The Cut Out Girl Wins Costa Book of the Year

RCW is thrilled to announce that Bart van Es‘ biography The Cut Out Girl has won the Costa Book of the Year Award 2019.

The Cut Out Girl retraces the story of Lien, a young Jewish girl in Holland who was hidden from the Nazis and fostered by Bart van Es’ own grandparents, who were part of the Dutch resistance. The Cut Out Girl braids together a powerful recreation of Lien’s harrowing childhood story with the present-day account of Bart’s efforts to piece that story together. And it embraces the wider picture, too, for Holland was more cooperative in rounding up its Jews for the Nazis than any other Western European country; that is part of Lien’s story too.

Chair of Judges for Costa Book Awards, Sophie Raworth, said ‘The hidden gem of the year. Sensational and gripping, and shedding light on some of the most urgent issues of our time, this was our unanimous winner.’

The Costa Book Awards honour some of the most outstanding books of the year written by authors based in the UK and Ireland. There are five categories – First Novel, Novel, Biography, Poetry and Children’s Book – with one of the five winners chosen as Book of the Year, announced at an awards ceremony in London every January. Launched in 1971 as the Whitbread Literary Awards, they became the Whitbread Book Awards in 1985, with Costa taking over in 2006.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Bart Van Es: Natasha Fairweather)

Gwendoline Riley Wins Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize

We are delighted that Gwendoline Riley has been awarded the Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize for fiction 2017, for her novel First Love (Granta).

Lorien Kite, one of the judges, said “There were a number of very good books in the submissions but in the end we felt we had a clear winner with Gwendoline Riley’s First Love, a novel that stood out because of its precision and originality of language, the quality of its analysis and the author’s exquisite control of her material.”

The Geoffrey Faber Memorial Prize was set up in memory of the founder and first chairman of Faber, Geoffrey Faber, and is awarded to poetry and prose in alternate years, to a writer aged 40 or under. Previous winners include Seamus Heaney, Julian Barnes and Eimear McBride.

(Agent for Gwendoline Riley: Zoë Waldie)

Robin Robertson wins 2018 Goldsmith’s Prize

RCW is thrilled that Robin Roberton‘s The Long Take has won the Goldsmith’s Prize 2018.

Chair of Judges, Adam Mars Jones said “the judges are proud to salute Robin Robertson’s The Long Take, a film noir verse novel full of blinding sunlight and lingering shadows, technically accomplished, formally resourceful and emotionally unsparing.”

The Goldsmiths Prize was established in 2013 to celebrate the qualities of creative daring associated with the College and to reward fiction that breaks the mould or extends the possibilities of the novel form. The annual prize of £10,000 is awarded to a book that is deemed genuinely novel and which embodies the spirit of invention that characterizes the genre at its best.

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Catherine Doyle Wins Books Are My Bag Award

We are thrilled that Catherine Doyle has won the 2018 BAMB Award in the ‘Young Readers – Middle Grade’ category for The Storm Keeper’s Island.

The Books Are My Bag Awards are the only awards that are curated by booksellers and voted for by booklovers. Seven of the shortlists were chosen by booksellers across the UK and Ireland, while the Readers’ Choice Award – nominated and voted for entirely by booklovers – completes the set.

The Readers Awards are sponsored by National Book Tokens.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Catherine Doyle: Claire Wilson)

The Silent Patient Breaks Records

We are delighted to announce that The Silent Patient by Alex Michaelides has now sold in 38 territories worldwide. This makes it the UK thriller with the most international deals, possibly beating AJ Finn’s World record of 37 territories.

The debut novel was sold by Sam Copeland to Orion in a competitive deal in January, which was followed by a major pre-empt in the US from Celadon Books. The RCW Foreign Rights department have gone on to sell the title across the world, most recently in Catalan.

Film rights have been sold to Plan B Productions, Brad Pitt’s film company, and Annapurna Pictures.

The Silent Patient is published in February 2019.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Alex Michaelides: Sam Copeland)