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W&N acquires two books about William Blake by author John Higgs

In advance of the opening of a major William Blake exhibition at Tate Britain on 11 September, Weidenfeld & Nicolson has acquired two books about the visionary poet and painter by John Higgs. UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired from Sarah Ballard at United Agents. William Blake, the poet, artist, engraver and author of the […]

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W&N to publish dazzling biography of pioneering businesswoman Mildred Ransom

Jenny Lord, Publisher of Weidenfeld & Nicolson, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to MILDRED RANSOM’S BUREAU: SMOGS, SPIES, STRIKES AND THE STORY OF HOW WOMEN WENT TO WORK by Ruth Cowenfrom Will Francis at Janklow & Nesbit in an exclusive deal.  In 1894 the redoubtable Mildred Ransom set up a ‘Copying Bureau’ to generate work […]

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W&N to publish Sir Trevor McDonald’s autobiography: AN IMPROBABLE LIFE

Alan Samson, Chairman & Publisher, Weidenfeld & Nicolson, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada,from Robert Caskie at Caskie Mushens Ltd (in association with Anita Land Ltd) to the autobiography of Sir Trevor McDonald, AN IMPROBABLE LIFE, for a significant six figure sum, for publication on 17 October 2019. Sir Trevor McDonald is an […]

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W&N to publish Dame Julie Andrews memoir this autumn

Weidenfeld & Nicholson are honoured to announce that they are publishing Dame Julie Andrews’ HOME WORK: A MEMOIR OF MY HOLLYWOOD YEARS which will pick-up where her critically acclaimed 2008 bestselling book, Home, left off and spans the 1960s through to the late 1980s during which time Dame Julie began her filmed entertainment years starting […]

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W&N acquire THE MIRROR AND THE PALETTE: 500 YEARS OF WOMEN’S SELF PORTRAITS, a major new art history from the editor of FRIEZE magazine Jennifer Higgie

Until the 20th century, art history was, in the main, written by white, western men who tended to write about other white, western men. The idea that women in the West have always made art was rarely cited as a possibility. Yet, they have – and, of course, continue to do so – often against […]

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W&N acquires novel based on ‘one of the greatest love stories of the 20th century’

Federico Andornino, Commissioning Editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in Christopher Castellani’s LEADING MEN, in a deal struck by Esmond Harmsworth at Aevitas Creative Management. Based on twenty years of research, LEADING MEN re-imagines the love story between playwriting legend Tennessee Williams and his Italian American lover Frank […]

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W&N pre-empts debut literary crime novel set in the dark alleys of Buenos Aires

Federico Andornino, Commissioning Editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, has pre-empted World English language rights in Eloísa Díaz’s debut novel REPENTANCE, in a deal struck by Maria Cardona at Pontas Literary & Film Agency. French rights were pre-empted by Carla Briner at Le Masque. Set in Argentina over a dual timeframe, REPENTANCE is literary crime at […]

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W&N acquires Australia’s literary star Charlotte Wood

Federico Andornino, Commissioning Editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Australia, New Zealand and Canada) in Charlotte Wood’s THE WEEKEND. Andornino bought rights at auction in a deal struck by Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates on behalf of Jenny Darling & Associates. North American rights were pre-empted by Sarah […]

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W&N bags ‘astonishingly good debut’, EDITH AND JULIAN by Naoise Dolan in seven-publisher auction

W&N have acquired EDITH AND JULIAN, by Naoise Dolan, after a hotly-contested seven-way auction.   Lettice Franklin, Commissioning Editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, has acquired UK & Commonwealth Rights in a two-book deal from Harriet Moore at David Higham Associates. W&N will publish the debut in Spring 2020. North American rights to EDITH AND JULIAN […]

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W&N acquires OUT OF TOUCH by Haleh Agar, a powerful family story of intimacy and betrayal

Jennifer Kerslake, Editor at Weidenfeld & Nicolson, has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) for OUT OF TOUCH, a debut novel by Haleh Agar from Camilla Bolton at Darley Anderson.   OUT OF TOUCH is the story of estranged siblings Ava and Michael, and their father Lee, who neither has seen in twenty years. […]

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Meet the W&N Editorial Team

Welcome to the W&N website. Our passion for extraordinary writing dates back to our two founders, Lord Weidenfeld and Nigel Nicolson, who were responsible for introducing some of the twentieth-century’s most remarkable voices – Vladimir Nabokov, Isaiah Berlin, Eric Hobsbawm, and Nicolson’s own parents Sir Harold Nicolson and Vita Sackville-West – to a wide readership. […]

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