The Long Take Shortlisted for the Goldsmith’s Prize

We are thrilled to announce that The Long Take by Robin Robertson has been shortlisted for the Goldsmith’s Prize 2018.

The Prize was established in 2013 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 characterises the genre at its best.

The Goldsmith’s Prize 2017 was awarded to H(A)PPY by Nicola Barker. The Long Take, which is also shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize 2018, is a verse novel, praised for its original treatment of form and style.

The winner for this year’s prize will be announced on 14th November.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Robin Robertson: Peter Straus)



Film Adaptation of John Guy’s Biography of Mary Queen of Scots

We are excited to announce that John Guy’s award-winning biography, My Heart is My Own: The Life of Mary Queen of Scots has been made into a film and will be released in the UK in January.

Beau Willimon, whose previous credits include House of Cards and The Ides of March, has adapted John Guy’s book into a screen play narrating the struggle for power between Mary and her cousin, Elizabeth I. The film stars Oscar-nominees Saoirse Ronan, playing the titular Queen, and Margot Robbie as Elizabeth, alongside David Tennant, Gemma Chan and Adrian Lester.

You can find out more about the film here.

(Agent for John Guy: Peter Robinson)

Three RCW Authors on Man Booker Shortlist

RCW is extremely proud to announce that three of our authors have been shortlisted for the 2018 Man Booker Prize.

The shortlisted novels are:

The Long Take by Robin Robertson

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

The Overstory by Richard Powers

The announcement was made this morning by chair of the judges, Kwame Anthony Appiah at a press conference at the headquarters of the Man Group.

He said: ‘All of our six finalists are miracles of stylistic invention. In each of them the language takes center stage. And yet in every other respect they are remarkably diverse, exploring a multitude of subjects ranging across space and time. From Ireland to California, in Barbados and the Arctic, they inhabit worlds that not everyone will have been to, but which we can all be enriched by getting to know. Each one explores the anatomy of pain — among the incarcerated and on a slave plantation, in a society fractured by sectarian violence, and even in the natural world. But there are also in each of them moments of hope.’

Each of the shortlisted authors receive £2,500 and a specially bound edition of their book. The 2018 winner will be announced on Tuesday 16th October in London’s Guildhall at a black-tie dinner. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Robin Robertson, Esi Edugyan and Richard Powers: Peter Straus)

The Islamic Enlightenment Shortlisted for Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize

We are delighted to announce that The Islamic Enlightenment by Christopher de Bellaigue has been shortlisted for the Nayef Al-Rodhan Prize for Global Cultural Understanding.

Worth £25,000, the prize is awarded annually for an outstanding contribution to global cultural understanding that illuminates the interconnections and divisions that shape cultural identity worldwide. The prize was founded and is generously sponsored by the international relations scholar Dr Nayef Al-Rodhan. It was first awarded in 2013.

The winner will be announced at an early evening ceremony at the British Academy on Tuesday 30 October.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Christopher de Bellaigue: Peter Straus)

Jenny Uglow Wins Hawthornden Prize for Literature

RCW is thrilled to announce that Jenny Uglow has been awarded the Hawthornden Prize for Literature 2018 for her “outstanding biography of a secretive genius” Mr Lear.

The award was presented on behalf of the Hawthornden Literary Retreat by Christopher Reid, chairman of the judges, at a reception at the London Library.

The Hawthornden Prize rewards works of ‘imaginative literature’ whether prose or poetry. It was established in 1919 and shares the honour of being Britain’s oldest literary award. Previous winners have included Colm Tóibín, Ali Smith, Alan Bennett, Claire Tomalin, V. S. Naipaul, Ted Hughes, Graham Greene, Evelyn Waugh, and Vita Sackville-West.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Jenny Uglow: Gill Coleridge)