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Mundy to be Samuel Johnson prize director

Toby Mundy, the founder and former c.e.o. of Atlantic Books, is to become the first director of the Samuel Johnson Prize for Non-fiction. Meanwhile submission deadlines for publishers will change to “accommodate the timelines and deadlines of the publishing calendar”.

Patterson, Archer and 'Hawk' fly to top of charts

A busy publication schedule drove change across all the major Bookseller charts last week, with titles from James Patterson, David Walliams, Jeffrey Archer and Helen MacDonald all chalking up number ones in their first week of sale.

Mal Peet dies

Author Mal Peet has died, his agent Peter Cox has announced.

Peet died last night (2nd March), after being diagnosed with cancer just last Christmas.

The writer, whose latest novel The Murdstone Trilogy came out in 2014, won a number of awards during his career, including the Carnegie Medal, the Guardian Children’s Book Prize and the Branford Boase Award.

Ebury Press to publish Hynde memoir

Ebury Press is to publish the memoir of Chrissie Hynde, frontwoman of The Pretenders, acquired in a “major deal”.

Publisher and deputy m.d. Jake Lingwood bought world English and translation rights, excluding North America, while Gerry Howard, v.p., executive editor at Doubleday, Penguin Random House USA, bought North American rights in a co-deal from Creative Artists Agency (CAA) on behalf of Chrissie Hynde and Quietus Management.

Atlantic signs Kasparov on Putin's Russia

Atlantic has signed a book by former Chess world champion and Russian pr-democracy leader Garry Kasparov.

Senior editor James Nightingale acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to Winter is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must be Stopped in a deal with Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein, on behalf of Chris Parris-Lamb at the Gernert Company.


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