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)

Jon Wood To Join RCW

We are thrilled to announce that Jon Wood will be joining RCW as an agent in January.

Wood, who worked at Orion for 18 years prior to his departure this month, has published a number of high profile fiction authors, including RCW clients, Ian Rankin, Joanne Harris and Denise Mina. He had also run two of the Orion’s key imprints, Orion Fiction and Victor Gollancz.

Wood says: “Having made the decision to leave Orion to seek new challenges, I quickly realised that agenting was where my heart lay. The idea of working closely with authors to create new, exciting projects plays exactly into what I came into the industry to do. From that decision onwards, joining RCW became the obvious choice.

“Not only are they an incredibly prestigious and successful agency but I have also got to know them very well through Ian Rankin, Denise Mina and Joanne Harris.”

He adds: “They are a wonderful team and have already been hugely welcoming to me.”

MD Peter Straus says: “I am delighted Jon Wood is joining us. I have long been impressed with Jon’s intelligent and strategic publishing at Orion.  I have no doubt that his experience in the commercial publishing arena coupled with his drive, imagination and acumen will make him a very exciting new colleague and we all greatly look forward to his arrival at Powis Mews.”

We are all thrilled that Jon will be joining the Agency in its 30th year and are excited at the prospect of working with him and benefitting from his publishing wisdom.

RCW Authors Shortlisted for Dagger Awards

We are thrilled that three of our authors have been shortlisted for CWA Dagger Awards in the following categories:

A Necessary Evil by Abir Mukherjee for Gold and Historical Dagger Awards

If I Die Before I Wake by Emily Koch for the Ian Fleming Steel Dagger

‘Nemo Me Impune Lacissit’ from Bloody Scotland by Denise Mina for the Short Story Dagger

The Crime Writers’ Association Daggers are awarded for quality crime writing. The winners of the ten awards will be announced at a ceremony in October.

For more information, please see here.

(Agent for Abir Mukherjee: Sam Copeland; Agent for Emily Koch: Peter Straus; Agent for Denise Mina: Peter Robinson)

RCW Authors on Man Booker Prize Longlist

We are delighted to announce that novels by three of our authors have been nominated for the Man Booker Prize 2018:

Washington Black by Esi Edugyan

The Overstory by Richard Powers

The Long Take by Robin Robertson

The Man Booker Prize for Fiction, first awarded in 1969, is open to writers of any nationality, writing in English and published in the UK and Ireland. The thirteen longlisted works were chosen from 171 submissions – the highest number of titles put forward in the prize’s 50 year history – published in the UK and Ireland between 1 October 2017 and 30 September 2018.

The shortlist of six books will be announced on Thursday 20 September and the prize will be awarded on Tuesday 16 October in London’s Guildhall. The ceremony will be broadcast by the BBC.

For more information, please see here.

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