Both timely and timeless, Daniel Soar's SPIES LIKE US, The Secret History of Communication and Surveillance examines the past, present and future of surveillance. It will include an up-to-date account of everything the Snowden leaks have exposed about state and corporate surveillance and crucially will also put these recent revelations in the context of espionage's long and murky history. Canongate plans to publish in Spring 2015, with rights pre-empted in Spain (Random House) and in Australia and New Zealand (Text Publishing).
Francis Bickmore, Publishing Director at Canongate, has acquired A Slight Trick of the Mind, a novel by Mitch Cullin about the final years of Sherlock Holmes. Canongate bought UK and Commonwealth rights (ex. Canada) from Jessica Craig at United Agents on behalf of Peter Steinberg. Canongate will publish in May 2014.
Set in 1947, A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin sees the long-retired Sherlock Holmes, aged 93 grappling with the diminishing powers of his mind in a remote Sussex farmhouse. As people continue to look to him for answers, Holmes revisits a case that may provide him with answers of his own - about life, about love, and about the limits of the rational mind. A film adaptation, directed by Oscar-winning Bill Condon (Gods and Monsters and the last two Twilight films) and starring Ian McKellen as the retired Holmes, is due to begin shooting in April 2014. The screenplay is being adapted by Jeffery Hatcher (The Duchess).