Publication day for THE DAY I LOST YOU by Fionnuala Kearney

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

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

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

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

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

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

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Make sure to get your copy here.

Publication Day for THE GIRL YOU LOST by Kathryn Croft

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Buy your copy here and prepare to be hooked!

THE WIDOW is a No. 2 bestseller!

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

You can buy your copy here

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

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

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

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

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

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

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

 

UK and US Book Trailers:

Click here to see the UK trailer for THE WIDOW

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

Publication day for HOW HARD CAN LOVE BE by Holly Bourne

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

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

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

Love is hard.

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

You can order your copy here

Paperback publication day for ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET

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

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

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

Reviews:

‘A wonderfully entertaining heroine.’ Financial Times

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

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

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

You can get your copy here

Publication day for THE WIDOW

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

Buy your copy here

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

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

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

Jean Taylor is going to tell us what she knows.

UK and US Book Trailers:

Click here to see the UK trailer for THE WIDOW

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

Reviews:

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

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

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

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

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

‘The big thriller of the year’ STYLIST

‘Gritty, emotional and so believable’ ESSENTIALS

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

‘An unsettling, compulsive tale’ GOOD HOUSEKEEPING

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

‘A skilful, tautly written thriller’ RED

‘The Widow is generating a huge buzz’ SUNDAY MAIL

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

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

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

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

Magic Moments at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in 2015

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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…and celebrated 2015 at our magical Author Christmas party…

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

Cover Reveal for THE GIRL YOU LOST by Kathryn Croft

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

GIRL YOU LOST - Kathryn Croft

Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched.

Today, she came back.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

MM Agency Team Top Fives – Suspense

For our latest Team Top Five we’re delving into murky mysteries and spine-chilling suspense to match London’s moody and miserable winter weather:

Cara:

CLS Crime
  1. Kolymsky Heights by Lionel Davidson
  2. The Bone Clocks by David Mitchell
  3. The Swimmer by Joakim Zander
  4. Apple Tree Yard by Louise Doughty
  5. We Need to Talk About Kevin by Lionel Shriver

Madeleine:

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

Thérèse:

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

Happy Reading!

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