Headline acquires Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock’s new memoir TOXIC
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by Donald Winchester
1M ago
Headline has acquired Toxic: Tackling ‘Razor’ and Finding the Real Me, a memoir from ex-footballer Neil ‘Razor’ Ruddock. Consultant sports publisher Jonathan Taylor acquired world English language rights from James Wills at Watson, Little on behalf of Ben Thomas at Giant. The memoir, which “tells the story of how Ruddock faced the battle of his life: to become a different person”, will be published on 10th October 2024. Toxic charts Ruddock’s journey of self-destruction, the publisher says: a path littered  with food addiction, plummeting self-confidence and a dangerous relatio ..read more
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Dialogue Books acquires Diana McCaulay’s book about ownership, land and identity
Watson Little
by Donald Winchester
3M ago
Dialogue Books has acquired Diana McCaulay’s A House for Miss Pauline — a book about ownership, land and identity. Editorial director Hannah Chukwu acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Laetitia Rutherford at Watson, Little in an exclusive submission, and US rights have been sold to Betsy Gleick at Algonquin Books. Publication is scheduled for February 2025. “Written in patwa-inflected prose, A House for Miss Pauline tells the story of Miss Pauline, a woman living in rural Jamaica who builds herself a house from the stone ruins of a plantation,” the synopsis says. “But ..read more
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Head of Zeus snaps up Alex Churchill’s and Nicolai Eberholst’s ‘radical’ First World War book
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by Donald Winchester
5M ago
Head of Zeus has snapped up Ring of Fire: A New People’s History of the World at War, 1914 by military historians, broadcasters and battlefield guides Alex Churchill and Nicolai Eberholst. Iain MacGregor, publishing director for non-fiction, acquired world rights from Donald Winchester of Watson Little. The book will be published in hardback, trade paperback, audiobook and e-book in the summer of 2025. “Using access to an enormous quantity of primary material largely untouched by general histories, the authors will tell the story of 1914 with verve, empathy, and an eye on presenting ..read more
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What We Are Reading This Festive Period
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by Donald Winchester
6M ago
As we look forward to the winter holiday, we’ve been chatting in the office about our favourite books this year and what we are looking forward to reading over the festive period! What will you be reading over the break? James: I’ll be reading a graphic novel called THE KILLER by Matz and artist Luc Jacamon. It has just been made into a TV series directed by David Fincher, so once I’ve finished reading, I’ll be watching that. Megan: I am excited to dive in to WELCOME TO THE HYUNAM-DONG BOOKSHOP by Hwang Bo-Reum over the break, as well as finishing SEVEN DAYS IN JUNE by Tia Williams. I wa ..read more
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Pan Mac scoops deep dive on secrets by Heretics host Gold
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by Donald Winchester
6M ago
Pan Macmillan has acquired world rights to journalist and podcaster Andrew Gold’s debut book, The Psychology of Secrets: My Adventures With Murderers, Cults and Influencers. Originally snapped up by Pan Macmillan’s Matthew Cole from Donald Winchester at Watson Little, it will be published by editor Ause Abdelhaq in April 2024. As well as being an award-winning documentarian, Gold is the host of popular podcast “Heretics”, which features unconventional guests who have battled with social contagion. His fans started to send him increasingly intense secrets involving betrayal, fraud and eve ..read more
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A Q&A with Mandy Little
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by Donald Winchester
6M ago
This week, we interviewed long standing literary agent Mandy Little.  Mandy joined what was then Bolt & Watson in 1981 and the agency became Watson, Little in 1983, taking Mandy and Sheila Watson’s names. Mandy was a fulltime agent for over 33 years, and represented a wide variety of fiction and non-fiction authors. She still works part-time, and remains the chairman of Watson, Little. It’s been fascinating to hear from her about her life as a literary agent, and how she feels publishing has changed over the years.   What was your journey to becoming a literary agent? I started ..read more
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Frankfurt 2023 Roundup
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by Donald Winchester
7M ago
Watson, Little had a great Frankfurt Book Fair, with over a hundred foreign meetings from over twenty-five countries, which may well be the record yet! Rachel, James and Donald were on the ground over the 4-day book fair, handling back-to-back meetings fuelled by iced lattes and schnitzel. We had 384 requests for 104 titles, with the top 3 being a rom-com and two thrillers. It has been a busy month of follow-up emails, and the agents are looking to rework their bios and submissions requests over the upcoming festive break. Keep an eye out of for those! At the book fair, everyone wanted a slic ..read more
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Footnote Press bags ‘luminous’ group biography of ‘forgotten communist radicals’ from Casey
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by Donald Winchester
8M ago
Footnote Press has signed Hotel Lux: An Intimate History of World Revolution, a “luminous” group biography of the “forgotten communist radicals” who found friendship at a Moscow Hotel in the 1920s, from Maurice Casey. Commissioning editor Rose Green acquired world English-language rights, including audio, from Donald Winchester at Watson, Little. The book will be published in autumn 2024. Hotel Lux follows three revolutionary families–the O’Flahertys, Cohens and Leonhards–who were brought together by their shared vision of a communist future. The group biography is a “multi-generati ..read more
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Renard Press signs Diell’s ‘beautifully crafted’ debut novel about a woman who lays an egg
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by Donald Winchester
10M ago
Renard Press has acquired Rose Diell’s debut novel Fledging, which was longlisted for the Reflex Press Novella Award 2022 and is described as “a brilliantly original take on the topical debate on the child-free movement and women’s right to choose”. UK and Commonwealth volume and e-book rights, excluding Canada and ANZ, were acquired by publisher Will Dady from Laetitia Rutherford at Watson, Little. Publication is scheduled for August 2024. The synopsis reads: “When Lia lays an egg she doesn’t know what to do. At her age, it’s impossible to escape the baby question, and all her friends s ..read more
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Mirror Books scoops Lederer’s ‘riotously funny’ memoir
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by Donald Winchester
10M ago
Mirror Books has acquired Helen Lederer’s “riotously funny” memoir Not That I’m Bitter – A Truly, Madly, Funny Memoir, scheduled for release in April 2024. Paul Dove, executive editor for Mirror Books, acquired world English language rights from James Wills at Watson Little. Lederer rose to fame in the 1980s as one of the first female stand-ups at the Comedy Store in London, and is known for her role as Catriona in TV series “Absolutely Fabulous”, as well as being a novelist. She is also the founder of the Comedy Women in Print prize. The publisher description of the book reads: “What was it ..read more
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