A Human History of Emotions sold in Vietnam, Thailand and Croatia as total territories top 20 of Dr Richard Firth-Godbehere's phenomenal first book.
1st November 2021
Odd Hours by Ania Bas, a stunning debut to Rosa Schierenberg at Welbeck for UK Comms. All other rights with Joanna at BKS and Emily at The Development Partnership.
21st October 2021
Ben Dunn and Jack Fogg set up new literary agency, DunnFogg.
Ben Dunn and Jack Fogg are to set up a new independent literary agency. The DunnFogg Literary Agency will concentrate on adult fiction and non-fiction. This move sees long time collaborators Dunn and Fogg reunited, having previously worked together as publishers, and authors, at 4th Estate, Hodder, Century and Bloomsbury.
Jack Fogg leaves his role as publishing director at Harper NonFiction, where he has been for the last six years. During his time there, he published authors such as Ant Middleton, Adrian Newey, Amy Schumer, Limmy, Bruce Dickinson, Stephen Westaby, Michael Cox, Florence De Changy and Adam Buxton. In 2019, he set up the Mudlark imprint, which has had a number of successes over the last two years, and in 2018, he was nominated as editor of the year at the British Book Awards.
Ben Dunn started as a literary agent in the summer of 2018, after twenty-five years as a publisher. He has already brokered a number of high-profile deals, including Daisy May Cooper’s memoir Don’t Laugh It Will Only Encourage Her, for publication in October 2021; Annie MacManus’ Sunday Times bestselling debut novel Mother Mother; Dr Richard Firth Godbehere’s How Human Emotions Shaped the World, which has sold in 19 territories around the world, and most recently, conducted the 18-publisher auction for Dan Schreiber’s The Theory of Everything Else. He also represents a number of debut novelists and successful non-fiction writers.
Jack Fogg says ‘I’m incredibly excited to take this next step in my career as an agent and to be reunited with Ben, who has been such a great friend and ally over so many years. I’ve had a wonderful time at HarperCollins, working with many fantastic authors and colleagues, but now felt like the right time to embark on this new challenge, alongside Ben, who has already achieved so much as an agent.’
Ben Dunn says ‘I’ve had an amazing time running my own agency, working with my incredibly talented authors. And now I’m very excited to have the opportunity to work with one of my great friends, whose opinion on publishing matters I’ve always sought and valued, and to start our new venture together.’
15th October 2021
Mudlark triumphs in 18-way auction for book from comedian Schreiber
Mudlark has triumphed in an 18-way auction for a book on the "world's most intriguing ideas" by comedian and podcaster Dan Schreiber.
Joel Simons, editorial director, acquired world all-language rights to The Theory of Everything Else from Ben Dunn at DunnFogg. The book will be published on 29th September 2022 in the UK and in the US, where Mauro DiPreta is overseeing publication at William Morrow.
The synopsis says: "The Theory of Everything Else is a collection of some of the world’s most mind-boggling, thought-provoking, goosebump-raising and downright hilarious theories to have been proposed by the people of Earth, written by the co-host of one of the UK’s biggest podcasts, 'No Such Thing as a Fish', Dan Schreiber. A brilliantly original investigation into the world’s most intriguing ideas, it sets out to meet the people who are dedicating their lives to solving life’s biggest questions, such as: Why are we here? Do ghosts exist? Will we ever travel back in time? Are we being visited by extra-terrestrials? Will we ever talk to animals? Are we being told the truth? Are mysterious creatures roaming the Earth? And why, when you’re in the shower, does the shower-curtain always billow in towards you?
"From the Silicon Valley tech billionaires currently trying to work out whether or not the universe is one giant video-game simulation, to the self-proclaimed community of Italian time-travellers who are trying to save the world from destruction, The Theory of Everything Else will act as a handbook for those who want to think differently."
Schreiber said: "I’m incredibly excited that HarperCollins is giving me the chance to explore all these weird and wonderful ideas. Finally, I can justify to my wife why I’ve been spending all our money on books with titles like ‘Who Built the Moon?’ The Theory of Everything Else is a love letter to all the brilliant scientists, museum curators, historians, explorers, philosophers, occultists, ghost-hunters, time-travellers, pubic-lice hunters and shower-curtain investigators that I’ve interviewed for this book, and I hope every page of it blows the reader’s mind.”
Simons added: “I’ve been a huge admirer of Dan’s work for a number of years and jumped at the chance to work with him on his first book. It’s a brilliant idea and Dan is perfectly placed to bring it all to life in his own inimitable way. It’s going to be a fun and fascinating journey and I can’t wait to get started!”
Mauro DiPreta said: “Readers crave answers to the unanswerable, and the peerless Dan Schreiber is most eminently qualified to do so. We are thrilled to publish Dan’s first book, The Theory of Everything Else, in North America."
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