With the London Book Fair taking place from March 14-16, a number of major book deals were announced over the course of the week. Among them, former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker has a title on the way, Man Booker winner Eleanor Catton is readying a new novel, and model Cara Delevingne is trying her hand at fiction.
One of the fair's most buzzed-about auctions resulted in a six-figure deal for a book by former Pulp frontman Jarvis Cocker. The Bookseller reports that "This Book is a Song" will offer a mix of biography, essay, texts, illustrations and photographs, as the musician shares his experiences of creativity. A publication date is not yet confirmed.
Toto in Oz
From former UK Children's Laureate Michael Morpurgo is a re-telling of "The Wonderful Wizard of Oz" that takes the perspective of Dororthy's dog. "Toto: The Amazing Dog-gone Story of the Wizard of Oz" is illustrated by Emma Chichester Clark, who previously collaborated with Morpurgo on a Pinocchio re-telling. It will publish on September 7.
Model Cara Delevingne announced her first foray into writing on the eve of the London Book Fair. Scheduled to publish on October 5, "Mirror, Mirror" is a young adult novel that Delevingne describes as "a twisty coming-of-age story." The plot revolves around a group of 16-year-old friends navigating school and relationships.
A new book by New Zealand novelist Eleanor Catton, whose novel "The Luminaries" won the 2013 Man Booker Prize, is to come at the end of 2017 and was a hot title at the fair. Called "Birnam Wood," the psychological thriller is set in a remote area of New Zealand, where rich foreigners are preparing for a global catastrophe.
Cumberbatch in "How to Stop Time"
Film and TV rights are a major element of the London Book Fair, and this week it was revealed that Matt Haig's upcoming novel "How to Stop Time" is being slated for film. Benedict Cumberbatch is set to star in the adaptation, according to Deadline, playing a man who looks like an ordinary 41-year-old but, due to a rare condition, is in fact centuries old.