Rowman and Littlefield have picked up World Rights for THE WORLD OF SHERLOCK HOLMES. A frequent guest lecturer on the subject of Conan-Doyle and Sherlock Holmes, Black’s book will throw light on Victorian society in a changing England and London as a world city, and Holmes as an Anglo-American figure with an enduring legacy on both sides of the Atlantic.
His recent awards include the Winner of the 2020 Library Journal Best Reference Pick of the Year for his History of the Second World War in Maps (British Library Publishing, 2020).
Titles have been selected in this category for their innovative and/or literary merit with content which is relevant, useful or inspiring to travellers. The winners will be announced along with the recipient of the Edward Stanford Outstanding Contribution to Travel Writing award at the ESTWA ceremony (date TBC).
World Rights to former Royal Navy Officer Richard Miles’ REQUIEM FOR A SPY has sold to Black Rose Writing, a posthumous roman-à-clef, based on the infamous Cambridge spy Donald Maclean.
In late 1942, Lieutenant Richard Miles RNVR, was posted to the British Embassy in Washington DC. After the war he was an adviser to the British Delegation to the United Nations and adviser to the UN Atomic Energy Commission, famously engaging in a public spat with Andrei Gromyko on the floor of the UN over Russian intransigence on the world-wide control of atomic weapons.
One of his colleagues was Donald Maclean, one of the infamous Cambridge Five, who at the time was Secretary of the Anglo-American-Canadian Policy Committee on atomic energy matters. Some twenty years after Richard’s death, his niece Jill Rose obtained the manuscript of A TANGLED WEB, which she transcribed and edited.
The plot reads, ‘In the immediate aftermath of World War Two, when the relationship between the Soviet Union and America and her allies had already chilled into what would become known as the Cold War, idealistic young British naval officer named Tom Davis, working for the British Embassy in Washington, is drawn into the murky and dangerous world of spies and counter-spies, making him question all that he has ever believed.’
Jill Rose is the author of Nursing Churchill: Wartime Life from the Private Letters of Winston Churchill’s Nurse (Foreword by Emma Soames; Amberley 2018).
Publication date is September 16th 2021. Film and TV rights are available.
Mainland China rights have been sold via the Big Apple Agency to Citic Press, one of China’s largest publishers, for BETWEEN FIVE EYES: FIFTY YEARS OF INTELLIGENCE SHARING by Anthony R. Wells.
From 1968 through to 2018, fifty years of change, turmoil, intense challenges, successes and failures, focusing on the relationship between the UK and the US and the wider Five Eyes community of Canada, Australia, and New Zealand. The work is based not only on official documents but the author’s own extensive unclassified collection of papers, personal notes, diaries, as well as his family library for source material.
It is also a personal insight into key relationships and how the abiding strength of the United States and the United Kingdom and its Five Eyes allies relationships.
Anthony is the only living person to have worked for British Intelligence as a British citizen and US Intelligence as a US citizen and was trained in the 1960s by the most distinguished exponents of deception and other clandestine operations from the World War Two period. His mentors included Professor Sir Harry Hinsley, the Bletchley Park code breaker and operations specialist. He was a specialist in the use of weapons of mass destruction by state and non-state players, information architectures and the use of innovative tools for countering terrorism and other forms of irregular warfare.