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Artenis Fowl and the Time Paradox
Filed under: Recent Press 新公告
Posted by: Big Apple @ 5:48 am


Artemis Fowl and the Time Paradox has reached Number 1 in Times of London & the Guardian!



Artemis Fowl: The Time Paradox is the sixth book in the teen series Artemis Fowl by Eoin Colfer. It was released in the US on July 5, 2008, and was released on August 7, 2008 in the UK.  In Colfer’s video blogs, he mentions the book, saying it may not be the last, but the last one for at least 3 years.

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Filed under: Recent Press 新公告
Posted by: Big Apple @ 5:48 am

Bloomsbury UK just reported the sales for THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER are now up to 80,000 copies!!!

Now up to 12 foreign language sales!

Please see review from the New York Times Book Review.

“[A] fastidious reconstruction and expansive analysis of the Road Hill murder case…Summerscale smartly uses an energetic narrative voice and a suspenseful pace, among other novelistic devices, to make her factual material read with the urgency of a work of fiction. What she has constructed, specifically, is a traditional country-house mystery, more brutal than cozy, but presenting the same kind of intellectual puzzle as her fictional models and adorned, as such books once were, with wonderfully old-fashioned maps, diagrams, engravings, courtroom sketches and other illustrations…More important, Summerscale accomplishes what modern genre authors hardly bother to do anymore, which is to use a murder investigation as a portal to a wider world. When put in../ historical context, every aspect of this case tells us something about mid-Victorian society…The author’s startling final twist both vindicates her fallen hero and advances an ‘aggressive’ attack on moral hypocrisy in his day and ours.” –Marilyn Stasio, New York Times Book Review

And here are two great recent interviews with the author:

THE SUSPICIONS OF MR WHICHER: UK: Bloomsbury (pub April 2008), US: Walker & Co.; Brazil: Companhia das Letras; France: Bourgois; Germany: Bloomsbury; Greece: Patakis; Holland: Nieuw Amsterdam; Israel: Modan; Italy: Einaudi; Norway: Gyldendal; Poland: WAB; Russia: AST; Spain: Lumen (Random House Mondadori); Thailand: Post Publishing.


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Confessions of a Shopaholic
Filed under: Film Rights 电影版权
Posted by: Big Apple @ 2:39 am


The movie “Confessions of a Shopaholic” is in fact the title of the forthcoming film which combines The Secret Dreamworld of a Shopaholic and Shopaholic Abroad (US title: SHOPAHOLIC TAKES MANHATTAN)  as its storyline.



Confessions of a Shopaholic Directed by P.J. Hogan will be released in the United States on February 13, 2009. (UK Release February 27, 2009) (according to IMDb website:


Based on the book by Sophie Kinsella. Rebecca Bloomwood (Isla Fisher) is 25 year olds, lives with her best friend Suze (Krysten Ritter) in Suze’s flat (paying her friend rent that is well below market value), in a trendy part of town, has a very boring job writing for a financial magazine, and she has a shopping addiction, for which her crap job doesn’t pay enough. Her bills are piling up, so she tries cutting back (complete fiasco), then she tries making more money (another fiasco). Eventually, Becky discovers a story that she is truly invested in. Exposing the story gets the attention of a (male, need I say more?) colleague that she hasn’t quite figured out yet. Some drama ensues as she snags the (EXTREMELY hot) guy, and she attempts to pay off her ever-growing debt.


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Filed under: Rights News 版权新闻
Posted by: Big Apple @ 7:43 pm

Dan Hurley’s DIABETES RISING, the story of the rise of Diabetes in modern history and the hunt for it’s cure, to Don Fehr at Kaplan, in a good deal, for publication in 2009, by Jane Dystel at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (World English)

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THE DAILY COYOTE: A YEAR WITH CHARLIE by Photographer Shreve Stockton
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Posted by: Big Apple @ 7:43 pm

Photographer Shreve Stockton’s THE DAILY COYOTE: A YEAR WITH CHARLIE, derived from the author’s blog of the same name chronicling her first year raising an orphaned coyote cub as a beloved household pet, to Scott Smith at Tantor, by Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management.

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SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SPELL by David Gramb & Ellen Levine
Filed under: Rights News 版权新闻, New Titles 新书
Posted by: Big Apple @ 2:56 pm

David Gramb and Ellen Levine’s SO YOU THINK YOU CAN SPELL, a cornucopia of challenges for good, better, and exceptional spellers, to Meg Leder at Perigee, by Jim Trupin at JET Literary Associates (NA).

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Filed under: Film Rights 电影版权
Posted by: Big Apple @ 1:42 am

James Patterson’s YA series MAXIMUM RIDE, to Columbia Pictures, with Avi Arad, Ari Arad and Steven Paul at Seaside Entertainment (Iron Man) producing, along with Steve Bowen and Leopoldo Gout at James Patterson Entertainment, and Don Payne (Fantastic Four) adapting.

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Filed under: Rights News 版权新闻
Posted by: Big Apple @ 1:34 am
Vice President of global architecture firm HOK, Leigh Stringer’s THE GREEN WORKPLACE: GREENING YOUR BUILDING AND YOUR BUSINESS, which explains how a green business reduces costs, increases productivity, improves recruiting and retention, increases shareholder value, and helps the environment, and shows businesses how to implement the right changes so that they will stick, to Airie Stuart at Palgrave, by Lauren Abramo at Dystel & Goderich Literary Management (world English)
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Filed under: Recent Press 新公告
Posted by: Big Apple @ 12:39 pm

Longlist of Booker Prize 2008


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Philip Pullman

THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY is a tremendous book. Against an unfashionable 1970s background Philip Hensher has composed not so much a condition-of-England as a condition-of-humanity novel, which is gripping and surprising and shocking in all kinds of unpredictable ways, and enormously wide in psychological and moral scope. What a writer he is!

The Bookseller (Booksellers’ choice: Ruth Atkins, Borders)

Hensher’s style is fluid and engrossing.

The Bookseller (Booksellers’ choice: Rodney Troubridge, Waterstone’s)

This is a big novel packed full of good things.

The Times

Hensher is a brilliant anatomist of familial tension and marshals his large cast of characters deftly.  He has an impeccable eye for nuances of character and setting.   An engrossing and hugely impressive novel.

The Independent

What is particularly enjoyable as the reader relaxes into this book is the portrayal of the complexity of family life: the layers, secrets and misunderstandings, the drama of different lives lived under the same roof, by people who are both strangers and kin… Hensher has a forensic eye for detail, providing nightmarish glimpses of the everyday… engrossing, amusing and moving.

The Sunday Telegraph

Emotionally engaged… compulsively readable..   A cumulative effect of luminous richness, like a perfect piece of orchestration.  He excels at dialogue…but while his technical virtuosity is remarkable and his ability to conjure anything from a front room to an entire era…is equally striking, something more than brilliant cleverness makes this novel extraordinary…  At the heart of the elegant narrative architecture, the fine comic timing and exuberant details, there flickers a sense…that generosity, a sense of others, is the best we can do.  And at the last, in a tragedy as shocking as tragedy, that modest hope is beautifully fulfilled. 


The Spectator

The novel is beautifully organised at three levels – close up, at the level of the sentence, further back, at the level of narrative progression over ten or 20 pages, and then overall, as a fully realised whole – but it’s most impressive feature is that it manages to be a page-turner while escheqing the traditional devices we associate with such a book…In THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY, an early contender for novel of the year, Philip Hensher looks in detail at a small group of people over a generation, and in doing so presents the great drama and inexhaustible wonder of ordinary life. 

The Sunday Times

Hensher is fascinatingly good on how social transformation manifests itself in the textures, colours and manners of a culture…He has witty fun with many of the signifiers of all this change.  …THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY is not only extremely funny, but also deeply humane. 

The Telegraph

The reader is soon absorbed into the everyday but engrossing lives of his characters…It consists of many overlapping, intersecting and interdependent smaller plots, which are both individually and collectively enthralling, sometimes sad and often very funny. 


THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY is as clever and as elegant as Hensher’s previous books…Combining his intelligence with a less expected humanity and storytelling drive, THE NORTHERN CLEMENCY powerfully slices and preserves 20 years of British life and deserves to be remembered for at least that length of time.

The Observer


The Guardian

Expansive yet precise, it leads the reader from the minutiae of family life to broad public events with the surest of hands.

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Man Booker 2008 Longlist: GIRL IN A BLUE DRESS by Gaynor Arnold
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Posted by: Big Apple @ 12:33 pm

Man Booker 2008 Longlist

Girl in a Blue Dress
by Gaynor Arnold

(click on cover for book detail)


Gaynor Arnold was born and brought up in Cardiff. She read English at St. Hilda’s College, Oxford, where she acted in many plays, notably at the Edinburgh Festival and in the US. She has two grown up children and works for Birmingham’s Adoption and Fostering Service.


Alfred Gibson’s funeral has taken place at Westminster Abbey, and his wife of twenty years, Dorothea, has not been invited. The Great Man’s will favours his children and a clandestine mistress over his estranged wife. Dorothea is comforted by her feisty daughter Kitty, until an invitation for a private audience with Queen Victoria arrives, and she begins to examine her own life more closely.

Dorothea revisits their courtship, early days of nuptial pleasure and domestic family fun before the birth of too many children sapped her vitality. But she also uncovers the deviousness and frighteningly hypnotic power of this celebrity author. Now Dodo will need to face her grown-up children, and worse, her dual nemesis of ten years before, her redoubtable younger sister Sissy and the charming actress Miss Ricketts.

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