News

February
2024

All the Little Bird Hearts by Viktoria Lloyd-Barlow has been longlisted for the 2024 Author's Club Best First Novel Award. You can see the full longlist here.

Fourth Estate will publish The Scapegoat the new book from prize winning biographer Lucy Hughes-Hallett. The Scapegoat charts the meteoric rise and fall of James I’s favourite, the Duke of Buckingham and will be published by Fourth Estate in October 2024. You can read the full bookseller announcement here.

We are thrilled to announce Ottolenghi Comfort the upcoming cookbook from Yotam Ottolenghi. Written alongside Helen Goh, Verena Lochmuller and Tara Wigley Ottolenghi Comfort features over 100 recipes, including "classic new takes" on pasta, potatoes, tray bakes and soups - this is comfort food Ottolenghi style. The book will publish this September and you can read the full announcement here.

January
2024

Annie Worsley has been shortlisted for the 2024 Richard Jefferies Award for nature writing for her brilliant book Windswept. You can see the full shortlist here.

Tom Lamont has been chosen as one of The Observer's 10 best new novelists for 2024. Tom's debut novel Going Home will be published by Sceptre in June. You can read the full Observer feature here.

Manilla Press have acquired The Swans Of Harlem by Karen Valby, the story of five Black ballet dancers who changed the classical dance world forever. The book will be published on August 30th as a lead publication. You can read the full announcement here.

Headline Publishing have acquired a new book on Open AI and its founder Sam Altman by Ashlee Vance. Vance said '“I consider this the chance of a lifetime to give readers a front-row seat to such a momentous period in history". You can read the full announcement here.

Jodie Comer, Emmy award winning star of Killing Eve will narrate the audiobook of Suzie Miller's upcoming novel Prima Facie. Comer who won an Olivier for her performance in Prima Facie at the Harold Pinter Theatre said "It has been a joy to return to Tessa’s story while recording this audiobook. My hope is that it will reach the widest number of people, perhaps who weren’t able to see the play.” You can read the full announcement here.

December
2023

Closure by Dr Gary McClain an 'empathetic, insightful guide is for anyone putting themselves back together after a fight, loss or heartbreak' has been acquired by Piatkus Books who will publish in 2024. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

Bedford Square Publishers have acquired the 'propulsive' debut novel from Bonnie Burke-Patel. I Died At Fallow Hall is a brilliant contemporary twist on the country-house mystery and will be published in 2024. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

Emma Forrest has been longlisted for the 2024 Gordon Burn Prize for her memoir Busy Being Free. The prize, aimed at recognising fiction and non-fiction books that are fearless in their ambition and execution will be awarded in March 2024. You can see the full longlist here.


Canongate have acquired The Secret Painter and account of the life of Eric Tucker written by his nephew Joe Tucker. Described as 'A true story about class and ambition, loneliness and community, success and failure' The Secret Painter will be published in 2024.

November
2023

John Vaillant has won the 2023 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction for his urgent and brilliant book Fire Weather. You can read the full announcement here.

Black and White Publishing have acquired Murder Ballad, the new historical novel from Lucy Ribchester. Described as 'a dark, historical mystery set in Edinburgh’s dazzling 18th-century music scene' Murder Ballad will be published in June 2024. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

Sceptre have acquired the debut novel by journalist Tom Lamont. Going Home is described as 'a tender novel set in a north London Jewish community' and will be published in May 2024. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

October
2023

Weidenfeld & Nicolson have acquired ten books by Australian author Helen Garner. They will begin publication in February 2024 by publishing This House of Grief, The Children's Bach and Monkey Grip. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

Penguin Fig Tree has acquired The Modern Fairies the new novel from Clare Pollard. Described as 'brilliant and bawdy, romantic and provocative ... a dazzling novel inspired by real events, about the delights and dangers of storytelling in dark times'. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

Picador have acquired Gráinne O'Hare's 'Rowdy' coming of age story Thirst Trap. Described as 'Poignant, funny and often painfully relatable' Picador will publish in Summer 2025. Click here to read the full bookseller announcement.

Fire Weather by John Vaillant has been shortlisted for the 2023 Baillie Gifford Prize for Non-Fiction. You can see the full shortlist here.

Penguin Michael Joseph has acquired BELIEVE the debut adult thriller from S. Govett. Sold in a pre-empt BELIEVE is described as a 'twisting, turning delight inhabited by a rich cast of brilliantly drawn characters'. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

September
2023

Congratulations to Jack Parlett who has been shortlisted for the 2023 Polari Prize for his brilliant book FIRE ISLAND. You can see the full shortlist here.

Cressida Connolly has been longlisted for the HWA Gold Crown for her brilliant novel BAD RELATIONS. You can see the full longlist here.

FIRE WEATHER by John Vaillant and PROMISES OF GOLD by Jose Olivarez have both been longlisted for this year's National Book Awards. You can see the full longlists here.

FIRE WEATHER by John Vaillant has been longlisted for the 2023 Baillie Gifford Prize. The judges called it a 'meticulously researched, beautifully told and vitally relevant account of an environmental and industrial disaster'. You can see the full longlist here.

August
2023

Tom Baragwanath has been shortlisted for the 2023 Ngaio Marsh First Novel Award for his upcoming crime novel PAPER CAGE. You can see the full shortlist here.

Ned Beauman has won the 2023 Arthur C Clark award for science fiction for his brilliant eco thriller VENOMOUS LUMPSUCKER. You can read the full announcement here.

We are thrilled that Viktoria Lloyd Barlow has been longlisted for the 2023 Booker Prize for her dazzling debut novel ALL THE LITTLE BIRD HEARTS. Huge congratulations to Viktoria and the other longlisted authors. You can see the full longlist here.

July
2023

FIRE ISLAND by Jack Parlett has been longlisted for the 2023 Polari Prize, the UK's first and largest LGBTQ+ book award. Click here to see the full longlist.

Canongate have acquired RESTLESS DOLLY MAUNDER the new novel by Booker Prize nominated author Kate Grenville. You can read the full announcement here.

The brilliant Sarah Perry has been made Chancellor of the University of Essex. Read the full announcement here.

Hayley Scrivenor has been awarded the 2023 CWA John Creasey (New Blood) Dagger for her debut crime novel DIRT TOWN. You can read the full announcement here.

Baskerville has acquired PAPER CAGE the debut novel from New Zealand author Tom Baragwanath. PAPER CAGE won the 2021 Michael Gifkins Prize and will be published in the UK in February 2024. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

Jonathan Cape have acquired ENLIGHTENMENT and GILDENBERG, two new novels by Sarah Perry. ENLIGHTENMENT will be published in May 2024 and is described as a 'story of love, faith and astronomy, told over the course of 20 years through the lives of two improbable best friends'. You can read the full Bookseller article here.

June
2023

We are thrilled to announce that Jane Finigan has become a full partner and co-owner of Lutyens & Rubinstein Literary Agency alongside Sarah Lutyens and Felicity Rubinstein. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

Robbie Arnott's brilliant book LIMBERLOST has been shortlisted for the 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award. You can see the full shortlist here.

Venomous Lumpsucker by Ned Beauman has been shortlisted for the 2023 Arthur C. Clarke Award for Science Fiction. You can see the full shortlist here.

#MerkyBooks have acquired rights in This Kind of Trouble by Tochi Eze described as “a powerful and emotive exploration of family and folklore". #MerkyBooks will publish in Spring 2025. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

May
2023

Robbie Arnott's brilliant novel Limberlost has been longlisted for the 2023 Miles Franklin Literary Award. You can see the full longlist here.

Sarah Smith has been shortlisted for the CWA Historical Dagger for her novel HEAR NO EVIL, whilst Hayley Scrivenor's DIRT TOWN has been shortlisted for the CWA New Blood Dagger. You can see the full shortlists here.

Fliss Freeborn and Kitty & Al Tait have both won at the Fortnum and Mason Food and Drink Awards. Kitty and Al won the Debut Food Book of the Year Award for their book BREADSONG whilst Fliss was awarded the Cookery Writer of the Year Award!

Robbie Arnott has won the 2023 Age Book of the Year for his novel LIMBERLOST. You can read the full announcement here.

April
2023

Kitty and Al Tait have been nominated for a 2023 James Beard Award in the bread category for their book BREADSONG. You can see the full list of nominees here.

Mark Billingham has been longlisted for the 2023 Theakston Old Peculier Crime Novel of the Year for the latest instalment in his Tom Thorne series THE MURDER BOOK. You can see the full longlist here.

Michelle de Kretser has been shortlisted for the 2023 RSL Ondaatje Prize for her brilliant book SCARY MONSTERS. You can see the full shortlist here.

Hayley Scrivenor has been longlisted for the 2023 CWA New Blood Dagger for her brilliant crime novel DIRT TOWN and Sarah Smith's HEAR NO EVIL has been longlisted for the 2023 CWA Historical Dagger. You can see the full CWA longlists here.

Michelle De Kretser has been longlisted for the 2023 RSL Ondaatje Prize for her brilliant novel SCARY MONSTERS. You can see the full longlist here.

Kitty & Al Tait and Fliss Freeborn have both been shortlisted for the 2023 Fortnum & Mason Food and Drink Awards. BREADSONG by Kitty & Al Tait has been shortlisted for the Debut Food Book Award and Fliss Freeborn has been shortlisted for the Cookery Writer award for work on her blog Student Cuisine for the Gloomy Teen. You can see the full shortlists here.

March
2023

Michelle de Kretser has won the Rathbones Folio Fiction Prize for her brilliant novel SCARY MONSTERS, described by the judges as 'a sublime novel that slips, fascinates and terrifies at once'.

Robbie Arnott's novel LIMBERLOST has been shortlisted for the 2023 Dylan Thomas Prize. You can see the full shortlist here.

Footnote Press will publish NADEZHDA IN THE DARK the “haunting, tender and ferociously compelling” new novel from Yelena Moskovich, this September. You can read the full Bookseller announcement here.

Hayley's Scrivenor's dark and brilliant novel DIRT TOWN has been shortlisted for CrimeFest's Specsavers Debut Crime Novel Award. You can see the full shortlist here.

Simon Parkin has won the 2023 Wingate Literary Prize for his brilliant book THE ISLAND OF EXTRAORDINARY CAPTIVES. The Wingate Prize is a literary award given to the best book, fiction or non-fiction, to translate the idea of Jewishness to the general reader. You can read the full announcement here.

Ebury will publish food journalist Fliss Freeborn's debut cookbook DO YOURSELF A FLAVOUR: 75 recipes to feed yourself, your flatmates and your freezer. You can read the full bookseller announcement here.