Chris Nickson’s first book in the Richard Nottingham series, The Broken Token, published by Crème de la Crime, is named one of the top audio books of 2012 by The Independent newspaper: “An earlier hero emerges in the first of a beautifully constructed series about murder in 18th-century Leeds ... [a] ividly convincing historical thriller. You long to go to Leeds, right away, and trace the ancient streets he inhabits”.
Caroline Deput's Joy of Allotments, a beautiful illustrated diary of the author’s allotment, is to be published by Souvenir Press in September 2013.
Gordon Ferris. The Unquiet Heart (Corvus), the second Danny McRae novel published in paperback on 1 November.
Mike Nicol. Of Cops and Robbers, the author’s latest South African crime novel, has been bought by btb Germany for publication in 2014, and by Umuzi (Random House) to be published in South Africa in 2013.
Sir Michael Parker. It’s All Going Terribly Wrong, the author’s highly entertaining account of 46 years staging some of the country’s great spectacles, including Royal Jubilees and military tattoos, published 5th November.
Andrew Weale. Spooky, Spooky House, the clever and fun interactive ‘anti’-pop up book with Random House, shortlisted for the prestigious Red House Children’s Book Award 2013 www.redhousechildrensbookaward.co.uk/shortlist/index. (He wins! Double prize winner, together with illustrator Lee Wildish, for 'Best Picture Book' and 'Book of the Year').
Andrew’s second picture book with Hachette – the delightfully disgusting Dinosaur Doo! is published in Hardcover 1 November.
Gordon Ferris. Truth, Dare, Kill (Corvus) the first Danny McRae novel published in paperback on 1 October.
Richard Mills is commissioned to write a double-page article in The Sun newspaper published Saturday, 6 October 2012 to commemorate 50 years of The Beatles.
Richard is also a guest on BBC London 94.9 in discussion with Vanessa Felzt to mark the 50th anniversary of the release of the Beatles' first single Love Me Do. Broadcast: Friday, 5 Oct 2012
Sharon Oakes commissioned to write a BBC Radio 3 drama Snow in Summer, based on the novel “Roadside Picnic” by Arkady and Boris Strugatsky, and the film “Stalker” directed by Andrei Tarkovsky with a connected companion piece about the doomed making of the film “Snow in Winter”.
Judith Heneghan commissioned by Hachette/Wayland to write 4 titles for a young fiction series called Dragon School.
Sharon Oakes is writing a radio adaptation of Esther Waters by George Moore for Radio 4’s Classic Serial slot (2012). Championed by Colm Tóibín as ‘a neglected classic’.