Luke Treadaway to star in film A STREET CAT NAMED BOB, scripted by Tim John and directed by Roger Spottiswoode

A film of James Bowen’s best-selling memoir A STREET CAT NAMED BOB scripted by Tim John (Dr Jekyll and Ms Hyde) and directed by Roger Spottiswoode (Tomorrow Never Dies, Turner and Hooch, Midnight Sun) will commence production in October. 

A STREET CAT NAMED BOB tells the story of drop-out and busker, James Bowen, who was rescued from drug addiction by his relationship with the stray cat, Bob. James found the lame cat outside his sheltered accommodation and nursed it back to health, then took Bob busking with him. The book spent 76 weeks at the top of the Sunday Times bestseller list.

Adam Rolston is producing the film for Shooting Script Films, with Tim Smith and Paul Brett of Prescience (The King’s Speech, The Guard) on board as executive producers and financiers.

Luke Treadaway and Ruta Gedmintas will star in the lead roles. Luke recently won an Olivier Award for his performance in the stage version of The Curious Incident of a Dog in the Night Time and has appeared in the films Clash of the Titans and Attack the Block. Ruta is known for FX series The Strain.

Tim John and Roger Spottiswoode are represented at Blake Friedmann by Conrad Williams.

For more information on the film, see these links:

The Guardian

Screen Daily




Today Hodder celebrates the release of international bestseller Deon Meyer’s latest crime novel ICARUS. Originally published in Afrikaans by Human & Rousseau, ICARUS immediately shot to Number 1 in South Africa, garnering widespread recognition by holding on to the top spot for several weeks and selling over 40,000 copies. Now translated by K. L. Seegers, the UK can also experience a thriller set in a landscape that has never appeared so dazzling… or dangerous. 

This novel witnesses the return of Benny Griessel, struggling to stay sober, and bruised by a policeman friend’s terrible suicide. Yet the discovery of a body buried beneath the sand dunes north of Cape Town will test his willpower even further. Why was notorious Ernst Richter, MD of a new tech startup, Alibi targeted? How exactly is a service that creates false appointments, documents and phone calls to enable people to cheat on their partners, linked to this high profile murder? With all eyes on Benny’s pursuit to uncover the truth, he will battle not just to track down the killer, but against the siren call of the whiskey bottle as well.

Grove Atlantic will publish in the US in October, and ICARUS has already received pre-publication praise:

‘Excellent … The richness of the characters, especially the multifaceted Benny, elevates this above most contemporary police procedurals.’ Publisher’s Weekly, Starred Review

Simon Lelic, author of RUPTURE and THE CHILD WHO, described ICARUS as ‘sharp and full of energy, Deon Meyer’s evocation of place and character second to none. The pace of the novel is breathless... Crime, wine and a thrilling finale: a rare and unexpected treat’.

Deon will embark on a European tour to celebrate the release of ICARUS later this year. Starting at Frankfurt Book Fair in October, he will spend a week in Germany with publishing house Aufbau, and will continue on to Prague, Cracow and Warsaw. He was also in Italy at the Salerno Crime Festival this summer, where he was warmly received.

Deon Meyer lives in Cape Town. His books are published in 27 countries, and have been awarded many prizes around the world: the Deutsche Krimi Prize in Germany, the ATKV Prize in South Africa, and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. His novel THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger, and HEART OF THE HUNTER, was longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Prize and selected as one of Chicago Tribune's '10 best mysteries and thrillers of 2004'. Most recently, the spectacular COBRA was shortlisted for the 2015 CWA International Dagger.

 Praise for Deon Meyer:

“Deon Meyer's name on the cover is a guarantee of crime writing at its best” – Tess Gerritsen, New York Times bestselling author of PLAYING WITH FIRE.

“Deon Meyer is one of the best crime writers on the planet” – Mail on Sunday

“A master on vintage form… He is a defining novelist of modern South Africa” – Barry Forshaw, Books of the Year 2012, Independent

Visit Deon's website here.

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SCOTS JEWS Shortlisted for British Book Design and Production Award

Judah Passow’s SCOTS JEWS: Identity, Belonging and the Future, published by Bloomsbury, has been shortlisted for 2015 Best Book of the Year at the British Book Design and Production Awards, in the category for Photography, Art and Architecture. The prize is awarded by the British Printing Industries Federation, in association with Oxford Brookes University and The Publishers Association, and is considered one of the most popular literary events of the year.

Recognised by Michael Mail for its ‘skill, sensitivity and artistry’, SCOTS JEWS has been noted as a skilful portrait of Jewish people who live north of England's border. A review from Jewish Quarterly also hails Passow for capturing the Jewish people with a ‘great sense of joy, vibrancy, humour and comfort’.

The awards, designed to promote and acknowledge excellence and craftsmanship of the British book design and production industry, are to be presented at the Jumeirah Carlton Hotel in London on 26 November 2015.

See more of Judah’s incredible photography, on his website.



Two-book deal for bestselling author Sheila O'Flanagan

Headline Publishing Group is delighted to announce a new two-book deal with No. 1 bestselling author Sheila O’Flanagan.

Sheila is one of the biggest brands in women’s fiction, having written over twenty bestselling novels and short story collections. The paperback of IF YOU WERE ME recently appeared on the Sunday Times bestsellers list and was an Irish Times Number One bestseller for five weeks and in the top ten for fifteen weeks, while Sheila’s novel MY MOTHER’S SECRET is currently in its fifth week on the Irish Times original fiction bestsellers list. Sheila is also a top-selling author in the international market in English and in translation, the latter in twenty-four countries.

The first novel in the new contact will be published in summer 2017. Before that, in 2016 Headline will publish Sheila’s 21st novel, while Hodder Children’s Books will publish Sheila’s first children’s novel, THE CRYSTAL RUN.

The new deal with HPG, which is for British Commonwealth rights inc Canada, was agreed by Marion Donaldson, Executive Editor at HPG, and agent Carole Blake of the Blake Friedmann Agency.

Sheila O’Flanagan says: ‘I am delighted to continue a happy professional and personal relationship with the great team at Headline book publishers.’

Carole Blake says: ‘We’ve recently celebrated, in Dublin, two decades of happy partnership between Sheila and Headline. I’m delighted that there are more book and more bestsellers to come.’

Marion Donaldson says: ‘I’m thrilled that Sheila has signed a new deal with Headline. No one writes about the dilemmas women encounter quite like Sheila O’Flanagan, and her writing grows stronger with every novel. It’s fantastically exciting for us all to have two more unputdownable and thought-provoking novels from Sheila to look forward to.’

Bestseller Peter James signs a major new five book deal with Pan Macmillan

Publishing Director of Pan Macmillan, Wayne Brookes, has concluded a major five book deal with the eight times number one bestseller Peter James.  This new deal will see Peter penning three more novels in the acclaimed Roy Grace series and two standalone thrillers. The success of Peter’s Brighton based Roy Grace novels have seen him become the UK’s No. 1 bestselling police procedural author and has seen him amass sales of over 16 million to date.

 The two new standalone thrillers are set to match the success of Peter’s 2011 standalone novel PERFECT PEOPLE, which won many awards, including the publicly voted ITV3 Crime Thriller Awards, People’s Bestseller Dagger and a place on the shortlist for the Wellcome Trust Book Prize. Peter’s first standalone novel since PERFECT PEOPLE will be THE HOUSE ON THE COLD HILL, a ghost story out this Autumn. 

 Jeremy Trevathan, Publisher, said: ‘In the ten years that we have published him Peter has become the No. 1 UK-based crime writer. I’m thrilled therefore that we’ve concluded a new deal with him, through Carole Blake, and secured the next stage of our strategy to continue to grow his sales both in the UK and international markets.’

 Wayne Brookes, Publishing Director, added: ‘Long before I came to Macmillan I was a fan of Peter James. The Roy Grace series is simply magnificent in both plot and character and each book we publish gathers thousands of new readers. However, what’s so very exciting is that with Peter’s standalone novels we can also explore beyond the world of Roy Grace and his team. Peter is a master storyteller and I couldn’t be more excited about the future.’

 Carole Blake, Partner of Blake Friedmann Literary Agency, said: ‘The Macmillan-Peter James partnership has worked very well for more than a decade. It’s a tremendous source of satisfaction to me to see it going forward for several more years. Great novels, huge sales and terrific fun. Perfect!’

 Peter James commented: ‘When I was a child my ambition was to be a published author, and one day to see a book I had written on the shelves of a bookstore.  The bestseller lists seemed an unattainable dream back then, and that coveted No 1 an impossibility that could only ever happen to someone else…  During this past decade Pan Macmillan have repeatedly made that dream and that impossibility come true for me.  For that I will be eternally grateful, and I could not be happier to have now signed this new deal with them and be continuing forward into the exciting and adventurous future, with them.’

 Peter James has been twice Chair of the Crime Writers’ Association and has won many literary awards: as popular internationally as in the UK, he won the US Barry Award for Best British Crime Novel in 2012.  This year, 2015, he was voted by WH Smith readers as The Best Crime Author Of All TimeHe is published in more than 3 dozen languages.

Find out more about Peter James at Blake Friedmann's, Pan Macmillan's and Peter’s websites and follow him on TwitterFacebook and Instagram.