Richard Powers wins Pulitzer Prize for fiction

We are delighted to announce that Richard Powers has won the 2019 Pulitzer Prize for Fiction for his novel The Overstory (William Heinemann).

As the monumental importance of trees lies at the heart of The Overstory, Powers is hopeful that his win signals a growing respect both for environmental fiction and the natural world itself, and demonstrates that “there are readers out there who are hungry for a story that re-connects us to this world that we’re so alienated from.”

The Pulitzer Prize has been awarded by Columbia University each spring since 1917 in a range of categories including Public Service, Investigative Reporting, Fiction, and Poetry.

(Agent for Richard Powers: Peter Straus)

Jed Mercurio’ ‘Bodyguard’, and adaptations of John Preston and Edward St Aubyn’s nominated for BAFTA TV Awards

Bodyguard, created by Jed Mercurio, is nominated in the category of Drama series, while adaptations of John Preston’s A Very English Scandal and Edward St Aubyn’s Patrick Melrose are both nominated in the Mini-series category at the BAFTA TV Awards.

The British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) is an independent charity that supports, develops and promotes the art forms of the moving image (film, television and games) in the United Kingdom.

The winners will be announced at a ceremony on May 12th.

(Jed Mercurio is represented by Gill Coleridge, John Preston is represented by Natasha Fairweather, and Edward St Aubyn is represented by Peter Straus.)




Ian Rankin, David Baddiel, and Kate Atkinson shortlisted at the British Book Awards

RCW is pleased to announce that three of our authors have been shortlisted for the British Book Awards.

Ian Rankin’s In a House of Lies has been shortlisted for the Crime and Thriller Book of the Year, David Baddiel’s book Head Kid has been shortlisted for the Children’s Fiction Book of the Year, while Kate Atkinson’s Transcription has been shortlisted for the Fiction Book of the Year at the British Book Awards 2019.

The British Book Awards, also known as the Nibbies, celebrate and recognise the commercial success of British book industry, from authors, and publishers, to bookshops. Nibbies are organised by The Bookseller.

According to The Bookseller, the category winners will be decided by eight separate judging panels, with judges including acclaimed illustrator Axel Scheffler, food critic Jay Rayner, Adam Kay, author of the bestselling This is Going to Hurt, and Labour MP Jess Phillips, among others.

The winners will be announced on May 13th.

(David Baddiel is represented by Georgia Garrett; Ian Rankin is represented by Peter Robinson; Kate atkinson is represented by Peter Straus)

Raghu Karnard has been awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction

RCW is thrilled to announce that Raghu Karnard has been awarded a Windham-Campbell Prize for non-fiction.

Farthest Field: An Indian Story of the Second World War (2015) is a stylish and exactingly researched work in which Karnad narrates the lost epic of India’s war through the lives of five young people — his grandfather among them — who were drawn into it. Resurrecting diaries and documents, Karnad uses fragmented evidence and testimony to build an account that he calls “forensic nonfiction,” as he untwines the fates of his subjects, from their schooldays in South India to their experiences of war, from the Arabian desert to the Burmese jungle.

Lifelong partners, Donald Windham and Sandy M. Campbell were avid book collectors, voracious readers, and friends with many of the most important literary figures of their time. Windham wrote memoirs, novels, plays, short stories, and a children’s book. Campbell was a stage actor who also penned unsigned book reviews for The New Yorker and contributed articles to Harper’s Magazine and other publications. A spirit of generosity, as well as a love of literature and a profound sympathy for his fellow writers, led Windham to establish the Windham-Campbell Literature Prizes at Yale University. The mission of the prizes is to call attention to literary achievement and provide writers with the opportunity to focus on their work independent of financial concerns.

(Agent for Raghu Karnard: Cara Jones)

Guy Stagg’s The Crossway wins Edward Stanford Travel Memoir Book of the Year

We are delighted that The Crossway (Picador) by Guy Stagg has been named Edward Stanford Travel Memoir Book of the Year.

The Crossway is the account of Guy Stagg’s extraordinary 2013 adventure, a pilgrimage from Canterbury to Jerusalem. He did not begin the journey for religious reasons, but rather in the hope that the ritual might heal years of mental illness. Alone, he hiked for ten months, covering ancient paths across ten countries. In his memoir, he describes with compelling honesty the struggles he encounters along the way, and the kindness of the strangers he meets.

The Edward Stanford Awards were established to celebrate the world’s best travel writing and travel writers. They are named after Edward Stanford, whose Victorian map-making business inspired a passion for foreign travel and adventure, which in turn led to an explosion in travel writing.

(Agent for Guy Stagg: Zoë Waldie)