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We were very sad to learn of Terence Frisby’s death on 23 April. We were proud to represent him in placing his last novel The Misunderstanding, as well as the film and TV rights to some of his earlier work, and at the request of his son Dominic we will continue to do so.

Though best remembered for his breakthrough success There’s a Girl in My Soup, his many other contributions to television, stage, radio and literature (not to mention acting, producing and directing) confirmed him as a colossal talent.

Our deepest sympathies go to Dominic Frisby.

Voyage of the Damned, by FRA clients Gordon Thomas and Max Morgan-Witts, has previously been adapted for the screen in 1976 and the stage in 2018, and is now the basis of a BBC radio drama scripted by Sir Tom Stoppard.

Titled The Voyage of the St Louis, the play was broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 9 May, 2020.

Read more about the book and the tragic true story on our Spotlight page.

It Ain't Heavy

FRA client and The Hollies’s drummer Bobby Elliott’s autobiography It Ain’t Heavy, Its My Story was published by Omnibus Press on 2 April, 2020.

From the publisher: “Continually touring since 1963, Bobby’s adventures have seen him beating Keith Moon in a drumming audition for Shane Fenton and the Fentones, being serenaded by Joni Mitchell while she was in bed with Graham Nash and being offered a job by Paul McCartney to work with Wings ... It Aint Heavy, Its My Story is a funny, honest and enlightening account of sixty years on the frontline of rock ’n’ roll.”

Read more on our Spotlight page.

Gooley

FRA is delighted to be representing Trailfinders founder and CEO Mike Gooley CBE. Ex-SAS Commando, restless trailblazer and rugby club owner, Gooley has a lifetime of globe-spanning anecdotes to draw upon for his memoirs.

Guy Rose says: “Very pleased to have signed up Mike. A great memoir.”

Mailer-Yates

A big FRA welcome to Melissa Mailer-Yates who joins our list of clients. Melissa is an artist of international acclaim, whose work has been exhibited all over the world. Her extensive commissions cover a broad range – royal families to Royal Doulton and many others.

As an author her work includes a series of illustrated children’s books based on Shakespeare’s plays, and a historical novel, Ellerker.

Nye

We’re very pleased to welcome James Nye to FRA. James is a writer and composer who has written for several journals, publishing articles and interviews with subjects as varied as Derren Brown, Robert Anton Wilson and John Cage.

James has recently completed work on Not A Nice Jewish Boy, a memoir which he co-authored with its subject, the publisher Peter Owen.

Peter Murphy’s latest collection of Walden stories, Judge Walden: Call the Next Case, was launched at the Law Society on 15 October. In attendance, along with Peter's agent Guy Rose, were Baroness Hale of Richmond, President of the UK Supreme Court (lately famous for her part in the recent prorogation of Parliament case), and Rob Rinder (Judge Rinder), a long-time enthusiast of the Walden series.

The Walden books are published by No Exit Press. TV rights to the series are currently under discussion with producers, and Rob Rinder will voice the forthcoming audio version.

Read more about the launch here.

News from our client Christian Piers Betley.

Christian is now working with producer Jacqui Miller-Charlton and JMC Entertainment, UK, on an event mini-series based upon the critically-acclaimed multi-award-winning memoir The Boy on the Shed by fellow FRA client Paul Ferris. (See the news items below for more about its extraordinary success.)

We look forward to following the project's progress and will report more details here as they become available.

Death and Mr Pickwick

FRA is privileged to be representing Stephen Jarvis’s wonderful novel Death and Mr Pickwick for the sale of TV and film rights.

The book, published by Jonathan Cape/Vintage in the UK and Farrar Straus & Giroux in the US, has garnered stunning reviews worldwide, praising its scope, compelling story and evocation of all things Dickensian. We anticipate a lot of interest for this one.

Read more about Death and Mr Pickwick, and some of the press and online reviews, on our Spotlight page.

FRA has now accepted a publisher’s offer for a republication of The Assassination of Robert Maxwell, by Gordon Thomas and Martin Dillon.

The third volume of Peter Murphy’s stories involving Judge Charlie Walden, Judge Walden: Call the Next Case, was published by No Exit Press on 25 July.

Once again, Charlie is doing his best to try the difficult criminal cases that come before him at Bermondsey Crown Court, including a woman accused of stealing from an elderly widow, an astrologer accused of fraud, and an apparent serial bigamist.

This new volume has a foreword by Baroness Hale of Richmond, President of the UK Supreme Court, and a prologue by Judge Rinder.

“No one writes with more wit, warmth and insight about the law and its practitioners than Peter Murphy. He has no equal since the great John ‘Rumpole’ Mortimer” – David Ambrose

“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 Money to Burn will be going into production in Cape Town, South Africa in March 2021. The biopic Faithfull, his creation, is now in pre-production with Lucy Boynton starring as Marianne Faithfull.

Barker

Barry Ryan of Free@Last TV (producers of Sky 1ʼs Agatha Raisin) has optioned 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.

Ferris

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.

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.


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