May 1, 2018
Victoria Hobbs to judge Caledonia Novel Award 2019
Calling all new writers! The Caledonia Novel Award opens for entries 1 May 2018 and seeks unpublished and self-published novelists, offering a prize of £1000. The prize is open to adult and young adult writing, and to all genres of fiction.
We are delighted to announce that AM Heath Literary Agent Victoria Hobbs will be judging the award this year.
Victoria represents a broad range of authors in fiction and non-fiction, many of whom are bestselling and prize-winning. She is always looking for debut writers and new voices, and is open to submissions across all genres.
In her Q&A with the Caledonia Novel Award, Victoria unpacks what she loves to read, what she looks for in a writer, some of the highlights of her career as an agent, and her advice for entrants to the Caledonia Novel Award.
The Caledonia Novel Award has an excellent reputation for recognising writers at the beginning of their careers and many former winners have found success and publication. The deadline for entries to the 2019 competition is 1 November 2018.
April 30, 2018
Zoë King to join AM Heath
We are thrilled to welcome Literary Agent Zoë King to AM Heath.
Zoë joins AM Heath after working as an Agent and Partner at The Blair Partnership since the agency’s launch seven years ago.
Starting in June, Zoë will be open for submissions at AM Heath and actively looking to develop her list. Her core interests are in commercial non-fiction.
Bill Hamilton, MD of AM Heath says: ‘AM Heath are delighted that Zoë is joining the agency bringing such depth and breadth of experience, especially in author branding and commercial non-fiction. As we head towards our centenary and expand the company to represent new generations of prestigious and bestselling authors, we are very happy to add her highly complementary skills to A M Heath’s successful team of agents.’
Zoë King says: ‘After seven great years at TBP I am looking forward to finding and developing new voices. I am excited to be joining the team at AM Heath.’
March 16, 2018
Kamila Shamsie’s HOME FIRE longlisted for the Women’s Prize
We are thrilled that Kamila Shamsie’s breathtaking and brilliant novel HOME FIRE has been longlisted for the Women’s Prize 2018.
HOME FIRE was also longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize, and shortlisted for the Costa Novel Award 2017.
‘Astonishing… A novel so breath-taking in the calm and witty and unshowy and inexorable telling of its story that, as I was reading it, I kept finding myself not sitting on the sofa anymore… Shamsie fuses the formal continuum of the novel with the refusal to compromise that’s in classical tragedy; she fuses the hope with the hopelessness. The result is powerful… she produces what I think you can truly call a contemporary classic.’ – Ali Smith
March 15, 2018
Maggie O’Farrell shortlisted in British Book Awards
We are delighted that Maggie O’Farrell’s memoir I AM, I AM, I AM has been shortlisted for Narrative Non-Fiction Book of the Year in the British Book Awards.
O’Farrell’s memoir is a number one Sunday Times bestseller and was also recently longlisted for the 2018 Wellcome Prize.
A memoir with a difference, I AM, I AM, I AM is the unputdownable story of an extraordinary woman’s life in near-death experiences. Insightful, inspirational, intelligent, it is a book to be read in one sitting, a story you finish newly conscious of life’s fragility, determined to make every heartbeat count.
The Awards set out to celebrate the very best of the British book industry, shortlisting six titles in each category. The winners will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on the 14th May.
March 1, 2018
Tim Pears longlisted for Walter Scott Prize
We are delighted that Tim Pears’ novel The Horseman has been longlisted for the Walter Scott Prize. One of the most prestigious literary prizes available, the Walter Scott celebrates writing of exceptional quality where the majority of the story is set at least 60 years ago. Tim’s novel The Horseman is a ‘magically immediate’ story set in 1911 Devon. It introduces Leo, a quiet, watchful boy with a masterful way with horses, and Charlotte, the Master’s daughter, who on horseback in britches can pass for a boy, and whom he befriends.
The Horseman is the first in the West Country trilogy, published by Bloomsbury. The second instalment, The Wanderers, was published January 2018. The shortlist for the Walter Scott Prize will be announced in April.
‘To speak bluntly, The Horseman is a magnificent novel. In spare yet elegant precise prose Tim Pears offers entrance into a place and characters otherwise lost to time. This evocation appears effortless, yet all of the characters are imbued with humanity and grace, in lives that otherwise might appear brutal and horrific to modern eyes. Leo Sercombe is one of the most engaging creations to come along in fiction in a long time and I eagerly look forward to following his life in future tellings. Tim Pears is a novelist of the first rank and I can’t recommend The Horseman more highly.’
‘The end of the book [is] so gripping that devouring volume two the second it comes out is a foregone conclusion. Apart from the pacey finale, The Horseman is a slow, but satisfying burn… It is rare for a novel to be genuinely educational, but this is a work of fiction that could actually keep you alive after the zombie apocalypse. The Horseman is his best work in many years. As a testament to a forgotten generation of countrymen it is unsurpassed and it goes very nicely indeed with a dark night, rain on the windowpane and a cosy armchair.’