Night School: The Webisodes

All six webisodes for C.J. Daugherty‘s bestselling NIGHT SCHOOL series are available now!

Read The Guardian article on UK YA’s first ever web series

Watch CJ talk behind the scenes during the making of the series

The Night School YouTube channel is approaching half a million views, and episode 5, ALL THE PRETTY KILLERS, won the US-based Indie Series Network’s web series of the week poll twice! They also scooped two acting awards for this one!

Watch the episodes now:

Episode 1: FLASHBACK

Episode 2: THE OTHER ONE

Episode 3: POWER

Episode 4: THE GILMORE GIRL

Episode 5: ALL THE PRETTY KILLERS

Episode 6: BANG

Teaser trailer:

WHEN I MET YOU by Jemma Forte is Released Today!

We have an exciting announcement to make here at the agency – The wonderful new title  from Jemma Forte is out today!

This uplifting women’s fiction title will pull at your heart strings and have you laughing out loud.

What a lovely way to start the New Year by putting your feet up and escaping real-life with this romantic comedy!

When I Met You front coverJemma Forte

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in 2014

What a successful year!

News Roundup from 2014 at the MM Agency

January

Exciting Film news!

Cally Taylor’s romantic comedy Home For Christmas (Orion) is optioned by Brighton-based company Jump Start Productions. 

Emma Garcia’s debut novel Never Google Heartbreak (Hodder) is optioned by producer Adam Rolston of A Street Cat Named Bob (Hodder).

February

NIGHT SCHOOL - FRACTURE by C.J. DaughertyNight School: Fracture, the third book in the Night School series by C.J. Daugherty, is the No. 1 bestseller in Poland

 

IF YOU'RE NOT THE ONE by Jemma Forte Mel SherrattMel Sherratt hits *No.1* in the UK and US on the Amazon charts.

Jemma Forte’s novel If You’re Not the One is optioned by Working Title Films.

Holly Martin’s love story, The Guestbook (Carina), hits * No.5 * on the Kindle bestseller list.  

 March

Bloomsbury Publishing acquires ‘bestseller-in-the-making’

Anyone but Ivy Pocket - US jacketHarry Potter publisher, Bloomsbury, acquires Anyone but Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp fighting off stiff competition from an inordinate number of other publishers. They will publish the first book in Spring 2015.  There have now been a MASSIVE 18 translation deals for the series.

April

Lara Williamson’s A Boy Called Hope (Usborne Publishing) shortlisted for the IBW Book Award, alongside Patrick Ness and Malorie BlackmanThe Dark Inside - Italian jacket

The Dark Inside (Simon & Schuster) by Rupert Wallis shortlisted for The Andersen Prize, the most prestigious literary award for children in Italy. 

May

The The Accident (Amazon)Accident hits No. 31 in the Official UK Bestsellers chart and No. 6 overall on the Amazon Bestseller rank (UK Kindle Store) with 105 five star reviews.  No. 1 in ‘Mystery’ and ‘Murder’ (Kindle), and No. 1 in ‘Mystery’ (Books)

 

C.J. Daugherty is officially the No.2 bestselling author in Germany!

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C.J. Daugherty’s fourth book, Night school: Resistance, comes in at position * No.2 * on the German Spiegel bestseller list, positioned just above Donna Tartt’s The Goldfinch.

Madeleine Milburn announces the 2014 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize Winner at the special Award Ceremony dinner held by the President of the College, Professor Janet Todd.

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June

The Accident by C.L. Taylor sells over **100,000** copies since publication in April.

Mel Sherratt’s total sales reach ** 250,000 ** copies

C.J. Daugherty’s international bestselling YA series continues to dominate the bestseller lists abroad. Night School: Resistance remains in the top 20 on the German Spiegel Bestseller List for 4 weeks.  Night School: Fracture hits No. 1 in the Children’s list in Israel.

Night School: Resistance is published in the UK by Little, Brown / Atom

UK publication of Anouska Knight’s A Part of MeA PART OF ME by Anouska Knight 

 

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Stinky and Jinks children’s series by Dave Lowe sells 10,000 copies in the Netherlands

 

July

The new Victoria Fox, Power Games, is published and hits *No. 5* on the Kindle Bestseller ChartPOWER GAMES new Grazia quote cover

France Loisirs will publish the French book club edition of The Tea Planter’s Daughter (Les lumières d’Assam) by Janet MacLeod Trotter, with an order of 80,000 copies, the club’s ‘Super Première’ novel

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Third week in the Top 10 of the Irish Charts for One Wish by Maria DuffyOne Wish Cover

Wicked Ambition by Victoria Fox is No. 1 in Australian Kindle Charts!

 

August

 

The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis - paperback coverRupert Wallis is shortlisted for the Edinburgh first book award.

C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld announce their co-written brand new YA series, The Secret Fire, to be published by Little, Brown / Atom in September 2015, with another title to follow in 2016.

Power Games by Victoria Fox is one of The Sun’s ‘Great Summer Reads’

Mel Sherratt is one of the first Amazon authors to be stocked in WHSmith and Waterstones

Publication of Nuala Casey’s Summer Lies Bleeding (Quercus) Summer Lies Bleeding by Nuala Casey

 The Manifesto on How to Be Interesting 3DThe Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne is No. 1 in the Waterstones School Chart

Power Games by Victoria Fox is Heatworld Summer Reads Special: ‘This is a riot of a book and pure, marvellous escapism from start to end’  

September

Holly Martin shortlisted for three of the  Festival of Awards categories 2014

Soulmates by Holly Bourne makes the shortlist in two categories of the BookBlogger UKYA awards for ‘Best Contemporary’ and ‘Most Heart-breaking’

The hotly anticipated proofs arrive of Fionnuala Kearney’s debut novel You, Me and Other People (HarperCollins, 2015)you me and other people

CWA Dagger in the libraryMel Sherratt longlisted for the prestigious CWA  2014 Dagger in the Library Award

The paperback edition of Luana Lewis’ Don’t Stand So Close is published by Transworld.

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Telegraph journalist, Radhika Sanghani’s, debut novel VIRGIN published in the UK (Harlequin) and US (Penguin Random House / Berkley Books)

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October

Don't Stand So Close DutchAuthor of Don’t Stand So Close, Luana Lewis, tours Amsterdam and is interviewed by journalists to promote Don’t Stand So Close (Dicht Bij Mij), published by Transworld in the UK.

 Holly Bourne appears at the Cheltenham Literature Festival and The Southbank Festival where she takes part in the Gender and Pop Culture event, chatting alongside Holly Smale, Non Pratt and the film actor Danny Lee Wynter. Holly also appears at the first ever YA Lit Con.

Soulmates makes the shortlist in two categories of the BookBlogger UKYA awards for ‘Best Contemporary’ and ‘Most Heart-breaking’!

The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft

 

The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft is published.

 

November

Mel Sherratt now shortlisted for CWA The Dagger in the Library Award!

Ivy Pocket proofs

A Boy Called Hope by Lara WilliamsonBloomsbury’s Anyone But Ivy Pocket proofs arrive hot off the press!

In addition to the Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards nomination, A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson is nominated for both the Oxfordshire Book Awards 2015 and the Hounslow Junior Book Awards 2015.

Holly Bourne, Rupert Wallis, Lara Williamson and Dave Lowe all shortlisted for Children’s Book Awards!

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A Boy Called Hope bLara Williamson shortlisted for the 9-11 category, The Dark Inside by Rupert Wallis for the 11-14 category and The Manifesto on How to be Interesting by Holly Bourne for the 14-16 category of the Leeds Book Awards.

My Hamster’s Got Talent by Dave Lowe shortlisted for Worcestershire’s Awesomest Book Award.

Madeleine Milburn Children's Writers' & Artists' YearbookArticles by Madeleine Milburn on ‘Getting hooked out of the slush pile’ are published in the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook and the Children’s Writers’ and Artists’ Yearbook 2015

 

International bestselling YA authors C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld sign books at the Montreuil Book Fair 2014 AVT_Carina-Rozenfeld_1260CJ Daugherty book fair

 

 

December

The UK film premiere of Cally Taylor’s Home For Christmas! Home For Christmas

Lara Williamson of A Boy Called Hope shortlisted for 8 Book Awards

This year the MM Author Christmas Party was held at 54 The Gallery across the road from the office in Mayfair.   A wonderful night had by all!

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The first time a British YA book series has been produced for an online audienceGuardian2

Based on the international bestselling Young Adult books by C.J. Daugherty, Night School the Web Series is launched!

Dave Lowe’s children’s title, My Hamster’s Got Talent from the Stinky and Jinks Series is on the official recommendation list for the Dutch Children’s Jury 2015. 

Mel Sherratt’s gripping psychological thriller, Watching Over You is Kindle’s Best Crime Books of 2014: Editors’ Picks list alongside Lee Child, David Jackson, Jo Nesbo and C.J. Sansom

Rupert  WallisHolly Bourne and Radhika Sanghani all make the Best iBooks of 2014 list.

The Manifesto on How To Be Interesting by Holly Bourne makes The Guardian’s Best Books of 2014.

C.L. Taylor is named as one of The Bookseller’s Top 10 bestselling adult fiction debut authors in 2014 for her psychological suspense debut, The Accident.

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 The Madeleine Milburn Agency has negotiated top book deals in over 30 countries worldwide this year.  We love ALL our international editions.

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We would like to congratulate ALL of our amazing authors for their hard work and incredible achievements this year! We are very proud to represent such a talented assortment of authors and look forward to many more success stories in 2015.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from Maddy, Rosie, Cara and Rachael!

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Festive Author Posts

happy-christmas-from-the-mm-agency.jpg In the lead up to Christmas 2014 we will publish a series of festive and inspirational posts written by the authors at The Madeleine Milburn Agency.

RUPERT WALLIS

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Author of the fantastic YA book, THE DARK INSIDE (Simon & Schuster, 2014) - Rupert Wallis read Theology at Cambridge University and holds an MFA in Screenwriting and Writing for Television. 

His debut novel was published in January 2014 and has since received rave reviews and been nominated for numerous awards.

Rupert Wallis’s Inspirational Book Choice – Shel Silverstein’s ‘The Giving Tree’

Christmas is about giving and receiving so I thought it would be apt to highlight a book I have discovered late on but which still fascinates me – Shel Silverstein’s ‘The Giving Tree’ (1964).

It’s a simple story that has inspired a variety of interpretations and points of view, and it seems that people are either offended by the book or embrace it.  Perhaps this has helped it strike a chord though with sales according to Wikipedia, by 2011, of 8.5 million.

Silverstein was a man of many talents, not only a children’s author but also a cartoonist, singer and songwriter (he wrote the Johnny Cash hit, ‘A Boy Named Sue’) and screenwriter.

Apparently, ‘The Giving Tree’ was not Silverstein’s favourite book but I imagine it’s been his most popular and it’s certainly been controversial.  If you don’t know the story I won’t spoil the plot – you can watch an animated version of the book below with Silverstein narrating – but the essence of the book concerns the relationship between an apple tree and a boy.  Through the story, the tree submits lovingly to every request the boy makes of her, even when he grows up into a man.

The nature of giving (loving?) so unconditionally is what has proved so divisive for readers.  Is the story about the joys of giving to someone or is it about the self-destructive nature of giving too much?  The fact that the tree is female points to other potential readings of the story, that of the parent-child relationship, or even that of Mother Nature and humankind.  Maybe the message is an ecological one?

I’m still not entirely sure what to make of Silverstein’s book and this is what makes it endlessly fascinating to me.

Something I have thought about during the writing of my new book could perhaps relate to ‘The Giving Tree’, namely, that people always want to try to understand why bad things happen to them yet it’s never usually the case whenever good things do.

I hope you enjoy ‘The Giving Tree’ and that it has as much resonance for you as it has done for me.  What is Silverstein saying?  I still don’t know.

 

Festive Author Posts

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In the lead up to Christmas 2014 we will publish a series of festive and inspirational posts written by the authors at The Madeleine Milburn Agency.

SIMON CHERRY

simonSimon Cherry’s first book for children, EDDY STONE AND THE PIRATE IN THE BATH will be published by Usborne next year.

He has written and produced programmes in Melvyn Bragg’s Arts Department at ITV for seventeen years, with script credits on series including The Adventure of English.

Simon Cherry’s Inspirational Book Choice – Uncle by J P Martin 

“Uncle is an elephant. He’s immensely rich, and he’s a B.A. He dresses well, generally in a purple dressing-gown, and often rides about on a traction engine….”

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Christmas 1964. My sixth. My Uncle Malcolm, doubtless attracted by its title, gave me a copy of a new book – “Uncle” by J P Martin. It has remained on my shelves ever since, and has made me laugh every time I have opened it. “Uncle” is eccentric, and silly, and funny to its bones in a way that I loved as a child and aspire to emulate as an adult.

Uncle is a benign dictator who presides over Homeward, a vast castle of skyscrapers connected by rollercoaster railways and waterslides. Many of the book’s chapters describe visits by Uncle and his entourage to locations in and around Homeward : Cheapman’s Store, where motorbikes cost a halfpenny and the waiters in the restaurant  tip the customers; the laboratory where Dr Gleamhound painstakingly concocts medicines that always do the exact opposite of what is intended; the famous beauty spot Owl Springs, where “the springs aren’t up to much and it’s very hard to get a good look at the owl”.

My favourite was the Haunted Tower, where the allegedly petrifying White Terror turns out to be a very small ghost who stands on a bedside table muttering “I did it! I took the strawberry jam!”

Across the moat from Homeward lies Badfort, the ramshackle home of Uncle’s nemesis Beaver Hateman  and his gang, who mock Uncle’s pomposity and plot his downfall.

And then there are the Respectable Horses, and the Little Lion who can make himself immensely heavy at will, and the One-Armed Badger……so much invention that Quentin Blake, whose brilliant drawings accompany the text, said that every single page suggested an illustration.

I treasured the book, but never found anyone else who had read it. I knew nothing about its author. It was a private, personal favourite – probably, I thought, forgotten by the rest of the world.

Until, a few years ago, I googled……..

J P Martin, I learned, was a clergyman who had made up stories for his children and only later written them down. It was his daughter who took them to publishers and was repeatedly rejected – too boisterous for the then genteel children’s market.  The manuscript had taken thirty years to get into print, by which time Martin was 84. Five more Uncle books had followed. Now long out of print, they attracted such a cult following that copies of the later, scarcer ones sold for a thousand pounds.

Then last year, an Uncle devotee (thank you, Marcus Gipps) negotiated with the rights holders and launched a Kickstarter project to reprint a collected edition. It took just four hours to raise the funds online. When my copy arrived I was, as Uncle said after spotting the Owl, “afloat on a sea of foaming joy and delight”.

I don’t know what Cheapman’s would charge, but it’s a bargain at full price.uncle-and-the-treacle-trouble

Festive Author Posts

christmas houseIn the lead up to Christmas 2014 we will publish a series of festive and inspirational posts written by the authors at The Madeleine Milburn Agency.

Teresa Driscoll

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Teresa’s debut RECIPES FOR MELISSA will be published by Bookouture in Spring 2015 with foreign rights sold in Germany, Israel and Brazil.

‘Christmas jumpers welcome….but NO cardigans!’

*A festive invitation to Edith Hope from HOTEL DU LAC by Anita Brookner*

Don’t get me wrong. I like cardigans. I have a couple of favourite, soft and silky numbers. But on this special Christmas invitation to a fictional character, I am going to have to be strict…

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Dear Edith Hope,

I would like very much, if you do not have other plans, to welcome you at my Christmas table. Forgive me for the cheek. It sounds patronising, I know. But I have worried about you ever since I read about you (in Hotel du Lac – Anita Brookner: a favourite book) falling for all those unsuitable men. You are so bright. So witty. You deserve so much better. Just  forgive my rudeness  – and do, please, leave the cardigan at home. Wear something sparkly!

It’s true. I really have thought often about “poor” Edith Hope . I re-read Hotel du Lac only recently and it hit me all over again. Oh – that brilliant writing, Anita. And yet the aching sadness of clever, lonely Edith who wears the wrong kind of cardigans. Who watches and thinks way too much. Always just slightly on the outside.

And here’s my festive confession. When I first fell in love with Hotel du Lac, I was just a little bit afraid I might become Edith. Smart Ms Hope (wrapped in her unflattering knitwear) who day after day watches a mother and a daughter with bemused envy, wondering why she is not quite like other women.

Ouch, Ms Brookner.

For I had a little spell like that. Watching, I mean. On the outside.

My mother died of cancer when I was  seventeen and I spent years quietly watching mothers and daughters and struggling very hard not to show on my face what I was feeling inside.

Strange to think of it now. Gregarious me. Journalist, TV presenter and yes – now mad-crazy and very happy author.  But back then for a while when I lost my mother, I really did feel on the outside of things.

And yes. Silly as it sounds, I was afraid of turning into Edith Hope.  Of setting myself apart. Of hiding behind my writing, falling for the wrong men and never being at the centre of a happy family. The noise and the buzz of life.

But – here’s the thing.

I somehow got very lucky! I found the kindest of men (and wonder every day how, on earth, he puts up with me!). We have been married for 23 years and have two wonderful sons. And Christmas is my absolute favourite family time of all – driving all around me crazy – with my carols. And my baking. And my obsession with matching wrapping paper to gorgeous, shiny ribbon.

And in the midst of it all?  I always steal a quiet moment among the chaos to count my blessings. To think…first and foremost of the mother I, of course, still miss very much.  And also “poor” Edith Hope – that lonely writer I was once afraid of.

So what I am hoping now is this.

That Edith will reply as follows:

Thank you for your kind invitation but I am actually mad with plans for Christmas! You won’t believe how it all turned out. I ditched the married man and fell head over heels for the owner of a marvellous book shop. We have four children and 12 grandchildren now. So – it’s all chaos and a houseful for the holiday!  But – so nice of you to think of me. Have a Happy Christmas yourself.

Love Edith.antlers

PS What cardigan? I will be wearing these, my dahlings!

 

Festive Author Posts

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In the lead up to Christmas 2014 we will publish a series of festive and inspirational posts written by the authors at The Madeleine Milburn Agency.

RADHIKA SANGHANI

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Radhika Sanghani is a writer for The Telegraph, writing news, features and profiles about women and women’s issues.

Radhika’s debut novel V!RG!N (Harlequin,  2014) is an x-rated Bridget Jones for the younger end of the Y Generation.  The book offers a powerful observation on the societal pressures that young women face concerning sex and status today.

The sequel novel, SLUT (Harlequin, 2015), will be out next summer and has already sold in 8 countries worldwide.

Christmas Day with Jane Eyre 

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Jane and I are sitting by the fire. She thinks we’re drinking hot cocoa but I’ve topped it up with brandy. Her kids are napping, Mrs Fairfax is sorting out the lunch and Jane is, well, drunk.

This is my chance.

“Jane, I need to know what you were thinking. In chapter 27, why did you abandon Rochester, AKA the love of your life, and then almost end up married to that missionary creep?”

She drops her spoon. “St. John River is an honourable man, and the work he’s doing for the people in India is wonderful.”

I raise my eyebrows.

“Oh alright,” she sighs. “He’s a bit of a sanctimonious fool. Di and Mary are so much happier now he’s lecturing the Indians instead of them – you know Mary’s being courted by the mayor’s son, and Di’s the village head teacher?”

“I knew he was holding them back!! Maybe I’ll go and visit them next Christmas… But, wait, Jane, tell me why you didn’t just go to France with Rochester? That whole suicide/fire might never have happened. And don’t say the P-word.”

“My principles are very important to me.”

“Yes I gathered. But you were seriously going to throw away your happiness just because society wasn’t so keen on it?”

“Forget society – I didn’t approve. I may not look like an oil painting but I do deserve a husband who isn’t a bigamist. Oh, and all my trials and tribulations have taught me that goodness always prevails, of course.”jane eyre feb 4 (3)

“Sounds like a Helen Burns quote to me… Do you miss her?”

“Why do you think I named my daughter after her? I wasn’t exactly going to go with ‘Blanche’, was I?!” she snaps.

“I knew you hadn’t lost your temper. So much for calm, quiet missionary Jane…  Wait, please tell me he still calls you his elfin sprite?”

Her scowl drops off her face and she swaps it for a massive smile. “Of course he does. Edward hasn’t changed at all.”

Rochester strides into the room with a small child clinging off his arm and a bigger one walking behind him. “Changed? Of course I’ve changed. I’m missing a hand, I can barely see your perfect little face and there are children everywhere I go.”

“And you no longer have a mad wife in the attic,” I add.

“Well quite. Care to fill the vacancy? I think it’s only appropriate considering you’ve poisoned my wife’s cocoa.”

Jane puts down her mug and stands by his side. “You did what?”

It looks like Christmas at Thornfield Cottage is well and truly over.

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The Guardian’s Best Books of 2014!

We are proud to report that our fabulous YA author, Holly Bourne’s witty page-turner has been included in The Guardian’s Best Children’s Books of 2014 list! 

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Coming to the end of 2014 the Guardian have decided to share their favourite children’s and YA books from the past year.

The list is complied by The Guardian children’s books team, young and old(er) site members and features our very own talented author, Holly Bourne.

Blogger and fan, OrliTheBookWorm named THE MANIFESTO ON HOW TO BE INTERESTING as her all-time favourite book of 2014, stating:

 ‘Whenever I was feeling low, or if a day was too dark, I would pick it up, hear Bree’s voice in my head, and learn to laugh again.’

Other books that made it onto the list include: WE WERE LIARS by E. Lockhart,  OPPOSITION by Jennifer L. Armentrout and FEEL THE FEAR by Lauren Child.

 

Festive Author Posts

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In the lead up to Christmas 2014 we will publish a series of festive and inspirational posts written by the authors at The Madeleine Milburn Agency.

ANOUSKA KNIGHT 

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Contemporary women’s fiction author, Anouska Knight, has published two  heart warming novels: A PART OF ME (Harlequin, 2013) and SINCE YOU’VE BEEN GONE (Harlequin, 2014)

‘A brilliant page turner… we’ve discovered a real talent’ Lorraine Kelly

‘Warm, sexy and addictive’Jenny Colgan

Christmas Day with Anita Blake from Laurell K Hamilton’s Vampire Hunter Series

Anita Blake. That’s who I’d like to spend a Christmas Day with. Why? Because Laurell K Hamilton’s alpha female is baaaddaasss, that’s why. She’s badass and no-nonsense and juiced up with all manner of supernatural power and, in the vein of A Christmas Carol, I reckon there are a fair few wrongs that could be righted over the festive period with a necromancer/vampire-executioner/FBI special agent in your corner.

So it’s Christmas, the only place to start would be with a bevvie and a canapé. Ms Blake is a caffeine freak, I’d take that as an invitation to crack out one of my Ma’s legendary White Russians. It’s Kahlua and cream all the way in our house over Christmas… probably explains why the car feels so tight in January. Anyway, Blakey also has a penchant for penguins so I think I’d offer her the Emma Bridgewater cup I won on the Xmas raffle at the kids’ school fair last year. We’d finish our 1000cal mugs of creamy loveliness and she’d watch me shovel a couple dozen canapés down my throat. Then to business…

First up, unless too sozzled for action I’d get her to pull something epic out of the bag for the kids. Something supernatural and mildly terrifying so that they behaved for the rest of their lives and grew into well-rounded, sassy-brunette revering men. Then I’d give her a set of GHDs as a gift (we share a frizz affliction) and she’d be wowed by my intuition and styling tips and would return the favour by imparting a few butt-kicking techniques to use on bad guys, otherworlAnitablkdly beings and my husband should he subject me to any more episodes of American Pickers.

With barnets perfectly coiffed (and my new found expertise in the field of Chinese-burns) it’d be time to head into the big city and even up the balance. Anita would do her Robin Hood bit, only the on-acid version with superhuman abilities and great hair, taking from the filthy stinking rich (the ‘orrid ones, not the philanthropic ones) and punishing the wicked, while I’d keep an eye out for anyone in need of a good canapé to munch on because it’s Christmas, and you should share what you have and because the story of The Little Match Girl haunted me when I was a child.

Balance redressed, it would be time to settle back into the ‘warmth’ (chaos) of our family home, to tut at the excesses of this modern age whilst indulging excessively in more food, more drink, more re-runs of The Vicar of Dibley.

I’d have to watch her with the hubster, mind. Anita Blake is something of a minx. But then she’d see my eldest two thrash it out over that last Quality Street and my baby son coming at me in a gummed frenzy driven by insatiable milk-lust, and so Anita Blake Vampire Hunter would realise that there are beings every bit as formidable in my world as there are in hers. She’d behold the pile of spent toy packaging we’d somehow unscrewed, snipped and bolt-cuttered from endless toys at 5am while the kids had frothed at the mouth and we’d twitched with exhaustion, and she’d concede with a knowing nod that, surprisingly, we’re kinda badass too.

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The start of C.J. Daugherty’s thrilling Night School series launches in America

The first in the mesmeric Night School series, Night School: Genesis, by C.J. Daugherty is now available to buy in the US!

 ‘The most exciting teen book series to hit our shelves in ages’ Teen Now

‘Unforgettable scenes of suspense’  Booklist

‘Daugherty’s storytelling brims with gusto’ The FT

NIGHT SCHOOL GENESIS

‘Love, break-ups, murder, fighting, friendships, secrets, hot boys, beautiful girls, run-away siblings, long-lost grandmothers…everything you could want from a book’  The American Magazine

‘A smart, engaging heroine and gripping, suspenseful plot.’  Kirkus Reviews

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Discover Night School in America.  Join the revolution.