Michael Blaine

THE KING OF SWINGS:  JOHNNY GOODMAN, THE LAST AMATEUR TO BEAT THE PROS AT THEIR OWN GAME (2006) 

This is the story of working class caddy Johnny Goodman’s journey to victory over legendary Bobby Jones in the nation’s first national golf tournament in Pebble Beach, California in 1929. The New York Times called it the “greatest upset” of twentieth century sports, but the story is even richer than that: Johnny Goodman’s escape from poverty and his pursuit of excellence in golf provided ordinary Americans with the same kind of inspiration as the legendary Seabiscuit, who also faced unrelenting obstacles and ultimately triumphed.

Rights: Houghton Mifflin, World English

THE MIDNIGHT BAND OF MERCY (2004)

Literary crime novel set in New York in the 1890s, inspired by a true story. Philip Lopate states that it’s like “TIME AND AGAIN but with the gloves taken off . . . a delicious read.”  The author’s first novel was shortlisted for The New Yorker’s best first novel award. Listed as a Notable Book of the Year in The New York Times and The Guardian.

Rights: Soho Press, North America; UKRoca, Spain; Eskmo, Russia