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“Written with brutal candour, dark humour and consummate style, former footballer and Newcastle United physiotherapist Paul Ferriss memoir The Boy on the Shed is a riveting and moving account of a life less ordinary.”

That’s the verdict from The Daily Telegraph Sports Book Awards 2019, where Paul Ferris picked up the award for Sports Autobiography of the Year 2019 on 4 June. His agent, FRA principal Guy Rose, was there to witness the book’s latest triumph during the event at Lord’s Cricket Ground. The Boy on the Shed was also singled out by the presenter as a book that everybody should read.

Kevin Clarke’s feature screenplay The October Gang will be going into production in South Africa in November 2019.

Paul Ferris’s The Boy on the Shed, already a highly-acclaimed best-selling book, is to be adapted for film. The rights have been optioned by an international film consortium. We’ll announce further details as and when they are confirmed.

Barry Ryan of Free@Last TV (producers of Sky 1ʼs Agatha Raisin) is optioning Larry Barker’s original screenplay The Wrong Mrs Calloway.

FRA is now an affiliate member of the Writersʼ Guild of Great Britain, in addition to our existing affiliations to the Authors’ Agents Association and the Personal Managers Association.

Paul Ferrisʼs The Boy on the Shed was chosen as Sports Book of the Year 2018 by both Robert Crampton in The Times and Nick Pitt in The Sunday Times.

Robert Crampton said: “In literary terms, his autobiography is far and away the best book here. Not for nothing was it shortlisted for the William Hill sports book of the year award. As with Nick Hornby’s peerless classic it will endure beyond a convenient Christmas stocking filler for your dad. That’s because it’s not about sport, but rather about the far bigger themes of family, pain, identity, masculinity and loss.”

The Boy on the Shed was also named The Telegraph’s Football Book of the Year. In his review Simon Briggs said: “The Boy on the Shed has enough depth and humanity to make your average football autobiography look like a Ladybird book.”

The Boy on the Shed had already made the final seven for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year 2018. It was an excellent and well-deserved year for Paul.

Peter Murphyʼs new novel One Law for the Rest of Us, the sixth book in his Ben Schroeder series of legal thrillers, was published by No Exit Press on 13 December.

When Audrey Marshall sends her daughter Emily to the religious boarding school where she herself was educated a generation before, memories return memories of a culture of child sexual abuse presided over by a highly-regarded priest. Audrey turns to barrister Ben Schroeder in search of justice for Emily and herself. But there are powerful men involved, men determined to protect themselves at all costs. Will they succeed? Is there indeed one law for the rich and powerful, and one law for the rest of us?

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.

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 Derekʼs 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).

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: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b09q9zg9

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.

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