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BBC Radio appoints LBA Books to handle their radio-to-book publishing opportunities

BBC Radio has appointed Luigi Bonomi of LBA Books to act as their literary agent in books deriving from their radio programmes.

Karl Batterbee of BBC Radio said ‘BBC Radio arrived at the decision to appoint LBA Books to act as their literary agent, not only because of Luigi Bonomi’s experience in the field, but also thanks to his reputation within the industry. BBC Radio’s portfolio of programming has in the past lent itself well to various book tie-ins, and with LBA Books on board as our agent we hope to broaden this connection and increase the volume of successful books to have come out of our radio programmes. LBA Books will be welcoming from publishers book ideas that span all of our networks; from the drama and factual programming across Radio 4, to the classical music brands housed on the Radio 3 schedules; and from the talent fronted programming on Radio 2, to the passion for music that is attached to Radio 1 and 1Xtra, 6Music, and BBC Asian Network. This will be BBC Radio’s first time working with a literary agent. And the first book from this partnership between LBA Books and BBC Radio has already hit the shelves last week (March 2nd) – Woman’s Hour: Words from Wise, Witty and Wonderful Women by Alison Maloney (BBC Books/Penguin Random House).

LBA Books are delighted welcome Karl and the team at BBC Radio to the agency.