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The Boy With One Name by J.R. Wallis: Publication Day

  A fantastical adventure story for middle-grade and beyond, The Boy With One Name by J.R. Wallis is published today by Simon and Schuster. Known for his YA novels The Dark Inside and All Sorts of Possible, J.R. Wallis has been shortlisted for various prizes, including the Branford Boase Award. The Boy With One Name is Read More

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Harrogate Crime Festival and the Dead Good Awards

  If you thought getting a bunch of crime writers together would be dark and sinister, make sure you attend Theakston’s Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate one year and see how wrong you are.   On Friday we headed up to join eight MM Agency authors (C.L. Taylor, Mel Sherratt, C. J. Tudor, Read More

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Madeleine Milburn judges the Caledonian Award

Caledonia Novel Award 2018

  To all unpublished writers!   The brilliant Caledonia Novel Award is now accepting entries for its 2018 competition. Based in Scotland, but with an international outlook, the award is open to all unpublished or self-published works from around the world, and has an excellent reputation for discovering writers who go on to sign deals Read More

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Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-up by Simon Cherry shortlisted for Lollies

  Simon Cherry‘s hilarious opener to the Eddy Stone series Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-up has been shortlisted for the 2017 Laugh Out Loud Awards.   The LOLLIES, organised by Scholastic, was launched last year to celebrate the best funny books in children’s literature, with David Baddiel as the inaugural winner. In its second year, Read More

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THE WIDOW shortlisted for British Book Awards and CrimeFest Audio award

  We are absolutely delighted to see Fiona Barton‘s debut novel, The Widow, shortlisted for Crime and Thriller of the Year at the British Book Awards and the CrimeFest Sounds of Crime category for best unabridged crime audiobook published in the UK. The winners will be announced on 8th May and 20th May respectively. The Widow Read More

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Holly Bourne to judge BBC Young Writers Award 2017 & AM I NORMAL YET? wins Southern Schools Book Award

  We’re thrilled to share the news that Holly Bourne will be judging the BBC Young Writers Award 2017 alongside Nikesh Shukla and Alice Levine.   The award is open to all young people aged 14 to 18, who live in the UK. All you have to do is create a story of up to Read More

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A year at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency

* 10 exciting highlights from a successful year at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency *     Fiona Barton’s hotly anticipated book THE WIDOW (Transworld) was published in January and quickly became the No.2 UK bestseller, while also climbing swiftly to No.9 on the New York Times bestseller list.  To date, THE WIDOW has been translated into 35 Read More

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Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash-Up shortlisted for Surrey Libraries’ Childrens’ Book Award 2017

  Simon Cherry’s first book for children is one of five shortlisted for the 2017 Surrey Libraries’ Childrens’ Book Award, which celebrates the best current fiction for young readers.   Eddy Stone and the Epic Holiday Mash Up, which was published in the summer by Usborne Books, is a comic adventure story about a boy Read More

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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 Read More

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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 Read More

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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. Madeleine: The Likeness by Tana French The Woods by Harlan Coben The Ice Twins by S K Tremayne Read More

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Holly Bourne’s AM I NORMAL YET? wins Lancashire Book Award 2016

We are absolutely delighted to announce that our bestselling YA author, Holly Bourne, has won the 30th annual Lancashire Book of the Year Award , 2016, with her  fantastic novel AM I NORMAL YET?   The award is voted for by Year 9 students in twelve high schools around the county. Each school is given Read More

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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?! 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. Read More

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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) TV rights to The Widow by Fiona Barton (Transworld) were optioned by Playground Television, the company behind the BBC’s adaptation Read More

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Lara Williamson is on the Blue Peter Book Awards 2016 shortlist!

A HUGE congratulations to Lara Williamson whose second novel, The Boy Who Sailed the Ocean in an Armchair, has been shortlisted for the prestigious Blue Peter Book Award 2016! Lara is shortlisted in the Best Story category, alongside Ross Mackenzie and Frank Cottrell Boyce.   The Blue Peter Book Awards are now in their 16th Read More

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RECIPES FOR MELISSA by Teresa Driscoll Shortlisted for Leserpreis 2015

We’re thrilled that our debut author Teresa Driscoll has been shortlisted for the prestigious German Reader Award, Der Leserpreis 2015, for RECIPES FOR MELISSA (German title: “Fur Alle Tage die noch kommen”).   The translation of Recipes for Melissa is one of just 16 titles with publisher Droemer Knaur shortlisted from 4,900 national nominations across a range of categories. Teresa’s Read More

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Lara Williamson wins Sheffield Book Award

We are absolutely over the moon to announce that the phenomenal Lara Williamson has won the the Sheffield Children’s Book Award for A BOY CALLED HOPE . Lara won the overall prize for best book! The awards were launched in 1988 to encourage children and young people to read and to highlight the best literature published each year. Read More

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A BOY CALLED HOPE shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize

We are thrilled to announce that  LARA WILLIAMSON’S incredible debut has been shortlisted for the prestigious Waterstones Children’s Book Prize! The Waterstones Children’s Book Prize, now in its eleventh year, will be celebrated on the 26th of March at a ceremony at Waterstones’ flagship Piccadilly store. The prize champions new and emerging talent in children’s Read More

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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, the third book in the Night Read More

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More success stories from our fabulous authors!

We are thrilled to announce yet more wonderful news from our authors at The Madeleine Milburn Agency. CONGRATULATIONS!  Dave Lowe’s children’s title, MY HAMSTER’S GOT TALENT from the delightful 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 has reached Read More

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Lara Williamson Shortlisted for 8 Book Awards!

We are extremely proud of LARA WILLIAMSON, author of A BOY CALLED HOPE which has been shortlisted  for an incredible 8 book awards! This beautifully moving title has proved popular with readers of all ages and nominated for the following prestigious awards:  Leeds Book Awards 2015(9-11 category) Cheshire Schools’ Book Awards Hillingdon Secondary Book of the Year Read More

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Fingers Crossed for Mel Sherratt tonight!

The winner of the CWA 2014 Dagger in the Library Award to be announced tonight! Mel Sherratt, alongside four other popular crime writers, was shortlisted for the renowned award – the winner will receive the award at the CWA Dagger in the Library Award  ceremony in central London this evening. Unlike most other literary prizes, The Dagger Read More

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

We are delighted to announce that four of our wonderfully talented children’s fiction authors have been nominated for prestigious book awards. Leeds Book Awards A BOY CALLED HOPE by Lara Williamson has been shortlisted for the 9-11 category, THE DARK INSIDE by Rupert Wallis for the 11-14 category and THE MANIFESTO ON HOW TO BE Read More

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Lara Williamson – Shortlisted for Three Children’s Book Awards!

The best news always comes in threes… Congratulations to Lara Williamson and her delightful debut novel, A BOY CALLED HOPE. In addition to the Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards nomination, A BOY CALLED HOPE has been nominated for both the Oxfordshire Book Awards 2015 and the Hounslow Junior Book Awards 2015. These children’s book awards were Read More

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Mel Sherratt is shortlisted for the Dagger in the Library Award

Mel Sherratt has been nominated for the prestigious Dagger in the Library crime writing award, after crime lovers everywhere voted online for their favourite authors. The five author shortlist was then compiled by a panel of judges including previous winner Steve Mosby. Unlike most literary prizes, the Dagger in the Library is awarded for an Read More

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Wallis and Williamson shortlisted for prestigious Children’s Awards

                     A huge congratulations to agency authors Rupert Wallis and Lara Williamson on being shortlisted for two very exciting Children’s Awards: The Dark Inside (Simon & Schuster) by Rupert Wallis has been shortlisted for The Andersen Prize, the most prestigious literary award for children in Italy.  He’s been shortlisted with two other authors, Maggot Read More

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Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency digital bestsellers

    Belinda Jones has had great digital success with her latest novel WINTER WONDERLAND (Hodder), and has been selected for Kindle’s Romance daily deal today.  Download this wonderful Christmas story for a reduced price of 99p only. Congratulations to Holly Bourne whose YA debut SOULMATES (Usborne) has been selected for the Best Teen Fiction Category in iBooks Best Read More

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20 days ’til Christmas: The Literary Agency Advent Calendar

In the run up to Christmas, the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency will be posting an entry from one of our authors each day, offering anything from writing tips and their inspiration, to Christmas memories and their wishes for the year to come. KAREN ROSS So this time last year, my chance of getting a book deal Read More

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