RCW Titles Chosen as TLS Books of the Year 2017

RCW is thrilled that so many of our authors have been mentioned by contributors to the Times Literary Supplement’s Books of the Year 2017:

Gravel Heart by Abdulrazak Gurnah – chosen by Paul Binding

House of the Dead by Daniel Beer –  chosen by Roy Foster

The World Goes On by László Krasznahorkai – chosen by Paul Griffiths

Forest Dark by Nicole Krauss – chosen by Anna Katarina Shaffner

The Islamic Enlightenment by Christopher de Bellaigue – chosen by Ruth Scurr

Mr Lear by Jenny Uglow – chosen by Wesley Stace

A Natural by Ross Raisin – chosen by Claire Lowdon & DI Taylor

A Scattering by Christopher Reid – chosen by Beverley Bri Brahic

Lovers and Strangers by Clair Wills – chosen by Roy Foster

For more information about the books, please see here.

(Agent for Abdulrazak Gurnah: Jenny Hewson; Agent for Daniel Beer: Peter Robinson; Agent for László Krasznahorkai: Laurence Laluyaux; Agent for Nicole Krauss: Zoe Waldie; Agent for Christopher de Bellaigue, Ross Raisin, Christopher Reid and Clair Wills: Peter Straus; Agent for Jenny Uglow: Gill Coleridge)



Nicola Barker’s H(A)PPY wins Goldsmiths Prize 2017

We are delighted to announce that H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker is the winner of the Goldsmiths Prize 2017.

The annual prize is awarded to a book that demonstrates creative daring and is deemed genuinely novel.

Chair of Judges, Naomi Wood described the novel as “a structural marvel to hold in the mind and in the hands.”. She said: “H(A)PPY is a fabulous demonstration of what the Goldsmiths Prize champions: innovation of form that only ever enriches the story. In Barker’s 3D-sculpture of a novel, H(A)PPY makes the case for the novel as a physical form and an object of art.” 

For more information about the prize, please see here.

(Agent for Nicola Barker: Matthew Marland)

RCW Authors Selected for Kirkus Best Books of 2017

We are thrilled to see so many of our authors featured on the Kirkus Reviews list for Best Fiction Books of 2017.

On the list are:

The Vanishing Princess by Jenny Diski

Midwinter Break by Bernard MacLaverty

Keep Her Safe by Sophie Hannah 

The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry

Dunbar by Edward St Aubyn

The other Best Books categories will be announced over the coming weeks.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for the Estate of Jenny Diski, Sophie Hannah and Edward St Aubyn: Peter Straus; Agent for Bernard MacLaverty: Gill Coleridge; Agent for Sarah Perry: Jenny Hewson)

Pigeon by Alys Conran Wins Wales Book of the Year

RCW is thrilled to announce that Pigeon by Alys Conran has been named Wales Book of the Year 2017.

The author was awarded with three prizes for her tale of childhood memories during a ceremony in Cardiff. Pigeon was first awarded the Rhys Davies Trust Fiction Award before moving on to win the main English-language award. The novel also won the Wales Arts Review’s people’s choice award.

The awards, which are organised by Literature Wales, are a celebration of the country’s best writing.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Alys Conran: Jenny Hewson)

Tributes pour in for much-loved RCW author Antonio Carluccio

Commendatore Antonio Carluccio, who died on the morning of November 8th aged 80,  was an OBE, OMRI and a highly respected and loved Italian cookery writer, cook, restaurateur, food expert and television presenter. He was regarded as the Godfather of Italian cooking. Raised in the rural North West of Italy, Antonio had a rare breadth of culinary knowledge which, during a long and very successful career, he shared irrepressibly with the British public.

In 1981 Antonio opened the Neal Street Restaurant in Covent Garden, London before going on to co-found Carluccio’s restaurant group,  which has become one of the UK’s most successful and well-known brands.

Pat White represented Antonio for over thirty years working with him on more than twenty cookery books including his bestselling final book,  Vegetables, which was published in 2016. He will be sorely missed.

(Agent for Commendatore Antonio Carluccio OBE: Pat White)