Deal News: A TANGLED WEB by Richard Miles RNVR to Black Rose Writing

World Rights to former Royal Navy Officer Richard Miles’ A TANGLED WEB have sold to Black Rose Writing, a posthumous roman à clef, based on the infamous Cambridge spy Donald Maclean.

Richard Myles RNVR
Richard Miles

In late 1942, Lieutenant Richard Miles RNVR, was posted to the British Embassy in Washington DC. After the war he was 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 has been 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.

Deal News: BETWEEN FIVE EYES by Anthony R. Wells to Citic Press in China

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.

Deal News: CJ Schüler’s THE WOOD THAT BUILT LONDON to Sandstone Press

Sandstone Press has acquired World Rights for CJ Schüler’s next book, THE WOOD THAT BUILT LONDON: A Social and Environmental History of the Great North Wood.

Drawing on a wealth of documents, historic maps and environmental evidence, this compelling narrative history charts the fortunes of the North Wood from the earliest times: its ecology, its ownership, its management, and its gradual encroachment by the expanding metropolis.

CJ Schüler

It takes in the great events of history that had a major impact on the woods: the Dissolution of the Monasteries, the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, the enclosure of common lands, the construction of the railways, and two world wars.

Its rich cast of characters includes archbishops and aristocrats, smugglers and highwaymen – and the writers and artists, including Samuel Pepys, Lord Byron, Robert Browning, Samuel Palmer and John Ruskin, drawn to the woods over the centuries.

Extensively illustrated with maps, prints and modern colour photographs, it also records the threats to the woods from development in recent decades, the popular campaigns to defend them, the dramatic planning battles that ensued, and the formation of the London Wildlife Trust.

Schüler’s previous book is ALONG THE AMBER ROUTE, described by The Financial Times as a ‘timely and powerful book is more than an enticing travelogue or a paean to amber.’

Deal News: Xue Yiwei’s HILARY, MIWA & I to Dundurn Press

Dundurn Press in Toronto Canada snapped up World English rights to Xue Yiwei’s HILARY, MIWA & I.

Beside the frozen lake on the top of the Royal Mountain in a deep Montreal winter, Hilary, a Canadian woman, Miwa, a Japanese woman, and “I”, a Chinese man come across each other. A triangle, rooted in Chinese history and international conflict is formed and it elaborates on the globalization of the past decades that has not only changed the way of human life, but also humanity itself.

Xue Yiwei

Yiwei has been hailed as “a maverick in contemporary Chinese literature” by Ha Jin, winner of the National Book Award and the author of four novels, five collections of short stories, where two collections have been translated into English as well as his novel DR. BETHUNE’S CHILDREN – banned in China. His short story collection SHENZHENERS was dubbed The Dubliners of modern China. He has lived in Montreal since 2002.

Founded in 1974, Dundurn Press is one of the largest Canadian-owned book publishing companies of adult and children’s fiction and non-fiction.

Deal News: HONEY TRAPPED by Henry R. Schlesinger to The History Press & Rare Bird Books

Coauthor of THE SPY SITES OF NEW YORK CITY and SPYCRAFT: THE SECRET HISTORY OF THE CIA’S SPYTECHS FROM COMMUNISM TO AL-QAEDA Henry R. Schlesinger’s HONEY TRAPPED: SEX, BETRAYAL AND WEAPONIZED LOVE, examining some of the most famous honey traps, from Mata Hari to Anna Chapman and Maria Butina, but also “Romeo Spies” such as Roald Dahl and Dmitri Bystrolyotov.

If the so-called “honey trap” is a Hollywood cliche, it is also a tried and very true piece of tradecraft in the real-life world of spy versus spy and has been used by virtually every intelligence service from ancient times to the present day.