DIANE BANKS ASSOCIATES
In The Shock of the Old: Confronting the Financial, Medical and Emotional
Challenges of Ageing, Camilla Cavendish–former Times journalist and head
of David Cameron’s Policy Unit at 10 Downing Street–examines the
demographic timebomb facing Western society and offers global solutions
with in-depth investigations in the UK, US, Germany and Japan.
FELICITY BRYAN ASSOCIATES
When Caroline and Francis organise a house swap as a first step towards
rebuilding their faltering marriage, Caroline slowly begins to suspect that
the person they’ve swapped with is someone she used to know and was
very much hoping to forget, in Rebecca Fleet’s The House Swap
(Transworld UK, Viking US, Viking Canada; nine translation deals).
GEORGINA CAPEL ASSOCIATES
In Technological Unemployment, Oxford economist Daniel Susskind
explores how jobs will disappear in future and what the development will
mean for human beings (Allen Lane UK, Holt US, Flammarion France,
Bompiani Italy, Mirae N Co Korea, Los Libros del Lince Spain).
CONVILLE & WALSH
Testament is a literary debut by by Kim Sherwood, winner of the Bath Novel
Award 2016; Eva discovers a letter in the studio of her recently deceased
grandfather which reveals the truth about a family trauma with its roots in
Hungary in the Second World War (riverrun UK; agent Susan Armstrong).
Whistle in the Dark is the second novel by Emma Healey, author of the
bestselling Elizabeth Is Missing, and is told from the point of view of a
mother unable to reach her depressed teenage daughter (Viking UK; agent
Marianne Power’s Help Me is a warm and poignant memoir about the
author’s quest to find happiness though the pages of self-help classics
(Picador UK; numerous international deals).
DAVID GODWIN ASSOCIATES
Poet and writer Nancy Campbell combines scientific and cultural history
with memoir in The Library of Ice (Scribner world English).
GREENE & HEATON
Sabine Durrant follows her bestselling and Richard & Judy book club
selection Lie With Me with her new psychological thriller, Take Me In: a
stranger saves Tessa’s and Marcus’ son from drowning, but seems to want
more than just their gratitude (Mulholland Books UK).
GREGORY & COMPANY
Minette Walters returns with The Last Hours, set in Dorset during the
Black Death (Allen & Unwin UK, Mira US, HarperCollins Canada, Leo
Commerce Croatia, Modtryk Denmark, Laffont France, Heyne Germany,
Gyldendal Norway, Xander Netherlands; WF Howes audio).
THE HANBURY AGENCY
Freedom Fighter is a memoir by Joanna Palani, a 23-year-old Danish
TRIDENT MEDIA GROUP
One of the big fiction titles Trident will be touting in Germany is Andrew
Mayne’s The Looking Glass (Thomas & Mercer, March 2018), which is
the second book in the author’s Theo Cray series; the agency says the
books are ideal “for people who like the problem-solving science of The
Martian and the noir tone of True Detective”. Another novel the agency
will be pushing is Tiffany Parks’s Midnight in the Piazza (Harper, March
2018), a middle grade title that follows a 13-year-old in a “race through
Rome” trying to “solve the mystery of an art theft ring”.
WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOR
The big non-fiction book WME will be pushing in the rights centre is Kurt
Anderson’s Fantasyland (Random House), which the shingle calls a
“sweeping, eloquent” take that shows how this “strange, post-truth, ‘fake
news’ moment we’re all living through” is not new “but rather the ultimate
expression of a country founded by wishful dreamers, magical thinkers, and
true believers, by impresarios and their audiences, by hucksters and their
suckers”. On the fiction side is Amy Bloom’s White Houses (Random House)
about the relationship between Eleanor Roosevelt and Lorena Hickok.
The big titles for WH this year are all fiction, including Rachel Kushner’s
The Mars Room (Scribner, 2018): the agency says it’s the “ferocious
story” of a former stripper living in a San Francisco women’s prison who
decides to try to break out. Another big fiction title for WH is Tim
Willocks’s Memo from Turner (only UK rights sold), a literary thriller
about “an honest and skillful black cop in a corrupt South Africa”. From
child actor (Once and Again) and from audiobook narrator Julia Whelan
is the debut novel My Oxford Year (Morrow, 2018), about a 24-year-old
American at Oxford who gets off to a rocky start with her professor, but
then finds herself falling for him.
THE WYLIE AGENCY
One of the big novels for Wylie is the Swedish work Pappaklausulen (The
Dad Clause) by Jonas Hassen Khemeri, a celebrated and bestselling
author in Sweden. The agency says the book is “an addictive saga about
contemporary parenthood”. Another big name on the agency’s list is
Dave Eggers, who has The Monk of Mokha (Knopf, January 2018), a
non-fiction work about a Yemeni-American man brought up in San
Francisco who “dreams of resurrecting the ancient art of Yemeni coffee”,
but finds himself caught up in a civil war in his homeland.
The protagonists of Sebastian Faulks’ new novel Ghosts of the Paris
Metro are Hannah, a 31-year-old American post-doctoral researcher on
the lives of women during the German Occupation of Paris, and Tariq, a
19-year-old boy who has run away from his home in Morocco, and is
searching for sex and adventure (Hutchinson UK; agent Clare Alexander).
Emily falls in love with her perfect match, Adam, but lurking in the
shadows is a rival: another woman who shares a deep bond with the man
Emily loves, in Sandie Jones’ debut novel The Other Woman (Pan
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