HONEY TRAPPED sells in Estonia to Aripaev

honey-trapped-coverEstonian language rights have been snapped up by AS Aripaev, based in Tallinn, which is owned by the Swedish family-owned media group Bonnier, brokered by Andrew Nurnberg Baltic.

The book is out now in the UK and will be published in the USA in May.

The Daily Mail recently ran a feature for Femail. Starting with Samson and Delilah, Schlesinger retells famous and lesser-known cases of suspected and confirmed honey trap operations, including that of the most famous femme fatale in history: Mata Hari.

Others include Maria Butina, Anna Chapman and ‘Romeo Spies’ such as Roald Dahl, and the Estonian Vladimir Kivi was betrayed by the double agent Kopatsky and handed over to the Soviets following a night of drinking.

THE REAL SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP by Michael Smith to Simon & Schuster UK

World English Rights have gone to Simon & Schuster UK for Michael Smith’s new non-fiction work, THE REAL SPECIAL RELATIONSHIP: The True Story of how the British and US Secret Services work together

This history of the so-called Special Relationship between the U.K. and U.S. Intelligence Services, details the highs and lows of intelligence cooperation between America and Britain throughout the period from 1941 to the present day, using archived intelligence records on both sides of the Atlantic and interviews and memoirs of those involved.

The book also includes a foreword by Sir John Scarlett, Former Chief of the Secret Intelligence Service.

It will be published on August 4, 2022 in hardback and audio and can be pre-ordered here.

Michael Smith is an award-winning UK journalist and author. He served in British intelligence before becoming a writer, working as a reporter for the BBC, the Daily Telegraph and the Sunday Times. He is the author of numerous books on spies and special operations, including the UK No 1 bestseller STATION X, FOLEY and the US #1 bestseller KILLER ELITE.

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. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p00m5f9b.

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.