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Nick Davies Lands Deal for Book on Rupert Murdoch & Phone Hacking Scandal

Guardian journalist Nick Davies has inked a book deal to write about Rupert Murdoch and the phone hacking scandal that rocked News Corp.. Entitled Hack Attack: How the Truth Caught up with the World’s Most Powerful Man, publication is set for fall 2012.

Faber and Faber publisher Mitzi Angel bought U.S. rights for the book in a pre-empt. Grainne Fox at Fletcher and Company negotiated the deal on behalf of the Jonathan Pegg Literary Agency in London. Publication is planned for tall 2012. Davies (pictured, via) also wrote Flat Earth News about media distortions–read his Guardian work at this link.

Here’s more about the book, from the release: “On July 8, 2009, Nick Davies broke the story that Rupert Murdoch’s News International had paid £1 million to settle legal cases that threatened to lift the lid on News of the World journalists’ involvement in illegal phone-hacking … The seismic shocks affecting Rupert Murdoch’s international media empire and family as well as law enforcement agencies and officials and highly placed political figures are already being called the biggest political scandal in Great Britain in seventy-five years. Davies, author of the bestseller FLAT EARTH NEWS, intends to provide an authoritative account and commentary on the News International Scandal, including new revelations.”

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After 20 Years, Nick Cave’s Second Novel is Coming

nickcave-novel-2008.jpgOver at the Observer, Leon Neyfakh is reporting that Faber & Faber has bought a novel from Nick Cave, with lead editor Mitzi Angel describing the book, The Death of Bunny Munro, as the “centerpeice” of her first frontlist at Faber—that assessment coming from an interview by Cave’s agent, Jamie Byng, in The Bookseller last week. (UPDATE: Angel tells Neyfakh that Byng’s assessement is not quite accurate, but that the Cave novel is nevertheless a significant acquisition.)

That leads Neyfakh to speculate as to whether a novel from Cave, the former lead singer of the Birthday Party and, since 1984, the frontman of the Bad Seeds, represents the “sophisticated literary fiction with an emphasis on debut novels” that Angel was hired to bring to Faber, comparing the novel to projects from the previous Faber regime like Billy Corgan’s poetry and Courtney Love’s scrapbooks. But those of us who remember Cave’s And the Ass Saw the Angel, published back in 1989, aren’t so sure there’s a contradiction. Granted, our memories can be somewhat hazy two decades on, but we seem to recall it was a really good novel, although your tolerance for dialect-inflected narration may vary. (Fun fact: Cave once chewed us out on a nationally syndicated radio show when we called in to say how much his novel reminded us of Flannery O’Connor! But we still like him anyway!)

(pictures: Wikipedia)