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, 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.


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.


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:

The Widow Italy

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


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!

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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?


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.


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!

The Lie - Czech

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

The Lie - Danish

Marabout published LE MENSONGE in May 2016

The Lie - France

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


The Italian edition from Longanesi is coming in July:

The Lie - Italy

 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:

        The Girl with No Past - Norway    The Girl with No Past small - Italy

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

The Lie - US

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!