Paul Ferris’s memoir The Boy on the Shed will be published by Hodder & Stoughton on 22 February 2018.
Paul, at the age of 16, was the youngest ever player in Newcastle United’s first team and was hailed as ‘the new George Best’. But the story of his time in the game, particularly as a young player, is one of insecurity, injuries, uncertainty and fear. The Boy on the Shed, a beautifully written account of his life, also lifts the lid on some big personalities at 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 in June 2018.
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 by Kevin Clarke. 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 stories, Judge Walden: Back in Session, will be published in May 2018.
Our new client known as Louise Mao (also recognised as The Last Chinese Princess), is hard at work on Unfinished Symphony, her wholly remarkable riches-to-rags-to-riches story.
Larry Barker (son of the late Ronnie Barker) is completing a commissioned screenplay about Josephus, the 1st century Jewish Roman historian.
Kevin Clarke’s original screenplay Mallory has been optioned by Hopscotch Films.
In the course of researching the story of mountaineer George Mallory, who attempted (and perhaps reached?) the summit of Everest in 1924, Kevin stayed at Base Camp, as well as many of the other locations that feature in his screenplay. The result is an authoritative – not to mention thrilling and moving – account of the expedition that cost Mallory his life.
Tony McMahon’s screenplay Ghost Town has been optioned by Justin Edgar of 104 Films.
104 Films produces critically acclaimed award winning films for an international audience, with the aim of creating a tectonic shift in the representation of disabled people both in front of and behind the camera. Their past successes include the BAFTA-winning I am Breathing, BAFTA nominated Sex & Drugs & Rock & Roll and the multi-award winning Special People.