Russell Brand has used profits from his book Revolution (Century) to help fund a café in Hackney staffed by recovering drug addicts.
The Trew Era café is a social enterprise located in a housing estate that faced eviction last year by a US company. The Guardian reports that Brand backed the campaign against the eviction, which proved to be successful last December.
Jenny Uglow and Mark Bostridge are among the five authors shortlisted for the PEN Hessell-Tiltman Prize for History 2015.
The £2,000 prize, funded from former PEN member Marjorie Hessell-Tiltman’s bequest to English PEN, celebrates the best non-fiction on a historical subject from any period up to the Second World War.
Uglow, who won the prize in 2003 for The Lunar Men (Faber), is shortlisted for In These Times (Faber), which looks at how news about the Napoleonic Wars reached people in Britain from aristocrats to paupers, and how it impacted on them.
Penguin Random House has acquired The NOPI Cookbook by Yotam Ottolenghi and Ramael Scully.
The collection of more than 120 recipes from Ottolenghi and collaborator and NOPI head chef Scully will showcase the pair’s favourite recipes from the celebrated central London restaurant.
Bloomsbury has signed Meg Rosoff's first novel for adults, a romantic comedy set in New York.
Helen Garnons-Williams, publishing director for fiction, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, at auction from Catherine Clarke at Felicity Bryan Associates.
Duck Zoo tells the story of Jonathan, his dogs Dante and Sissy, and their vet Dr Clare, along with a wedding that feels more like a funeral, an office job that feels like the ninth circle of hell and a guardian angel named Greeley.
Simon & Schuster will publish a book by William Sitwell on how Lord Woolton kept Britain fed during the Second World War.
Non-fiction publishing director Iain MacGregor acquired world rights for Eggs or Anarchy in a deal with Caroline Michel at PFD.
The book looks at Woolton's time as the minister of food, using clandestine methods to bring in food from abroad.
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