Profile Books has bought Birmingham-based publisher Tindal Street Press, which will become an imprint at the publishing house as of November 1, overseen by Serpent’s Tail publisher Hannah Westland. Tindal Street Press Director Alan Mahar said in a statement: “We’re proud of what we’ve achieved during Tindal Street Press’s fourteen years of independent publishing in Birmingham. We found new English writers and published them with conviction and flair, earning prize-listings for the Man Booker, Orange and Commonwealth Writers’ Prizes, a British Book Award and two Costa Prize winners.”
Profile Books MD Andrew Franklin added: “It’s always sad to see the end of an independent publisher but we’re very pleased that Tindal Street’s publishing programme will be finding a home at Profile. Tindal Street have always punched way above their weight and we will make sure they continue to do so. Profile and Tindal Street Press share the same ideals for independent publishing and we greatly look forward to working with Luke Brown and the Tindal Street authors.”
Oliver Munson will join AM Heath on December 3, bringing with him his entire client list. He spent the past nine years as an agent at Blake Friedmann.
At Headline, Vicki Mellor has been promoted to deputy publishing director and Frankie Gray moves up to editor, crossover fiction.
The new Waterstones Book of the Year shortlist was announced, with two novels and four works of nonfiction. The winner will be named November 29. Managing director James Daunt will also lead the panels of judges:
HHhH, by Laurent Binet (Harvill Secker)
Bring Up the Bodies, by Hilary Mantel (Fourth Estate)
Patrick Leigh Fermor: An Adventure, by Artemis Cooper (John Murray)
The Old Ways: A Journey on Foot, by Robert Macfarlane (Hamish Hamilton)
On The Map: Why The World Looks The Way It Does, by Simon Garfield (Profile)
Polpo: A Venetian Cookbook (Of Sorts), by Russell Norman (Bloomsbury)