2015 Costa Book of the Year winner announced

2015 Costa Book of the Year winner announced

News is just in that The Lie Tree, a Victorian murder mystery by Young Adult fiction and children’s author Frances Hardinge, has been named the 2015 Costa Book of the Year.  It is only the second children’s book to take the overall prize, and the first since Philip Pullman won with The Amber Spyglass in […]

William Hill Releases Closing Odds For Costa Book Of The Year

William Hill Releases Closing Odds For Costa Book Of The Year

The Costa Book Award is the only major UK book prize open solely to authors resident in the UK and Ireland. The top prize is now worth a whopping £35,000 and will be announced tomorrow evening in London. The odds, from bookmakers William Hill have debut novelist, Andrew Michael Hurley, winner of the Costa First […]

Look who has been promoted at Sphere!

Look who has been promoted at Sphere!

Both Lucy Malagoni and Manpreet Grewal have been promoted, in a move that recognises their brilliant work at Sphere. Lucy Malagoni is promoted to Editorial Director and will continue to acquire general fiction, with a focus on Book Club fiction, for Sphere. Lucy was chosen as a Rising Star in The Bookseller in 2015 and […]

PA encourages UK Publishers to go to school

PA encourages UK Publishers to go to school

Did you always know you wanted to work in publishing? No? Many young people don’t know about the industry and all the opportunities it provides. The Publishers Association have launched a new programme where people in publishing go into schools, colleges and universities to share their knowledge. We all know that publishers are conscious of […]

The Battle To Save Our Public Libraries

The Battle To Save Our Public Libraries

This is a guest post by Desmond Clarke. Desmond retired as President & CEO of Thomson Publishing Services Group and he is a former director of Faber & Faber. He is a veteran library campaigner. 2016 is expected to be a critical year for public libraries as the next round of austerity bites and local […]

Swotting up on Academic Book Week

Swotting up on Academic Book Week

This is a guest post by Alastair Horne, Social Media and Communities Manager for Cambridge University Press, on what to expect from Academic Book Week. Why does academic publishing get so little attention? For a multimillion-pound business whose products ought to be familiar to every graduate working in publishing, it’s surprisingly obscure.

Indie British Author Gets 6-figure Deal Ahead Of Frankfurt

Grand Central Publishing (Hachette) have bought English language rights in a good six-figure deal in bestselling ‘indie’ author Kirsty Moseley’s next two novels. Fighting to be free was first published on Wattpad and attracted over 5.7 million online reads. GCP will publish in the US in print and digital in March 2016; Book 2, Worth […]

HarperCollins Children’s Books renews with Michael Morpugo

HarperCollins Children’s Books renews with Michael Morpugo

HarperCollins Children’s Books is delighted to announce a new multi-book deal with master storyteller Michael Morpurgo. The deal for world rights, concluded by Executive Publisher Ann-Janine Murtagh and Veronique Baxter at David Higham, sees HarperCollins remain the principle home for Michael’s fiction until 2019.

We are Unite. We publish.

We are Unite. We publish.

Today marks the start of BookMachine’s partnership with Unite, Britain’s biggest trade union. To launch this initiative, Gareth Lowe, Chair of Unite’s National Publishing and Media Branch, gives a brief introduction to trade unionism, focusing particularly on its relevance to our sector.