Tuesday, June 20, 2017

Latest News from The Bookseller

Wilbur Smith
Bonnier Zaffre has poached author Wilbur Smith from HarperCollins in an eight-figure sterling deal, described as "one of the biggest in publishing history" by Bonnier Publishing group chief executive Richard Johnson.
JK Rowling
J K Rowling has been made a Companion of Honour for her services to literature and philanthropy in the Queen’s Birthday Honour’s list.
Kiran Millwood Hargrave
Authors, agents and editors are coming together for an online auction to help those affected by the Grenfell Tower fire.
Sebastian Barry
Irish writer Sebastian Barry has won the £25,000 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction for a second time for his American epic Days Without End (Faber).
Online retailer Amazon is to acquire US supermarket chain Whole Foods Market Inc for $13.7bn (£10.72bn).
Sir Richard Lambert
Former Financial Times editor Sir Richard Lambert is to join Bloomsbury as a non-executive chairman.

There has been a delay to progress on the planned measure to allow VAT on e-books to be reduced, after the members of the EU's Economic and Financial Affairs Council (ECOFIN) failed to reach an agreement on the proposals.
Women in Sport
Wren & Rook, the non-fiction imprint of the Hachette Children’s Group, has acquired a book celebrating 50 trailblazing women in sport by US author Rachel Ignotofsky.

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