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Russian rights to bestselling self-help KIND COMPANION by Natalia De Barbaro to Anna Neugodnikova at Eksmo, by Piotr Wawrzenczyk at Book/lab Literary Agency for Agora. 

On behalf of AGORA, we proudly represent translation rights to a huge bestseller from our market (almost 200 000 copies sold right now!) – KIND COMPANION. A Woman's Journey Within by Natalia de Barbaro.



First two translation deals are already closed (Croatia, Poetika and Russia, Eksmo) and we believe this one could be a really successful book in many territories.

It’s absolutely universal and important self-help and we know all how strong this genre is right now.



Why do we not live the way we would wish to?
Why do we not do the things which are good for us – even though we know what would serve us well?
Why do we stick to ancient patterns of behaviours alien to us, as if our lives were ruled by some ill-willed guide?
Why do we deny our own true selves?

This book is all about finding a route back into our inner core truth. There are many e-books and audiobooks on the market designed to support our personal development, improve confidence and both our personal and professional capacities. Is any of those offerings, however, as filled with tenderness in the way it looks at women's experience as in this book by the psychologist Natalia de Barbaro? Trapped in roles imposed upon us by customs and communities, we are afraid to break out of this cursed, vicious circle. We choose stagnation instead of rejection. The security of what we know instead of fear of that which is new. Following advice and opinions from all around – even those shared in good faith – we fail to listen to our own selves. Perhaps, just like so many of us, you need a guide to aid you along your woman's path... Someone who will make you realise you do not need to fit ideals in order to live a happy life. Personal and professional development are not all about avoiding mistakes. Natalia de Barbaro's book will help you see how to wisely make use of female intuition and rediscover your own inner Kind Companion.

“This is a book about finding the way back into ourselves. This is our task: yours and mine. I feel you are already upon this path: I too am upon mine. I wrote this book to help us walk along it together awhile”
Natalia de Barbaro.

“This book was a revelation for me. The Kind Companion by Natalia de Barbaro found me at the perfect moment and after reading just a few pages I knew it would become one of the most important books I would ever read. This is not a psychological self-help book, but a path which you walk along with Natalia towards your own self. Natalia has all the tools – the knowledge, competence and experience needed to lecture, but she doesn't do any of that. She
is one of us, walking the same path with gentle understanding for herself and her readers. At times, with wondrous, warm objectivity – reading this book, I felt it had been written about me, about the women I know. Those close to me and those ever so far. I laughed and then I cried. And you know what? I think many of you will have the same experiences. This is an incredibly intimate and also universal book. You are not alone, sister. You have Yourself and other Women. This book is a treasure. I would all my female friends to read it, and then you – all the Women I do not yet know. Let it bring you comfort too...”

Maja Ostaszewska, actress 



Natalia de Barbaro – Psychologist and columnist writing for Wysokie Obcasy, Poland's most influential women's magazine. For the past four years, she has been leading her unique Own Room (Własny Pokój) workshops for women. Her book A Kind Companion. A Woman's Journey Within rapidly reached and has held on to the top of all key bestseller lists in Poland.


World English Rights & translation available!

Contact: Piotr Wawrzeńczyk, piotr(at)literatura.com.pl

Reader’s reviews:

This is surely be the best book about our inner worlds I have read thus far. It changes a great many things in how we see ourselves. I am glad I did not come across it earlier in life – I would not have understood much of what it says... I will definitely reread it again.

A fascinating book about psychology, helping us discover and learn more about our optimal “selves”. You can't just flick through it – this sort of book is best dipped into daily, in stages... A revelation, I shall come back to it time and time again


The best book in this particular genre I have ever read. Written in the finest sort of style, the author is clearly one of us, capable of making mistakes, yet also capable of finding ways of dealing with so many emotions. All based on specific examples, things we can all apply in our daily lives. I read it with great pleasure, though it aroused powerful emotions. I will return to it for sure. I've already bought more copies for my friends and mom. Recommended.

I recommend all women read it.

Inside each one of us there are three destructive characters: the Snow Queen, the Meek Girl and the Martyr Woman... This book will help you understand and be aware of all your bad habits... Remember, you are all that which is best... The most beautiful flower which must bloom eventually...
Blue Hill

KIND COMPANION. A WOMAN'S JOURNEY WITHIN by Natalia de Barbaro is a remarkable guide for repeated five minute bouts of reading. I promise you getting to grips with this book is not easy. It opens in our minds various sealed boxes. Encouraging us to look inside them and explore their contents. But this has its purpose, the process of finding the Kind Guide within. Natalia de Barbaro shows us where to look and what do with it next. The book has extra pages added for us to make notes. This is a real boon, because it helps us write down our own thoughts and ideas for later on. Each and every woman should have it on her bookshelf.

A moving book about the parts of who we all are as women, parts which once noticed and named give us the chance to transform and create new qualities, to choose consciously. The style the book is written in, straightforward and authentic, made me reach for this book. Which is filled with precious ideas, thoughts and concepts which hit me right in the heart. A must-read for each and every woman! How much wisdom is in it, the things we women should all know. Such a shame no one taught me these values and respect for the self when I was young. The audiobook draws you in and leaves you wanting more! Highly recommended to all women.


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Argentyński pisarz Martín Caparrós, autor opublikowanych przez Wydawnictwo Literackie głośnych reportaży Głód i Księżyc, będzie gościem Festiwalu Conrada w Krakowie. 

Tegoroczna edycja odbędzie się w dniach od 22 do 28 października, a głównym hasłem festiwalu będzie słowo POP, rozumiane jako rdzeń naszego aktualnego doświadczenia kulturowego i politycznego.

Martín Caparrós jest autorem ponad dwudziestu reportaży tłumaczonych na wiele języków. Mieszkał w Paryżu, Madrycie i Nowym Jorku, obecnie mieszka w Barcelonie. W 2016 roku nakładem Wydawnictwa Literackiego ukazał się Głód – reportaż, który wzbudził żywą dyskusję o ubóstwie na świecie, a w kwietniu 2018 roku Księżyc. Od nowiu do nowiu (2018) opisujący problem migracji, wykluczenia i wojen.

Więcej informacji o Festiwalu Conrada tutaj: http://conradfestival.pl/

Zdjecie autora: fot. Alejandra Lopez

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Huge congratulations to David Grossman, who won the Israel Prize for 2018, the most prestigious cultural prize in Israel. 

Grossman is 'one of the most moving, profound and influential voices in Israeli literature,' Education Minister Bennett says

In 2015, Grossman withdrew his candidacy for the year's Israel Prize in Literature. He made his decision due to Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's incitment against Israel's senior scientists and authors.

The prize committee, led by Prof. Avner Holtzman, noted that "since the early '80s, Grossman has taken center stage in the Israeli culture scene. He is one of the most profound, moving and influential voices in our literature."

Grossman's novels, stories, documentary writing and children's books too are remarkable for their imagination, profound wisdom, humane sensitivity, moral stance and unique language, the panel stated.

"His books have been translated into dozens of languages, making him one of the best-known, most esteemed and beloved Israeli authors. For all the above reasons, we deemed David Grossman worthy of the Israel Prize for Literature, 5778," the panel added. Specifically, his books have been translated into 42 languages.  

>>> Full article on Haaretz

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Polish rights to trend researcher Ola Janiec's TOKYO LIFESTYLE BOOK to Oscar Blachut at Znak, in an exclusive submission, by Piotr Wawrzenczyk at Book/lab Literary Agency.


TOKYO LIFESTYLE BOOK reflections on a modern Japanese lifestyle from a perspective of experiences gained at local fashion advertising agency, including interviews with Tokyo's emerging talents, who invite readers to their favorite places.


With its respect for quality, inspiration from the past and excitement of the future, Tokyo is unquestionably the place to be. TOKYO LIFESTYLE BOOK is a response for Western’s fascination of beauty and aesthetics of a metropolis that for decades has had the image of modern luxury.

Trend Researcher and Creative Ola Janiec takes journey through hidden places of Tokyo, where design, culture and beauty make love together. On the pages of a book recalling Japanese magazine, the author explores city’s districts and various aspects of lifestyle such us – beauty industry, industrial design and independent fashion, in order to catch wide perspective of Tokyo’s way of seeing, making and thinking.

But Ola is not alone. She invites us to see the iconic city from the perspective of experiences gained at Japanese advertising studio as wells as the eyes of these, who shape the Tokyo’s trends. She takes this amazing journey with emerging talents and creatives, exploring authentic places, inspirational experiences and unique products you cannot miss when visiting on the most vibrant city of modern times that fascinates.

World English Rights & translation available!

Contact: Piotr Wawrzeńczyk, piotr(at)literatura.com.pl

Photo (c) CASA BRUTUS 06/16

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We're thrilled to announce that Chinese simplified rights to Robert Lewandowski's official biography INSATIABLE written by Pawel Wilkowicz have been sold in a pre-empt by Piotr Wawrzenczyk at Book/lab on behalf of Agora Publishing House!

Authorized biography of one of the greatest phenomenon of modern football, a forward who can score four goals against Real Madrid in one match and beat the record of all times scoring five goals within ten minutes in a Bundesliga hit match.

How did it happen that Robert Lewandowski, a boy who was always attracted by two things – scoring goals and roaring engines – won against his destiny? How come the tiniest tot of the children’s teams has become a gladiator? How was it possible that a player from the country whose football teams cannot qualify for the Champions League has become the League star and one of its best scorers? How has he risen from the player of the Polish second division club Znicz Pruszków to the key player of Bayern Munich and the captain of the Polish national team just within six years?

One of the best Polish sports journalists reveals fascinating details of Robert Lewandowski’s career. He also has a look at behind-the-scenes secrets of professional football to show what a gigantic effort it takes nowadays to achieve the status of a football star.

World English Rights & translation available!

Originally published in Poland by Agora Publishing House

Rights sold:

Chinese simplified: Tianjin People's Publishing House, in a pre-empt (pub date: Spring 2018)

Contact: Piotr Wawrzeńczyk, piotr(at)literatura.com.pl

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