THE SECRET CITY Book Trailer

Ahead of Thursday’s publication of THE SECRET CITY by C. J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld, this incredible trailer was released yesterday. Thrilling, creepy and brilliant, we can’t wait for the book to be hitting the shelves in two days so you can read it for yourselves. If this doesn’t make you want to buy it, we don’t know what will!

COVER REVEAL: The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft

The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft has an utterly chilling new cover, which we’re incredibly excited to be bringing to you today! Doesn’t it just make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up?

The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft 2016

Be careful what you wish for…

On the surface, Callie Harwell has it all. Newly married to James, she finally gets the family she has longed for and becomes a mother to his two sons.

So why is she arrested for murder?

Things are not as Callie hoped they would be and she struggles to be accepted as part of James’ family, and to keep hidden the secrets that could destroy her future.

As her life spirals out of control, setting in motion a chain of events with devastating consequences, Callie is forced to question how well we ever really know ourselves.

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Publication day for FIRE WITCH by Matt Ralphs

At last, the sequel to the incredible FIRE GIRL by Matt Ralphs is here: FIRE WITCH. It’s out today and is perfect for young readers with a taste for the extraordinary!

Fire Witch by Matt Ralphs

Hazel Hooper is no ordinary girl. She is a Fire Witch, and she is furious. Ever since her mother, Hecate, sacrificed herself to the demon world in order to stop a demonic invasion, Hazel has been determined to get her back, regardless of the cost.

Hazel’s only chance to find Hecate is to seek advice from Nicolas Murrell, the Order of Witch Hunters most-prized prisoner, and the very same man responsible for Hecate’s loss. With only Bramley, her grumpy dormouse familiar for company, Hazel must disguise herself as a boy and infiltrate the black heart of the Order of Witch Hunters to gain an audience with Murrell. But can he be trusted?

Or will Murrell reveal to his captors that their newest apprentice is actually . . . a witch?

Get your copy here.

German Publication SECRET FIRE by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

We’re very excited about today’s German publication of THE SECRET FIRE by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld.

Oetinger, the publisher of the bestseller NIGHT SCHOOL are publishing “Die Entflammten” with this fantastic cover:

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Get hold of your UK editions here.

Holly Bourne in conversation with BuzzFeed

Yesterday, this amazing interview with Holly Bourne went live on BuzzFeed. After #IAmAFeminist trended worldwide on publication of What’s  A Girl Gotta Do?, Holly found herself reliving Lottie’s own character arc, reporting and blocking abusive Twitter trolls. Take a look at the full interview for some inspiring words from Holly and here’s an excerpt below:

 

New German Paperback Covers for Teresa Driscoll

Droemer Knaur, Teresa Driscoll’s German publisher, have come up with absolutely gorgeous new jackets for the paperback publications of both RECIPES FOR MELISSA and LAST KISS GOODNIGHT.

LAST KISS GOODNIGHT will publish on the 22nd of August, with this stunning jacket:

Last Kiss Goodnight - German PB

Followed by RECIPES FOR MELISSA in February 2017, with the following perfectly matched and equally beautiful cover:

Recipes for Melissa - German PB

Fingers crossed the German readership love these designs as much as we do!

COVER REVEAL: Behind Closed Doors by Kathryn Croft

We’re thrilled to be revealing the new jacket for Kathryn Croft’s BEHIND CLOSED DOORS today and as you can see, it’s a beauty!

Behind Closed Doors by Kathryn Croft 2016

A chilling psychological thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Nicci French, Sophie Hannah, S.J. Watson and Elizabeth Haynes, that will haunt you long after you’ve finished reading…

In this dark psychological thriller, Olivia Taylor believes she has suffered the worst life can throw at her after the break-up of her marriage. Full of hope, she starts a new life with her nine-year-old daughter, Ellie, only to find the worst is yet to come.

Meeting Michael Crossman is the beginning of an unspeakable nightmare for Olivia and her world slowly unravels.

It is only through the re-telling of her story that we piece together what has led her to become a mere shadow of the woman she once was.

You can buy it now on Amazon

Publication Day for WHAT’S A GIRL GOTTA DO? by Holly Bourne

After a super weekend at YALC, Holly Bourne’s WHAT’S A GIRL GOTTA DO? is officially out in the world, published today by Usborne.

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Lottie is fed up. She’s fed up of her parents pressurising her to get into Cambridge, she’s fed up of bad things happening to good people, but most of all she’s fed up with everything you have to put up with by being a girl.

So Lottie starts a month-long video project, where she promises to call out every single incident of sexism that she sees. But, as the project’s popularity grows, Lottie starts to unravel under the pressure of what it means to stand up for something you believe in. Can her Spinster Club friends help her hold it together? And, if she can’t even get her (annoyingly-sexy) cameraman to believe in feminism, how can she convince the rest of the world?

What has a girl gotta do to change what it means to be a girl?

This final instalment in the Spinster Club trilogy is a unashamedly feminist call to arms. It’s a book about fighting for your beliefs, it’s a book about finding what you’re capable of. And, more than anything, it’s a book about how to believe in yourself and believe in your ability to change the world.

Join the Spinster Club now and buy your copy here

Holly Bourne’s I AM A FEMINIST piece trends Worldwide

Yesterday, Holly Bourne wrote this incredible piece I AM A FEMINIST on her website. Within a few hours, hundreds of thousands of tweets were flying from young women and men around the world declaring their own reasons for why, they too, are feminists. #IAmAFeminist was a top trend in both the UK and the US and 4th Worldwide. Amazing!

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MM Agency Team Top Fives – Young Adult

To celebrate YALC we have spent (part of) the morning compiling lists of our favourite YA titles, an activity which proved surprisingly hard when we’re not allowed to add any of our own wonderful YA authors!

Thérèse’s top 5 picks:

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1. We were Liars by E. Lockhart

2. Rebel of the Sands by Alwyn Hamilton

3. A Court of Thorns and Roses by Sarah J. Maas

4. Everything, Everything by Nicola Yoon

5. The Winner’s Curse by Marie Rutkoski

Madeleine’s top 5 picks:

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1. The Fault in our Stars by John Green

2. My Sister Lives on the Mantlepiece by Annabel Pitcher

3. Being Billy by Phil Earle

4. The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins

5. Skellig by David Almond

Hayley’s top 5 picks:

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1. All the Bright Places by Jennifer Niven

2. Noughts and Crosses by Malorie Blackman

3. Unbecoming by Jenny Downham

4. Confessions of Georgia Nicholson series by Louise Rennison

5. Wolf by Wolf by Ryan Graudin

Anna’s top 5 picks:

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1. The Book Thief, Markus Zusak

2. The Hunger Games, Suzanne Collins

3. The Lovely Bones, Alice Sebold

4. Before I Fall, Lauren Oliver

5. The Little Prince, Antoine De Saint-Exupery

Publication Day for THE SANTIAGO SISTERS by Victoria Fox

This beautiful book from the equally gorgeous Victoria Fox is published by HQ today, congratulations Victoria!

‘The perfect beach read of the summer’
– Daily Express

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They should have stayed as one. They couldn’t survive apart.

It was fate, forever destined to come to this: from birth to death, two halves of the same whole.

Twins Calida and Teresita Santiago have never known a world without each other…until Teresita is wrenched from their Argentinian home to be adopted by world-famous actress Simone Geddes.

Now, while Teresita is provided with all that money can buy, Calida must fight her way to the top – her only chance of reuniting with her twin.

But no one can predict the explosive events which will finally bring the Santiago sisters into the spotlight together…

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MM Agency Team Top Fives – Suspense

For our latest Team Top Five we’re delving into murky mysteries and spine-chilling suspense to celebrate the Make Us Scared theme of our Summer Writing Competition:

Hayley:

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  1. I See You by Claire Mackintosh
  2. Dark Places by Gillian Flynn
  3. All is Not Forgotten by Wendy Walker
  4. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson
  5. I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork

Madeleine:

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  1. The Likeness by Tana French
  2. I Let You Go by Clare Mackintosh
  3. The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins
  4. Into the Darkest Corner by Elizabeth Haynes
  5. Eeny Meeny by M.J. Arlidge

Thérèse:

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  1. Rebecca by Daphne du Maurier
  2. Shutter Island by Dennis Lehane
  3. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis
  4. And Then There Were None by Agatha Christie
  5. Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro

 

Anna:

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  1. Rebecca, Daphne Du Maurier
  2. The Secret History, Donna Tartt
  3. Fingersmith, Sarah Waters
  4. The People’s Act of Love, James Meek
  5. The Tenderness of Wolves, Stef Penney

Happy Reading!

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Self-Editing Your Manuscript

We saw this brilliant post on self-editing your manuscript on the Writer’s and Artists’ website and it offered so much useful information to budding authors, we thought we’d share it with you here.

All authors who want to improve their work should self-edit before sending it over to an agent. This way, the manuscript will get into good shape very quickly, and we can share our editorial notes after the basic errors are addressed – the type that you’d be the first to spot in someone else’s work, but missed yourself because you’ve become so close to your work. Once you’ve looked at the key elements of pacing, plot and character development, here’s some fine-tuning tools to really clean up your manuscript. We particularly like the look of the Word Frequency Counter!

1. Word Frequency Counter & Phrase Frequency Counter (Free)

Most authors have a preference/dependence on certain words or phrases without realising it. In my work as an editor at I_AM Self-Publishing, I often find that particular words or phrases are repeated over and over throughout a manuscript. Paste your work into the Word Frequency Counter and it will run a report on your most used words. Once you’ve skipped through the usual suspects (such as ‘the’, ‘and’, ‘I’, etc.), you can begin to see heavily used adjectives and verbs that could be swapped for alternatives. Repeat the process with the Phrase Frequency Counter to spot any repetitive descriptions or actions.

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2. Hemmingway App (Free online or desktop version is $9.99)

The Hemmingway App analyses the technical side of your writing and gives you an overall score for ease of reading (though it is just a computer, so not to be totally trusted). It colour codes your writing to point out adverbs, confusing sentences, passages that could be simplified and instances where the passive voice is used instead of the active. Paste your text into the app and work through the colours, starting with blue (the adverbs) – see how many of them you really need.

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3. I_AM Self-Publishing’s List of Commonly Misused Words

There are moments when you get so swept up in the middle of a fast-paced scene or great, new plot idea that your typing hands can’t quite keep up with your brain. In the rush, silly mistakes creep in. This is perfectly normal.

To combat this, we’ve created a Commonly Misused Words List, so you can search for each one using Word’s find command and check that you’ve used it correctly. You would be amazed at what creeps in. While the list isn’t exhaustive, it’s more than enough to help you steer clear of the biggest offenders. (Your editor will thank you for cleaning these up, trust me!) To download the list, fill in your details here.

Korean Edition Covers for Teresa Driscoll and Fiona Barton

Receiving translated editions of our titles and seeing how foreign publishers have decided to present the book when it comes to the cover artwork is one of the most fun parts of foreign rights. Two wonderful new Korean editions have just published, which show just how different but equally beautiful different covers of the same books can be. Below are two Korean covers next to their UK counter-part, both Korean editions are the handiwork of Chungrim Publishing:

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Korean and UK editions of THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton

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Korean and UK editions of RECIPES FOR MELISSA by Teresa Driscoll

 

MM Agency Team Top Fives – Make Us Scared

To celebrate the launch of our Summer Writing Competition, we choose our top five books on the same theme: Make Us Scared. We cannot wait to find a brand new author we can add to our lists.

Madeleine:

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  1. The Likeness by Tana French
  2. The Woods by Harlan Coben
  3. The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne
  4. The Book of Lost Things by John Connolly
  5. The Secret History by Donna Tartt

Thérèse:

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  1. The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood
  2. Rosemary’s Baby by Ira Levin
  3. We by Yevgeny Zamyatin
  4. We Need to Talk about Kevin by Lionel Shriver
  5. American Psycho by Brett Easton Ellis

Anna:

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  1. The Road by Cormac McCarthy
  2. Under the Skin by Michel Faber
  3. Sister by Rosamund Lupton
  4. The Book of You by Claire Kendal
  5. Saturday by Ian McEwan

Hayley:

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  1.  The Three by Sarah Lotz
  2. I See You by Clare Mackintosh
  3. Sharp Objects by Gillian Flynn
  4. The Shining by Stephen King
  5. Before I Go To Sleep by S.J. Watson

MM Agency Team Top Fives – Non-Fiction

In our second set of Top Five favourite titles, the MM Agency Team is delving into the world of non-fiction books we have recently read. Here are our rather different takes on our favourites:

Anna:

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  1. Wild Swans, Jung Chang
  2. The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo
  3. Wild, Cheryl Strayed
  4. Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer
  5. The Artist’s Way, Julia Cameron

Thérèse:

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  1. Do No Harm by Henry Marsh
  2. David and Goliath by Malcolm Gladwell
  3. The Lady in Gold by Anne-Marie O’Connor
  4. Consider the Lobster by David Foster Wallace
  5. The Hare with the Amber Eyes by Edmund de Waal

Hayley:

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  1. Eat, Sweat, Play by Anna Kessel
  2. How to Raise an Adult by Julie Lythcott-Haims
  3. Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig
  4. I Am Malala by Malala Yousafzai
  5. When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi

Madeleine:

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  1. How to be a Woman by Caitlin Moran
  2. Steve Jobs by Walter Isaacson
  3. Eat, Pray, Love by Elizabeth Gilbert
  4. Men are from Mars, Women are from Venus by John Gray
  5. The Examined Life by Stephen Grosz

MM Agency Top Fives – Literary Fiction

Our agents are always looking for new authors to represent. To help give an idea of the types of books we are looking for, we have all compiled High Fidelity-style top five lists of our favourite books (excluding our own authors). In the first part of Madeleine Milburn Agency Team Top Fives, our agents pick their favourite literary fiction titles of the last few years:

Madeleine:



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  1. The Narrow Road to the Deep North by Richard Flanagan
  2. A Little Life by Hanya Yanagihara
  3. The Goldfinch by Donna Tartt
  4. Life After Life by Kate Atkinson
  5. Room by Emma Donoghue

Hayley:

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  1. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  2. Atonement by Ian McEwan
  3. Emma by Jane Austen
  4. The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry
  5. Girls on Fire by Robin Wasserman

Thérèse:

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  1. The Maddaddam Trilogy by Margaret Atwood
  2. All The Light We Cannot See by Anthony Doerr
  3. Station Eleven by Emily St John Mandel
  4. The Little Red Chairs by Edna O’Brien
  5. The Bees by Laline Paull

Anna:

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  1. Norwegian Wood, Haruki Murakami
  2. Any Human Heart, William Boyd
  3. Revolutionary Road, Richard Yates
  4. The Great Gatsby, F. Scott Fitzgerald
  5. The Go-Between, LP Hartley

‘Writing IS a Weird Job…’ by Fiona Barton

Fiona Barton and Kate Hamer
 ‘Writing IS a weird job, basically sitting in a room with a cast of people who don’t exist, but I love it too.’

Psychological suspense authors Fiona Barton (The Widow) and Kate Hamer (The Girl in the Red Coat) discuss the ins and outs of writing: from planning and publicity to their inspiration.

Barton reflects on the popularity of the domestic noir genre: ‘I love the edginess of watching ordinary people faced with life-changing events; that thrilling shudder that comes with knowing this could have happened to me…’

For the full discussion, follow this link.

Fiona Barton’s debut, The Widow, is a bestseller in both the UK and US.

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Cover Reveal Dutch Edition FORGET ME NOT by Luana Lewis

We’re thrilled to share the cover for the Dutch edition of Luana Lewis’s chillingly captivating FORGET ME NOT, or in Dutch VERGEET ME NIET:

Forget Me Not - DutchCargo will be publishing in the Netherlands on 10th of November 2016.

Q&A with Madeleine Milburn

Madeleine Milburn photo Madeleine is a Literary Agent and the Director of Madeleine Milburn Ltd. She formed the agency at the beginning of 2012 and it has quickly become one of the top literary agencies in the UK. Madeleine represents a wide range of bestselling authors writing literary and popular fiction including crime and thrillers, psychological suspense, literary, upmarket women’s fiction, comedy, romance, high-concept, children’s, Young Adult and crossover fiction. She represents authors based all around the world and has a reputation for growing writing careers internationally.
Here’s a Q&A with Madeleine about her career as an agent and what she’s looking for in submissions.

 

What do you love most about being an agent?

I love being the first to discover a really special manuscript. A manuscript that no one in the book industry has read. And then creating a monumental buzz around the submission and placing it with publishers all over the world. I also love the author care side to being an agent. I care deeply about each of my clients and I get immense satisfaction from growing their careers.

What is your area of specialism?

The Widow by Fiona BartonI represent authors across a wide range of genres both fiction and non-fiction, but to sum it up, I’d say it’s a voice-driven list. I’m looking for original voices with page-turning plots. In terms of a specialism, I have had a lot of success with psychological suspense, most recently with Fiona Barton’s phenomenal The Widow, feted as this year’s The Girl on the Train. I’m actively looking for more books in this vein – books that feel chillingly lifelike, that you can’t for a moment put down. I’d love to represent more crime, the darker the better!

Is there a particular trend or gap in the market that you think needs to be filled?

There’s no let-up in the appetite for domestic noir. I’d love to find a psychological thriller with an unusual concept – something that immediately gets under your skin as you realise how easily it could happen to you. There has been a slew of these books of late, with marriages you recognise, in homes so familar you feel you’ve been in them before. But there’s still new ways of approaching this genre, and I’m excited to see what’s to come.

I’m also seeing a trend for quirkier narrators who surprise you at every twist. Whether they’re unreliable, struggling with illness, mental-health issues, memory loss or social awkwardness, protagonists are becoming more and more lifelike and with that, more and more relatable to readers. I fell in love with the heroine in Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine as soon as I started reading it – she’s a bit of an oddball who tends to say exactly what she’s thinking and struggles with appropriate social skills, but she’s such an endearing character too. I would like a male Eleanor Oliphant next!versionsofus

I think the different ways in which a story is told can be really interesting, for instance Laura Barnett’s The Versions of Us weaves between three different versions of the same story. I’m looking for unique ways of telling stories, particularly given the new ways we absorb information in social media.

What are you currently hoping to find?

Aside from finding new crime and thriller writers, I’d love to find a big, sweeping love story that just wraps me up and takes me in. Something sad and beautiful that I keep thinking back to long after I’ve turned the last page. Publishers keep telling me they are looking for more inspirational stories that offer escapism. An epic story with a strong female lead is something I’d very much like to find. I am also very interested in high concept and true stories that work for film & TV.

What do you think makes a bestselling book?

Making a bestseller is a collaborative process. First of all, you need a brilliant hook, with relatable characters who feel alive and a distinctive storytelling voice. Combining these three elements is no easy feat; if you can then you’ve got a great book. Beyond that, though, it’s other people that make bestsellers happen. Agents and editors come together to champion a book and to make sure the story shines. There are all sorts of people in publishing houses working to develop the cover and marketing plan that go into a breakout book. And finally, there wouldn’t be any bestsellers without readers! The people who buy books, share, recommend and talk about them are the people who turn any book into a commercial success.

What does your typical day look like?

I check my submissions as soon as I wake up and then, when I’m in the office, I am actively pursuing opportunities for my authors. Every day is different as there’s so much going on. I’ll be submitting manuscripts, negotiating publishing deals, travelling to writing events to meet potential authors, pitching to film and TV companies, working editorially with my clients, working on publicity, liaising with editors, drawing up contracts, and so the list goes on! Very little reading is done at work… it’s all evenings and weekends.

Do you have any general tips/pointers for new writers looking to get published?

  • Be as articulate as you can be in your introductory email. Agents see a huge amount of submissions, so it’s really important that you can pitch your book in as short and compelling a way as possible. We have less time than we would like to read submissions, so use it wisely!
  • Know your genre – give us a short paragraph introducing the intended readership of the book. This will help agents see how to pitch your writing to publishers.
  • And most importantly, keep writing! The road towards traditional publication can be unpredictable and slow – the most important thing is that you keep at it, keep coming up with new ideas, reading books and finding the inspiration that will help you develop your voice.

Apart from great writing and a fantastic book, what do you look for in a potential client?

Willingness to work editorially together on the book – books can go through a fair few edits before being submitted to publishers, so it’s important that clients are open-minded about this, and willing to do the work. We also look for writers with lots of ideas. Our emphasis is on building careers, so it’s great if an author can send us a couple of lines on the next book they’re working on, and how it would appeal to the same readers.

How important do you think it is for writers to be digitally savvy?

The world we live in is changing, and it is important as an industry that we move with these trends if we want to stay relevant and current. It is great if an aspiring writer has an online platform, particularly for non-fiction – this is an established audience they can talk about their book with. Being connected online is also a great way of building contacts and knowing your genre. It isn’t everything though. Most of all, writers need to write wonderful books. Being too connected can take away from this, even – digital culture does have the tendency to divide the attention, whereby authors need to give their all to their books. It is our responsiblity to help our authors in the digital landscape, and it’s a publisher’s responsibilty too.

Any useful don’ts to warn writers against?

As important as it is to be aware of the market, write what you love. Publishing trends come and go and are tricky to predict, so don’t try to mirror what’s already out there too much. Writing from passion and experience really does shine through. And you never know – it might just be the next big thing! So stay true to what interests you, keep being inspired and trying new things. That’s how the brilliant books come about.

Think you’re ready to submit to Madeleine? Check out our submissions guidelines here.

Russian Cover THE BOY WHO SAILED THE OCEAN IN AN ARMCHAIR

We’re very excited to reveal the more than gorgeous Russian cover for Lara Williamson’s prize-winning THE BOY WHO SAILED THE OCEAN IN AN ARMCHAIR:

Ripol will be publishing, having already beautifully published Lara’s previous title A BOY CALLED HOPE equally beautifully (below). We cannot wait to see these hit the shelves in Russia!

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Usborne publish Lara’s titles in the UK, and you can get your copies here.

 

 

Dutch Publication THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS

Last week saw the Dutch publication of Kate Ling’s mesmerising THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS. The wonderful people at Uitgeverij Moon published under the beautiful title EENZAAM EN EXTREEM VER WEG. This is their cover along with the rather gorgeous postcards they created for the occasion:

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Here’s one of the first fab blog reviews of the Dutch edition – there are bound to be many more!

THE WIDOW success continues as the bestselling hardback debut of the year

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Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton remains the bestselling hardback debut of the year in the UK, beating The Trouble With Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon and The Course of Love by Alain de Botton to the top spot.
Here are the top 10:

1. The Widow by Fiona Barton
2. The Trouble with Goats and Sheep by Joanna Cannon
3. The Course of Love by Alain de Botton
4. Crisis by Frank Gardner
5. The Bricks That Built the Houses by Kate Tempest
6. I’m Travelling Alone by Samuel Bjork
7. The Girls by Emma Cline
8. Anatomy of a Soldier by Harry Parker
9. 2017 War with Russia: An Urgent Warning from Senior Military Command by General Sir Richard Shirreff
10. The Good Liar by Nicholas Searle

We incredibly excited to see THE WIDOW at the top of such a great list of bestsellers!

Simon Cherry’s EDDY STONE AND THE EPIC HOLIDAY MASH-UP features on lovereadingforkids.com

We are pleased to announce that Simon Cherry’s swashbuckling pirate adventure, EDDY STONE AND THE EPIC HOLIDAY MASH-UP, has been chosen as one of this weeks staff picks on lovereadingforkids.com, as well as being chosen as their debut novel of the month for the 7-9 year old category.

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Lovereading4kids’ editorial expert Andrea Reece praises EDDY STONE AND THE EPIC HOLIDAY MASH-UP as ‘an epic story indeed, and possibly the most inventive piratical comedy-fantasy-adventure you’ll read this year’

Congratulations to Simon Cherry, and may Eddy have many adventures yet!

Dutch Publication for EDDY STONE by Simon Cherry

Our favourite and most hilarious pirate quest EDDY STONE AND THE EPIC HOLIDAY MASH-UP by Simon Cherry has now been published in the Netherlands by De Fontein.  The Dutch title is DE SCHAT VAN GRUIZELKAAK: HET EERSTE AVONTUUR VAN EDDIE KEI.  Here is their beautiful cover by Andrea Kruis – do note the rather excellent penguin:

Eddy Stone - NetherlandsHappy Dutch publication date to Simon and Eddy, and make sure to get your own copy published by Usborne here.

THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton is a Spanish Bestseller!

 Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton has now also become a bestseller in Spain! LA VIUDA entered the various bestseller charts at numbers 7, 9 and 10:

Widow  SpainAnd here is their beautiful cover again as well:

The Widow SpainWe are over the moon that THE WIDOW is rapidly becoming an international bestseller!

Publication day for THE TEA PLANTER’S DAUGHTER by Janet MacLeod Trotter

The first two books in Janet MacLeod Trotter’s India Tea series, THE TEA PLANTER’S DAUGHTER and THE TEA PLANTER’S BRIDE are published by Amazon Publishing today.

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Set in India in 1905, Clarissa Belhaven and her younger sister Olive find their carefree life on their father’s tea plantation threatened by his drinking and debts.

And when Jock Belhaven dies suddenly, his daughters are forced to return to industrial Tyneside, where they come face-to-face with dire poverty and work long hours in a pub. Clarrie dreams of opening her own tea room, to provide a safe haven for local women by means of the business she knows best.

Encompassing love, poverty, betrayal and the never ending call of a far flung home, THE TEA PLANTER’S DAUGHTER is a deeply moving story with a wonderfully warm-hearted heroine.

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THE TEA PLANTER’S BRIDE, the second book in the India Tea series, follows Sophie who is suddenly orphaned at the age of six and is taken from her parents’ tea plantation, the only home she has ever known, to be raised halfway across the world in Scotland.

As the years pass and her exotic childhood becomes a distant memory, adventurous Sophie finds refuge in her friendship with her kind, shy cousin, Tilly. It is no surprise when the girls follow each other to India to embark on new adventures, new lives and new loves.

But the reality of 1920s India is far removed from their dream: the jungles are too humid and the breathtaking tea gardens too remote. As the past begins to darken their friendship, will long-held secrets shatter everything they’ve ever striven for?

Download the ebooks here

THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton enters Italian charts at #3

We’re delighted that New York Times and Sunday Times Bestseller  THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton has entered the Italian Bestseller list at number 3!

Widow 3 ItalyHere is the gorgeous Italian jacket once again:

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Congratulations to Fiona and fingers crossed it has a long life in the Italian charts!

C. L. Taylor’s THE MISSING shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards 2016

We are very excited to announce that C. L. Taylor’s Sunday Times Bestseller, The Missing, has been shortlisted for the Dead Good Reader Awards, 2016

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C.L. Taylor is being shortlisted beside other literary superstars Robert Galbraith, Amanda Jennings, Mark Billingham, Sarah Hilary and Tara Guha by Dead Good, the home of crime books, drama and film.

Make sure you cast your vote here.

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Taylor’s heroine, Clare, blames herself when fifteen-year-old Billy Wilkinson goes missing in the middle of the night. She’s not the only one. There isn’t a single member of Billy’s family that doesn’t feel guilty. But the Wilkinsons are so used to keeping secrets from one another that it isn’t until six months later, after an appeal for information goes horribly wrong, that the truth begins to surface.
Claire is sure of two things – that Billy is still alive and that her friends and family had nothing to do with his disappearance.
A mother’s instinct is never wrong. Or is it?

‘It kept me guessing till the end’ – THE SUN

This twisty thriller about a missing teen will keep you up all night’ – HEAT MAGAZINE

THE MISSING has so far sold over 130,000 copies in the UK alone, and continues to feature in Amazon’s detective and crime bestseller lists.

Well done to C.L. Taylor on this fantastic accomplishment, we look forward to solving more crimes with you in the years to come!

Get your copy here

Holly Bourne’s AM I NORMAL YET? wins Lancashire Book Award 2016

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our bestselling YA author, Holly Bourne, has won the 30th annual Lancashire Book of the Year Award , 2016, with her  fantastic novel AM I NORMAL YET?

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The award is voted for by Year 9 students in twelve high schools around the county. Each school is given a collection of books, submitted by publishers as being the best books they had produced for the 12-14 age group. The young people then read and shortlist the books before the overall winner is announced, highlighting how Bourne’s work continues to resonate with young people around the country.

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AM I NORMAL YET follows the lives of Evie, Amber and Lottie: three teenage girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks. Both hilarious and heart-rending, this is Evie’s no-holds-barred story of struggling to live a “normal” teen life in the grip of OCD.

‘A brutal and brilliant takedown of how we talk about mental illness, feminism, and friendship. If you’ve ever felt out of the ordinary, this is for you (ie everyone). It manages to be enjoyable without being flippant, incisive without being preachy. My first thought having finished it was ‘I wish I’d read this when I was a teenager’, but in all truth I think it’s just as valuable to have read it now.’ – The Guardian

A very well deserved congratulations to Holly, we cannot wait to see what you have lined up next!

Get your copy here

Czech publication THE LIE by C.L. Taylor

Today is the Czech Publication of C.L. Taylor’s Sunday Times Bestseller THE LIE!

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Domino are publishing in the Czech Republic, and it is the perfect occasion for a round-up of all the recent foreign publications of THE LIE:

Jentas have published the Danish version of THE LIE

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Marabout published LE MENSONGE in May 2016

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Piper will be publsihing DETOX, the German edition of THE LIE in December 2016

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The Italian edition from Longanesi is coming in July:

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 And lastly, Panatagruel have publsihed the Norwegian edition in March:

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Rights Sold THE LIE

UK & Commonwealth: HarperCollins/Avon
North American: Sourcebooks
Croat: Mozaik
Czech: Domino
Danish: Jentas
French: Marabout/Hachette Livre
German: Piper
Italian: Longanesi
Swedish: Jentas
Norwegian: Pantagruel
Russian: Exmo
Thai: Amarin

Italian and Norwegian THE GIRL WITH NO PAST by Kathryn Croft

This month sees the exciting publication in Italy and Norway of one of our best-selling psychological suspense novels, THE GIRL WITH NO PAST, by Kathryn Croft. A gripping suspense full of unexpected twists and turns, with over 400,000 copies sold in the UK by Bookouture, and top 5 Amazon Bestseller spots in the UK and US!

Cappelen Damm are publishing in Norwegian whilst HarperCollins Italia are publishing the Italian edition next week. Here are their beautiful covers:

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The rights have also sold to Ersen in Estonia, Egmont in Germany, Kontinents in Latvia and Toper in Macedonia. Also check out Kathryn’s latest title, THE GIRL YOU LOST.

US Publication THE LIE by CL Taylor

Sourcebooks are publishing Sunday Times Bestseller CL Taylor’s gripping and disturbing psychological suspense THE LIE in the United States today!

“A [dark]…gripping thriller” – Publishers Weekly

“A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller.” – Claire Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go

“My heart was racing after I finished CL Taylor’s brilliant new book The Lie. Dark, creepy and full of twists. I loved it.” – Rowan Coleman, author of The Day We Met and We Are All Made of Stars

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Jane Hughes has a great boyfriend, a job in an animal shelter, and a tiny cottage in rural Wales. She’s happier than she’s ever been…but her life is a lie. Jane Hughes does not really exist.

Five years earlier, Jane and her best friends set off on what was supposed to be the trip of a lifetime, but it rapidly descended into a nightmare that claimed the lives of two of her friends. Ever since, Jane has tried to put the past behind her and lead a normal life. But someone out there knows the truth about what happened-and they won’t stop until they’ve destroyed Jane and everything she loves.

HarperCollins publish THE LIE in the UK and you can get your copy here!

Publication Day for THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass

Today is the US publication day for the dark and chilling THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass. It is being published by Disney Hyperion, and here are some of the fantastic reviews so far:

“A breathtaking, gut-wrenching coming-of-age saga. Readers will be swept into the Cresswells’ claustrophobic world and ache for them long after it’s set aflame”―Kirkus Reviews

“A debut novel you definitely don’t want to miss… You’ll be captivated by its dark, rich world.”―Bustle

“Debut author Wass fashions a haunting family portrait centered on the power of belief.”―Publishers Weekly

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The woods were insane in the dark, terrifying and magical at the same time. But best of all were the stars, which trumpeted their light into the misty dark. 

Castella Cresswell and her five siblings—Hannan, Casper, Mortimer, Delvive, and Jerusalem—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.

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First Foreign Publications of THE WIDOW

After achieving both SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER status in the UK and the US, Fiona Barton’s THE WIDOW has started hitting the foreign shelves in translation. We’ve sold the book in a record 32 languages so far, and publications are coming in thick and fast. Here are the beautiful translated editions out so far:

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The fastest out of the blocks were Rowohlt in Germany, who published on the 21st of May.

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 The House of Books published in Dutch on the 23rd of May.

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Planeta Spain published on 31st of May

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Planeta Portugal are publishing their edition this June.

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And lastly for now, Einaudi are publishing the Italian edition on the 14th of June.

We are loving all the publishers’ takes on the gorgeous Transworld cover:

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New Spinster Club novella from bestselling YA author Holly Bourne

Following the phenomenally successful Am I Normal Yet?, How Hard Can Love Be?, and the soon to be published What’s a Girl Gotta Do? Holly Bourne is back this winter with a Spinster Club special.

…And a Happy New Year? – a Spinster Club novella – will be published in hardback by Usborne on 1st November. Set at an epic New Year’s Eve party, this is a chance for fans to find out how Evie, Amber and Lottie’s lives have changed since leaving college. With all the hallmarks of Holly Bourne’s unforgettable voice; get ready for more friendship, feminism, heartache and hilarity (and of course, the cheesy snacks).

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“Blazing a feminist trail for UKYA”– Red magazine online

Spinster Club girls Evie, Amber and Lottie are reunited for the mother of all New Year’s Eve parties. Having spent months apart since finishing college, they’ve got plenty to catch up on: how is Evie juggling a relationship with her OCD? Does Amber plan to spend more time with Kyle in America? And where did Lottie end up? Get ready for some serious partying – and some major New Year’s revelations – from everyone’s favourite cheesy-snackloving feminists.

“This is a book to press into the hands of every teenage girl you know” – Fiona Noble for The Bookseller on What’s A Girl Gotta Do?

“An involving look at feminism, friendship and the secrets we hide.” – The Observer on Am I Normal Yet?

Holly has appeared at #FeminisminYA panels across the UK and Ireland, and at an event with feminist icon Rosie Boycott at the Southbank’s WOW Festival. She is also a 2016 World Book Night author and has been shortlisted for this year’s YA Book Prize.

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Pre-order your copy here!

 

 

Publication Day EDDY STONE AND THE EPIC HOLIDAY MASH-UP

Yo-ho-ho! Today is the publication day for Simon Cherry’s wonderfully funny EDDY STONE AND THE EPIC HOLIDAY MASH-UP, which is being published by Usborne Publishing.

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When Eddy Stone finds a pirate sitting in the bath in his Gran’s crumbling cottage, his miserable summer holiday turns into a treasure hunt!

Setting sail in a ship-shaped snack bar, crewed by an old lady and a grumpy penguin with dreams of stardom, what could possibly stop them on their search for booty?

… Apart from the world’s most evil confectioner and his mind-melting sweets, a tantrum-throwing Emperor with a very deep dungeon, the fearless and flamboyant Raisins of Death, or a drooling man-eating Beast so repulsive that only its mother could love it – and even she would need to be half-blind and have lost her sense of smell!

And then there’s the maddest, baddest pirate in all the seven seas, who just happens to know a secret that will turn the whole adventure upside down…

An endearing, original and hilarious take on the pirate quest with more twists than a pocketful of monkeys!

Heave ho and buy that copy here!

ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET hits the New York Times Bestseller List

We’re over the moon that everyone’s favourite mischievous housemaid, Ivy Pocket, has hit the New York Times Children’s Bestseller list at number 4 in ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET:

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Ivy’s whimsical and wickedly funny adventures, written by Caleb Krisp, have now sold in 23 languages worldwide and the film rights have been optioned by Paramount studios, so we have no doubt that Ivy is set for some even bigger adventures!

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NYONE BUT IVY POCKET is the first in a series of darkly whimsical and wickedly funny tales of a twelve-year-old maid of no importance who finds herself at the very heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, ghosts and murder.

Ivy Pocket is a walking disaster – enraging and appalling the aristocrats she works for at every turn. But our protagonist doesn’t see herself that way at all.  In fact, she’s convinced she’s rather wonderful. When Ivy finds herself abandoned and penniless in Paris (after a disastrous mishap with Countess Carbunkle involving a bowl of turtle soup), she has no idea how she will get back to England.  Fate intervenes when Ivy is called to the sick bed of a dying duchess and is charged with delivering a mystical (and possibly cursed) necklace to the utterly revolting Matilda Butterfield for her twelfth birthday. From that moment on, Ivy is propelled towards her remarkable destiny in a rollicking adventure full of intrigue, villains, mayhem, and misunderstanding.

Ivy’s monstrously unreliable narration and her wonderfully eccentric way of seeing the world tempers the darkness of this fairly grisly mystery-adventure, which shares a similar sensibility with the works of Lemony Snicket and Neil Gaiman.

We are thrilled that Ivy is a New York Times Bestseller! Make sure to get your copy here.

WHAT’S A GIRL GOTTA DO? by Holly Bourne named Bookseller’s ‘Book of the Month’

We are excited to see that What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne has been selected as the Bookseller’s ‘Book of the Month’ for teen readers this upcoming August! This is the third and final installment in Bourne’s spirited trilogy, which follows three young women as they struggle to overcome the perils of love, friendship, and adulthood.

The Bookseller writes that ‘what could have been an “issues” book in the hands of a lesser writer is made relevant, real and so accessible by Bourne, who writes with such wisdom, honesty and heart.’ We agree wholeheartedly with this insight, and would also concur that ‘this is a book to press into the hands of every teenage girl you know.’ Check out the funky cover art, released on Maximumpop.co.uk this afternoon

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We are so happy and proud of Holly Bourne and her incredible series. We hope to see a lot more of Lottie and the rest of the ‘Spinster Club’ in days to come!

What’s a Girl Gotta Do? will be published by Usbourne on the 1st of August, but you can pre-order your copy here

 

Publication Day for THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by Kate Ling

Today is the publication of the utterly mesmerising THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by Kate Ling. It is the first book in a trilogy and is being published by Little, Brown.

“This is how it feels to realise that your whole miserable life and everything in it has never been yours, has always belonged to someone else, and always will, and there’s nothing you can do about it.”

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It is that quick, that strong, that beautiful. And it is also totally impossible.

Even though she knows it’s impossible, Seren longs to have the sunshine on her skin. It’s something she feels she needs to stay sane. But when you’re hurtling through space at thousands of kilometres an hour, sometimes you have to accept there are things you cannot change.

Except that the arrival of Dom in her life changes everything in ways she can barely comprehend. He becomes the sun for her, and she can’t help but stay in his orbit. To lose him would be like losing herself . . .

In the dark, can a heart still hope?

A love story for the cynical.

                 A passing glimpse of sun.

                                     In the dark, can a heart still hope?

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Get your copy here!

THE BOY WHO SAILED THE OCEAN IN AN ARMCHAIR selected for 2016 Bookbuzz list

We at Madeleine Milburn Agency are thrilled to announce that The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair by Lara Williamson has been included in Booktrust’s annual Bookbuzz list

 

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The Bookbuzz list is created for Year 7 and 8 students every year to encourage reading as a pastime. Books are selected which appeal to readers of all reading levels and range across various genres. The list aims to support books which allow students to discover new worlds and exciting ways to utilize their own limitless imaginations. We are honoured to be included in any program which seeks to inspire young readers, and are proud to see Lara Williamson alongside such legends as Neil Gaiman and Michael Morpurgo.

The Bookbuzz list is endorsed by over 250 Secondary Schools across England, where featured books are made available to scores of enthusiastic readers. It is exciting to think that one of our books will be read by such a large and diverse group of emerging thinkers—some of whom may be future writers themselves.

There’s buzzing in the air, and we at Madeleine Milburn are happy to hear it!

You can read more about the Bookbuzz list here

SUMMER AT ROSE ISLAND by Holly Martin is published by Bookouture today

Summer at Rose Island, the third installment in Holly Martins bestselling White Cliff Bay series is published by Bookouture today.

Darcy Davenport is ready for a fresh start. Determined to leave a string of disastrous jobs and relationships behind her, she can’t wait to explore White Cliff Bay and meet the locals. When Darcy swims in the crystal clear waters of the bay, she discovers the charming Rose Island Lighthouse. But it’s not just the beautiful building that she finds so intriguing…

Darcy is drawn to the mysterious and sexy Riley, but when it seems the town is trying to demolish his home, she soon finds herself having to pick sides. She’s fallen in love with White Cliff Bay, but is that all Darcy’s fallen for?

Pre-publication praise

“Like getting a huge hug from your best friend, after you haven’t seen them for a while…a fabulously sweet and cosy romance.” Rachel’s Random Reads

“This story has everything you look for in a contemporary romance story. It is funny, engaging and warm. The characters are quirky, honest, and lovable. The English seaside, with its village pub and picturesque lighthouse, couldn’t be a more perfect setting.” What’s Better Than Books

“The characters seem to jump out of the pages and into your head and heart.” Fiona’s Book Reviews

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Pull up a deck chair, sink back with a bowl of strawberry ice cream and pick up the summer read you won’t be able to put down. Find your copy here

AM I NORMAL YET? by Holly Bourne is not just for kids

We are delighted to read that The Guardian has named Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne among its Top 10 children’s and YA books that adults can learn from. We believe that this book contains important lessons for readers of all ages and are thrilled to see that others agree!

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Article author Kiran Millwood Hargrave calls Bourne’s book a brutal and brilliant takedown of how we talk about mental illness, feminism, and friendship and suggests that if you’ve ever felt out of the ordinary, this is for you (ie everyone).

Read the full review and the rest of the article by following the link posted above

Madeleine Milburn Agency at the Bologna and London Book Fairs

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency had a packed but wonderful time at the Bologna and London Book Fairs this year selling rights to international publishers worldwide.

The Children’s Book Fair, held every year in Bologna, came first and we attended for a short but intense three days. Meetings mostly took place at the stands of all the different foreign publishing houses we were presenting to, giving us a fascinating snapshot of the types of books that were trending across the globe and how different publishing houses presented their publications. We obviously had the occasional mandatory ice-cream break to regain our strengths in between meetings, of course.

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The London Book Fair took place the week after Bologna, so Madeleine, Thérèse and Cara all had three days packed full with meetings with international editors in the International Rights Centre. We had a great guide to present, with gorgeous new debut titles and  a host of really exciting new books from our fantastic existing authors. It was the perfect occasion to find out about the foreign editors’ acquisition wishlist and to catch up on their exciting publication plans for some of our books which had been acquired around previous book fairs.

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Madeleine Milburn and Therese Coen at LBF

We were so proud to have two of our authors joining panels at the London Book Fair; Mel Sherratt talked on a panel about Independent Publishing with Amazon, such as Kindle Direct, while Kathryn Croft debated on a panel discussing whether Self-Publishing Houses were the next level in the evolution of Self-Publishing as a whole.

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Mel Sherratt talking at the panel at LBF

We had brought along a whole set of our beautiful book proofs and finished copies, and really enjoyed showing off our authors’ hard work!

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Mel Sherratt writing as Marcie Steele in the Top 10!

We are thrilled to see Mel Sherratt writing as Marcie Steele storm up the Amazon charts with her uplifting romantic tale of love and friendship, The Second Chance Shoe Shop, already at No.7!

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For fans of Carole Matthews and Amanda Prowse, The Second Chance Shoe Shop (Bookouture) circles around a group of friends who put together a plan to save their beloved shop whilst battling the ups and downs of their personal lives.

Mel Sherratt is well-known for her gritty crime thrillers which consistently feature in the top 10 on Amazon. It’s wonderful seeing her success span two hugely popular genres in both the UK and the US. Follow this link for Marcie Steele’s heartwarming, uplifting read.  For news and further updates follow @Marcie-Steele #Shoelove

SOMEBODY STOP IVY POCKET published by Bloomsbury today!

Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp is published by Bloomsbury today and will be out in America later this month. This is the fast-paced and hilarious follow-up to Anyone But Ivy Pocket which has now been translated into 23 different languages.

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Everyone seems to want a piece of Ivy Pocket. Her adoptive parents keep trying to get her to clean the funeral home, even though Ivy’s certain she s already the picture of a perfect daughter. A beautiful heiress named Estelle wants Ivy to uncover the dark truth behind her brother s death. Her new friend, Miss Carnage, keeps asking Ivy the most curious questions (the poor, clueless dear).

To top it all off, Ivy must protect the Clock Diamond from the evil Miss Always, who seems to be lurking around every corner!

Join in Ivy’s adventures and get your copy here

 

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.

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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.

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 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

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#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

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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.

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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.

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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!

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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

HOLLY BOURNE on YA BOOK PRIZE Shortlist 2016

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?!

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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!

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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

US publication for THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton

Fiona Barton‘s Sunday Times bestselling debut, THE WIDOW, is now available for readers in the US.

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For fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train, an electrifying thriller that will take you into the dark spaces that exist between a husband and a wife.

When the police started asking questions, Jean Taylor turned into a different woman. One who enabled her and her husband to carry on, when more bad things began to happen…

But that woman’s husband died last week. And Jean doesn’t have to be her anymore.

  The truth—that’s all anyone wants. But the one lesson Jean has learned in the last few years is that she can make people believe anything…

You can get your copy here

Pre-publication reviews:

Winner of ELLE Magazine’s Lettres 2016 Readers’ Prize

“A twisted psychological thriller you’ll have trouble putting down.”—People 

“[The Widow] will keep you in suspense late into the night.”—Good Housekeeping

“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

Gone Girl fans will relish this taut, psychological thriller.”—US Weekly

“The ultimate psychological thriller! Barton carefully unspools this dark, intimate tale of a terrible crime, a stifling marriage, and the lies spouses tell not just to each other, but to themselves in order to make it through.”—Lisa Gardner, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crash & Burn

“[Barton] delivers the goods…Richly character-driven in a way that is both satisfying and engrossing.”—The Washington Post

Publication day for THE DAY I LOST YOU by Fionnuala Kearney

Today sees the publication of Fionnuala Kearney‘s gorgeous second novel, THE DAY I LOST YOU, which is being published by HarperCollins.

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When Jess’s daughter, Anna, is reported lost in an avalanche, everything changes.

Left to explain her mother’s absence to Anna’s five-year-old daughter, Rose, Jess isn’t yet ready to admit to herself that her daughter might not be coming back. But Anna’s disappearance dredges up some life changing questions: Jess must uncover her daughter’s secret life – and unearth a secret that changes her world irrevocably.

The day I lost you was the day I discovered your secret life.

The day I lost you was the day you tore our family apart.

The perfect emotional and absorbing story for fans of Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls.

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Make sure to get your copy here.

Publication Day for THE GIRL YOU LOST by Kathryn Croft

Kathryn Croft‘s newest twisty suspense THE GIRL YOU LOST is published by Bookouture today!

Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched. Today, she came back.

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of The Girl With No Past.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her daughter and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

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Kathryn is the best-selling author of The Girl with no PastBehind Closed Doors and The Stranger Within.

Buy your copy here and prepare to be hooked!

THE WIDOW is a No. 2 bestseller!

Fiona Barton‘s debut novel, THE WIDOW, published by Transworld, this weekend reached number 2 in the Sunday Times Bestseller list. It has already been sold in 29 territories.

You can buy your copy here

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Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

‘The ultimate psychological thriller. Barton carefully unspools this dark, intimate tale of a terrible crime, a stifling marriage, and the lies spouses tell not just to each other, but to themselves in order to make it through. The ending totally blew me away!’ Lisa Gardner

‘Stunning from start to finish. I devoured it in one sitting. The best book I’ve read this year. If you liked GONE GIRL, you’ll love this. Fiona Barton is a major new talent.’ M.J. Aldridge

‘Barton tells her tale with a realism and restraint that add to its shattering impact’ Starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

 

UK and US Book Trailers:

Click here to see the UK trailer for THE WIDOW

Click here to see the US trailer and read an excerpt from THE WIDOW on Entertainment Weekly

Publication day for HOW HARD CAN LOVE BE by Holly Bourne

How Hard Can Love Be?, the second book in The Normal series by Holly Bourne, is published today by Usborne!

All Amber wants is a little bit of love. Her mum has never been the caring type, even before she moved to California, got remarried and had a personality transplant. But Amber’s hoping that spending the summer with her can change all that.

And then there’s prom king Kyle, the guy all the girls want. Can he really be interested in anti-cheerleader Amber? Even with best friends Evie and Lottie’s advice, there’s no escaping the fact:

Love is hard.

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Holly Bourne is the bestselling YA author of Soulmates, The Manifesto on How to be Interesting and Am I Normal Yet?

You can order your copy here

Paperback publication day for ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET

ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET by Caleb Krisp, a quirkly Victorian murder mystery adventure for middle grade readers, is publishing in paperback by Bloomsbury today.

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Ivy Pocket is a twelve-year-old maid with the natural instincts of a wartime Prime Minister. Or at the very least, a lighthouse keeper. For the princely sum of £500, Ivy has agreed to courier the Duchess of Trinity’s most precious possession – the Clock Diamond – from Paris to England, and to put it around the neck of the revolting Matilda Butterfield on her twelfth birthday.

Acquiring bosom friends and instant enemies as she goes, it’s not long before Ivy finds herself at the heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, mayhem and murder…

Reviews:

‘A wonderfully entertaining heroine.’ Financial Times

‘Exuberantly told with apt and wildly witty caricatures from John Kelly, it has a fun, original voice.’ Sunday Times

‘Part Jane Eyre, part Lemony Snicket and a lot of fun, Anyone But Ivy Pocket is a must-read.’ Huffington Post

‘An irresistible narrator . . . Ivy is feisty, suffers from grand self-delusions and is completely without irony or self-awareness. At times there are glimmers of the abandoned child, making her at once insufferable and endearing . . . Readers looking for a narrator to capture their imaginations with tall tales and unlikely escapades will find her in Ivy Pocket.’  Junior Bookseller & Publisher magazine

You can get your copy here

Publication day for THE WIDOW

Fiona Barton’s much anticipated debut THE WIDOW is published by Transworld in hardback today. It has already been sold in 28 territories, and is set to be the next THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN.

Buy your copy here

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Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever wanted: her Prince Charming.

Until he became that man accused, that monster on the front page. Jean was married to a man everyone thought capable of unimaginable evil.

But now Glen is dead and she’s alone for the first time, free to tell her story on her own terms.

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

UK and US Book Trailers:

Click here to see the UK trailer for THE WIDOW

Click here to see the US trailer and read an excerpt from THE WIDOW on Enterntainment Weekly

Reviews:

‘Stunning from start to finish. I devoured it in one sitting. The best book I’ve read this year. If you liked GONE GIRL, you’ll love this. Fiona Barton is a major new talent.’ M.J. Aldridge

‘The ultimate psychological thriller. Barton carefully unspools this dark, intimate tale of a terrible crime, a stifling marriage, and the lies spouses tell not just to each other, but to themselves in order to make it through. The ending totally blew me away!’ Lisa Gardner

‘A gripping psychological thriller with an unusual premise – just how much does the widow of a suspected kidnapper and paedophile know about what he is alleged to have done?’ C.L. Taylor

‘A fast-paced, heart-stopping debut. Jean Taylor – the widow – is heroine and anti-heroine, naïve and savvy, dominated and dominating; in short, utterly compelling […] I raced through this in one nail-biting sitting.’ Catherine McKenzie

“A twisty psychological suspense that held me spellbound. Fiona Barton delves into the darkest reaches of the husband and wife relationship and the secrets they keep […] Fiona Barton’s skill as a journalist is on full, brilliant display in THE WIDOW.” Linda Castillo

‘The big thriller of the year’ STYLIST

‘Gritty, emotional and so believable’ ESSENTIALS

‘A book you’ll drop everything to whip through’ GLAMOUR

‘An unsettling, compulsive tale’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

‘Feted as this year’s The Girl on the Train’ OBSERVER

‘A skilful, tautly written thriller’ RED

‘The Widow is generating a huge buzz’ SUNDAY MAIL

‘Complex, intriguing… A real page-turner’ WOMAN&HOME

‘Barton tells her tale with a realism and restraint that add to its shattering impact’ Starred review PUBLISHERS WEEKLY

‘Fast paced, gripping and dark – this is one book that is destined to be HUGE next year’ GLAMOUR MAGAZINE

Now run out and get your copy, or buy your copy here if you’re too cold to venture outside!

Magic Moments at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in 2015

Amongst many highlights, here are just a few of the magic moments we shared with our authors at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in 2015: 

  • C.L. Taylor became the No.5 Sunday Times Bestseller and No.1 ebook bestseller with her psychological suspense thriller The Lie (HarperCollins)
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  • TV rights to The Widow by Fiona Barton (Transworld) were optioned by Playground Television, the company behind the BBC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and the British drama series The Missing.

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  • The exclusive screening of C.J. Daugherty’s international bestselling Night School webisode series was held at The Soho Screening Rooms

  • Film rights to Caleb Krisp’s children’s novel Anyone But Ivy Pocket (Bloomsbury) was optioned by Paramount Studios with producer Allison Shearmur of The Hunger Games and Cinderella.

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  • Fionnuala Kearney and Maria Duffy were both in the Top 10 Irish fiction chart with You, Me and Other People (HarperCollins) and A Love Like This (Hachette) respectively.

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  • Xavier Koller at Swiss film production company Catpics AG optioned the Film & TV rights in The Naughty Girls Book Club by Sophie Hart, which is now in development.

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  • Kathryn Croft’s The Girl With No Past (Bookouture) was the No.1 Kindle ebook bestseller for multiple weeks, and five MM Agency authors were in the Top 15 on the Kindle bestseller list during the month of December including Mel Sherratt with Watching Over You, Holly Martin with Christmas at Lilac CottageA.J. Waines with Girl on a Train, C.L. Taylor with The Lie and Kathryn Croft, as mentioned.

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  • The MM Rights Team negotiated tons of new translation deals for the agency’s authors at the London, Bologna and Frankfurt Book fairs including some of the fairs’ the most talked about debuts: Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman (Penguin Random House), The Widow by Fiona Barton (Transworld), In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass (Quercus), Recipes for Melissa by Teresa Driscoll (Bookouture) and If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams (Headline)

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We also moved into much larger offices within our charming Georgian building at 10 Shepherd Market in Mayfair

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…and celebrated 2015 at our magical Author Christmas party…

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Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to all the exciting things to come in 2016!

Cover Reveal for THE GIRL YOU LOST by Kathryn Croft

Bookouture have just revealed the gorgeous and atmospheric new cover for Kathryn Croft’s forthcoming title THE GIRL YOU LOST, which will be publishing in February 2016:

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Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched.

Today, she came back.

Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have slowly rebuilt their shattered lives, but the pain at losing their child has never left them.

Then a young woman, Grace, appears out of the blue and tells Simone she has information about her stolen baby. But just who is Grace – and can Simone trust her?

When Grace herself disappears, Simone becomes embroiled in a desperate search for her baby and the woman who has vital clues about her whereabouts.

Simone is inching closer to the truth but it’ll take her into dangerous and disturbing territory.

Simone lost her baby. Will she lose her life trying to find her?

A sinister and darkly compelling psychological thriller from the No.1 bestselling author of Girl with No Past.  

Make sure you pre-order your edition of this gripping read here.

Publication day for That’s What Friends Are For by Marcie Steele

The secret’s out… Marcie Steele is actually bestselling crime writer, Mel Sherratt! Her second book writing as Marcie, That’s What Friends Are For, is published today by Bookouture.

Best friends tell each other everything… right?

That's what friends are for by Marcie SteeleSam and Louise have been best friends since they hung their coats side by side on the first day of primary school. Now in their thirties, they’re just as close.

But when a glamorous face from the past returns to shake things up, things get complicated. And just when they need each other the most, they’ve reason to wonder whether they ever really knew each other at all.

An emotional and uplifting tale of love, secrets and the importance of having a best friend.

You can download your copy here

Praise for Marcie Steele:

‘I absolutely, honest and truly LOVED this book.’ Crime Book Junkie

‘Wonderfully warm with characters every woman can relate to, reading Marcie Steele’s Stirred with Love will remind you of chatting over coffee with three of your closest girlfriends. A fantastic read about overcoming life’s obstacles with friendship and love.’ Talli Roland

C.L. Taylor on Kobo’s Top 10 Bestsellers of 2015…Twice!

Kobo has released its list of top-selling e-books in the UK for 2015, and we’re thrilled that our wonderful C.L. Taylor is appearing on it twice!

THE LIE is Kobo’s 3rd best-selling e-book of the year, and THE ACCIDENT came in at number 8!

THE LIE has also been proclaimed as Kobo’s Best Crime Book of the Year, which is more than well deserved!  https://store.kobobooks.com/p/best-of-the-year#crime-thriller 

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Excitingly, all 10 of the Kobo bestselling titles are written by women and seven belong to the thriller, mystery, and crime genres. Read the Guardian’s report here: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2015/dec/07/kobos-top-10-authors-of-2015-are-all-women 

Huge congratulations to Cally from the whole team, we are all over the moon about these wonderful sales!

Both titles are available to buy here.

 

Lara Williamson is on the Blue Peter Book Awards 2016 shortlist!

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A HUGE congratulations to Lara Williamson whose second novel, The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Blue Peter Book Award 2016! Lara is shortlisted in the Best Story category, alongside Ross Mackenzie and Frank Cottrell Boyce.

The Blue Peter Book Awards are now in their 16th year, and are particularly unique in that copies of the shortlisted books will be sent to schools across the UK where more than 200 young Blue Peter viewers will read and vote to decide the winners in each category. Previous winners include Michael Morpurgo, Pamela Butchart, Tom Gates and Oliver Jeffers.

The winners will be announced on the Blue Peter programme on 3 March 2016 (World Book Day), when the results will be announced live and the authors will be awarded their trophies.

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For more information, please take a look at the Book Trust’s website

You can buy your copy here

Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne selected for World Book Night 2016

We’re incredibly chuffed to announce that our wondrous YA author Holly Bourne has been selected as one of 15 titles on the World Book Night 2016 list with AM I NORMAL YET?

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World Book Night 2016 officially kicks off today in the UK and Ireland as the 15 titles to be given away in 2016 are announced. This year sees a sensational and diverse line up of crime, poetry, non-fiction, Quick Reads, YA, historical fiction, and fiction in translation celebrating the enrichment that reading and books can bring to people’s lives, especially the 36% of adults who do not read for pleasure.

The list for 2016 is made up of 15 books, including big-name authors such as Matt Haig, Jonathan Coe and Poet Laureate Carol Ann Duffy, as well as exciting new names like Holly and the debut novel by now-bestselling crime author Sarah Hilary. The list has been curated to reach specific audiences with different attitudes or approaches to reading, including adults and young people dealing with mental health issues (Reasons to Stay Alive by Matt Haig and Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne).

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World Book Night 2016 falls on Saturday 23 April, Shakespeare’s birthday and the 400th anniversary of his death. The flagship event will take place at the British Library with appearances from authors and actors, and will celebrate Shakespeare’s themes and language by making creative connections between the books on the list and Shakespeare’s plays.

Check out the World Book Night page for more details: http://worldbooknight.org/news/world-book-night-launches and here is the announcement in The Bookseller: http://www.thebookseller.com/news/titles-announced-world-book-night-2016-317023

And don’t forget to get your copy here!

RECIPES FOR MELISSA by Teresa Driscoll Shortlisted for Leserpreis 2015

We’re thrilled that our debut author Teresa Driscoll has been shortlisted for the prestigious German Reader Award, Der Leserpreis 2015, for RECIPES FOR MELISSA (German title: “Fur Alle Tage die noch kommen”).

The translation of Recipes for Melissa is one of just 16 titles with publisher Droemer Knaur shortlisted from 4,900 national nominations across a range of categories. Teresa’s debut has made the final 25 in the General Fiction sector alongside Jojo Moyes, Rowan Coleman and Jodi Picoult in the LeserPreis Awards 2015. The awards, in their seventh year, are now Germany’s biggest reader choice awards.

Teresa says: “For my debut to make the final 25 alongside such well-known names is just amazing. The fact this is readers voting for my debut is especially rewarding. I’m chuffed to bits.”

Make sure you vote for this beautiful title here before the 24th of November!

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Lara Williamson wins Sheffield Book Award

We are absolutely over the moon to announce that the phenomenal Lara Williamson has won the the Sheffield Children’s Book Award for A BOY CALLED HOPE . Lara won the overall prize for best book!

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The awards were launched in 1988 to encourage children and young people to read and to highlight the best literature published each year. The award was presented to Lara by Lord Mayor Councillor Talib Hussain: http://www.sheffieldnewsroom.co.uk/debut-author-voted-winner-by-sheffields-children/

Huge congratulations to Lara for her well-deserved win!

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If you have not read Dan’s heart-warming story of courage and hope, get your copy here!

Kathryn Croft No.1 Kindle bestseller

Kathryn Croft‘s third novel, THE GIRL WITH NO PAST (Bookouture) is still holding strong in the Kindle bestseller charts at No.1. This gripping psychological suspense novel has now sold over 50,000 copies since its publication under a month ago.

The Girl with No Past

Years spent running from your past. Today it catches up.

Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the fourteenth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.

But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?

Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

Get your copy now

Publication day for FORGET ME NOT by Luana Lewis

Luana Lewis‘s latest psychological suspense novel, Forget Me Not, has been published by Penguin Random House / Transworld. Translation rights have already been sold to the Netherlands (De Bezige Bij/Cargo), Brazil (Rocco) and France (Denoël).

A gripping suspense thriller perfect for fans of Jane Shemilt’s Daughter, Louise Doughty’s Apple Tree Yard and Claire Kendal’s The Book of You.

FORGET ME NOT by Luana Lewis

A tragic suicide? Or the perfect murder?

When Rose’s daughter, Vivien, is found dead in a suspected suicide, Rose has questions nobody can answer. Wasn’t Vivien living the perfect life? A caring husband, a sweet little girl of her own.
But as the police investigation develops, their findings raise new questions. Did Vivien kill herself, or was she attacked? If so, who has something to hide?
As Rose struggles to piece together the secrets of her daughter’s life, the cracks in the family begin to show. But once Rose knows the answers, there’s no going back…

Praise for Luana Lewis

‘A real heart-racing chiller’ Samantha Hayes

‘Not to be missed’ Daily Mail

‘This is a wonderfully tense story, full of characters who may or may not be telling the truth. Compellingly, creepy – not one to read while home alone.’ Glamour

‘A stunning debut psychological thriller.’ Sun

Major Hollywood Studio Paramount buys film rights

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Film rights for Caleb Krisp’s children’s book Anyone But Ivy Pocket (Bloomsbury) have been acquired by the major Hollywood studio Paramount Pictures.

Hunger-Games-logo-dauntlesstrisx-38586162-630-328Producer of The Hunger Games and Cinderella, Allison Shearmur, will be producing the film with the scriptwriters behind Sherlock Holmes, Kieran and Michele Mulroney, writing the script.

The deal was brokered by Michelle Kroes at CAA in Los Angeles on behalf of Madeleine Milburn at Madeleine Milburn Ltd in a major six-figure pre-empt.

Anyone But Ivy Pocket is published in America (HarperCollins) and the UK (Bloomsbury) and has also been translated into 23 different languages.  It’s the first book in a children’s series about a twelve-year-old maid of no importance who finds herself at the very heart of a conspiracy involving mischief, ghosts and murder…

Anyone but Ivy Pocket by Caleb KrispFor further coverage see our film news reported in The Bookseller and Bookbrunch.

Publication day for Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin!

Snowflakes on Silver Cove, the second book in The White Cliff Bay series by Holly Martin is published by Bookouture today!

Holly-Martin-Snowflakes-on-Silver-Cove-570Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic herself…

Struggling to finish her current novel, Libby turns to her best friend and neighbour George Donaldson to cheer her up. But George also needs a bit of support himself. Nervous about getting back into the dating saddle after splitting from his wife, he and Libby strike a deal. She will teach George how to win over the ladies, and Libby will in turn be inspired to inject her novel with a good dose of romance.

As Libby and George explore the beautiful White Cliff Bay on a series of romantic Christmas-themed dates, Libby finds herself having more fun than she’s had in ages and…discovers feelings that she never knew she had for George.

You can buy your copy here

Catpics option the Film & TV rights for The Naughty Girls Book Club by Sophie Hart!

Xavier Koller at independent Swiss film production company Catpics AG has optioned the Film and TV rights for THE NAUGHTY GIRLS BOOK CLUB by Sophie Hart.

Catpics represented Switzerland twice at the Oscar submissions with The Black Tanner (1986) and Gripsholm (2000), both by Xavier Koller. The co-production Emporte-moi by Léa Pool (2000) was Canada’s official entry for the Academy Award Nomination, and competed at the Berlinale. Journey of Hope (1991) by Xavier Koller was awarded an Oscar for the best non-English language film. In 2012 Someone Like Me by Xavier Koller was released in Switzerlands’ Cinemas.

See their press release here

A quaint suburb. A quiet little reading group. A very naughty reading list…
Estelle sets up a book group in order to increase custom to her struggling small town cafe, what follows is more scandalous than she could have ever imagined…

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Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency on the Frankfurt Book Fair

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency had a fabulous time at the Frankfurt Book Fair this year selling rights to international publishers worldwide.

Thérèse, Sarah and Madeleine all took meetings with over 200 international editors in the International Rights Centre over the space of five days. We had an exciting guide to present, with hot new debut titles on our adult list and an exciting new Middle Grade title on our children’s list, along with a host of best-selling books from all our fantastic existing authors. The Rights Centre was a hub of buzz and activity, and we had several on-the-spot offers for rights along with international auctions being held over the course of the week, which attracted lots of attention.

We had brought along a whole set of our beautiful book proofs and finished copies, which is a surprisingly rare thing amongst agents, and really helped draw attention to our list and gave our meetings exceptional focus.

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Thérèse says: “I thoroughly enjoyed my first book fair with the agency, it has definitely been my most exciting Frankfurt Book Fair to date. We had built up enormous momentum for some of our books in the few weeks preceding the fair, and we had a great time keeping up the buzz during the entire fair, and pulling it through to the next week, which has culminated in a whole host of deals and auctions since. We have such a wonderful and desirable list, I loved pitching every single book by every single author.”

Madeleine Milburn added: “There was a very healthy appetite for our books from international publishers.  We handled multiple international auctions for our exciting debuts, Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman and If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams, but also had huge success selling more rights and getting new interest for our established authors.  It’s wonderful to see all our books working on an international level.  We had offers for translation rights from across the globe including territories such as Germany, France, The Netherlands, Portugal, Spain Italy, Scandinavia and even further afield from China, Thailand and Japan.” 

Around the world success for debut Eleanor Oliphant

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The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is delighted with the outstanding success of Scottish author Gail Honeyman and her novel Eleanor Oliphant, which quickly became the most talked about book at the Frankfurt Book Fair.

Pitched in the vein of bestsellers such as The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce,  Eleanor Oliphant is about a loveable oddball struggling with mental health issues who, with unabashed wit, goes on a journey to find out that the only way to survive in the real world is to open her heart to friendship.

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The Madeleine Milburn Agency sold North American rights to the prestigious publisher Penguin Books in a heated auction on the eve of the fair.  Pamela Dorman, who has her own imprint, acquired two books in a major seven-figure deal.

Dorman remarked: “I have looked for authors who have a fresh, identifiable voice, a great ear for dialogue and an ability to tell a story that is compelling and emotionally resonant. ELEANOR OLIPHANT is all of these things – told in a voice that is all its own, and recognizable from the first page, about a character we care about immediately, and whose life’s twists and turns are ones we instantly want to follow.”

Some of Pamela Dorman’s most notable successes include Helen Fielding’s Bridget Jones’s Diary, Sue Monk Kidd’s The Secret Life of Bees, Kim Edwards’ The Memory Keeper’s Daughter and Jojo Moyes’ Me Before You.Penguin-Random-House-interim-logo123

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency also ran an eight-way auction in the UK, which culminated in HarperCollins acquiring UK & Commonwealth rights in two books in a high six-figure deal, calling it ‘a rare diamond’ and ‘The Breakout Book of the Year’, reported in The Bookseller during the Fair.  Publisher Kim Young said:

‘Eleanor Oliphant is an astonishing story that powerfully depicts the loneliness of life, and the simple power of a little kindness.’

Acquiring editor, Martha Ashby, added:

‘Gail has created a complex and yet completely endearing character in Eleanor Oliphant, and she has such a fantastic voice and storytelling power that can’t fail to move and stay with you.’ 

HarperCollins logoTranslation rights are being auctioned around the world, with the following languages already snapped up in significant deals: German: Bastei Luebbe; Italian: Garzanti Libri; Serbian: Vulkan; French: Fleuve; Dutch: Cargo / De Bezige Bij; and Hebrew: Keter.  Rights Agent, Therese Coen, is handling ongoing auctions in Spain, Sweden, Slovakia, China, Brazil, Poland and the Czech Republic. Coen said that “international interest has been unprecedented.”

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Madeleine Milburn said ‘we are absolutely ecstatic that Gail’s extraordinary debut Eleanor Oliphant is striking chords with publishers all around the world. The response has been truly phenomenal.’

The Madeleine Milburn team is very excited about the global publication of Eleanor Oliphant in 2017.

Gail Honeyman is the recipient of Scottish Book Trust’s Next Chapter Award 2014.  Her short fiction has been longlisted for BBC Radio 4’s Opening Lines, shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and published in New Writing Scotland. The opening of her debut novel was shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize which Madeleine Milburn judged back in 2014.

Holly Bourne nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Prize

We are delighted to announce that our superstar YA author Holly Bourne as just been nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal with her hilarious, stigma-busting book AM I NORMAL YET?

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The longlist which will be announced in February, followed by the shortlist in March.

 A full list of all 2016 nominated titles is available onthe CILIP CKG website. It is also being shared via the CILIP twitter account @CILIPCKG, the 2016 Medals hashtag #CKG16 and their facebook page.

If you haven’t read about Evie’s attempts to become normal yet, get your hands on a copy here!

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Publication day for THE GIRL WITH NO PAST by Kathryn Croft

Kathryn Croft‘s gripping new psychological thriller, The Girl With No Past, is published today by Bookouture, appealing to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Cappelen Damm will publish in Norway.

Kathryn’s previous book, The Stranger Within reached No. 3 on the Amazon Best Sellers List.

The Girl with No Past

Twenty years running from your past. Today it catches up.

Leah Mills lives a life of a fugitive – kept on the run by one terrible day from her past. It is a lonely life, without a social life or friends until – longing for a connection – she meets Julian. For the first time she dares to believe she can live a normal life.

Then, on the twentieth anniversary of that day, she receives a card. Someone knows the truth about what happened. Someone who won’t stop until they’ve destroyed the life Leah has created.

But is Leah all she seems? Or does she deserve everything she gets?

Everyone has secrets. But some are deadly.

You can order your copy here

ADDICTED TO SIN by Monica James is available now

Addicted to Sin (Bookouture) by Monica James is available now. Since publication, this sizzling debut has shot up the bestseller rankings on Kindle. It’s currently No.4 in the Erotica charts in Australia, No. 7 in the US charts, and No. 15 in Erotica/Adult fiction in the UK.

Addicted to SinTell me your deepest, darkest secrets. I dare you.

Addiction comes down to one simple, primitive concept. Desire.

My tale isn’t for the faint-hearted. If you’re game, strap yourself in and expect the unexpected. But don’t say I didn’t warn you… 

Bookouture published on 7th October in the UK and US simultaneously.  Translation rights have already been sold Hugo et Cie in France, Heyne / Random House in Germany, Kinneret in Israel and Planeta in Portugal.

Monica James lives in Melbourne, Australia. She is the author of the bestselling I Surrender Trilogy and the bestselling Something like Normal series (Limitless Publishing). Monica has a large, loyal fan base, and has had the pleasure of meeting with her US fans at three separate book signings, one of which she signed alongside Sylvia Day and Christina Lauren.

Fiona Barton’s The Widow optioned for TV drama

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The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency is delighted to announce that TV rights for Fiona Barton’s The Widow have been optioned by Playground Television, the production company behind the drama series The Missing and Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall.

Sophie Gardiner, creative director of Playground Television, said:

“We want to make The Widow a classy, intelligent piece of television that shines a fresh light on a story that is in our nation’s DNA. We plan to produce drama that maintains the integrity of the novel, that tells a great story but also understands the joy of a cleverly unfolding narrative and reaches out to a large audience.”

Penguin Random House (Transworld) are publishing in the UK in January 2016, and people are already calling it next year’s The Girl on the Train.  The US edition will also be released in early 2016 by Penguin Random House (NAL) in the States.

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency has now sold translation rights in over 23 different languages meaning The Widow will be released in countries including China, Taiwan, Croatia, the Czech Republic, Denmark, The Netherlands, France, Germany, Hungary, Iceland, Italy, Korea, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Brazil, Serbia, Spain, Sweden and Turkey.

The author, Fiona Barton, is a former senior writer at the Daily Mail, news editor at the Daily Telegraph, and chief reporter at the Mail on Sunday where she won Reporter of the Year at the National Press Awards.

Find the full article in The Bookseller here.

Headline in six-figure pre-empt for debut thriller

Michelle Adams psychological suspense author

The Bookseller has featured the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency’s major deal news ahead of the Frankfurt Book Fair for Michelle Adams’ psychological thriller If You Knew My Sister and a further book.

Headline acquired Michelle Adams’ ‘compulsive’ debut thriller in a six-figure deal.

‘Commissioning editor Emily Griffin pre-empted British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams, plus one further novel, from Madeleine Milburn at the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency.

If You Knew My Sister tells the story of Irini, who was given away by her parents at the age of three, whilst her volatile, destructive sister was kept within the family. Twenty years later Irini receives a phone call from her estranged sister to say that their mother has died, compelling her to return for the first time to the family home, and to uncover the shocking truth that has defined both their lives.

Griffin said: “I was completely gripped by Michelle’s novel, which I read in a feverish frenzy over a weekend. If You Knew My Sister is commercial suspense fiction at its very best, with a meaty, unforgettable premise, page-turning, twisty plotting and a transfixing narrative voice. We couldn’t be more thrilled to be launching Michelle’s thriller-writing career here at Headline, and we look forward to putting our ambitious publishing plans into action.”’

The MM Agency has already sold German rights to the major German publisher Goldmann in a six figure auction and has sold Spanish rights to Maeva, Dutch rights to De Fontein and has received multiple offers for rights including Danish and Portuguese.

Late last night, the agency also tied up an impressive deal for North American rights with the US publisher St Martin’s Press.  Milburn said: “It’s wonderful to see Michelle’s fresh and chilling new voice resonate with so many publishers around the world, all intent on making her a leading brand name in our thriving psychological thriller market.”

Headline will publish in both hardback and paperback in 2017.

See The Bookseller feature for the full article.

Publication day for NOT THAT EASY by Radhika Sanghani

Not That Easy by Radhika Sanghani is published today by HarperCollins in the UK, appealing to fans of Girls and Caitlin Moran.

Croatian, French, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Serbian and Norwegian rights have already been sold. Penguin/Berkley will publish the US edition in November.

Radhika Sanghani is a journalist writing for Telegraph Wonder Women, where she specialises in writing about women and women’s issues.

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Recent graduate Ellie has debt, an unpaid internship and three flatmates who left her with the single room to match her single status.

That’s ok. She doesn’t want a boyfriend anyway. She wants several. But as Ellie tests out every new dating craze she’s realising that the ultimate single lifestyle might not be that easy after all…

“If the women on Sex and the City got dates on a daily basis, and even the more normal-looking girls on Girls, then why wasn’t I? If I wanted to live the fun, twenty something life I was destined to live, I was going to have to up my game.”

Publication Day THE BOY WHO SAILED THE OCEAN IN AN ARMCHAIR by Lara Williamson

Happy Publication Day to Lara Williamson’s THE BOY WHO SAILED THE OCEAN IN AN ARMCHAIR. This extraordinary tale is being published by Usbourne and we’re delighted that it has been selected as Waterstones’ BOOK OF THE MONTH for October 2015!

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Becket Rumsey is all at sea.

More than anything he needs to say goodbye to a loved one.
His dad has run away with him and his brother Billy in the middle of the night. And they’ve left everything behind, including their almost-mum Pearl. Becket has no idea what’s going on – it’s a mystery.

So with the help of Billy and a snail called Brian, Becket sets out on a journey of discovery. It’s not plain sailing but then what journeys ever are?

When you lose someone, goodbye isn’t the end. There is no full stop. It’s just the beginning of a new and different journey. Then again, that’s something Becket needs to discover for himself…

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An extraordinary story of courage, dreams and finding your way.

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Waterstones Canterbury’s amazing themed window!

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Literary Agent Sarah O’Halloran’s Wish List

I started at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency last month and now that I’ve mastered the coffee machine I thought it was high time I let you know a little bit more about the kind of books that excite me.   

I’m looking for upmarket commercial fiction, reading group fiction, accessible literary fiction, children’s and YA as well as accessible non-fiction. Across all genres, I’m drawn to strong, unique voices and stylish, distinctive writing.

As a reader I have quite catholic tastes and the list I’ll be developing as an agent will reflect that. This mightn’t sound like terribly helpful information, but it does mean there is very little I definitely won’t consider!

I’m actively looking for reading group fiction: something with a compelling story that addresses issue or ideas that will resonate with the reader long after they’ve finished the book. Some great recent examples are A SONG FOR ISSY BRADLEY by Carys Bray or ELIZABETH IS MISSING by Emma Healey. I also love ambitious stories about the way we live now like THE INTERESTINGS by Meg Wolitzer. I’m also drawn to love stories written in thoughtful or interesting ways like THE VERSIONS OF US by Laura Barnett.

I’m also looking for great psychological suspense like APPLE TREE YARD by Louise Doughty. I’m a huge fan of unreliable narrators and I loved THE DINNER by Herman Koch. 

I also venture into the mysterious world of literary fiction. I love plot-driven writing and I have a fondness for dark themes and unlikeable characters! Rob Doyle’s wonderful debut novel HERE ARE THE YOUNG MEN, a dark and gritty story set in Dublin full of sex, drugs and violence is exactly the kind of edgy literary fiction that appeals to me. I’m also a massive fan of John Burnside for his bleak, haunting vision and the poetry of his writing. I would love to find a great gothic-style ghost story; a modern-day THE TURN OF THE SCREW would be perfect.

With middle-grade, teen and YA fiction I’m drawn to contemporary stories with an authentic voice. I’m a sucker for a fabulous story about the joy and heartbreak of first love and I love poignant, moving books like the wonderful MY SISTER LIVES ON THE MANTLEPIECE by Annabel Pitcher. On the other end of the spectrum, I loved WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart, a compelling story about a family with a dark secret. I would love to find some wonderful sophisticated literary YA. And like every YA agent I would love to find a British Rainbow Rowell!

My non-fiction list will focus on accessible history, memoir and biography and well as pop-psychology, pop-culture and maybe even a little pop-science. I really enjoyed both THE EXAMINED LIFE by Stephen Grosz and DO NO HARM by Henry Marsh, so if you’re a budding psychoanalyst or brain surgeon, I’m the agent for you.

As a brand new agent I’m actively looking to expand my client list with exciting new authors of fiction and non-fiction, so please do get in touch!

Cover reveal for THE MISSING by C.L. Taylor

We are delighted to share the striking cover for Sunday Times Bestselling author C.L. Taylor‘s new psychological suspense novel, The Missing.

C.L. Taylor is the bestselling author of The Accident and The Lie, which have sold over half a million copies.  HarperCollins will publish The Missing in April 2016, but you can pre-order here.

The Missing by C.L. Taylor

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.

Claire Wilkinson, Billy’s mother, begins to suffer from terrifying fugues, vanishing from her home and coming to in strange hotel rooms and on unfamiliar streets. In her handbag are items she’s never seen before. The first time it happens, her doctor writes it off as an unusual reaction to stress. But when she wakes from a blackout with blood on her hands, no one can explain how it got there, least of all Claire.

A mother’s bond with her child is unbreakable, but what if she has something terrible to hide …?

Agent Sarah O’Halloran on the York Festival of Writing

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Last weekend I went to the wonderful York Festival of Writing, run by the lovely people at The Writers’ Workshop. Over the course of three days literary agents, book doctors, editors and authors presented a whole host of panels and workshops focusing on the nuts and bolts of writing as well as on how the sometimes mysterious world of publishing works. The weekend was a huge amount of fun, and I was pleasantly surprised to find that the student accommodation at the University of York was an awful lot nicer than when I was a student!

I spent a lot of time conducting one-to-ones with authors and here are my three top tips on how to give yourself the best possible chance of success when pitching to an agent:

1. Be professional. You only get one opportunity to make a first impression, so make sure that you’ve worked on your cover letter and synopsis. Spelling mistakes make me sad.

2. Be concise. Most of my favourite pitches were short and sweet. I love it when an author can summarise the plot of their novel in a few short, well-written sentences.

3. Be prepared. Pitching can be nerve-wracking so make sure you’ve practiced with a friend. Or failing that, a friendly mirror.

So if you have a (short) pitch and a (spell-checked) manuscript looking for a home, I can’t wait to take a look!

 

 

 

The Misadventures of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow is published today!

Christie Barlow‘s second novel, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, is published today by Bookouture!

Her first book, A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, shot up the best seller chart on Amazon and became Number 1 in the UK and US.  Christi has also just been nominated for the 2015 Bizmums Online Mum of the Year!

The Misadventures of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow

After a year of country living, Rachel Young is finally getting into the swing of things and has managed to navigate the choppy (shark-infested) waters of the playground mafia. Or… so she thought.

After discovering her husband has been having an affair, playground mum Penelope Kensington moves herself and her kids into Rachel’s home. And then there’s new school mum Melanie, whose arrival sends ripples of gossip through the playground. Melanie has a few secrets in her closet, and it seems she’s not the only one…

Hilarious and entertaining, with characters you won’t forget in a hurry, fans of Fiona Gibson, Kerry Fisher and Tracy Bloom will love this book.

Publication day for LETTING YOU GO by Anouska Knight

Letting You Go by Anouska Knight is published today by HarperCollins.

Winner of ITV Lorraine Kelly’s writing competition, Anouska is the bestselling author of Since You’ve Been Gone and A Part of Me, appealing to fans of Jojo Moyes, Rowan Coleman and Liane Moriarty.

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What if a tragedy occurred and you only had yourself to blame? How do you move on from the past?

Alex Foster lives a quiet life, avoiding the home she hasn’t visited in eight years. Then her sister Jaime calls. Their mother is sick, and Alex must return. Suddenly she’s plunged back into the past she’s been trying to escape.

Returning to her hometown, memories of the tragic accident that has haunted her and her family are impossible to ignore. Alex still blames herself for what happened to her brother and it’s soon clear that her father holds her responsible too.

As Alex struggles to cope, can she ever escape the ghosts of the past?

Copies available here

The launch of THE SECRET FIRE by C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

The first book in the Alchemist Chronicles, The Secret Fire, co-authored by bestselling authors C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld, was launched last night at Hatchards, London St Pancras.

The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

C.J Daugherty is the international bestselling author of the Night School series, translated into over 22 different languages, and Carina Rozenfeld is the French bestselling author of over 15 books including the Phoenix series. The Secret Fire, published by Little, Brown in the UK, will also be published in America, Germany, Brazil, Poland, Portugal, France, Turkey, Thailand and Latin America.

Surrounded by fans and journalists, C.J. and Carina entertained the crowd with an exclusive reading from The Secret Fire, followed by a book signing. Copies available here.

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Left to right: Carina Rozenfeld, Madeleine Milburn, C.J. Daugherty

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C.J and Carina reading from The Secret Fire

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The Secret Fire launch in Hatchards, St Pancras

MM Agency Summer Post – Rupert Wallis

Although the British weather may not think it, it’s still technically summer, and therefore time for one of our last MM Agency Summer Posts. Today we’re grilling Rupert Wallis, whose hauntingly beautiful YA novel ALL SORTS OF POSSIBLE has just been published by Simon & Schuster.

What’s your daily routine when you are writing? 

When I’m actually writing a first draft I put down a 1000 words a day, non-negotiable and if it’s going well I try and get as far as I can over that minimum limit.  A lot of ‘writing’ is actually rewriting so when I’m editing a manuscript I give myself a set number of pages to try and get through.  I’m a great believer in letting things work themselves out so if I’m stuck on something – plot, character or whatever, I’ll go for a walk or a cycle or a run and let my brain think silently about it and that way problems tend to untangle themselves.

If you weren’t writing, what other job would you dream to have?

A psychologist because I love observing people and listening to them.  I find them endlessly fascinating – what make them tick, their fears, hopes, problems etc.  Writing has a lot to do with empathy – about getting into the heads of characters – so I kind of get to be a psychologist at some level.  But it would be nice to be able to be dealing with real people I think.

Favourite book as a child?

I devoured Willard Price’s Adventure books.  There were always bits of interesting info in the books, like the advice in ‘South Sea Adventure’ of sucking on a pebble if you’re thirsty and stuck on a desert island!

Favourite food/snack while writing?

I’m a chocoholic but I don’t snack on that otherwise I wouldn’t be able to get up out of the chair at the end of the day!  Sometimes I try nuts and fruit to be healthy but I mostly stick to just drinking tea and coffee.

Do you ever get writer’s block?

No, I don’t believe in it.  You can always put something down even if it’s rubbish, and it’s far easier to work with ‘something’ on the page rather than a blank screen/piece of paper.  I tend to re-read what I’ve written the day before to get me rolling.  Sometimes I dip into novels by other people – I just pick a page at random and read it and that gets my mind thinking.  I do the same with poetry or music videos or even movie trailers.  Some sort of stimulus seems to work for me.

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, what’s your favourite piece to listen to?

Sometimes I do and sometimes I don’t, it just depends on how I’m feeling.  If I really want to hear the words I’m writing then I don’t or I listen to music that has no lyrics – either classical or modern.  I’m doing a playlist at the moment on Twitter for my new book ‘All Sorts of Possible’ so go check it out

Most unglamorous part of being a writer?

Nothing.  I love it all.  I feel very lucky to have had two books published and always remember how grateful I should be for that.

Do you have any secret talents (other than writing)?

I’m quite a good mimic – I do a very Sean Connery!

What is your favourite spot to read in?

Bed, before I go to sleep because the words get into my head and help my dreams I think – I love to dream.  I’ve done a lot on a sun lounger this summer – two weeks in Turkey – reading and sleeping that is.

What has been your most touching review or message from a fan so far?

I’ve just had a really touching one from The Bookbag for my new novel and here’s a snippet:

“There is one last thing I want to say about All Sorts of Possible but I want to do it without giving a spoiler or really even hinting at one. Um! Ok, let’s leave it at this: this story has one of the most moving, lovely, sad-but-sweet endings I’ve ever read. I cried like a baby at the humanity of it. So, you know, I call that a recommendation, ok?”

Favourite holiday destination? Are you a beach bunny or a city explorer?

I like both.  Sunny cities probably tick both boxes for me like Los Angeles or Rome. I do love Cornwall too because you can have rocky coves or sandy beaches depending on how you’re feeling.  Current favourite place to go is Ile-de-Re in France.  It’s all very shabby chic.  Because it’s an island you can hire bikes for as long as you’re there and cycle round to the various harbours, villages and beaches.  There’s lots of places there overlooking the water to eat oysters and crevettes and drink wine.  It’s pretty lovely actually!

Summer tipple of choice?

Prosecco or Mojitos.  Usually both.

Most importantly, favourite ice cream flavour?

Always tend to go for a combo like chocolate (of course!) and lemon.

 

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Cornwall, one of Rupert’s favourite holiday spots

Cover reveal for THE CRESSWELL PLOT (US edition)

We are very excited to share Disney Hyperion’s cover for THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass!

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THE CRESSWELL PLOT has been sold in the following foreign language territories so far:

Chinese Complex: Star East, German: Magellan Verlag, Portuguese (Brazil): Verus Editora, Spanish: Ediciones B, Italian: Il Castoro

Quercus will publish simultaneously in the UK – cover coming soon!

Jemma Forte is a panelist on The Wright Stuff this week

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Jemma Forte is a guest panelist on the Channel 5 topical debate show, The Wright Stuff, appearing alongside host Matthew Wright.

Tune in weekdays from 9:15 am. Jemma will be on the panel all week.

Jemma Forte is the author of four books. Her latest novel, When I Met You, is out now!

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Marcie Steele reveals herself to be Mel Sherratt

After a guessing game over Twitter using the hashtag #WhoisMarcieSteele, Mel Sherratt has revealed that she is behind the pseudonymous women’s fiction author Marcie Steele.

Mel originally wrote STIRRED WITH LOVE in 1999, before starting to write her bestselling crime fiction. Bookouture will publish it for the first time on 3rd September this year. ‘Marcie’s’ next book, THAT’S WHAT FRIENDS ARE FOR, will be released in December 2015, followed by BROKEN HEELS, in 2016.

Mel will continue to write gritty crime thrillers under her own name. But if you’d like to read about friendship, love and heartache (and cake), cheating, secrets and lies (and even more cake) then you can you can pre-order STIRRED WITH LOVE now!

For all bloggers and reviewers, STIRRED WITH LOVE is available on Netgalley.

You can also check out the hashtag

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MM Agency Summer Post – Carina Rozenfeld

Today’s author interview is a special Guest author: the lovely Carina Rozenfeld, prize-winning French author of sci-fi and fantasy, published in France by Robert Laffont, who has co-authored the upcoming action-packed, supernatural adventure series THE SECRET FIRE. The first book will be published by Little Brown on 10th of September!

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If you weren’t writing, what other job would you dream to have?

When I was younger I wanted to be an astrophysicist. I wanted to watch and understand the universe. But I quickly understood that I wasn’t good enough at sciences. Otherwise, I’d want to be an science officer on the Enterprise.

Favourite book as a child?

Wow I coudn’t tell. I read so many books when I was a child… But I loved Narnia a lot. I wanted to find a secret passage to a magic world in a wardrobe at home. Instead I wrote my own magic worlds…

Favourite food/snack while writing?

Cheese. I’m French. So what else ?

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, what’s your favourite piece to listen to?

Yes, most of the time I listen to music. I can’t listen to songs, because I want to sing the lyrics at the same time, and it’s very hard to write and sing (most of the time in different languages !) ;-)

I love to listen to Two Steps from Hell albums. They create a lot of different feelings.

Most unglamorous part of being a writer?

You can spend a whole day without talking to a single person. Or you just end up talking to your cat.

What is your favourite spot to read in?

I love to read in my bed.

What has been your most touching review or message from a fan so far?

I don’t have one in particular I remember but I receive a lot of beautiful reviews. I love the ones where my readers confide themselves when my book gave them the confidence that they can, because I’d understand them. Others are when they tell me they started to love reading because of my books.

Favourite holiday destination? Are you a beach bunny or a city explorer?

I love New York and London, but I spent a few days in Norway in July and I fell in love with this country. It’s so breathtaking !

Summer tipple of choice?

Something with pineapple and coconut juice in it, but I’m not very fond of alcohol, I just love the fruits.

What book are you reading right now/planning to read over the summer?

The next book on my pile is the very last Night School by CJ Daugherty. I can’t wait to know how everything ends !

Most importantly, favourite ice cream flavour?

Vanilla, of course !

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MM Agency Author Summer Post – C.L. Taylor

We’re celebrating! Our wonderfully bestselling author C.L. Taylor has not only sold over 300,000 copies of her haunting, unputdownable psychological thriller THE LIE, but the book has just sold in its 10th country, with many more to come no doubt! The perfect opportunity to quiz our author on her summer plans:

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What’s your daily routine when you are writing?

I tend to procrastinate for hours in the morning and then, when I’m bored of TV, social media, admin and housework (actually the latter rarely happens), I check the time and think, “Uh oh, only five/four/three hours until I have to pick my son up from nursery” and then I write like the wind. I try to write between 1,500 and 2,500 words a day. I’d love to get the words written first thing so I could spend the rest of the day reading and relaxing without guilt but I’ll never be a morning writer I fear.

If you weren’t writing, what other job would you dream to have?

There were only two jobs I wanted as a child – to be an author or an actress. When I was a teenager I took my LAMDA qualifications in acting and the speaking of verse and prose and even won a cup for my acting in the Cheltenham festival but my acting teacher told me I’d find it difficult to find work as an actress as, at a smidge under six foot tall, I’d struggle to be cast. I assumed she knew what she was talking about and gave up that dream although I continued to act at university, in productions for the drama society. One day I’m going to write a novel or a screenplay featuring a really tall female character. Not so I can play her, but so another six foot actress who didn’t listen to her drama teacher can!

Favourite book as a child?

The Magic Faraway Tree by Enid Blyton.

Favourite food/snack while writing?

There’s nothing quite like chocolate to get you through some tricky edits but I’m watching my weight so these days it’s mostly diet coke and chewing gum for me.

Do you listen to music when you write? If yes, what’s your favourite piece to listen to?

For The Lie, my psychological thriller about a group of female friends turning on each other during a holiday from hell, I listened to the soundtrack of ‘In Time’. The composer is Craig Armstrong, my all time favourite composer. Although he wrote the score for a sci fi film there’s a very real sense that time is running out and the urgency in the soundtrack really suited the mood of The Lie. I’m currently writing my third psychological thriller, The Missing, and this time I’m listening to a lot of Max Richter which is dark and brooding. This novel is about grief but also about paranoia and his music helps create the perfect atmosphere for the story.

Most unglamorous part of being a writer?

Answering the door to the postman in my pyjamas with no make up on.

Do you have any secret talents (other than writing)?

I used to be a pretty good kickboxer but I found out I was pregnant with my son the week before my orange belt grading. Once I’ve lost the baby weight I’d love to take it up again (he’s nearly four so I’m not holding my breath…).

What is your favourite spot to read in?

I love reading under an umbrella on the beach or beside a hotel pool somewhere warm with a lovely breeze but it’s been a while since I’ve been able to do that (see mention of small child in answer to question 9!)

What has been your most touching review or message from a fan so far?

It was the email from a reader who had read The Accident – a psychological thriller about a woman who escapes from an abusive relationship and fears her abuser may have reappeared twenty years later. The reader told me that she’d been in an abusive relationship too and I’d perfectly captured the way an abuser slowly and insidiously destroys the confidence of his victim. She told me that she hoped that other women, who didn’t realise they were being emotionally abused, would read The Accident, see the way James treated Susan and have a lightbulb moment and leave their relationship. Having been in an emotionally abusive relationship myself I really, really hope that happens too.

 Favourite holiday destination? Are you a beach bunny or a city explorer?

Back in my early twenties I went to Cyprus with a friend and read a book a day for seven days. Absolutely bliss!

Summer tipple of choice?

Pimms!

What book are you reading right now/planning to read over the summer?

I’m currently reading THE HUNT by T.J. Lebbon which is about a man who goes for a run and returns home to find that his wife and children have been snatched. It’s a compulsive read.

Most importantly, favourite ice cream flavour?

For a hot summer’s day it has to be an Italian lemon icecream. So refreshing.

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Publication Day for ALL SORTS OF POSSIBLE by Rupert Wallis

Simon and Schuster are publishing the phenomenal ALL SORTS OF POSSIBLE by Rupert Wallis today.

ALL SORTS OF POSSIBLE by Rupert Wallis

When the sinkhole opened there was no time to brake or turn the wheel and the old green Land Rover was snatched off the dirt road over the smoking rim.

The moment that a sinkhole swallows the car Daniel and his father are travelling in, everything changes: suddenly Daniel is the ‘miracle boy’ who escaped unharmed and his father is gone, trapped in a coma with no sign of recovery.

Everyone wants to know the secret to Daniel’s escape, including a Mason, a gangster who believes that Daniel is special and can help him secure the biggest score of his career… whatever it takes… But is Daniel really special or just lucky? And can he use whatever others think is within him to help his father?

A lyrical and atmospheric novel from the phenomenally talented Rupert Wallis about love, loss and learning to accept the world for what it is, not what it could be. Perfect for fans of Patrick Ness and David Almond.

Get your copy here!