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24 January 2022

Caroline Clarke wins Rights Professional of the Year 2021

14 May 2021

Congratulations to Canongate's Caroline Clarke and the team at Nosy Crow.

Rights Professional of the Year judges were unable to split this year's two top contenders, so the award is shared between an individual and a team. The award was announced at The Bookseller's online Nibbies ceremony on 13 May 2021 (watch it on the BBA website which also has a list of all winners).

Caroline Clarke was instrumental in the superb 2020 performance of Independent Publisher of the Year Canongate. She and her two rights colleagues scored nearly 200 deals-including dozens for the phenomenally popular Matt Haig - and grew revenues by a third. Backlist and audio contracts increased sharply, and she nurtured partnerships in underexploited territories across Asia, the Arab World and Scandinavia.

Caroline won jointly with the team at Nosy Crow. The Nosy Crow rights team of Michela Pea, Erin Murgatroyd, Núria Martí Pampalona and Lucy Dunnet are recognised after another stellar year of international trading. Between them they generated more than half of the publisher's turnover, increased sales by 50%, and doubled them in Asia.

For the full citations, see the BBA website