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The Boy on the Shed shortlisted for Sports Book of the Year

Paul Ferris’s memoir The Boy on the Shed, published by Hodder & Stoughton in February, is now in the final seven for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year Award for 2018. Deservedly so: the reviews were amazingly good. Read some of what the media said about it here.

The Boy on the Shed is a beautifully written account of his life, fighting against odds which included growing up amid sectarian hatred in the Troubles of Northern Ireland and coping with injury as a player for Newcastle United.

Sara Khan has been announced as the government’s anti-extremism tsar by Prime Minister Theresa May, heading a new commission set up in the wake of the Manchester Arena attack last year.

Sara’s book, The Battle for British Islam, co-written with Tony McMahon and published by Saqi Books in 2016, is to be released in a new paperback edition.

Sara was the subject of BBC Radio 4’s Profile on 3 February 2018. The programme can be heard on the BBC iPlayer:


Peter Murphy’s Walden of Bermondsey (published in November 2017 by No Exit Press) is to be adapted for television. The collection of satirical short stories, featuring Crown Court judge Charlie Walden, has been optioned by producer Alistair MacLean-Clark of Revelation Content and Media Ltd.

A second volume of Peter’s Walden stories, Judge Walden: Back in Session, was published by No Exit Press in May 2018.

We're extremely pleased to welcome Bobby Elliott to FRA’s growing list of clients.

Bobby, The Hollies' drummer since 1963 and still touring with them, has written his autobiography, which is already attracting serious interest from publishers.

FRA are also delighted to welcome our new client Sir Derek Morris, a former Provost of Oriel College, Oxford, and member – later Chairman – of the Competition Commission (one of several public bodies in which he has been involved).

Sir Derek's novel Pawn's Gambit was shortlisted for the 2013 Political Fiction Book of the Year Award, and a film is now in development with producer Andy Paterson (The Railway Man, The Girl with the Pearl Earring).

The BBC have acquired the television rights to Enola Gay: Mission to Hiroshima, by Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts, after a hard-fought international bidding war.

The Enola Gay was the Boeing B-29 bomber that dropped the Little Boy bomb in August 1945. The book is a meticulously researched account of the planning and execution of the mission which draws on first-hand sources.

The documentary rights to the late Russell Warren Howe’s 1993 book Sleeping with the FBI have been sold to a producer in the US.

Russell was a long-standing client of the agency: a much-lauded journalist with an astonishing freelance career. We continue to get enquiries after the rights to his definitive book Mata Hari: the True Story – the great Robert Altman was keen to film it but died before the project got out of the development stage. This, therefore, is a particularly exciting deal for us, more details of which will appear here as they become available.

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We’re delighted to announce that Barbara Jane Mackie has joined our list of clients.

Barbara is a highly experienced script editor and screenwriter, having worked as Senior Script Editor at the BBC and, early in her career, been mentored by Anthony Minghella.

She is a prolific and talented writer for screen and stage and has also produced and directed documentaries and pop promos.

Welcome, Barbara!