John Blake and Rosie Virgo to depart John Blake Publishing

John Blake, Founder and Publisher, John Blake Publishing, and Rosie Virgo, Managing Director, John Blake Publishing, are stepping down from their roles with immediate effect. After selling John Blake Publishing to Bonnier Publishing in 2016, Blake has steered a successful handover period, resulting in year on year growth of more than 60% and a record […]

Richard and Judy launch latest “Search for a Bestseller” competition with WHSmith and Bonnier Zaffre

Once again, Richard Madeley and Judy Finnigan are launching a lucrative competition to find a new bestselling writer. The winner, who must be a first-time author, will win a £30,000 publishing deal with Bonnier Zaffre and receive specialist advice from literary agency Furniss Lawton. The latest “Search for a Bestseller”, supported by WHSmith, will open […]

Big Picture Press acquires three-book series from Akala

Big Picture Press, an imprint of Templar Publishing, has today announced that it will publish the first non-fiction children’s book by hip hop artist and poet, Akala. Lisa Edwards, Head of Children’s Publishing, Kings Road Publishing acquired World All Language rights from Adrian Sington at Kruger Cowne Rights. The book will be an illustrated history […]

Bonnier Publishing launches new audio division led by Jon Watt

Bonnier Publishing is launching a new standalone audio division to coordinate its audio strategy across its fiction, non-fiction and children’s publishing. The new division will be led by Jon Watt, who joins Bonnier Publishing from sister company Bonnier Books Ventures. A former journalist, Watt was associate publisher at Quercus before joining Bonnier to launch tech […]

Blink signs manifesto from sportsman and national treasure Freddie Flintoff

Blink Publishing has signed Freddie Flintoff to publish Do You Know What? for this autumn. Matt Phillips, Publishing Director at Blink Publishing, signed world all language rights with David Luxton at David Luxton Associates on behalf of M&C Saatchi Merlin. One of Britain’s most-loved national treasures, Freddie Flintoff, is known for his canny and hilarious opinions on […]

Howden and Pabi feature in FutureBook 40 list

On Friday 6th April The Bookseller published the very first FutureBook 40 list, celebrating industry disruptors. Launched in association with Kortext, the list provides “a representative selection of the innovative work going on around books,” and includes a mix of entrepreneurs and hungry new talents. Felice Hoden, Digital Marketing Manager, Bonnier Zaffre and Clarissa Pabi, Senior Marketing […]

Bonnier Zaffre acquires “gripping and atmospheric” mystery by W.C. Ryan

Bonnier Zaffre, part of Bonnier Publishing UK, has acquired world rights including audio, film and TV for A House of Ghosts, by W.C. Ryan. Sophie Orme, Editorial Director, Bonnier Zaffre, acquired rights from Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates.   Described as “an unrelentingly gripping and atmospheric mystery packed with twists and turns” W.C. Ryan’s novel is […]

Studio Press to publish CBBC’s So Awkward TV tie in title

Studio Press, part of Bonnier Publishing UK, is to publish a one-off So Awkward TV tie in title in a deal made direct with leading comedy and entertainment TV production company Channel X, whose Salford based arm Channel X North make the hugely successful series. So Awkward, the Broadcast award winning and BAFTA nominated CBBC series, follows three […]

Bonnier Zaffre acquires “vivid coming of age” debut novel, The Wayward Girls

Bonnier Zaffre, a division of Bonnier Publishing, has acquired Amanda Mason’s debut novel, The Wayward Girls. Sophie Orme, Editorial Director, Bonnier Zaffre, acquired world rights – including audio, film and TV – from Julia Silk at MBA.   Described as a “vivid coming of age tale with a ghostly twist,” Mason’s novel in set in the […]