Ghosts of the Tsunami Wins Rathbones Folio Prize

RCW is delighted to announce that Ghosts of the Tsunami by Richard Lloyd Parry has won the Rathbones Folio Prize 2018.

The £20,000 prize rewards the best literature of the year, regardless of form. Lloyd Parry, foreign correspondent and Asia Editor of The Times, lived through the earthquake in Tokyo, and spent six years reporting from the disaster zone, where he encountered ghosts and hauntings, and observed how the shock of the disaster continued to express itself in bizarre and mysterious ways. Ghosts of the Tsunami offers a heart-breaking glimpse into the lives of those struggling to find consolation in the ruins.

The judges, Jim Crace, Nikesh Shukla and Kate Summerscale said: “[Ghosts of the Tsunami] is a piece of heightened reportage about the 2011 Japanese earthquake and its devastating aftermaths, rendered as great literature. It is both harrowing and inspiring. Here is a book which not only interprets for a non-Japanese reader the subtleties and complexities of that nation’s life, especially its family life and how it copes with grief, but also has the depth and reach to close the gaps between other nations, other cultures. Read it and you will be changed for the better.”

The Rathbones Folio Prize is the only literary prize in which all books – fiction or non-fiction – are judged, strictly on merit, by the Folio Academy, a community of 300+ writers representing excellence in literature.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Richard Lloyd Parry: Natasha Fairweather)


Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers’ Award Shortlist Announced

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for the Deborah Rogers Foundation’s Writers’ Award 2018. Three first-time writers, one of whom will win £10,000 to support them financially while they complete their first book, have been chosen from a submissions total of 752 entries.

Anne Enright (Chair), Pete Hobbs and Jenny Uglow –  the judges of the 2018 Deborah Rogers Writers Award – began their reading in late March, from a longlist of eight entries chosen by agents within Rogers Coleridge & White.

The three writers shortlisted for the award are:

  1. Dima Alzayat – Daughters of Manat & other stories
  2. Deepa Anappara – Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line
  3. Chris Connolly – The Speed of Light and How it Cannot Help US

Anne Enright, Chairman of the judges, comments:

“The judges are delighted with this varied and hugely interesting shortlist which shows the vigour and range of writing in English today.  New work is always so heartfelt.  It is a privilege to witness talent at this early stage.”

The winner will be announced on Wednesday 16th May at an Award Ceremony in London and will receive a cheque for £10,000 from Anne Enright.  On Sunday 27th May, Ian McEwan will introduce the winner of the 2018 Writers Award to the audience following his interview with Stig Abell at the Hay Festival. Ian McEwan was a longstanding client of Deborah’s.


For more information, please see here.

How to be Human shortlisted for Desmond Elliott Prize 2018

RCW is thrilled that Paula Cocozza’s How to be Human has been shortlisted for the 2018 Desmond Elliott Prize.

The judging panel praised Cocozza’s work as having created “a persona as winning and wily as her invited guest.” Chair of the judges Sarah Perry added: “In evocative and elegant prose Cocozza delves deep into the psyche of a strange and troubled woman. The reader is invited to share in her intense connection to a fox and will admire the author’s mordantly witty dissection of contemporary manners.”

The prestigious Desmond Elliott Prize is awarded each year to an outstanding debut novel written in English and published in the UK. The winner will be announced at a ceremony on 20th June 2018.

(Agent for Paula Cocozza: Natasha Fairweather)

The Silent Patient Sells in 25 Territories

We are thrilled to announce that The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides has now been sold in 25 territories.

The “astonishing” debut thriller was sold to Orion in January in a six -figure deal, which was followed by a major pre-empt in the US from Celadon Books. On top of this, our rights team have now sold the book in Brazil, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Israel, Italy Korea, Lithuania, The Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Russia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.

Film rights to the work have also sold to an Oscar-winning producer, yet to be revealed. The thiller is set for a hardback release in spring 2019.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Alex Michaelides: Sam Copeland)

The Wardrobe Mistress Shortlisted for Walter Scott Prize 2018

RCW is delighted to announce that The Wardrobe Mistress by Patrick McGrath has been shortlisted for the 2018 Walter Scott Prize for Historical Fiction.

The Prize celebrates quality, innovation and longevity of writing in the English language, and is open to books first published in the previous year in the UK, Ireland or the Commonwealth. Reflecting the subtitle ‘Sixty Years Since’ of Scott’s most famous work Waverley, the majority of the storyline must have taken place at least 60 years ago.

The winner will be announced on 16th June at the Baillie Gifford Borders Book Festival, Melrose.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Patrick McGrath: Peter Straus)