October 29, 2018

Shirley Jackson’s THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE takes off

Shirley Jackson published her Gothic horror novel THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE in 1959. The novel was a finalist for the National Book of the Year Award that year, and has since been made into two feature films.

In October 2018, a ten-part series adaptation hit Netflix and has been called the platform’s first great horror series. 

Watch the trailer here. 

THE HAUNTING OF HILL HOUSE has been published broadly around the world and is now available in twenty-two territories, nine of which have been sold since 2017.

On her process of writing the supernatural in this novel, Jackson commented: ‘No one can get into a novel about a haunted house without hitting the subject of reality head-on; either I have to believe in ghosts, which I do, or I have to write another kind of novel altogether.’

The opening paragraph of the novel features – chillingly – towards the end of the Netflix series:

Hill House, not sane, stood by itself against its hills, holding darkness within; it had stood so for eighty years and might stand for eighty more. Within, walls continued upright, bricks met neatly, floors were firm, and doors were sensibly shut; silence lay steadily against the wood and stone of Hill House, and whatever walked there, walked alone.

August 31, 2018

Internship opportunity: Translation Rights at A.M. Heath

We are currently offering a three-month, paid internship in our Translation Rights department.

The ideal candidate will have strong administrative skills, a genuine enthusiasm for books and international publishing, and enjoy working as part of a friendly, close-knit team. The role involves administrative work supporting the Rights team – logging submissions, organising paperwork, co-ordinating materials with publishers and authors – with a focus on preparing for the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Experience within publishing and/or knowledge of another language would be welcome, but this is by no means necessary.

We are looking for someone to start immediately and work with us until late November. The internship is full-time; hours are 9:30 to 5:30 with an hour for lunch. The salary will be the London living wage.

We welcome applications from any individual regardless of ethnic origin, gender, disability, religious belief, sexual orientation, or age. All applications will be considered on merit

To apply, please send an introductory email explaining why you are interested in working with us, and an attached CV, to Jo: The deadline for applications is midday on Friday 7 September 2018.

June 19, 2018

Maggie O’Farrell on PEN Ackerley Prize Shortlist.

Maggie’s memoir I AM, I AM, I AM has been shortlisted for the prestigious PEN Ackerley Prize 2018.
The winner will be announced on Tuesday 10 July.

June 7, 2018

Kamila Shamsie wins Women’s Prize 2018

Kamila Shamsie has won the 2018 Women’s Prize for fiction with her novel Home Fire. Published by Bloomsbury in 2017, Home Fire was also shortlisted for the 2017 Costa Novel Award and longlisted for the 2017 Man Booker Prize. It is Kamila’s seventh novel, and her first win of the Women’s Prize, having been shortlisted twice before.

Home Fire is a story which Sarah Sands, the Chair of the Women’s Prize judges, praised for its ‘astonishing prescience’ and ‘the breadth of its ambition’. On picking it as the winner, Sands said: ‘It was extremely difficult, because of the richness and variety of the shortlist… But when we set out to decide what felt like the story of our times, [Home Fire] was the right choice.’

A reworking of Sophocles’ Antigone, Home Fire tells the story of three siblings in a British Muslim family and what happens when one member joins the media arm of Isis.

In praise of Home Fire, Sands said: ‘Shamsie is funny and exact about the Muslim experience, what it means to be challenged on your identity, what it means choosing between public and private… Her nuance, her sympathies, really make you challenge your own lazy thinking on all this,’ she said. ‘The different characters were all so well-realised that you have sympathy for all of them – even the brother, that was the extraordinary thing. There’s no question what he did was wrong, but you feel sympathy, that it was a terrible misjudgment, that there’s no going back.

‘To humanise a political story in that way really does show what literature can do, that it can tackle a hard subject that otherwise would never have that sense of layered sympathy and understanding. It really advanced our understanding of the whole issue of identity.’

The novel should also be considered ‘a really good page-turner’, said Sands.

‘It is very readable, it’s extremely well written, it’s well plotted, it’s something that could easily be a brilliant television series or film. It’s not that you’re thinking, ‘This is a novel about politics, I need to plough through’,’ she said. ‘It doesn’t feel as if she is straining to recreate Antigone – you could read it without thinking about Sophocles at all. In a way, that just gives it a resonance.’

See a clip of Kamila’s announcement and speech here. 

May 18, 2018

Deviant Minds shortlist revealed

We are delighted to announce our shortlist for the Deviant Minds crime and thriller competition.

Deviant Minds was a competition open to unagented authors with an unpublished adult crime novel or thriller. We received many brilliant entries to the competition and we have now – with difficulty – chosen a shortlist of five titles. The writers will at this stage be requested to submit their entire novel to the Deviant Minds team. The winning novel will be chosen and announced on 9th July. The Deviant Minds prize is an offer of representation at AM Heath and the promise of digital publication from Corvus, Atlantic Books.

And the shortlisted titles are:

HOLD YOUR TONGUE                     





We would like to offer a huge congratulations to our shortlisted writers, and a thank you to everyone who entered Deviant Minds. We were treated with some excellent reading and we wish the best to all the crime and thriller writers out there, as well as everyone who shared and promoted the prize.


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