Bookseeker Literary Agency

Introducing authors and publishers.


Meetings, greetings, and web-sitings!

Constance Tonge

This week I had the great pleasure of meeting, once more, our client Constance  Tonge, whose novel Wisp is getting closer and closer to its date of publication. Constance is a prolific author, and is working on more novels, which the agency will take a look at. Be on the look-out for Wisp when it appears – it’s a corker!

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I also travelled in to Edinburgh to meet Luka Vukos, who directed the prizewinning short Lose like a Human, all about artificial intelligence. We had a long chat about  possible projects for the future. Edinburgh has been much on my mind lately, because I have to arrange visits to events at The Fringe and the Edinburgh International Book Festival. I have all that to look forward to, but Time’s winged chariot isn’t exactly hanging about!

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Meanwhile, Lyz Russo has just announced on her blog that P’kaboo publishers in the Republic of Ireland have a revamped web site. It has a look of the old one, but it has now been made phone-friendly. Again, it’s a case of “Watch this space,” because P’kaboo will be launching a series of books very soon – mainly fiction, but one very important work of non-fiction. At least I’d say it was. More news as and when it happens.

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James Tait Black Prize shortlist announced.

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This year is the centenary of the UK’s oldest literary award – the James Tait Black Prize. I had the privilege to be one of the readers for this year’s prize, and it was gratifying to see that one of the books I read and reported on, Murmur by Will Eaves, has been placed on the shortlist of four titles from which the winning book for the fiction prize will be chosen. I have to admit I was very hard on the book in my report to the judges, but I’m glad that they were able to support it. I’m looking forward to attending the prizegiving at the Edinburgh International Book Festival.


Remembering Iain Rossouw

Iain Rossouw, a South African Irishman or an Irish South African – take your pick, was the mind behind HoneyMead Books and the husband of Lyz Russo of P’kaboo. He was a great bloke, and it was exactly two years ago that his family lost him. The fact that he was a hero is little compensation for that loss. If you click on the photo below, it will take you to Lyz’s latest remembrance of him.

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An uncompromising writer, an uncompromising subject, and a chance for a daring publisher!

It is unusual for the agency to flag up a book before it’s even written, but these are unusual times! And having said that, it’s a work of non-fiction, so bringing it to the attention of publishers whilst it is still a project is quite legitimate.

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Dr. Uwe Schütte

First of all, let us introduce the author, Dr. Uwe Schütte, Reader in German at Aston University. Already widely published in German and the author of more than fifteen academic monographs and trade books on pop music, he has recently made a foray into the English language market with W.G. Sebald, an introduction to the writer –  his PhD supervisor during his student years – in Northcote House’s ‘Writers and their Work’ series, now appearing with Liverpool University Press. His excellent introductory collection/edited volume German Pop Music: A Companion appeared in 2017 and he has also been asked by Penguin to produce a general introduction to Kraftwerk, the German pioneers in electronic music, which should be on the bookstore shelves in 2019.

In 2015, Uwe in conjunction with the artistic project Der Konterfei brought out a book in German about the alternative performer/artist/occultist/personage Genesis P-Orridge, and it is the English re-writing of this book that is the project for which we now want to give advance notice!

Screen Shot 2018-12-11 at 20.49.12Godstar: The twisted path of Genesis P-Orridge, will take hold of the reputed inventor of industrial music, adherent of Magick, and transsexual(?), and treat its subject to a critical appraisal that is certainly no hagiography. The writer finds Orridge uncompromising but not always convincing. The book traces that twisted itinerary from the extremist performance collective COUM, via Throbbing Gristle (the industrial band who managed to put at least one record in the collection of every unsuspecting punk in the late 1970s), via the band Psychic TV, via the foundation of the pagan sect Temple ov Psychick Youth, to the relationship with dominatrix Jaye Breyer and the invention of ‘pandrogyny’ in which Jaye and Genesis aligned themselves surgically into a single identity. If you are wondering why this update studiously avoids gender pronouns, that’s why! Jaye died tragically young in 2007, and Genesis is now terminally ill…

As noted above, this is no hagiography. Uwe is both deeply fascinated by and highly critical of Orridge, praising his unique and  uncompromising art but questioning personal attitudes, statements, and actions at the same time. Because of  this stance situated between worship and condemnation, the German version has sold and sold and sold. So we are looking for interest in advance from a UK publisher who is willing to be daring. Fans of Orridge and people interested in his involvement in Magick will buy it, even if they find the writer’s approach challenges them. As will everybody with an interest in industrial music and Crowleyian Magick, as well as radical art in general.

Bookseeker Agency would not handle this book if it were simply a banner-waver for Orridge, Magick, and so on. The fact that Uwe Schütte is prepared to take a bold and uncompromising line with a bold and uncompromising subject is what makes us willing to present it to publishers. We are delighted and privileged to represent Dr. Schütte.

So – will that adventurous publisher be you? Please get in touch via the email address on the ‘Contact’ page


Another author’s contract chased down!

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Shaun Harbour is a forty-three-year-old Scot, the only male in a household of wife + two children + two cats, a poet and cartoonist, and a writer who wishes day jobs didn’t have to exist! As a tenor in the Scottish Police and Community Choir, he has performed for royalty, flash-mobbed at T In The Park, and sung on the streets of New York. As a contestant on TV’s The Chase, he says, he was destroyed by chaser Mark ‘The Beast’ Labbett. At least being there he got to meet ‘Graham’ from Doctor Who  (quizzmaster Bradley Walsh)!

Shaun has written and illustrated a story book for young children. It’s called The Robin and the Wish, and it is a bittersweet fable about loneliness and love. If you shed a tear at Oscar Wilde’s The Selfish Giant, then you will at this too. It does have a happy ending…

We have just closed a commercial publishing deal for Shaun, and the publisher wants to hurry the book out in time for Christmas 2018. That’ll be some sprint, but really this is a children’s book for all seasons. We wish Shaun every success!

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This isn’t what the cover will look like, by the way – we just thought it would be nice to have one of Shaun’s illustrations here to remind you of the title. 🙂


‘Miura’ by the late Hector P Cortes to be published!

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We are delighted to announce that a contract has been signed, for a commercial publishing deal that allows an intriguing and exciting novel to be published. The author, Hector P Cortes, was a musician who had worked in Spain, Austria, France, Italy and the UK. He was honoured by the London College of Music in which he studied, being given an Honorary Fellowship for “distinguished services to the art of music”. He was invested a Knight of the Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem (Templars) for the same reason, and rose to the rank of Knight Commander. He is mentioned in Baron’s Who’s Who; the 500 Great minds of Europe, and was an honorary member of the University of Malaga. He was a conductor, accompanist, soloist, recording artist, lecturer, and also Founder and Bandmaster of the Regimental Band of the Royal Gibraltar Regiment.

hpcc-300When Hector decided to retire as a musician and devote his time to writing, he settled in the quiet rural town of Westbury, in Wiltshire. His wife Johanna, a soprano who has sung all over Europe, and has been given rave reviews by the Press everywhere, also decided to retire along with him. His death was a great loss to his family, and to this agency.

Miura: A story of Spain  traces the life of two boys – one a doctor’s son the other a Gitano – from the aftermath of the Spanish Civil war until the death of the dictator Franco. Part romance, part adventure, part political, part historical, the novel depicts injustices of Spain during the dictatorship. The Gitano‘s story is a rags-to-riches one, as he becomes a famous bullfighter; his story is not a happy one, however. The doctor’s son becomes one of Spain’s top surgeons, and learns at first hand the dangers of being too close to the dictator. A riveting read, it is ideal for a general adult readership.

With many thanks to Hector’s widow, Johanna, and his daughter, Daniella, the reading public will at last gain access to this wonderful book!