THE BOOK OF SUMMERS

by Emylia Hall

Peters Fraser + Dunlop Literary Agency

 
THE BOOK OF SUMMERS
THE BOOK OF SUMMERS

When news of a death in the family reaches her from abroad, Beth Lowe realises that she can no longer avoid her past.  She is sent a scrap book of photographs and mementos made by her mother, a poignant record of the seven childhood summers she spent in rural Hungary.  It was a time when she trod the tightrope between separated parents and two distinct countries; a bewitching but imperfect Hungarian mother and a gentle, reticent English father; the dazzling house of a Hungarian artist and an empty-feeling cottage in deepest Devon. Years later, the memories of her Hungarian summers continue to haunt Beth and entice her, no matter how hard she tries to run away from them. The arrival of The Book of Summers brings a past Beth hasn’t yet made peace with rushing back into her present.

The Book Of Summers is about the lies we tell, the truths we keep and, above all, the ways we find to keep on loving one another.

Rights sold in 7 countries!


 

THE GODS OF GOTHAM

by Lyndsay Faye

William Morris Endeavor Entertainment LLC

 
 THE GODS OF GOTHAM
 THE GODS OF GOTHAM

1845. New York City forms its first police force. The great potato famine hits Ireland. These two seemingly disparate events will change New York City. Forever.

Timothy Wilde tends bar near the Exchange, saving every dollar and shilling in hopes of winning the girl of his dreams. But when his dreams literally incinerate in a fire devastating downtown Manhattan, he finds himself disfigured, unemployed, and homeless. His older brother obtains Timothy a job in the newly minted NYPD, but he is highly skeptical of this untested "police force." And he is less than thrilled that his new beat is the notoriously down-and-out Sixth Ward-at the border of Five Points, the world's most notorious slum.

One night while returning from his rounds, heartsick and defeated, Timothy runs into a little slip of a girl—a girl not more than ten years old—dashing through the dark in her nightshift . . . covered head to toe in blood. He takes her home, where she spins wild stories, claiming that dozens of bodies are buried in the forest north of 23rd Street. Timothy isn't sure whether to believe her or not, but, as the truth unfolds, the reluctant copper star finds himself engaged in a battle for justice that nearly costs him his brother, his romantic obsession, and his own life.

Rights sold in 12 countries!

THE LOVE LIFE OF MOON BIRDS

by Elias Wagner

Hoffmann Und Campe Verlag

 
THE LOVE LIFE OF MOON BIRDS
THE LOVE LIFE OF MOON BIRDS

Original German title: Vom Liebesleben der Mondvögel

Max is fifteen, lives with his father on Lake Starnberg, and is far more interested in butterflies and beetles than in girls.

At the beginning of the summer holidays, his life becomes more than he can handle. Since his mother disappeared, nothing has been the same for Max. He buries himself in his book, Wonderful Insects, or retreats to the ‘Island of the Blessed’ in the lake. But at the beginning of the summer holidays, urgent problems force him to face up to life. His best friend wants to win the favour of the class beauty and makes Max the accomplice of a crazy plan. Most of all, Max is worried about his architect father, who has recently been painting over his wife’s artworks in fits of mania.

There’s nothing for it – if he is to find peace again, Max is going to have to disturb a closely guarded family taboo.

 

LA FORTUNE DE SILA

by Fabrice Humbert

Andrew Nurnberg Associates International Ltd

 
LA FORTUNE DE SILA
LA FORTUNE DE SILA

After L’Origine de la violence, Fabrice Humbert gives us in La Fortune de Sila a captivating novel, a true modern panorama of our globalised society. Paris, June 1995. In a grand restaurant, a waiter is struck violently by a customer. Around him, no one intervenes. Not the Russian couple surveying the scene with mixed feelings, not the angry customer’s wife, not the two young men, two Frenchmen, there to celebrate a first job at the bank.

A simple story? Barely worth mentioning? In the course of lives, no event, however minor, is harmless. And the brutality of one, the indifference or cowardice of others will soon reveal their true significance, as the first sign of their decline. From the fall of the Berlin Wall to the Financial Crisis of 2008, in a world made of money, the interwoven destinies of the actors in this opening scene, from the Russian oligarch to the French banker and the property speculator, gradually spin a web. And at the centre of the web, Sila, the waiter on the ground, the motionless figure around whom everything moves . . .

- the director is Xavier Durringer (his latest film was a satire on Sarkozy). The script is written and filming should commence in early 2013.

- the title is winner of Grand Prix RTL-Lire