On one of the hottest days of the year so far a crowd of well-wishers gathered at the Oxford offices of David Fickling Books to celebrate the publisher’s transition from imprint to independent publisher.
On Thursday 11 July DFB celebrated the shortlisting of A Boy and a Bear in a Boat by Dave Shelton and Black Arts by Andrew Prentice and Jonathan Weil for the Branford Boase Award – the leading prize for best first children’s novel.
We're delighted that Andy Mulligan's extraordinary novel of adventure and friendship is going to be a film – produced by Stephen Daldry, with a script by Richard Curtis, and starring Rooney Mara, Martin Sheen and Wagner Moura.
Newly independent, we remain the same – a small story house based in Oxford. We choose the very best stories or narratives we can find for people to read. It's a great job. We don't choose very many, sometimes as few as just one book a month, sometimes a novel, sometimes a picture book.