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Ferris

FRA is thrilled to announce that, after a hard-fought tussle between publishers, Paul Ferris’s The Magic in the Tin, the sequel to his multiple award-winning memoir The Boy on the Shed, will be published by Bloomsbury on 28 April 2022.


Paul Nicholas’s sparkling, funny and heart-warming memories of more than fifty years in the entertainment business, Musicals, Marigolds and Me, was published by Fantom Publishing on 18 October 2021.

Read more about the book here.

Not a Nice Jewish Boy

The late Peter Owen’s memoir Not a Nice Jewish Boy, written in collaboration with James Nye who completed the work after Owen’s death, was published by Fonthill Media on 14 October 2021.

Peter Owen’s eventful career as a publisher of sublime, bizarre, controversial and maverick literature made him as significant a figure in the publishing world as many of his illustrious – not to say notorious – writers.

Read more about the book here.

Herron

Gibson Square will be publishing Metric Martyrs by Neil Herron in January 2022.

Metric Martyrs tells the story of five market traders convicted between 2001 and 2008 of selling their wares in pounds and ounces, in defiance of a European Union ban on the use of imperial measurements.

Families and friends – among them author Neil Herron (pictured left with the late Steve Thoburn, one of the convicted five) – have campaigned for years to clear the traders’ names. Government ministers are now looking again at their cases, and talk of a Free Pardon is in the air.

Gooley

Congratulations to our client Sir Mike Gooley CBE on his knighthood, awarded in the 2021 Queen’s Birthday Honours list for his services to business and charity.

The Mike Gooley Trailfinders Charity supports medical research, military veterans, sport and youth activities and community projects.

A thoroughly deserved honour!

Oduko

FRA is extremely pleased to welcome new client Ese Oduko, whose life story has been snapped up by a UK production company and is now in development as a TV drama series.

It’s an epic and inspiring tale of a boy whose dream of becoming a professional footballer carried him across deserts and borders – a three year journey beset with misfortune but also touched by the kindness of others. It will be filmed in Nigeria, South Africa and France.

Tommy Steele A Life in the Spotlight

A Life in the Spotlight, Sebastian Lassandro’s fully illustrated biography of music, theatre and film legend Sir Tommy Steele, was published in the UK by Fonthill Media on 10 June 2021.

Authorised by Sir Tommy Steele himself, A Life in the Spotlight offers readers a detailed insight into the career of an unrivalled entertainment legend, with countless facts, stories, details and anecdotes never before committed to print.

Read more about the book here.

Voyage of the St Louis

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

Titled The Voyage of the St Louis, the play was first broadcast by BBC Radio 4 on Saturday 9 May 2020. On 26 March 2021 it was announced as the winner of the BBC Audio Drama Award in the Best Adaptation category.

Read more about the book and the tragic true story here.

Film/TV rights to Adam Robinson's Terror on the Pitch, published by Mainstream Publishing, have been acquired by Worldmark Films.

The book, first published in 2002, tells the story of a planned terrorist attack on the England football team in Marseilles during the 1998 World Cup.

The film/TV adaptation is now in development.

Nicholas

FRA is privileged to welcome actor, singer, musician, director and producer Paul Nicholas to our list of clients.

Paul’s career in show business, five decades and counting, is recounted in his new autobiography, Musicals, Marigolds & Me, covering the years 1968-2020 – between his first appearance on the West End stage in Hair, and being himself on The Real Marigold Hotel. Read more about the book here.

Thomas

The film rights to The Assassination of Robert Maxwell, by Gordon Thomas and Martin Dillon, have been acquired by Knucklehead Film.

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.

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 here.

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.

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.

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

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 Daily Telegraph Sports Autobiography of the Year 2019 and 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.