The Widow at Crime in the Court

Goldsboro Books hosted the fourth Crime in the Court evening on the 25th June to coincide with Independent Booksellers Week. This event celebrates crime fiction, and crime fans gathered to meet the best crime writers published today. 

MM Agency author Fiona Barton attended with her publisher Transworld (also the publisher of The Girl on the Train and Before I Go to Sleep) who revealed her novel The Widow as their debut thriller of the year for 2016.

Transworld will publish The Widow in February 2016 and it will be published simultaneously in America by Penguin Random House / NAL.  The Widow will also be translated into over 20 foreign languages.

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Frankie Grey (Transworld Crime Editor) and Fiona Barton (author of The Widow)

THE WIDOW Goldsboro

The Widow samplers


The Widow cocktails!

News & Reviews – Madeleine Milburn Agency

Lara Williamson wins the Hounslow Junior Book Award and the Hillingdon Secondary Book of the Year 2015

In addition to these awards, A Boy Called Hope has also been shortlisted for The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2015,  Leeds Book Awards 2015 (9-11 category), Cheshire Schools’ Book Awards,  Lancashire School Library Fantastic Book Award, and the Independent Booksellers Week Book Award 2014. Congratulations Lara!

Lara Williamson

The Observer includes Holly Bourne in their list of FIVE OF THE BEST IN YOUNG ADULT FICTION

Holly’s latest book Am I Normal Yet, which explores three girls facing down tough issues with the combined powers of friendship, feminism and cheesy snacks, will be published on the 1st August (Usborne).

holly observer

Anyone But Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp is on the Huffington Post’s top 32 Enthralling Summer Reads For Kids of All Ages

“Part Jane Eyre, part Lemony Snicket and a lot of fun, Anyone But Ivy Pocket is a must-read of the summer.” Huffington Post

See the list here

Bloomsbury and HarperCollins published in the UK and US simultaneously in April this year. Translation rights have been sold in 22 territories to date.

Anyone but Ivy Pocket - US jacket

Win a personal critique with Madeleine Milburn as part of BritCrime

BritCrime-Logo-250111th – 13th July

If you’re a debut crime writer and you’d like the chance to receive a personal critique from agent Madeleine Milburn, tweet @agentmilburn a one-line pitch or a tantalising question about your unpublished crime novel between the 11-13 July. Make sure you include the hashtag #BritCrime.

Milburn will pick the top three most enticing pitches tweeted between during the BritCrime Festival.The three winners will be offered feedback on their covering letter, synopsis, and first three chapters of their crime novel. Please note, any tweets sent before or after this time will not be considered.

Click here for more information



UK publication day for You, Me and Other People by Fionnuala Kearney

You, Me and Other People by Fionnuala Kearney, launches as a debut paperback in the UK today. The book is already a top ten Irish Times bestseller, an Amazon debut of the month and a National Reading Group Shortlisted debut!

Read Fionnuala’s interview with Reflections of a Reader

YMOP latest jacket

‘An incredibly well-plotted and intricate story’ Becca’s Books

‘I have nothing but praise for Fionnuala Kearney, who has written such a suburb debut novel’ ajbookreviewclub

You, Me and Other People is the life-affirming, heartbreaking and ultimately stunning debut novel from Fionnuala Kearney.


But what happens when you open the door and they won’t stop tumbling out?

For Adam and Beth the first secret wasn’t the last, it was just the beginning.

You think you can imagine the worst thing that could happen to your family, but there are some secrets that change everything.

And then the question is, how can you piece together a future when your past is being rewritten?

For fans of Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls


Madeleine Milburn Ltd appoints two new agents

Thérèse Coen will join the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency as Rights Agent in July, and Sarah O’Halloran will join the agency as a Literary Agent in August

Thérèse Coen moves from her position as Rights Executive at Ed Victor Ltd, where she managed foreign rights across both the Ed Victor list and Toby Mundy Associates. Prior to this, she was Rights Executive at Bloomsbury Publishing. Coen will be responsible for selling translation rights in all foreign language territories.

Therese Coen

Coen said: ‘I am delighted to be joining Madeleine’s hugely successful agency. Madeleine has built such an exciting list and I am thrilled to have the opportunity to sell her titles to international markets.’

Sarah O’Halloran moves from Louise Allen-Jones Associates where she works as a literary scout across all markets. She previously worked with the agent Norman North at The Agency Ltd, and has also worked at Curtis Brown and the Marsh Agency.  O’Halloran will focus on building an exciting new list of upmarket adult fiction and non-fiction, and as well as children’s and YA.

Sarah OHalloran

O’Halloran said: ‘I’m absolutely delighted to be joining such an exciting and dynamic agency. I will be looking for upmarket commercial fiction and accessible literary fiction as well as contemporary children’s and YA. I’m also excited to be establishing the agency’s non-fiction list, with a particular focus on history, popular culture, biography and memoir. Whether it’s fiction or non-fiction I’m looking for strong, original voices, great writing and powerful storytelling, and I look forward to adding new names to Madeleine’s incredibly impressive list of clients.’

Milburn added: ‘I am thrilled to welcome Thérèse and Sarah to the team, expanding the agency’s reach and bringing even more talent to our list. I’ve long admired their energy and work with international publishers, and I am hugely excited about growing the agency’s presence in national and international markets.’

Reported in The Bookseller today.

The magical cover of FIRE GIRL is revealed

The stunning cover of Fire Girl by Matt Ralphs was revealed this week to unanimous praise.

FIRE GIRL by Matt Ralphs

Macmillan Children’s Books will publish Matt’s magical children’s novel on 13th August 2015.

Twelve-year-old Hazel Hooper has spent her whole life trapped in a magical Glade created by her mother, Hecate.  But when her mother is kidnapped by a demon – everything changes . . .

Determined to rescue her mother, the young witch and her mouse set out to track down the demon and find Hecate.

However, it turns out that life outside the Glade is far more dangerous than Hazel ever could have imagined. Witch Hunters are everywhere – and the witches are using demons to fight back!

Rising Star Fionnuala Kearney: Amazon debut of the month

Fionnuala Kearney’s first novel You, Me and Other People has been selected as Amazon’s debut of the month for June. You can find out more in their editorial feature.

You, Me and Other People - Amazon debut of the month

HarperCollins will publish on 18th June, and early reviews have been stunning:

‘This book would be an incredible achievement for any author, but for a debut author it’s nothing short of stunning. An emotionally gripping page-turner that fans of The Husband’s Secret by Liane Moriarty will love.’  Claudia Carroll

‘A touching story about the aftermath of an affair, You, Me and Other People is an absorbing, empathetic read’   Paula Daly

‘A gifted and accomplished storyteller’  Niamh Greene

So far, translation rights have been sold in the Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Portugal, Brazil, Russia, Slovakia, Sweden and Turkey.

Publication day for RECIPES FOR MELISSA by Teresa Driscoll

 Melissa Dance was eight years old when her mother died.

They never got to say goodbye.

Seventeen years later, Melissa is handed a journal written by her mother. As Melissa slowly makes her way through the precious book, reading the snippets of advice and cooking the dishes from the recipes she is also shocked to learn of her mother’s secrets – secrets that if shared, could change Melissa’s world forever.

A beautifully written, heartbreaking and ultimately uplifting story of a mother’s loving legacy for her daughter – perfect for fans of Rowan Coleman, Lucy Dillon and JoJo Moyes.

Get your copy of Recipes for Melissa now

Recipes for Melissa by Teresa Driscoll

C.L. Taylor and Mel Sherratt at new BritCrime Festival

BritCrime-Logo-2501Festival 11-13 July 2015

BritCrime is a new free online Crime festival that will run for the first time in July 2015. The festival boasts more than forty top crime authors, including agency authors C.L. Taylor and Mel Sherratt and authors Helen Smith, Eva Dolan, Mark Edwards, Sarah Hilary and Mason Cross.

As an online festival, BritCrime aims to provide free, accessible events that every reader can ‘attend’, wherever they live.

BritCrime 2015 will feature live Q&A panel discussions hosted on Facebook, as well as informal ‘Meet us in the bar’ sessions with authors. In the run up to the festival exclusive content will be available on the BritCrime website and social media platforms, including giveaways, video sessions and interactive Google Hangouts.

Sign up to the festival mailing list here

You can also follow the Britcrime Twitter account @BritCrime and Facebook page

Excellent reception for the French edition of The Tea Planter’s Daughter

The Tea Planter’s Daughter by Janet MacLeod Trotter was published last week in France with the title Les Lumières d’Assam by Presses de la Cité. Copies were sent out to bloggers with packs of Assam tea, and the reviews have been excellent so far:

“I had so much empathy for Clarrie and this is completely due to the author’s penmanship which dazzled me, carrying me into the early 20th century, painting beautiful scenery and having me totally immersed in the incredible life of this character […] Incredibly magical.”

“A wonderful novel that takes us to the beautiful tea plantations of Assam  […] I devoured it in a weekend and I really loved it, always wanting to know the following events. A big favorite that I recommend to many.”

The French edition has been part of both the France Loisirs (exclusive Avant Première edition) and Grand Livre du Mois book clubs.

Presses de la Cite Les Lumieres d'Assam Janet MacLeod Trotter

The Tea Planter’s Daughter is also published in Bulgarian (Enthusiast), Italian (Newton Compton), Norwegian (Cappelen Damm) and Russian (Family Leisure Club)