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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 in December 2021.

A Life in the Spotlight, Sebastian Lassandro’s fully illustrated biography of music, theatre and film legend Sir Tommy Steele, is now set for publication in the UK on 20 May, 2021. The publisher is Fonthill Media.

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.

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.

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.


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.

Voyage of the St Louis

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 here.

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.


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.”


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.


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.

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.


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.


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.