’ Independent

'Along with his war correspondent’s feel for action, Keane brings to the task an eye for detail and a gift for describing what it is like to be in a battle at the lowest level…Road of Bones” captures this superlatively’ Literary Review

Buy a copy today, here.

Happy Publication Day to Rachel Ward

A very happy publication day goes to Rachel Ward, whose first work of adult fiction, The Cost of Living is released today from Sandstone Press

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When a young woman is attacked walking home from her local supermarket, Bea Jordan, a smart but unfulfilled checkout girl, is determined to investigate. Colleagues and customers become suspects, secrets are uncovered. While fear stalks the town, Bea finds an unlikely ally in Ant, the seemingly gormless new trainee, but risks losing the people she loves most as death comes close to home. The Cost of Living is a warm, contemporary story with likeable leads, an engaging cast of supporting characters and a dark thread running throughout.

Rachel Ward is a best-selling writer for young adults. Her first book, Numbers, was published in 2009 and shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize. An avid reader of detective fiction, The Cost of Living is her first book for adults. Rachel lives in Bath with her husband, and has two grown-up children.

‘Unlikely friendships and quirky wit make this the most warm-hearted of crime debuts.’
-Lucy Diamond

‘Utterly fab, fresh and real.’
-Fleur Hitchcock

‘A breath of fresh air, Ant and Bea are fabulous creations.’
-Sophia Bennett

Claire Tomalin's 'A Life of My Own' receives rave reviews

Claire Tomalin's personal memoir, A Life of My Own, has brought in some fantastic reviews since its release last week.

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The Guardian's Anthony Quinn said ‘You will find it hard not to be amazed,' and that it's 'impossible not to be moved by the indomitable spirit which drives this memoir…She comes across like the heroine of a great novel…a hugely entertaining book’. Whilst the Times exclaims that Tomalin '...should be a heroine to modern snowflakes who melt at the first hurdle. Tomalin is like a glacier: unstoppable, inexorable, gathering resolve as she goes… The book is poised and beautifully paced.’

Kate Kellaway of the Observer said the memoir was ‘absorbing, moving and marvellously written.’ While the Sunday Times described the book as ‘... peppered with fascinating pen portraits and anecdotes… she has tried, as Pepys did in his life, to give the ‘texture’ of a life. This she has achieved quite brilliantly.’

The Evening Standard said that ‘It is not Tomalin’s professional life that impresses most in this memoir but her survival through personal tragedy, or rather, her remarkable ability to articulate its bleakness… She speaks from the heart but retains a sort of privacy, and is all the more powerful for it.’ 

Make sure you get a copy to call your own here.