MY FAMILY AND OTHER ENEMIES by Mary Novakovich to Bradt Guides

World Rights have gone to Bradt Guides for journalist Mary Novakovich’s MY FAMILY AND OTHER ENEMIES, a part travelogue, part memoir that dives into the hinterland of Croatia.

The region of Lika, where her Serbian parents were born, is little known to most travellers – apart from Plitvice Lakes National Park and the birthplace of Nikola Tesla. This book weaves the author’s deep family connection to the region in Croatia with stories of people whose experiences had never been reported during the 1990s, when the devastation in Croatia was quickly superseded by the Bosnian conflict and media attention moved elsewhere.

2022 marks 30 years since the beginning of the war in neighbouring Bosnia, and the book will be published in August 2022.

Mary Novakovich is an award-winning freelance journalist and travel writer based in Hertfordshire. For more than 35 years, she has worked as a journalist, including at the BBC, before going freelance in 1997. Since 1999, she has been focusing on travel writing and contributes regularly to UK publications including the Guardian, Telegraph, Independent, Times, Evening Standard and many others. She is also the contributing travel editor of The Lady magazine.

Born to Serbian parents from Croatia, she has written extensively about the countries of the former Yugoslavia, in particular Croatia and Serbia, which she first visited in 1976. She has written several guidebooks on Croatia for Insight Guides and Berlitz over the years. She also reported on a story for From Our Own Correspondent for BBC World Service in December 2011, about her aunt who became the only survivor of a 1941 massacre of a village by the Croats, in which her great-grandmother perished.

ALONG THE AMBER ROUTE on the way to Beijing

Mainland Chinese rights to CJ Schüler’s ALONG THE AMBER ROUTE, were sold to Beijing Standway Books in China, brokered by the Big Apple Agency.

Portable and expensive, amber has always been a desirable commodity. C.J. Schüler follows the historic Amber Route from St Petersburg to Venice through three millennia of history. Throughout his journey, current politics and his own family’s experience of persecution and flight are never far from his mind.

Shortlisted for the Stanford Dolman Travel Book of the Year 2021

Longlisted for the 2021 Wingate Prize

Shortlisted for the Bookmark Book Festival’s Book of the Year Award 2020

‘Packed with intriguing diversions through former Soviet states, the author’s journey begins in St Petersburg’s Amber Room and intertwines with the story of his grandfather’s flight from Nazi Germany.’

Lonely Planet

‘Reveals fascinating tales about amber and its admirers, and shares painful episodes of European history.’

The Times

GOD IN NUMBER 10 by Fr Mark Vickers to SPCK Publishing

World Rights have been sold to SPCK for Parish priest in West London Fr. Mark Vickers’s GOD IN NUMBER 10, a study of the faith of the 20th-century British Prime Ministers, addressing the role of religion in the political classes of the period, the reasons for the declining influence of faith in the public forum, and the relationship between church and state.

Surprising instances are revealed, including Balfour and MacDonald’s recourse to spiritualism; Baldwin’s mystical experiences, and Churchill’s involvement with astrology. The work rectifies the lacuna of most political biographies relating to an important—sometimes the most important—aspect of the individual’s life. 

Faith defined the reigns of many of our kings and queens. The faith of the Prime Ministers, however, has been largely overlooked by historians. This carefully researched and well-written study reveals the religious faith of our Prime Ministers, or lack of it, in vivid colours. Prepare to be shocked and surprised as the author lays bare their souls.”  –– Sir Anthony Seldon.

Having studied for the priesthood at the English College in Rome, Mark was ordained for the Diocese of Westminster in 2003. He is currently a parish priest in West London. He has previously published two biographies and is the author of Reunion Revisited: 1930s Ecumenism Exposed (Gracewing, 2017).

With the assistance of John Major and others, the book will be published in the latter half of 2022.

SPCK Publishing won ​IPG Specialist Consumer Publisher of the Year 2017, 2018, 2019, and the CRT Awards Publisher of the Year & Book of the Year 2018, 2019, 2021.

THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUST by Neil Robinson to Burning Chair Publishing

Former Home Office employee Neil Robinson’s spy thriller THE OTHER SIDE OF TRUST has gone to Burning Chair Publishers for World English Rights.

When the three leaders of an opposition group to Iran’s Islamic regime are all murdered within 48 hours of each other in Cambridge, Hamburg, and New York, an MI6 agent is sent to Tehran but finds his instincts rebelling against the evidence in the deadliest mission of his life.

Robinson now works for Lord’s Cricket Ground where he has remained for the last 15 years currently as the MCC’s Head of Heritage & Collections, where, among other things, his job involves looking after the Ashes Urn.

He has written widely about cricket and sporting heritage for a variety of publications and in 2015 published Long Shot Summer, a book about one of the most humiliating years in English cricket history. His fiction writing covers very different ground. A lifelong lover of spy novels, he takes inspiration from thriller writers like Len Deighton and John Buchan and seeks to create novels with a sense of place and character.

Burning Chair recently published former spy John Fullerton’s successful spy novel series.

ALISTAIR MACLEAN’S WAR by Mark Simmons to Pen & Sword

World Rights have gone to Pen & Sword for a biography of Scottish thriller writer Alistair MacLean’s early years in the Royal Navy and its influence on his most famous works.

Alistair MacLean

Alistair MacLean’s first novel HMS Ulysses sold a quarter of a million copies in hardback in the first six months and sold millions, enabling him to become one of Scotland’s most prolific and successful writers.

Lee Child was heavily influenced by that book and commented in 2005 that ‘it had some of the best-drawn characters I had read in the genre…. Even today I can sense MacLean’s influence I learnt a valuable lesson in how to write a hero who is totally full-blooded without going over the top.’ 

With the centenary of MacLean’s birth in 2022, this book will serve as a timely reminder of the significant influence this Scottish writer had on future generations of thriller writers.

The book will be published in hardback with a Foreword by Lee Child and unpublished MacLean material.