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.

For more information, please see here.

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)

RCW authors shortlisted for Specsavers National Book Award

We are thrilled to announce that Ian Rankin, David Baddiel, Viv Albertine, Sarah Perry and Anna James have been shortlisted for the 2018 Specsavers National Book Award.

Ian Rankin’s In a House of Lies has been shortlisted for the Crime / Thriller category, while Viv Albertine has nominated in the Autobiography / Biography category for To Throw Away Unopened. In the category of Children’s Book, David Baddiel has been nominated for Head Kid, and Anna James has been nominated for Pages and Co. Sarah Perry’s novel Melmoth has been nominated in both the categories of Popular Fiction and UK Author.


For more information, please see here.

Agent for Ian Rankin: Peter Robinson; Agent for Viv Albertine: Georgia Garrett; Agent for David Baddiel: Georgia Garrett; Agent for Anna James: Claire Wilson; Agent for Sarah Perry: Jenny Hewson.