The Girl From The Tea Garden by Janet Macleod Trotter is out today and it’s the next beautiful, atmospheric novel from the bestselling author of The Tea Planter’s Bride and The Tea Planter’s Daughter.

The Girl From the Tea Garden - Janet Macleod Trotter

In the dying days of the Raj, Anglo-Indian schoolgirl Adela Robson dreams of a glamorous career on the stage. When she sneaks away from school in the back of handsome Sam Jackman’s car, she knows a new life awaits—but it is not the one she imagined.

In Simla, the summer seat of the Raj government, Adela throws herself into all the dazzling entertainments 1930s Indian society can offer a beautiful debutante. But just as her ambitions seem on the cusp of becoming reality, she meets a charming but spoilt prince, setting in motion a devastating chain of events.

The outbreak of the Second World War finds Adela back in England—a country she cannot remember—without hope or love, and hiding a shameful secret. Only exceptional courage and endurance can pull her through these dark times and carry her back to the homeland of her heart.

Get your copy now!

Publication day for WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING by Kathryn Croft

The No.1 Amazon bestselling author, Kathryn Croft, is back with a new, chilling psychological thriller out today: While You Were Sleeping.

Just imagine you wake up to find the  man next to you is dead. But he’s not your husband and this isn’t your bed…


Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.
And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything?

A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.

Get your copy now.

Publication Day for LOVE YOU TO DEATH by Caroline Mitchell

If you love a gripping crime novel, and let’s face it we all do, look no further than Love You To Death by Caroline Mitchell which is published today.

It’s the first in a new DI Ruby Preston series, which is bound to be as page-turning and compelling as this opening serial killer thriller.

Twenty years ago you were forced to give your daughter up. Now she’s back. Or is she?

love-you-to-death-by-caroline-mitchellWomen who’ve had to give up children for adoption are being killed. A knock at their front door begins a nightmare from which they will never wake up.

East London Detective Ruby Preston and her team must hunt down a disturbed individual before someone else is taken. But when bodies start turning up, staged in perfect, domestic scenes, it carries the echo of a memory in Ruby’s mind. The tinkling of a music box. A mother and child reunion…

Then just as Ruby thinks they’ve made a breakthrough, she receives a sinister email, and the case takes a terrifying personal twist.

Can Ruby catch the killer before they strike again? Or will her troubled past catch up with her first?

Love You to Death is a serial killer thriller packed with twists. If you like Karin Slaughter, Angela Marsons and Val MacDermid, discover Caroline Mitchell’s new series today – at a special launch price.

Get your copy now, you won’t regret it.

Interview with C.J. Tudor, author of Frankfurt sensation THE CHALK MAN

C.J. Tudor, author of the Frankfurt Book Fair sensation The Chalk Man, talks to us about her experience so far.  The MM Agency has sold rights to her fastest-selling debut novel in 38 territories including major rights deals with Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph in the UK and Penguin Random House / Crown in the US.

C.J. Tudor

In this interview with C.J. Tudor, she tells us about her path to publication, her work with the MM Agency up until submission and the craziness that has ensued as the world became gripped by The Chalk Man.


What made you decide to submit to the MM Agency?

I read an interview Madeleine did with Novelicious. Then I visited her website, read the submission guidelines and looked at her authors. I just had a gut feeling that it was the right agency for me. And I was right! I couldn’t have found a better agent. Madeleine is phenomenally brilliant – the whole team are – and bloomin’ lovely too!

Did you think it was important to meet Madeleine before accepting her offer of representation?

Absolutely. You have to meet in person to make sure you get on, but also – without wanting to sound pretentious! – that you share the same vision. If you have different ideas and expectations, it just won’t work. Plus, Madeleine took me for tea and cake, and I’m anyone’s for a cream scone!

How did you find the editorial experience with our agency editor Anna Hogarty? 

Brilliant. Anna was great at picking out the points which needed clarification and honing, and also at recommending parts that it might be better to be cut. But she didn’t try to change the feel of the book, which is really important. I’m not particularly ‘precious’ about my writing, but you do have to be on the same page (no bad pun intended!). Anna listened to my input, so it was a real collaboration.

Were you expecting to work so closely editorially before we submitted to publishers?

Yes, actually. I knew a little bit about the process. We went through several rounds of edits, and I’m extremely grateful that we did. It made all the difference when it came to submitting. We were even tweaking the day before submission. In fact, right at the last minute Madeleine said, ‘I think we should change the title’. All along the book had been called THE CHALK MEN. Madeleine thought it should be singular – THE CHALK MAN. And she was definitely right!

How do you feel about the international success of THE CHALK MAN so far?

It’s bonkers! Obviously you dream of your book taking off, but it really is just a dream. I’ve had my fair share of rejections, got close but no cigar, and then spent many years ‘in the wilderness’, writing but not submitting. I was working as a dog-walker (in between looking after my three-year-old daughter) when I wrote THE CHALK MAN. I told myself this would be my last submission before I called it a day. So the response has been overwhelming, and a bit surreal!

What are you working on now?

Another dark, twisty-turny thriller, provisionally titled THE RESIDENTS. A teacher returns to the small Nottinghamshire village where, 25 years ago, his sister disappeared . . . and then came back. It’s about re-visiting the past, losing those we love, and how far we would go to hold on to them. Hopefully, it’s also creepy as hell!

The Chalk Man will be hitting bookshelves on 11th January 2018, a date to certainly mark in your diary.

Publication Day for EDDY STONE & THE ALIEN CAT MASH-UP by Simon Cherry

Eddy Stone is back and he’s on a whole new adventure when a cat he rescues from the rain turns out to be an alien in disguise. The hilarious new adventure, Eddy Stone and the Alien Cat Mash-Up by Simon Cherry, is out today! And here’s Simon’s very own cat, the inspiration for the novel, looking on in disapproval…


Having to look after his mischievous and destructive little cousin Millie is more than enough to spoil Eddy Stone’s Christmas holiday. But Eddy’s life is about to get a lot trickier.

The soggy cat that he rescues from a rainstorm turns out to be a space alien on a mission to destroy the Earth and Eddy’s weekend really starts to take off.

Eddy and Millie soon find themselves imprisoned in a zoo in outer space. Can they escape –
and will anyone on Earth believe their story if they do?

Follow Eddy’s attempts to save the planet in a wild and wacky adventure featuring a giant talking
cockroach, a shrinking elephant, pies, slime, crazy knitting, a superhero dog, pet food for dinner, and a hideous cuddly toy. And cats. Lots and lots of cats.

3-2-1: Counting down to an adventure that’s out of this world…

Get your hands on this alien adventure now!

Publication Day for MY SISTER’S BONES by Nuala Ellwood

The incredibly tense psychological thriller, My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood is published in eBook today ahead of hardback next year. Just look at that cover…and the reviews!

‘COMPELLING AND INTRIGUING, RIGHT FROM THE VERY FIRST PAGE’ Sharon Bolton, Sunday Times bestselling author of Like This, For Ever

‘A gripping rollercoaster ride of a thriller. Intense and harrowing, with a quite unstoppable, thrilling momentum’ Christobel Kent, author of The Loving Husband‘A dark, intense, multi-layered thriller that twists and turns until the last page‘ Tammy Cohen

‘A stunning book. I was drawn in by Nuala Ellwood’s hypnotic, haunting and elegant prose. Compelling, unsettling and powerful this is a book that will stay with me for a long time.’ C. L. Taylor

‘Ellwood’s protagonist Kate is a female hero in the best sense, flawed but brave. Very quickly you are sucked into her fragile, damaged world, and no longer know what is real or imaginary’ Helen Callaghan, author of Dear Amy

‘Gripping and beautifully written, My Sister’s Bones is a tense, atmospheric, deliciously dark story’ Amanda Jennings, author of In Her Wake


Kate Rafter is a high-flying war reporter. She’s the strong one. The one who escaped their father. Her younger sister Sally didn’t. Instead, she drinks.

But when their mother dies, Kate is forced to return home. And on her first night she is woken by a terrifying scream.

At first Kate tells herself it’s just a nightmare. But then she hears it again. And this time she knows she’s not imagining it.

What secret is lurking in the old family home? And is she strong enough to uncover it…and make it out alive?

Get your digital copy now (and then buy it in gorgeous hardback in February too!)

Publication Day for AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR? by Holly Bourne

After a rollercoaster couple of years for Evie, Amber and Lottie, today AND A HAPPY NEW YEAR? by Holly Bourne is published, finishing their story with one amazing, disastrous, emotional night…


Spinster Club girls Evie, Amber and Lottie are having a New Year party to remember! For the first time since leaving college, all three girls are back together. It’s time for fun and flirting, snogs and shots. (And not tears and tantrums and horrible secrets.) Because everything’s going right for these girls Spinster Club for ever! Right?

Get ready for some serious partying – and some major New Year’s revelations – from everyone’s favourite cheesy-snack-loving feminists.

Buy it now or regret it forever! And if you haven’t read any, get your hands on The Spinster Series here.

The Widow by Fiona Barton included in in Best Books of 2016 by Publishers Weekly

We’re absolutely thrilled that The Widow, the Sunday Times bestseller by Fiona Barton, has been picked by Publishers Weekly in their Best Books of 2016.

Not only that but they also gave it an incredible review saying it is an “exceptional debut from British journalist Barton, who circles her [Jean’s] story as if it were a lurking panther, unseen but viscerally sensed…she tells her tale with a realism and restraint that add to its shattering impact.”

The Widow by Fiona Barton - US pb jacketYou can read the full review and buy The Widow here as well as catch up on the other books included on the list.

Publication Day for The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt

The Girls Next Door by Mel Sherratt is published today, much to the relief of the thousands who pre-ordered on Amazon. A suspenseful, page-turning thriller, it’s matched by an incredible cover and we can’t wait for you all to get your hands on it!


One warm spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive.

Six months after the stabbing of fifteen-year-old Deanna Miller, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?

Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mount, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’ life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?

A terrifying, compelling police procedural which will thrill fans of Angela Marsons, The Teacher, and Rachel Abbott.

Buy it now if you haven’t already.

The Bookseller’s Frankfurt interview with agent Madeleine Milburn

The Frankfurt Book Fair this month saw an abundance of deals being made by the agency – including 37 languages now sold for C.J. Tudor’s debut The Chalk Man - Madeleine took a moment to speak to Tom Tivnan from The Bookseller about the fair, taking a book from the slushpile to six figure book deal, the auction process and what’s working in the market right now. Here’s a little snippet but do take a look at the full interview!

Madeleine Milburn Company Shoot by Libi Pedder B&W169Can you tell when a book is going to take off? And conversely, are there times when a title hasn’t had as much interest as you anticipated? How do you manage the author then?

When a really special book comes along I feel it from the moment I start reading, and then it’s my job to make sure it is prioritised by every editor I send it to. When I started out, I took every rejection personally, but I’m far more resilient now. If a book doesn’t sell for whatever reason, I’ll keep trying. I have authors who were initially rejected by every publisher in London but are now bestsellers. I’ve also been able to launch authors on a digital platform, which has proved a huge success.


Polish Publication THE MISSING

Happy Polish Publication Day to our Sunday Times Bestselling author CL Taylor! Burda Publishing are publishing THE MISSING, and just look at that stunning cover:

the-missing-polishMake sure you get your copy here.


Katherine May memoir and novel snapped up by Trapeze

We’re so excited to announce that Katherine May’s memoir The Electricity of Every Living Thing and novel The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club have sold to Emma Smith and Sam Eades at Trapeze in a two book deal. katherine-may-bwThe Electricity of Every Living Thing will be published in 2018 and is a memoir about Katherine’s own journey walking the South West Coast and a chance encounter with a voice on the radio which makes her realise that she has Asperger’s Syndrome. Katherine’s novel The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club will be published as an eBook next year with a paperback to follow, also in 2018.

Emma Smith said Katherine was “a shining light for women with Asperger’s and she has written a book that is both highly relatable and outstanding in its originality and execution”. We can’t wait for everyone to be able to read this beautiful, moving story which will challenge everything you think you know about Asperger’s.

Holly Bourne and Lara Williamson Nominated for CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017

We’re utterly thrilled to announce that two of our authors, Holly Bourne, author of The Spinster Trilogy and Lara Williamson, author of A Boy Called Hope, have been nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal 2017, one of the most prestigious prizes in writing and illustrating for children. The books nominated are What’s A Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne and The Boy Who Sailed The Ocean In An Armchair by Lara Williamson.

whats-a-girl-gotta-do-finalThe Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair

The CILIP Carnegie Medal is awarded annually by CILIP for an outstanding book for children and young people and we’re crossing all our fingers for both of our incredible authors and their fantastic books.

Multiple deals for C. L. Taylor including a debut YA

We’re delighted to announce multiple deals for Sunday Times bestseller, C.L. Taylor, with a significant six-figure deal for two further novels with Helen Huthwaite at Avon, US rights to The Missing being snapped up by Daniel Mallory, Vice-President and Executive Editor for William Morrow and an incredibly exciting new deal with Anna Baggaley from HQ who bought the UK & Commonwealth rights for two YA novels.

C.L. Taylor’s debut YA novel, The Treatment is set to publish September 2017, followed by a second book in 2018. HQ Senior Commissioning Editor, Anna Baggaley, said, ‘C.L. Taylor has a powerful and addictive voice that readers everywhere have fallen in love with. I’m thrilled that I am now able to take her page-turning, unputdownable writing to a new young adult audience.’

The-Missing-by-CL-Taylor-197x300The Accident (Amazon)C.L. Taylor THE LIE

C. L. Taylor has published three novels with Avon so far, and became one of the top ten bestselling debuts of 2014 with The Accident. Since then she has gone on to become a No.1 eBook bestseller, and a Sunday Times chart-topper, with her following two novels, The Lie and The Missing. Editor, Helen Huthwaite said, ‘I am beyond delighted that we will continue our successful publishing partnership with C.L. Taylor. Her rise has been nothing short of stratospheric since her first novel, The Accident, published in 2014, and it has been the greatest privilege to be a part of that journey with her. It is difficult to overstate how important C.L. Taylor is to both Avon and the company as a whole; she is one of the most talented, astute, and committed authors I have ever had the pleasure of working with, and with almost one million copies of her books sold to date, there is no doubt as to why she is one of the biggest stars of the psychological thriller genre. We simply couldn’t be more proud to publish her.’

We’re so excited for C.L. Taylor’s incredible future and the wealth of amazing novels to come. Our own Madeleine Milburn said, ‘I am so excited to  grow and develop C.L. Taylor’s career with three exceptional teams all under the HarperCollins umbrella and united by the same ambitious vision.’

French Publication THE SECRET CITY by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld

Today is the French publication day for THE SECRET CITY by CJ Daugherty, the bestselling author of the NIGHT SCHOOL series, and Carina Rozenfeld. This is the second book in the ALCHEMIST CHRONICLES. Robert Laffont are publishing under the title LA CITÉ SECRÈTE. Here is their fantastic cover:



THE SECRET CITY is published in the UK by Atom, and you can get your copy here.

Italian Publication for THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by Kate Ling

Today is the publication of the Italian edition of the mesmerising LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by our very own Kate Ling. It’s being published by Il Castoro under their new HOT SPOT imprint.

Here is their gorgeous cover:


Make sure you get your copy of the Little, Brown edition here.


Fionnuala Kearney’s THE DAY I LOST YOU included in Bookseller’s Heatseekers

We were thrilled this week to see Fionnuala Kearney’s The Day I Lost You at No. 6 on The Bookseller’s Heatseekers Fiction after it reached No. 4 last week.

A beautiful story about a mother’s journey after losing her daughter in an avalanche, bestselling author Susan Lewis described The Day I Lost You as “Incredibly moving, beautifully written and page-turning.”

Get your copy of this heatseeker now!





7 Things your Agent wants You to Know

This post originally appeared on the Bookmachine website on 16.08.2016 and can be accessed here.

1) Bonnie & Clyde

Although agents are initially attracted to an author’s writing, we take on the book just as much as we take on the author him/herself. It might feel like the focus is all on the book itself in the first stages, but the relationship becomes much more about building the author. Editors and publishing houses will come and go more than agents will (in theory anyway), but we’ll be your partner-in-crime for the long haul. We’re all about focusing on our authors’ careers in the long term – finding the right editor with the right vision and ambition, the right publishing house with the right resources, who want to champion our author for the years to come – and often develop some lifelong friendships with authors along the line.

2) Ultimate multi-taskers

Going into this industry, I had no idea how multifaceted the jobs would be. Obviously, we spend a lot of time working with books and authors, but we also become agony aunts, cake-bakers, expert postage calculators, dog-walkers, office movers, printer-jam fixers and prosecco connoisseurs. A large part of our job consists of checking in with our authors, advising on edits, book covers, publicity and marketing campaign and events, and giving all manners of advice to our authors – including what dress to wear at publishing parties or how to build an Ikea bookshelf. We’re pretty kick-ass, really.

3) “Everything is subjective”

The publishing business is highly and at times frustratingly subjective. Every agent has at one point or other have fallen head over heels in love with a book which sadly not a single editor has picked up. Editors also will champion their favourite books, which will then for reasons unbeknownst not be loved by the public. Lots of ingredients are needed to make a bestseller, and agent enthusiasm right from the start is absolutely key. So when we tell you a book isn’t quite our thing but we hope someone else picks it up, we genuinely don’t think it’s a terrible book, we just think someone else will be a better spokesperson for it.

4) We are Human

We are nice people, promise! We sometimes get a little behind on our reading because we are sometimes drowning in manuscripts and emails, but we really care, and do our best at all times to get back to everyone with feedback and constructive criticism. We might look like a scary bunch, but we’re all pretty gooey in the middle – let’s face it, Jojo Moyes’sMe Before You makes us cry as much as any other reader!

5) Agencies – fat and skinny

Agencies come in all shapes and sizes, some are big and corporate with hundreds of years of cumulative experience, others are small with a more tailor-made approach to each author and their book. It’s worth doing your research before submitting, as some agencies’ style might suit you better than others, but it is worth remembering that ultimately what matters is finding an enthusiastic agent you “click” with and who is going to shout about your books from the rooftops and push the manuscripts into every single editor’s hands!

6) Hone those Blurbs

We often spent hours and hours looking through submission after submission, so to make sure you capture the agent’s attention with a fresh and exciting blurb, a neat layout, maybe some comparisons to other books and a few catchy shoutlines. You should talk firstly and mostly about the book, as that is what we, the editor, and ultimately the readers are going to be most interested in.

7) We are Hungry!

Not only do we consume an unnaturally large quantity of biscuits and cakes in the publishing industry, we are also always incredibly hungry for exciting new books and talent, and are always on the lookout for fresh manuscripts and original voices. We love our jobs, our books and most importantly, our authors. So keep sending us your submissions!

Madeleine Milburn Company Shoot by Libi Pedder B&W117Thérèse Coen is the Agency’s Rights Agent. She handles translation rights for the agency’s clients in all foreign language territories, and is building a boutique fiction and non-fiction list. Born and raised in Belgium, Thérèse is multilingual and studied at University College London. She previously worked for Ed Victor and at Bloomsbury Publishing. When not reading, she can be found circling Richmond Park on her bike plotting to win the first women’s Tour de France.

Cover reveal for Kathryn Croft’s WHILE YOU WERE SLEEPING

 Check out the brand-new cover for Kathryn Croft’s latest terrifying thriller!


 You wake up to find the man beside you is dead.

He is not your husband. This is not your bed.

What do you do?

Tara Logan lives a quiet life with her husband, Noah, and two children, teenager Rosie and eleven-year-old Spencer.

But her peace is shattered when she wakes in her neighbour, Lee’s bed, with no memory of how she got there or what happened between them.

And worse – he has been stabbed to death.

Convinced she didn’t kill Lee, Tara stays silent, fearing the truth will rip her family apart.

But as her daughter spirals out of control, and her husband becomes increasingly distant, Tara soon realises that someone in her life knows what really happened to Lee. She must get to the truth before they do.

Tara made a mistake … but will one night cost her everything?

 A gripping, shocking psychological thriller, with a twist that will take you by surprise.

Will enthral fans of Between You and Me, Behind Closed Doors and The Girl on the Train.

While You Were Sleeping is due to be released on the 16th of November 2016: pre-order your copy now!

Make Us Scared: Competition Winner Announced

We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of the Madeleine Milburn Summer Writing Competition: Make Us Scared, selected by Fiona Barton, C.L. Taylor and Madeleine Milburn, is Richard Lakin with GARAGE FLOWERS.

GARAGE FLOWERS is a psychological thriller which started as a short story short-listed for the Bridport Prize in 2014. It begins with the life-changing moment when Chrissy – who is working in a motorway service station –recognises her former teacher when he walks in to buy a porn magazine. In the embarrassment he drops his wallet and Chrissy finds a passport photo of a former classmate Leanne who went missing 20 years ago tucked inside.

Richard is a former journalist and a member of Writing West Midlands’ Room 204 development programme. In 2013 he won the Guardian’s annual travel writing prize and in 2009 he won the Daily Telegraph Just Back annual story prize. He has been highly commended in the Yeovil Short Story prize and published by the Daily Telegraph, Cheshire Prize for Literature, Notes from the Underground, Londonist and Oxonian Review among others.

Richard has won £500 and an offer of representation from the agency and all shortlisted entries will receive written feedback from the agency.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered and to our amazing shortlistees.

Fiona Barton previews new psychological thriller THE CHILD

Fiona Barton, author of the internationally bestselling The Widow, has just released the enticing cover for her upcoming new novel, The Child. Continuing the story of The Widow‘s reporter Kate Waters, this brand-new thriller promises to be just as gripping and terrifying as her first…


People say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But three women know this isn’t always true: sometimes, what doesn’t kill you makes you wish it had. THE CHILD is their story, told when the discovery of a baby’s body threatens to expose their secrets.

With little evidence of foul play, the police are reluctant to make the ‘Building Site Baby’ case a priority. But something about it tugs at journalist Kate Waters’ heart, and she starts her own investigation into finding the baby’s name and its mother.

As she digs deeper, Kate discovers the heartbreaking tale of a family tragedy that has lain buried for decades – the repercussions of which are greater now than they’ve ever been . . .

Barton’s inspiration for her new novel comes from exactly the same place as Kate’s compulsion to dig into the past: the chance discovery of a chilling news article about a baby’s skeleton found in a back garden.

Like Kate, Barton says, “I wanted to know who the baby was and why someone had secretly buried it. I was drawn by the desperation of the act and the human tragedy behind it”. In an interview with Entertainment Weekly she discloses her struggle to make sure The Child lives up to the expectations left in the wake of The Widow, a process which she describes as sometimes enjoyable but sometimes more like “wrenching it out of my body with bloodied fingernails”.

The pressures surrounding the publication of a second novel may be high, but Barton’s taut grasp of character, suspense and high-stakes plot as demonstrated by her first book are confident. The Child is due to be released on 30th of May 2017.

Find the full EW Q&A here!

Cover reveal for THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR by Mel Sherratt

Mel Sherratt has revealed the intriguing cover for her new detective thriller, The Girls Next Door, to be released on 27th October 2016, with the eBook already available for pre-order. The novel is set in the same fictional city, Stockleigh, as her successful Estate Series novels, but features Detective Eden Berrisford as its compelling new protagonist.



One warm Spring evening, five teenagers meet in a local park. Only four will come out alive. 

Six months after the stabbing of sixteen-year-old Deanna Barker, someone is coming after the teenagers of Stockleigh, as a spate of vicious assaults rocks this small community. Revenge for Deanna? Or something more?

Detective Eden Berrisford is locked into a race against time to catch the twisted individual behind the attacks – but when her own niece, Jess Mountford, goes missing, the case gets personal.

With the kidnapper threatening Jess’s life, can Eden bring back her niece to safety? Or will the people of Stockleigh be forced to mourn another daughter…?

A terrifying, compelling, police procedural which will thrill fans of Angela Marsons, Peter James and Rachel Abbott.

Cover Reveal for WITNESS by Caroline Mitchell

Today, Caroline Mitchell revealed her brand new cover on Twitter and we’re thrilled to be sharing it here too! Isn’t it chilling?

WITNESS is out on the 20th December, just in time for some thrilling Christmas reading.


To Rebecca it was a brave decision that led to her freedom from domestic abuse. To Solomon it was the ultimate betrayal.

It’s been ten years since Rebecca’s testimony saw Solomon locked away. Enough time for the nightmares to recede, the nerves to relax; enough time to rebuild her life and put the past behind her.

Then one day a phone rings in her bedroom—but it’s not her phone. Solomon has been in her home, and has a very simple message for her: for each of the ten years he has spent in jail, Rebecca must witness a crime. And, to make matters worse, she has to choose the victims.

Fail to respond and you get hurt. Talk to police and you die. Ready to play? You have sixty seconds to decide…

As the crimes grow more severe, the victims closer to home, Rebecca is forced to confront a past she had hoped was gone forever.

Pre-order your copy now.

C. L. Taylor included in crime anthology for 11th Galaxy® Quick Reads

Six exciting new Galaxy® Quick Reads titles have been announced by The Reading Agency including bestselling crime writer C.L. Taylor

Five fiction titles and one non-fiction book make up this year’s selection to be published on 2 February 2017 and the Dead Simple crime anthology (Orion) will bring together C.L. Taylor with seven other writers including Mark Billingham, Clare Mackintosh and Angela Marsons.quick-reads-2017-v2

Quick Reads titles are specifically designed to be easy to read, and are shorter and easier to tackle for adults who are less confident in their reading skills. The accessible, bite-size format means they’re also perfect for people who want a light, easy read to pick up for their commute or to fit into a busy day.

One in six adults in the UK struggles with reading,1 whilst one in three does not read for pleasure, and Quick Reads will next year continue its work to break down the barriers that prevent people from picking up a book. 95% of literacy practitioners report that using Quick Reads has been effective at raising learners’ confidence to read, whilst 91% say that the books have been effective at improving readers’ literacy skills.

We’re absolutely delighted to be supporting our author C.L. Taylor who is taking part in this incredible scheme.

You can find full details of all the Quick Reads here. Make sure you pick up your copy!

Agency’s fastest-selling debut THE CHALK MAN by C J Tudor acquired by MJ in nine-way auction

We’re incredibly excited to announce that C J Tudor‘s debut thriller, The Chalk Man has been acquired by Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph in a nine-way publisher auction as reported in The Bookseller.

The book, due to publish on 11th January 2018 in hardback and e-book, is narrated by Eddie who receives a chalk drawing of a stick figure that hurtles him back to an innocent childhood game 30 years before which went terribly, terribly wrong. As history begins to repeat itself, it seems the game was never really over.

Publishing director Maxine Hitchcock acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, including Canada, to The Chalk Man in a major two-book deal.  The book is fastest-selling debut in the agency’s history and Since auction, 29 territories have sold across the globe, including in the United States.

Hitchcock said: “There is just one word for The Chalk Man: Wow. Quite how C J Tudor has come up with something so spellbindingly brilliant in her first novel is beyond me. Every single person at MJ was riveted, male or female, young or old. The Chalk Man has all the ingredients to become one of the great contemporary thrillers, sitting alongside gems such as Michael Marshall’s The Straw Men and any of Stephen King’s classics. C J Tudor is a superstar waiting to happen.”


Put it on your 2018 reading list. The Chalk Man wants to play…


Spanish Publication THE CRESSWELL PLOT

Today is the Spanish publication of Eliza Wass‘ hauntingly beautiful THE CRESSWELL PLOT. Ediciones B are publishing as EN EL BOSQUE, with this amazing jacket:


Congratulations to Eliza! You can get your UK copy here.

C. L. Taylor auctions signed copies for Authors for Refugees campaign

The lovely, bestselling author C. L. Taylor is offering signed copies of THE ACCIDENT, THE LIE and THE MISSING on Authors For Refugees.

This online auction for books provides urgent aid to refugees held in camps around Europe, and to unaccompanied minors with a legal right to come to the UK.

Funds raised will go towards Help Refugees, Safe Passage and the Islington Refugee Centre.

To place your bid for this amazing prize, for an incredibly worth cause, head over to Authors For Refugees!


Publication Day for THE DAY I LOST YOU by Fionnuala Kearney

Fionnuala’s beautiful, moving story is now out available as paperback in the UK! This is the perfect book for fans of Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls.

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

Jess’s first instinct is to protect Rose, Anna’s five-year-old daughter. But then she starts to uncover Anna’s other life – unearthing a secret that alters their whole world irrevocably…


Grab your copy now and immerse yourself in a compelling tale of family relationships, grief and love.

Fiona Barton’s THE WIDOW reaches No.2 on the Sunday Times bestseller list

We are very excited to announce that Fiona Barton’s The Widow has reached No.2 on the Sunday Times bestseller list, just behind The Girl On The Train! All of us at MM are so pleased to see the transatlantic bestseller’s fantastic achievements continue. Congratulations, Fiona!

Buy your edition of the psychological thriller here.

WHO WE WERE BEFORE reaches No. 3 on Kindle Bestsellers

We are thrilled to see that Leah Mercer’s Who We Were Before is number 3 on Kindle’s Bestsellers List! It is also the number one bestselling title in the Family Life, Women’s Fiction and Domestic Life categories.

The Kindle edition of this superb novel is flourishing in the UK as well, ranking third in women’s popular fiction and fifth in Women’s Fiction Romance and Contemporary Fiction Romance.

Congratulations to Leah from everyone at MM!

You can buy your Kindle edition here

THE WIDOW paperback charts at No. 8 on the Sunday Times Bestseller List

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Fiona Barton’s stunning psychological suspense novel, The Widow, is back on the Sunday Times bestseller list. Still the bestselling hardback of the year, the paperback edition has entered the charts at No.8 after being published on 1st September.

The Widow by Fiona Barton

It is fantastic to see her success continue, and all of us at the MM Agency send our congratulations!

Buy your own copy here.

Here’s the full top 10, too – The Widow is in great company!

  1. The Girl on The Train by Paula Hawkins
  2. After You by Jojo Moyes
  3. Cometh The Hour: The Clifton Chronicles by Jeffrey Archer
  4. Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz
  5. Me Before You by Jojo Moyes
  6. Missing Presumed by Susie Steiner
  7. Far From True by Linwood Barclay
  8. The Widow by Fiona Barton
  9. Private Paris by James Patterson
  10. The Loving Husband by Christobel Kent

Make Us Scared: Competition Shortlist

Today we are officially announcing the shortlist for our Summer Writing Competition: Make Us Scared.

We received hundreds of entries in a range of genres and have spent the last week reading through them all to find our top five. It was a tough decision but we finally settled on the following five for a shortlist (in no particular order):

  • I, Killer by Max Manning
  • Garage Flowers by Richard Lakin
  • The Mind Trap by Sue Dawes
  • The New Obituaries by Andrew Begg
  • Across the Miles of Land and Sea by Caroline Scott

All of the shortlisted entries have now been sent on to Fiona Barton and C. L. Taylor who, alongside Madeleine Milburn, will choose a winner to be announced on 6th October.

The winner will receive £500 and an offer of representation from the agency and all shortlisted entries will receive written feedback from the agency.

Thank you so much to everyone who entered!


THE WIDOW selected for Richard & Judy’s Autumn Book Club

The Widow by Fiona Barton is the bestselling hardback of the year and now it’s been selected for Richard & Judy’s Autumn Book Club. Published in paperback today, The Widow joins two other debuts Sharon Guskin’s The Forgetting Time, and Katarina Bivald’s The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend in an incredible selection.

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The other titles selected for the autumn book club are Missing, Presumed, by Susie Steiner, Circling The Sun, by Paula McLain, The Loving Husband, by Christobel Kent, Orphan X by Gregg Hurwitz and The Ballroom by Anna Hope.

Speaking to The Bookseller, Judy Finnigan said: “Richard and I have thoroughly enjoyed spending the summer reading and selecting this latest list. We’re absolutely thrilled to showcase such amazing talent, once again, from bestselling authors to three fantastic debut authors. We sincerely hope everyone enjoys each and every one of these books as much as we have.”

If you’re one of the few to still get round to The Widow – get your copy now

WHO WE WERE BEFORE by Leah Mercer available now on Kindle First

Even though Who We Were Before by Leah Mercer isn’t out until 1st October, Kindle First members can get their hands on it a whole month early! Highly recommended by the whole team here, you won’t regret it.

Who We Were Before - Leah Mercer

Zoe knows that it wasn’t really her fault. Of course it wasn’t. But if she’d just grasped harder, run faster, lunged quicker, she might have saved him. And Edward doesn’t really blame her, though his bitter words at the time still haunt her, and he can no more take them back than she can halt the car that killed their son.

Two years on, every day is a tragedy. Edward knows they should take healing steps together, but he’s tired of being shut out. For Zoe, it just seems easier to let grief lead the way.

A weekend in Paris might be their last hope for reconciliation, but mischance sees them separated before they’ve even left Gare du Nord. Lost and alone, Edward and Zoe must try to find their way back to each other—and find their way back to the people they were before. But is that even possible?

Get it on Kindle First now!

Publication Day for THE SECRET CITY by C. J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

It’s here! The heart-stopping, hair-raising, excitement-inducing sequel to The Secret Fire, THE SECRET CITY by C. J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld is out today.

C. J. Daugherty was also featured in the Daily Mail this week, talking about her own experiences which she drew on for the book!

The Secret City cover UK

‘Remember: Demons lie’

Locked away inside the fortified walls of Oxford’s St Wilfred’s College, surrounded by alchemists sworn to protect them, Taylor and Sacha are safe from the Darkness. For now.

But time is short. In seven days Sacha will turn 18, and the ancient curse that once made him invincible will kill him, unleashing unimaginable demonic horror upon the world.

There is one way to stop it.

Taylor and Sacha must go to where the curse was first cast – the medieval French city of Carcassonne – and face the demons.

The journey will be dangerous. And monsters are waiting for them.

But as Darkness descends on Oxford, their choice is stark. They must face everything that scares them, or lose everything they love.

Buy it now!


Publication day for THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton in paperback

 The Widow by Fiona Barton, bestselling hardback of the year, is out in paperback today! And with a stunning quote from Stephen King himself, it’s looking better than ever.

The Widow by Fiona Barton


‘If you liked GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, you might want to pick up THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton. Engrossing. Suspenseful’ Stephen King

We’ve all seen him: the man – the monster – staring from the front page of every newspaper, accused of a terrible crime.

But what about her: the woman who grips his arm on the courtroom stairs – the wife who stands by him?

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.

Get your copy here if you haven’t already…


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.

Get your copy now

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:


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.


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:


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:

Maddy YA

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:

Hayley YA

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:

Anna YA

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


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…

Get your copy now

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:


all is not forgotten

  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


MM Crime

  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


TC Crime
  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




  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!



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.

self-editing word frequency


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.

hemmingway app


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

Recipes for Melissa - Cover comparison

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.



  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



  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



  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



  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:



  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



  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



  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



  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:



  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



  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



  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


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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.

The Widow by Fiona BartonThe Widow, US cover bestseller line

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.


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.




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!


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!

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?


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!

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

The Creswell Plot by Eliza Wass

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.


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:

The Widow Germany

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

The Widow Netherlands

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

The Widow Spain

Planeta Spain published on 31st of May


Planeta Portugal are publishing their edition this June.

The Widow Italy

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:


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).


“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.

Twitter announcement

Pre-order your copy here!




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:


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 this afternoon


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.”

The Loneliness of Distant Beings by Kate Ling

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?


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


The Boy who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair


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


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!

AM I NORMAL YET Holly Bourne

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.


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!


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!


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.

Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket UK

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.

The Missing kindle charts

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

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

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

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


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

AM I NORMAL YET Holly Bourne

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

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

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

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

Publication Day for IN THE DARK, IN THE WOODS

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

Pre-Publication Praise

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

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

In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass

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

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

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

You can get your copy here

THE MISSING is a No. 6 Sunday Times bestseller

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

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

You can buy your copy here

The Missing by C.L. Taylor

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

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

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

Publication Day for THE MISSING

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

Buy your copy here

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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

The Blog Tour

Pre-Publication Praise for THE MISSING

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

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

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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.


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


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!





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.


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


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.

How Hard Can Love Be

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.


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…


‘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