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BookMap to offer data on
How big is book publishing
worldwide? Which book
markets are growing? How
about, what are the emerging economies, like Brazil, Russia
or China? A new initiative called BookMap, launching
today at the London Book Fair, will seek to answer these
questions and more, by collecting and analyzing publishing
data from around the world. The non-profit effort,
organized by consultant Rüdiger Wischenbart Content and
Cultural Transfers, will be fully operational by summer,
offering valuable insight into the global publishing market.
“Except for a few well-documented book markets, such as the
US, the UK, or Germany, we know so little about the business of
books in the majority of non-English language markets,”
Wischenbart says, about the origins of the BookMap initiative.
“So with BookMap, we’ve created a non-profit organisation
to collect and share such information to benefit publishers,
professional educators, and also to serve as a reference to the
many international policy debates now underway.”
Wischenbart says BookMap already has data on some
40 countries and a network of relationships in territories
around the world, as well as well as relationships with
educational institutions specialising in the publishing sector,
including the British Oxford Brookes University, the French
Sorbonne, and the University of Ljubljana, in Slovenia.
To learn more, check out the BookMap launch at a panel
discussion today ( 14 March, from 4-5pm in the Gallery
Suite, Room 2, Grand Hall Gallery (upstairs).
In addition to detailing BookMap, Wischenbart and his
panellists will offer a preview of the forthcoming Global
eBook 2017 report, highlighting key developments in
international trade book publishing in major markets in
the Americas, Europe and Asia.
The Obamas’ deal has put other rights activity in the shade in the UK too
(see page 4). But there have been deals that have made headlines.
The big political deal here, albeit on a more modest scale than the
Obamas’, was for a memoir by former prime minister Gordon Brown.
Will Hammond, who signed the world English deal with Jonny Geller at
Curtis Brown, said: “As well as being a book of urgent importance, it
presents the life and thinking of a man of deep principle and intellect as
well as a reminder of what can be achieved by progressive politics.”
Brown will also discuss personal matters, including the loss of his
daughter Jennifer within days of her birth. Proceeds will go to the
Jennifer Brown Research Laboratory, Theirworld and the Brown’s
charitable and public service work.
At the end of last week, Pan Macmillan announced that it was to publish
this autumn Dare Not Linger: The Presidential Years by Nelson Mandela
and Mandla Langa, also represented by Jonny Geller. Farrar, Straus will
publish in the US. The book will draw on Mandela’s unfinished sequel to
his worldwide bestseller Long Walk to Freedom, as well as on notes and
archive material. Translation rights have been sold to Rosinante in
Denmark, Editions Plon in France, Quadriga in Germany, Feltrinelli in
Italy, Uitgeverij Atlas Contact in The Netherlands, FYM Forlag in
Norway, Marcador in Portugal, Aguilar in Spain and Volante in Sweden.
Simon & Schuster UK is to publish Liar’s Candle by August Thomas,
signed by Scribner US with a six-figure pre-empt. The thriller, by a
25-year-old former Fulbright Scholar, is set in present-day Turkey in the
aftermath of a devastating bomb attack on the US Embassy (agent Piers
Blofeld at Sheil Land).
Kirsty Dunseath at Weidenfeld signed hot US crime debut IQ by Joe Ide
in a two-book deal, describing the first novel as “like Sherlock Holmes
meets The Wire”. IQ, published in the US by Mulholland, has been
shortlisted for the inaugural Edgar award for best first novel, and was
chosen as one of the New York Times critics’ top books of 2016 (agent
Sue Armstrong at Conville & Walsh, selling on behalf of Esther Newberg
and Zoe Sandler at ICM).
At Weidenfeld’s sister company Orion, Francesca Pathak pre-empted
debut psychological thriller The Innocent Mistress by Elle Croft within
24 hours of receiving the manuscript. The Innocent Mistress is “a game
of cat and mouse in a digital age”, asking the question: If you were
being framed for murder, how far would you go to clear your name?
(agent Ariella Feiner at United Agents; UK and Commonwealth rights in
Emily Kitchin at Hodder & Stoughton pre-empted UK and
Commonwealth rights in two novels by Holly Bourne, hitherto a
bestselling YA novelist. Bourne’s adult debut is When the Music Stops,
follows bestselling motivational memoirist Tori, who goes into an
existential spin when she loses her best friend Dee to the marriage and
babies brigade (agent Madeleine Milburn).
Yesterday ( 13 March), Bantam Press (Transworld) announced that it had
bought In Shock by critical care doctor Rana Awdish, already signed by
St Martin’s in the US. The book is an account of Awdish’s near-death
experience and transition from doctor to patient, when she made a
shocking discovery: her fellow doctors treated her without compassion,
seemingly indifferent to suffering and loss. The book follows acclaimed
and bestselling doctors’ memoirs such as Do No Harm and When Breath
Becomes Air. Andrea Henry at Bantam Press described it as “an
incredibly powerful, dramatic read”.
In children’s publishing, Usborne signed a book that is certain to get
attention: Rosie Loves Jack by debut author Mel Darbon is a love story
involving a young woman with Down’s Syndrome (Sarah Stewart at
Usborne signed world English rights through agent Ben Illis).