2 November 2017

First Novel Prize Winner signs with Andrew Lownie Agency

Andrew_Lownie_LogoCarolyn Kirby, winner of the Second Prize in The First Novel Prize 2017, has won The First Novel Award 2017, organised by the Bluepencilagency and judged by literary agent Eve White, with ‘Half of You’. Following this, Carolyn has been signed up by David Haviland, literary agent at the Andrew Lownie Literary Agency. ‘The premise of genetics set in 1880’s Birmingham is interesting and Carolyn’s writing was strong,’ noted Eve White.


9 September 2017

First Novel Prize Winner signs with C+W

logoAnnetta Berry, winner of the First Prize in The First Novel Prize 2017, has been signed up by the literary agency C+W.

The Binding Frame is one of the most original, captivating and vivid debut novels that I’ve read. From the first paragraph Annetta thrusts the reader into plague ravaged Palermo and brings Van Dyck and Sofonisba Anguissola to life with such colour and detail that it could only have been written by someone with extensive and passionate knowledge. Underpinning the narrative run themes of such universality that I know the book will have broad resonance and that it should prompt us all to question the transience of life and legacy. Annetta is a first class storyteller and her attention to detail is extraordinary. I am excited at the prospect of sharing this rich, luscious and compelling novel.’ Sophie Lambert, Literary Agent at C+W


17 July 2017

First Novel Prize Winner to be Published in Ten Territories


The rights to Clarissa Goenawan’s Rainbirds, Third Prize winner in The First Novel Prize 2016, have been sold in ten territories.

The novel, an internationally recognised literary debut, is due to be released in March 2018 in English by Soho Press in the US and by Math Paper Press in Singapore, and shortly followed by translations in Chinese (Simplified) by Beijing White Horse, in French by Les Escales, in Hebrew by Tamir/Sendik Books, in German by Thiele Verlag, in Indonesian by Gramedia, in Polish by Prószyński Media, in Spanish by AdN/Alianza, in Turkish by Hep Kitap.

From the publisher:

Ren Ishida is nearly done with graduate school when he receives news of his sister, Keiko’s, sudden death. She was viciously stabbed one rainy night on her way home, and there are no leads. Ren heads to Akakawa to conclude his sister’s affairs, failing to understand why she chose to abandon their family and leave Tokyo for this small town in the first place.

But Ren soon finds himself picking up right where Keiko left off, accepting both her teaching position at a cram school and the bizarre arrangement of free lodging at the wealthy Mr. Katou’s mansion, in exchange for reading aloud each morning to Katou’s depressed, mute wife. Struggling to fill the void that Keiko has left behind, Ren realizes that perhaps people don’t change, and if they don’t, he can decipher the identity of his sister’s killer.