LBF final wrap: deals summarised and dates set for next year

News - Publishing Friday, 17 March 2017

Organisers have hailed a successful London Book Fair, against a backdrop of a growing print market, and set April date for 2018

According to exhibition organisers Reed, 'The London Book Fair closed the 2017 Fair on a high today, with a raft of six-figure deals across the week, a buoyant atmosphere, and attendees describing the Fair as "upbeat" and "positive".' Next year's dates have been set as 10,11,12 April.

Over 130 countries were represented at the 46th Fair, with this year’s international VIP line-up including: David Nicholls, Michael Morpurgo, Olga Tokarczuk, Ruby Wax, Simon Sebag Montefiore, Stanley Johnson, Louise Doughty, Gurinder Chadha, Andrzej Sapkowski, Jacek Dehnel, Bernard Cornwell, Val McDermid, Rachel Abbott, Elif Shafak, Amit Chaudhuri, Ayobami Adebayo, Anita Anand, Rosanna Ley, C.L. Taylor and LBF founder, Lionel Leventhal, who celebrated his 80th birthday at the Fair.

The fair saw a number of major author and publisher announcements at this year’s Fair, including: Ruby Wax announced her partnership with Marks & Spencer to launch Frazzled Café at M&S stores across the country where people feeling ‘frazzled’ can drop in for fortnightly talk-in sessions; HarperCollins Children’s Books announced a new collaboration from LBF Author of the Day Michael Morpurgo and critically acclaimed illustrator Emma Chichester Clark to create TOTO: The Dog-Gone Amazing Story of the Wizard of Oz, out in September; Stanley Johnson gave Fair-goers a sneak peek of his upcoming Brexit thriller, Kompromat, published by Oneworld in September.

LBF organisers summarised some of the bigger deals:

- Ex-Pulp frontman, Jarvis’s book on creativity was snapped up by Jonathan Cape in a six-figure deal
- Faber bought 90s drum and base legend and cultural icon, Goldie’s memoir
- Little, Brown signed Suede Frontman Brett Anderson’s memoir
- Obama’s right-hand man, Alan Krueger’s title using the music industry to shine a light on economics, was snapped up by John Murray
- Benedict Cumberbatch’s production company, SunnyMarch, bought the film rights to Matt Haig’s upcoming How to Stop Time
- Orion imprint Trapeze announced it will be publishing a YA novel by Cara Delevingne in October
- HarperCollins signed a six-figure deal with Lionel Shriver for her short story collection, Property
- UK rights for the book behind Oscar-nominated French film, Elle, were bought by Oneworld
- In a ‘post-truth’ era, Quercus signed A Short History of Truth by Julian Baggini
- Scholastic signed Alesha Dixon’s series about a girl who is a super hero
- Quercus bought Greg Wise and his late sister, Clare’s, account of her battle with cancer, Not that kind of Love
- Orion Fiction snapped up Libby Page’s The Lido for a six-figure sum
- Top Gear featured heavily with Harper Non-Fiction acquiring three Top Gear titles and Piccadilly (Bonnier Zaffre) picking up The Stig-inspired children’s fiction series
- Harper Non-Fiction also snapped up NHS GP, Dr Rupy Aujla’s debut cookbook, The Doctor’s Kitchen
- Bloomsbury signed ‘first of its kind’ dementia memoir, Somebody that I used to Know, by NHS worker, Wendy Mitchell, who has Young-Onset-Dementia

Pictured: Michael Morpurgo reads from his new book, Toto, accompanied by Toto the dog, at the final day of The London Book Fair today

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