The Bookseller – Rights – HarperNonFiction bags the photographic history of the royal family by photographer Sun Edwards

HarperNonFiction has bagged a photographic history of the royal family by the Sunby royal photographer Arthur Edwards.

Katya Shipster, Managing Editor, has acquired all language rights worldwide to Behind the Crown: My Life Photographing the Royal Family in an agreement negotiated directly with the Sun newspaper. North American rights to the book were acquired by Lisa Sharkey, senior vice president and director of creative development at Harper. Behind the Crown: My Life Photographing the Royal Family will be released in hardcover and e-book on November 10, 2022 in the UK and November 29, 2022 in the US.

Edwards was the Sunroyal photographer since 1975; the longest portion of any log. He had unique access to the royal family throughout this period and photographed King Charles III for 50 years.

Edwards was from east London and evacuated to Devon during World War II. When he was 16 his mother bought him a camera, and after leaving school he worked in a film processing darkroom before joining the Sun in 1975. He went on to take some of the most iconic photographs of the world’s most famous family, embarking on his first royal tour in 1977.

The editor said: “With proportionate skill and unprecedented access, he captured the candid moments where protocol is pushed aside, revealing the true personalities behind The Crown. This beautiful book is a treasure trove of glorious photographs, as well as Arthur’s warm memories of the stories behind his iconic shots. It’s the perfect behind-the-scenes look at the past 50 years of the British monarchy, from a truly unique perspective.

The chapters cover the Queen, Charles (the early years), the Duke of Edinburgh, Diana, Harry and William, William and Kate, Harry and Meghan and Charles (the later years). Edwards was the only photographer to encounter King Charles III’s flight from Balmoral to RAF Northolt following the death of Queen Elizabeth II and the book includes his coverage of the late Queen’s state funeral.

Edwards said: “It has been such a privilege to be able to photograph the Royal Family for over 45 years. Especially King Charles III, who did more for me during those years than I could ever have done for him. .He is a visionary. Every time I go to photograph him with his lovely wife, it is as exciting as the first time I photographed him. He is already proving to be a great monarch. I am so happy to work with HarperCollins on Behind the Crown. It’s a wonderful collection of my favorite photos of all the royals over the years. I hope people enjoy the book as much as I enjoyed taking these photos.

Shipster added: “It has been such an honor to work closely with Arthur to create this wonderful book – and to be able to collect, preserve and present his incredible life’s work in this way. He still has unprecedented access due to his close relationship with the royal family, which has been nurtured over his long years of service, and is reflected in the informality and warmth of his beautiful shots. It really is the perfect Christmas gift.

Michael E. Marquez