Category Archive: Author Deals


Peony Literary Agency darf mit Freude berichten uber Verkauf fur einen ihrer Autoren , den

beruhmten Schriftsteller. und Film Verfasser, Duncan Jepson, von zwei seiner Bucher.

London, Februar, 2013: ‘Emperors Once More‘  heisst der erste einer Krimi Serie von Duncan Jepson in dem  sein Detektive Alex Soong folgt den Spuren einer Verschworung zuruck bis die Boxer Rebellion ( 1900). Das Buch wird von Quercus ( auch Stieg Larssons Verleger) in 2014 herausgegeben.

All the Flowers of Shanghai war der erste Bestseller von Duncan Jepson der in USA mit Harper Collins erschien. Er ist auch Autor von Darkness Outside the Night, einer Graph Novelle, von Xie Peng illustriert (Tabella Verlag) und hochgeschatzt von Mo Yan ( Nobellist).

‘Es freut mich, dass meine Kriminal Romane mit Quercus erscheinen werden’, so Duncan Jepson.

Duncan Jepson ist eine hervorragende Stimme der Welt Krimi Literatur……. ‘Emperors Once More’

verzeichnet Begin interessanter Zeit fur ihn und fur Quercus’, so Jon Reiley, Quercus.

Peony Literary Agency ist eine der wirksamsten vielsprachigen Vermittlungen in Asien. Klein, aber

ehrgeizig, Vertreter von vielen bekannnten, aber auch Debutanten Schriftsteller Asiens.

In den letzen zwei Jahren wurden von uns Autoren Rechte in uber  zwanzig Landern verkauft.

Fur weitere Information, bitte wenden sich an: Marysia Juszczakiewicz, Peony Literary Agency

Duncan Jepson to Quercus

Quercus has signed novelist and film-maker Duncan Jepson in a two-book deal.

Jon Riley signed world English plus translation rights from the Asia-based Peony Literary Agency.

The first title in a detective series, Emperors Once More follows Alex Soong as he uncovers a conspiracy dating back to the Boxer Rebellion.

Jepson said: “I’m very happy indeed for the stories to have found a home at Quercus Publishing.”

Riley said: “Duncan Jepson is an outstanding voice in international crime fiction . . . Emperors Once More is the start of something exciting for him and Quercus.”

Quercus UK will publish in 2014 as a lead spring title. Jepson’s first novel, All the Flowers of Shanghai, was published by HarperCollins US.


Quercus buys HK crime series

Quercus has snapped up a new crime series set in Hong Kong, written by author Duncan Jepson.

Jon Riley, editor-in-chief at Quercus, bought world rights in all languages for the first two books in the series from Marysia Juszczakiewicz at the Peony Agency in Hong Kong.

The first book, Emperors Once More, is set in 2015 and follows detective Alex Soong as he investigates a conspiracy which dates back to the Boxer Rebellion.

Jepson said: “Interest in telling stories about Asia has always been from the perspective of the intersection between East and West. Emperors Once More is about the seismic shift to a new world order, one that is coming because of history, populations, resource needs and the different intentions of different cultures.”

Riley added: “Duncan Jepson is an outstanding new voice in international crime fiction and in Inspector Alex Soong he has created a brilliantly memorable new detective in a thrilling environment. Emperors Once More is the start of something exciting for him and for Quercus.”

Author Deals 2012

The Flowers of War by Yan Geling:

Flammarion (French), Rizzoli (Italian), Random House, Germany (German), Santillana (Spanish), Arbeiderspers (Dutch), Woongjin Think Big (Korean), Earnest (Thai), Other Press (English), Random House US (audio rights)

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New Deals for Peony Literary Agency

Peony Literary Agency is delighted to announce that US rights for Geling Yan’s The Flowers of War have been sold to Judith Gurewich at Other Press ( ), scheduled to be published January 2012. Rights have also been sold to the UK (Random House UK), Spain (Santillana), Germany (Random House –Knaus Verlag), Italy (Rizzoli), Netherlands (Arbeiderspers), and France (Flammarion).

The Flowers of War is based on true events that occurred during the Nanjing Massacre of 1937. This powerful novel is a now major film by Chinese director Zhang Yimou (Raise the Red Lantern) starring Christian Bale.

For further information please contact Marysia Juszczakiewicz in Hong Kong at marysia@peonyliteraryagency, or Tina Chou in Shanghai at

To find out more about Geling Yan, please visit and more about Peony Literary Agency at

Peony Literary Agency is delighted to announce that World English language rights for Han Han’s Youth and 1988: I want to Talk to This World, have been sold to Simon & Schuster US. The books will be translated by Allan Barr with Youth publishing second half of 2012 in the US. French rights have been sold for Youth, and Simplified Chinese rights to Lu Jinbo at Wanrong Books. French, Italian and Korean rights have been sold for 1988. Peony Literary Agency is handling world translation rights.

Youth contains Han Han’s true voice, with not a word deleted or altered, compiling 70 of his most representative pieces in the past eight years. Through Youth, readers will get to know China, a country that is going through tremendous changes.

1988: I want to talk to this world is a story about a road trip taken by the narrator with a pregnant prostitute, driving a car named 1988. Hailed by many as Han’s best novel yet, 1988 has been considered as a “road novel”, reminiscent of Jack Kerouac’s On the Road.

“We are proud to be publishing Han Han, the most thought provoking and relevant voices of China today, and look forward to introducing his work to multitudes of international readers.”

–Jonathan Karp, Executive Vice President and Publisher, Simon & Schuster US

For further information please contact Marysia Juszczakiewicz in Hong Kong at marysia@peonyliteraryagency, or Tina Chou in Shanghai at Click here to read more »

Press Release: Deals Done All The Flowers In Shanghai By Duncan Jepson

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Duncan Jepson is the award-winning producer of six feature films and documentaries that have been shown on the Discovery Channel Asia and National Geographic Channel. He has also edited two Asia-based magazines, the award winning, West East Magazine and the Asia Literary Review.

All the Flowers in Shanghai is Jepson’s stunning debut novel. Set in 1930s Shanghai,the Paris of the East, but where following the path of duty still takes precedence over personal desires, a young Chinese woman named Feng finds herself in an arranged marriage to a wealthy businessman. In the enclosed world of her new household-a place of public ceremony and private cruelty-she learns that, above all else, she must bear a male heir. Ruthless and embittered by the life that has been forced on her, Feng seeks revenge by doing the unthinkable. Years later, she must come to a reckoning with the decisions she has made to assure her place in family and society, before the entire country is caught up in the fast-flowing tide of revolution. Click here to read more »