Congratulations to my two authors who won prizes last night at separate ceremonies in London. Steven Hall picked up a Somerset Maugham prize at the annual Society Of Authors ceremony at the Great Hall in Barts for The Raw Shark Texts and Fiona Neil won ‘Most Loveable Heroine’ for Lucy Sweeny in The Secret Life of a Slummy Mummy at the Melissa Nathan Award For Comedy Romance.The Melissa Nathan awards were created by Andrew Saffron in memory of his late wife, novelist Melissa Nathan. The Somerset Maugham is awarded to the best writer or writers under the age of thirty-five of a book published in the past year. Also at the Society Of Authors bash two other United Agents authors picked up prizes – Thomas Leveritt won a Betty Trask Award for his novel The Exchange Rate Of Love with David Szalay winning the overall Trask Award for London and the South-East.
Monthly Archive for June, 2008
Zoe Pagnamenta, who for a number of years ran the New York office of PFD, has left to set up her own company – The Zoë Pagnamenta Agency, LLC and she will, in her own words, ‘continue to handle literary fiction and a broad range of non-fiction by writers from both sides of the Atlantic and beyond’. She represents a number of authors on my list including Catherine Banner, John Boyne, Petite Anglaise, Claire Kilroy, Fiona Neill and Beatrice Colin and we will no doubt have some exciting collaborations in the years ahead. Her website is www.zpagency.com
Zoe Margolis (aka Girl With A One Track Mind) wrote a blistering piece in this weekend’s Observer about why she has given up on British men. It was the most popular article on www.guardian.co.uk this weekend. Read it here, buy the book here, visit Zoe’s award-winning blog here and watch her interview with blogger funkybrownchick here.
Sigrid Kraus at John Boyne’s Spanish publisher Salamandra has just emailed to say The Boy In the Striped Pyjamas has now exceeded a million sales in their edition – bringing the world-wide total in all languages and all editions to nearly 2.5 millions sales.
Tom Cox’s hilarious UNDER THE PAW – Confessions Of A Cat Man was launched last night in London’s Covent Garden. Currently at Number One on the Amazon Pet Chart UNDER THE PAW records the chaos of Tom’s life – in which owning seven of the most charismatic, idiotic and duplicitous cats in the country begins to take over his world.How exactly does a person go from living a fancy-free young metropolitan life to suddenly thinking it is normal to be on 24-hour call for multiple sets of whiskers? Read on..