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Icon signs Vintage Years columnist

Icon Books has signed a book from the anonymous Guardian columnist behind 'The Vintage Years'.

The author of the column, who was known in the newspaper only as 'The Invisible Woman', was revealed last year as Helen Walmsley-Johnson, a former PA for the Guardian's editor Alan Rusbridger, who uses the regular pieces to discuss life for women after turning 50. The book, which will be titled The Invisible Woman, will expand on the theme.

Little Tiger acquires Willis picture book

Little Tiger has acquired The First Slodge, the new picture book by author Jeanne Willis and illustrator Jenni Desmond.
 
“We constantly look to diversify the Little Tiger list, and create surprising and inspiring picture books,” said publisher Jude Evans. “Jeanne’s text for The First Slodge captivated us with its poetry, its humour and the questions it invites of the reader.”
 

Floris acquires children’s titles from MacPhail family

Floris Books has acquired two separate children’s titles from author Cathy MacPhail and her son David MacPhail.
 
Senior commissioning editor Eleanor Collins approached Cathy early in 2013 for a Scottish young teen novel while, independently, David submitted an outline for a series of Viking adventures.
 

NPG/Palgrave release author insights survey

Nature Publishing Group and Palgrave Macmillan have made public data taken from an Author Insights survey questioning over 30,000 of their authors.

The data – compiled last spring - has been made available publicly for the first time this week, to mark Open Access Week, and can be downloaded from Figshare on a creative commons license (CC BY).

Little, Brown acquires Wheatle’s first YA title

Little, Brown Book Group has acquired the first YA title from adult novelist Alex Wheatle.
 
Liccle Bit is told from the perspective of Lemar, a boy growing up on an inner city estate. Over the course of the book he has to contend with his feelings for the hottest girl in school, as well as the interest of South Crongton’s notorious gang leader.
 


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