Film option rights have been sold to Original Pictures. French translation rights have been sold to Éditions L'Interligne, Spanish rights to Dokusou Ediciones, German rights to LiteraturWissenschaft and Catalan rights to Editorial Gregal. Audiobook rights have been sold to Snowdog Professional Services (Audiobook Division). Rights for other languages, theatre and graphic novel adaptation are still available. We are particularly interested in the sale of translation rights for Italian and Portuguese.
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Quill of the Dove
Quill of the Dove is a blend of literary fiction and a political thriller. Framed by contemporary events in the Middle East, the novel covers two distinct time periods: 2007 mainly in Europe, the Palestinian Territories and Israel and Lebanon from 1975 to 1982.
The opening chapter takes place in Nicosia, the divided capital of Cyprus. French journalist Marc.Taragon is at the apex of his career, and Nicosia is his home base for covering the Middle East. A tenacious idealist, Taragon has spent the last thirty years attempting to bring to readers the truths about the wars and political intrigues of the region. He is unsparing in his criticism of extremists and has earned many enemies.
Taragon agrees to be interviewed by a young Canadian journalist, Marie Boivin, not knowing that Marie has a hidden agenda: to discover through Taragon the truth about her childhood.
Before Marie finds the answers she seeks, she is enmeshed in Taragon's plan to broker peace negotiations between Jonathan Bronstein, a left-wing Israeli politician, and Abdullah Akkawi, a dissident Palestinian leader. In the isolated Greek village of Arkassa on the island of Karpathos,Taragon succeeds in persuading Akkawi and Bronstein to agree to an ambitious peace plan. The action then moves quickly through Europe and the Middle East as Taragon and his associates try to stay one step ahead of deadly opponents of their initiative.
UK & IRELAND
SUSAN DOHERTY HANNAFORD, AUTHOR OF THE GHOST GARDEN AND A SECRET MUSIC
"Shaw writes with dexterity and skill to create a compelling historical fiction drama set against the backdrop of war. This might have been Ian Thomas Shaw's second novel, but he has already established himself as one of the greatest writers in contemporary fiction."
MIDWEST BOOK REVIEW
"Powerful, moving novel. Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls transports you from lush rice fields and chaotic marketplaces of Southeast Asia to the tragedy of war in the Middle East and to the frigid temperatures of Quebec City as though the reader were on the same boat, same flight, witnessing the same madness of exploding bombs, treading on the same glacial sidewalks. Con Cú masterfully weaves the complicated, heartbreaking and endearing lives of his characters. This is an original, compelling story from one of Canada’s new voices."
SONIA SAIKALEY, AUTHOR OF THE LEBANESE DISHWASHER
"In Soldier, Lily, Peace and Pearls, Canadian author Con Cú (Ian Thomas Shaw) provides poignant insight into the human condition with his scholarly ear on world history and politics while telling a tale of several brave souls who were forced to face serious hardships in the struggle to escape their occupied country. Also depicted are glimpses of hardened villains and the raw depravity of the human race, and yet moments of passion and endearing tenderness mixed with authentic heroism. The story is brilliantly told. I read the last three quarters of the book all in one sitting and was caught up in the narrative and the characters."