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London Highlights 2013
We are excited to announce our highlights for the London Book Fair.
ATLANTIS: Revelation by Marcus Blake
An unconscious young man is pulled from the water of a Haitian port. Awakening, he has no idea who he is. Or where he's from...A stunning action adventure thriller revealing the secrets of Atlantis - this is THE BOURNE IDENTITY meets THE DA VINCI CODE.
THE SUNDAY KILLER by Alastair Gunn
At first they said it was coincidence. Number one drowned; number two beaten to death. But when a third woman is murdered at exactly one a.m. on a third consecutive Sunday, Detective Chief Inspector Antonia Hawkins finds herself on the hunt for a cold, careful killer whose victims seem to be chosen at random. A terrifying début thriller introducing the new Antonia Hawkins series.
EENY MEENY by M.J. Arlidge
Two hostages. One bullet. One lives. One dies. Dark, ingenious and bullet-paced, this high concept thriller introduces a major new talent.
GRETEL AND THE DARK by Eliza Granville
This wonderful, intriguing novel interweaves two seemingly separate narratives: in 1899 Vienna, the strange case of a girl with a shaven head who appears as if from nowhere and is taken in by psychoanalyst Josef Breuer, mystified and fascinated by the enigma she represents; and four decades later in Germany, the story of a little girl who tries to shut out what is going on around her by taking refuge in the colourful world of Grimm's fairytales. This is a story about stories, and how they can save us.
BEGGAR'S FEAST by Randy Boyagoda
‘The astrologer told his parents that this was a son never meant to be born in the middle of a family. She said he would never give when he could take, never serve when he could be served. He should have been born first or last. “What will he do to us?” his mother asked. “Ruin you,” she answered.’ A dazzling, dark and original novel about what it takes for one man to make something out of nothing.
WARSAW BOY: A Memoir of Wartime Poland by Andrew Borowiec
In the autumn of 1944 Andrew Borowiec, wearing two left shoes and a satin edge dinner suit, limped into a German prisoner-of-war camp and was immediately treated by a captured British army doctor for the grenade shrapnel wounds he had received some three weeks before. This is the astonishing story of the youngest boy soldier to survive the Warsaw Uprising.
SALT, SWEAT AND TEARS: The Men Who Rowed Oceans
by Adam Rackley
'Fewer people have rowed across the Atlantic Ocean than have climbed Everest. Each person takes a different motivation with them. Each returns with a different answer.' This is the true story of some of the most extraordinary adventurers in history - the ocean rowers.
THE LAND WHERE LEMONS GROW
by Helena Attlee
The story of citrus runs inextricably through the story of Italy like a golden thread. THE LAND WHERE LEMONS GROW uses the colourful past of six different kinds of Italian citrus to tell an unexpected history of Italy, from the arrival of citrons in 2nd century Calabria, through Arab domination of Sicily in the 9th century, to slow food and cutting-edge genetic research in the 21st.
MEETINGS WITH REMARKABLE MANUSCRIPTS by Christopher de Hamel
This is a book about why medieval manuscripts and why they matter. It invites the reader into an intimate conversation with some of the most famous manuscripts in existence, and to let each of those manuscripts illuminate the Middle Ages and sometimes the modern world too.
OUT OF THE ASHES: How The Second World War Shaped the World by Keith Lowe
The new order emerging after 1945 saw the end of European empires and the birth of two superpowers, whose wrangling split Germany, divided the continent, and lead to a new, global Cold War. From the bestselling and prizewinning author of SAVAGE CONTINENT, OUT OF THE ASHES tells how ordinary people coped with the post-war world, how they dreamed and worked to make a better life for their children, and how they turned one of the greatest catastrophes in history into an opportunity for change.
PICASSO'S WRITINGS by Pablo Picasso
Pablo Picasso is the 20th century's most important artist. His writings give an unrivalled insight into the man and the artist. And yet most of it has never before appeared in English. In 2014, for the first time, the public will be given access to his journals, letters, interviews and creative writing. Picasso will never be seen in the same way again.
Bologna Highlights 2013
We are excited to announce our highlights for the Bologna book fair.
Peter Rabbit CGI
Penguin Children’s is thrilled to showcase at Bologna, for the very first time, the brand new Peter Rabbit animation publishing slate. This spring sees the much anticipated Peter Rabbit CGI animation hop onto our screens. Peter Rabbit, his steadfast friends and his lovable family (along with a couple of toothsome enemies!) have been brought up-to-date in the new CGI animation. Five tie-in titles publish this year in the UK to celebrate the launch of the animation including two storybooks, a sticker book, little library format and case board book. 2014 will see merchandise roll-out.
The Christmas Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson follows hot on the heels of the critically acclaimed The Further Tale of Peter Rabbit by Emma Thompson published September 2012. The new tale will publish October 2013 in the UK and will feature Peter’s comical little cousin, Benjamin Bunny and a new character called William.
In 2012 Penguin took full ownership of Snowman Enterprises Limited (SEL). As a result of the acquisition, Penguin now controls key publishing, film, TV, digital and merchandise rights to Raymond Briggs’ iconic children’s character and brand, The Snowman.
The Snowman and the Snowdog, the long awaited sequel to the original film, dominated Christmas 2012. The film was at the heart of Channel 4’s Christmas programming and proved a huge success with over 11 million viewers watching the sequel over the festive period. Christmas 2013 sees a strong publishing offering from the brand with a Snowman and the Snowdog Paperback and CD, a Snowman and Snowdog Book and Plush, a Snowman 35th Anniversary Edition and a Snowman Puppet Play Book.
Pre-school art brand Marsh Mellow showcases at Bologna for the first time this year. 2012 saw Penguin enter an exclusive global publishing and brand development deal with MGL, creators of Marsh Mellow. MGL are one of the world's leading art licensing companies. Penguin acquired publishing, digital and film / TV rights. MGL and Penguin will work together to develop a merchandising strategy. Marsh Mellow is an art brand set in a colourful world with animals, trees, mountains, rivers and lakes for pre-schoolers. Marsh Mellow is the perfect early learning brand for 2- 4 year olds who are finding their own voices, taking on new challenges and learning new skills. The cast of Marsh Mellow take children on an adventure journey of learning and discovery.
Following on from Puffin’s hugely successful Bedtime for Monsters by Ed Vere, which to date has been sold in nine languages, Puffin is delighted to introduce Max a fearless, brave mouse catcher! Max is a lovable everyday cat with big ambitions that will leave children in fits of giggles from award-winning author-illustrator Ed Vere. A stylish, graphic-led pre-school title for children aged 3 – 5 years old, Max bursts with Ed Vere’s trademark originality and graphic simplicity.