THE MISSING is No. 1 on Kindle Bestsellers

We’re thrilled that C. L. Taylor’s gripping new book The Missing has reached the No. 1 spot on the Kindle Bestsellers chart.

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The Missing also continues to be a Top 10 Sunday Times paperback bestseller – this week at No.8.

Congratulations to C. L. Taylor from everyone at the Madeleine Milburn Agency on this incredible achievement.

World Book Night and Holly Bourne’s AM I NORMAL YET?

World Book Night was this weekend, and we were so excited that Holly Bourne’s Am I Normal Yet? was one of the fifteen fantastic titles on their list to be given away this year.


The list was curated to reach specific audiences with different attitudes or approaches to reading, and the selection of Am I Normal Yet? for  the 2016 list highlights mental health issues for young people.

AM I NORMAL YET Holly Bourne

 World Book Night is run by national charity The Reading Agency who aim to inspire greater numbers of people to read more, encourage them to share their enjoyment of reading with others and celebrate the difference that reading makes to all of our lives.

Holly had a wonderful night at the special gala event held at The British Library, which celebrated Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death. Alongside other authors including Matt Haig, Dreda Say Mitchell, S. J. Parris, and Sathnam Sanghera, she participated in a panel chaired by Cathy Rentzenbrink, author of last year’s Sunday Times bestseller The Last Act of Love, discussing her love of reading and her favourite books.

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For more details and news about World Book Night you can check out their website

And don’t forget to get your own copy of Am I Normal Yet? here

Publication Day for IN THE DARK, IN THE WOODS

Today is the publication of Eliza Wass’s haunting debut IN THE DARK, IN THE WOODS, which is being published by Quercus Books.

Pre-Publication Praise

“it’s a breathtaking, gut-wrenching coming-of-age saga from all sides. Readers will be swept into the Creswells’ claustrophobic world and ache for them long after it’s set aflame. A harrowing, pulpy page-turner along the compulsive lines of Flowers in the Attic.” Kirkus

“Debut author Wass fashions a haunting family portrait centered on the power of belief…Wass deftly manages the distinct voices and personalities of the many Cresswells. The dark heart of the story, suggestive of incest and sibling torture, will move many readers to question, as Castley does, whether liberation from their “father’s vision” is truly possible.” Publishers Weekly

In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings know what it’s like to be different. For years, their world has been confined to their ramshackle family home deep in the woods of upstate New York. They abide by the strict rule of God, whose messages come directly from their father.

Slowly, Castley and her siblings start to test the boundaries of the laws that bind them. But, at school, they’re still the freaks they’ve always been to the outside world. Marked by their plain clothing. Unexplained bruising. Utter isolation from their classmates. That is, until Castley is forced to partner with the totally irritating, totally normal George Gray, who offers her a glimpse of a life filled with freedom and choice.

Castley’s world rapidly expands beyond the woods she knows so well and the beliefs she once thought were the only truths. There is a future waiting for her if she can escape her father’s grasp, but Castley refuses to leave her siblings behind. Just as she begins to form a plan, her father makes a chilling announcement: the Cresswells will soon return to their home in heaven. With time running out on all of their lives, Castley must expose the depth of her father’s lies. The forest has buried the truth in darkness for far too long. Castley might be their last hope for salvation.

You can get your copy here

THE MISSING is a No. 6 Sunday Times bestseller

We’re absolutely delighted that C. L. Taylor’s dark new thriller THE MISSING is hitting the Sunday Times Bestseller List at number 6 this weekend, with nearly 30,000 copies sold within the first two weeks of publication.

This is such an incredible achievement, especially given that her current competitors in the charts include James Patterson, Lee Child, Val McDermid, the Stieg Larsson continuation and Sylvia Day.

You can buy your copy here

The Missing by C.L. Taylor

 You love your family. They make you feel safe. You trust them. Or do you…?

Someone knows what happened to Billy… When fourteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing from his Bristol home in the middle of the night, there isn’t a single member of his family that doesn’t feel that they are to blame. But the Wilkinson’s are so used to keeping secrets from one other that it isn’t until a year later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.

Huge congratulations to C.L. Taylor from all at the MM Agency!

Publication Day for THE MISSING

C. L. Taylor’s stunning new thriller THE MISSING is published today by HarperCollins/Avon.

Buy your copy here

The Missing by C.L. Taylor

#TheMissing is already trending on Twitter; it seems that everyone is as excited about this dark and gripping new book as we are.

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To hear more about the book from the author herself you can listen to her interview with Laura Rawlings on BBC Radio Bristol here

The interview starts at 02:11

The blog tour for THE MISSING starts today. You can find the details below and the first post here

The Blog Tour

Pre-Publication Praise for THE MISSING

Our Sunday Times bestselling author C.L. Taylor has received excellent pre-publication praise for her latest psychological thriller.

The Missing will be published by HarperCollins / Avon on 7th April 2016.  The launch will be supported by all major retailers across the UK, and there is an exclusive website dedicated to the book.

The Missing by C.L. Taylor

The Missing has a delicious sense of foreboding from the first page, luring us into the heart of a family with terrible secrets and making us wait, with pounding hearts for the final, agonizing twist. Loved it.” Fiona Barton

“No one does broken families and friendships like Cally Taylor and her new one is no exception. The Missing is shot through with the poison of family secrets and lies (and ties).” Sarah Hilary

“Another winner from the hugely talented CL Taylor. The Missing is clever, twisty and a joy to read. The ending took my breath away.” Mark Edwards

C L Taylor is a master of her craft. The Missing is an immaculately written and addictive read, which kept me guessing all the way through to the brilliant end. This story… had me gripped, unsettled, wrong-footed and ultimately hugely satisfied. Another sure-fire hit.” Amanda Jennings

“The Missing is twisty, dark and absolutely compelling. A sure-fire hit! Miranda Dickinson

The Missing haunted me for days after turning the last page.” Milly Johnson,

“I was grabbed by this book from the first page and read the ending with an open mouth. I wish I could unread it so that I could go back and discover it again. Brilliant!”  Angela Marsons

“As with all her books, C L Taylor delivers real pace, and it’s a story that keeps calling the reader back – so much so that I read it from cover to cover in one day.” Rachel Abbott

“Secrets and lies within a family can be devious as well as heartbreaking. The Missing explores these themes brilliantly – a dark and gripping read that engrossed me from start to finish.’ Mel Sherratt

 “Utterly compulsive reading” Marnie Riches

“WOW.  Her best one yet! Absolutely could not put it down – brilliant! I kept ignoring my kids on Mothers Day because I couldn’t stop reading!” Lucy Diamond

“An emotionally charged and heartbreaking read, C.L. Taylor is fast becoming the Queen of the dark domestic drama.” S. J. I. Holliday

“Stunning! Her best yet.” Louise Douglas

“C.L. Taylor is the Queen of Just-One-More-Chapter Lit. I devoured this compelling novel about the secrets and lies at the dark heart of family life…A gripping, compelling tale about the dark side of family life. I devoured it!”  Tammy Cohen

“What a read! I absolutely loved it. It is dark, twisty and utterly, utterly gripping…I raced through the novel – yet also didn’t want it to end…My favourite of yours yet.” Lucy Clarke

“Dark, utterly gripping and had me ripping through the pages.” Jenny Blackhurst

Viking acquires MY SISTER’S BONES in substantial deal

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The Madeleine Milburn Agency is delighted to announce that Penguin Random House / Viking has acquired the upmarket psychological thriller My Sister’s Bones by agency author Nuala Ellwood.

My Sister’s Bones tells the story of two sisters, Kate, a war reporter, and Sally, a recluse who never left their childhood home of Herne Bay.

When their mother dies, Kate returns from Syria to Herne Bay and becomes convinced there’s something terrible going on in the house next door.

But, as it becomes apparent Kate is a victim of post traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), the reader struggles to know who to believe, or who is actually guilty…

The full acquisition news can be read in The Bookseller.


THE WIDOW hits 30 languages

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency has secured the 30th foreign translation deal for Fiona Barton’s transatlantic bestseller The Widow.

Further to being No.2 on The Sunday Times bestseller list in the UK, The Widow is now climbing the New York Times chart in the US and is already at No.9, and has hit the Globe and Mail List in Canada at No. 1!

The Widow by Fiona Barton  The Widow, US cover bestseller line

Languages now include Bulgarian, Chinese Complex, Chinese Simplified, Croat, Czech, Danish, Dutch, English, French, German, Hebrew, Hungarian, Icelandic, Italian, Korean, Macedonian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Portuguese, Romanian, Russian, Serbian, Slovak, Slovenian, Spanish, Swedish and Turkish.

Further to all the deals the MM Agency made since the London Book Fair last year, including optioning the TV rights to Playground Television, Milburn says ‘it’s terrifically exciting to see The Widow become a global hit.  Barton has been ecstatically welcomed over the last few months whilst touring the UK, US and Canada.’

“Barton skillfully weaves a tale that reminds us that yes, we can be deceived by others, but we can just as easily deceive ourselves….And here is where the brilliance of The Widow lies. Whom do you trust? Whom can you trust? And not just others but ourselves as well. The Widow reminds us that relationships are not black and white to those in them — they’re forever grey.” USA Today

“Her prose is deft and her story well told.…richly character-driven in a way that is both satisfying and engrossing….The Widow is a fast start for an author whose talent merits a large and happy readership.” The Washington Post

“Both a taut reconstruction of a crime and a ruthless examination of marriage…A smartly crafted, compulsively readable tale about the lies people tell each other, and themselves, when the truth is the last thing they really want to know.” Entertainment Weekly


We’re delighted that our wonderful author HOLLY BOURNE has made the shortlist of this year’s YA BOOK PRIZE with AM I NORMAL YET?!

YA Book Prize

The YA book Prize is now in its second year, having been awarded last year to Louise O’Neill for ONLY EVER YOURS. The winner will be announced on the 2nd of June.

Take a look at the other shortlisted books here and buy your copy of the book here.

Huge Congratulations to Holly, we’re keeping our fingers and toes crossed!





Publication day for KITTY’S COUNTRYSIDE DREAM by Christie Barlow

Christie Barlow‘s latest novel KITTY’S COUNTRYSIDE DREAM is published by Bookouture today!

New home. New life. New beginning. Love affairs can blossom in the most unlikely places . . .

When Kitty inherits Bluebell Lodge from her grandmother, a farm in the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, it’s time for fresh air and a fresh start. Up to her elbows in chickens and ponies, Kitty soon realises there’s an awful lot to learn about farming. Still, at least the locals seem friendly, not least her handsome neighbour Tom…

But just as Kitty is beginning to find her feet, and the possibility of love, the discovery of a long-hidden diary, by a mysterious character called Violet changes everything. Who is Violet and what is her message for Kitty?

A heart warming, moving and funny tale, perfect for fans of Trisha Ashley and Cathy Bramley.

You can buy your copy here