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Publication Day: It Only Happens in the Movies by Holly Bourne

  Perfect kisses in the rain, the bad boy turned good, chasing you through the airport… It Only Happens in the Movies!   Today is the day: Holly Bourne has finally torn away the masquerade of romance in movies with her stunning new standalone YA book, It Only Happens in the Movies. From explaining to us Read More

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HOW DO YOU LIKE ME NOW? by Holly Bourne coming to screen with Ecosse Films

  Ecosse Films have optioned the screen rights to Holly Bourne’s debut adult novel, How Do You Like Me Now? due to be published by Hodder in June 2018. Edgy, brave and topical, How Do You Like Me Now? is a modern-day Bridget Jones and Hot Milk crossed with the popular sitcom Fleabag; it’s a story Read More

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Christmas at Mistletoe Cove by Holly Martin: Publication Day

  Winter is definitely fast approaching, and we think it’s time to start mentioning that long-awaited word…Christmas!   And Christmas has arrived today on Hope Island, in the form of another warm, romantic read from Holly Martin: Christmas at Mistletoe Cove. The last in the Hope Island trilogy, following Spring at Blueberry Bay and Summer at Buttercup Read More

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I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll

I AM WATCHING YOU KINDLE No. 1 in US and UK

Teresa Driscoll‘s masterful suspense, I Am Watching You, has shot to the top of the Kindle charts today and is sitting in the NUMBER ONE spot in both the UK and the US. We are thrilled for the week to end on a such a high note, and send Teresa huge congratulations on such a fantastic achievement.   Read More

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Eleanor Oliphant Number 1 in Ireland

It is with huge pleasure that we celebrate the continued success of Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, by Gail Honeyman. Not only is the book still in the top 20 (currently sitting at Number 14) in the Sunday Times Bestseller list, but it is now officially NUMBER ONE in the Republic of Ireland, where it has been in the top Read More

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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  To all unpublished writers!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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Two MM Agency Bestsellers

  As the working week draws to a close, we are delighted that two of our authors have made themselves comfortable in the bestseller lists.   The Escape by C.L. Taylor is No. 4 in this month’s Bookseller rankings for eBook, with nearly 10,000 copies sold in May alone. The explosive no.2 Sunday Times bestseller sits alongside Read More

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Roll Up! Publication day for Show Stopper by Hayley Barker

  Roll up, roll up for the deadliest show on Earth!   Hayley Barker‘s debut YA novel, Show Stopper is published today by Scholastic, along with an explosive trailer which you can watch below. A dazzling, high-octane read, it’s filled with death-defying acrobatics, circus crowds with an appetite for death and disaster, and two forbidden Read More

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Reese Witherspoon’s Bookclub Choice

  Since sharing all of the incredible buzz around the American publication of Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, there’s been one more addition we just had to share.   Oscar-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has picked Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine for her book club, calling it: ‘Beautifully written and INCREDIBLY funny, Eleanor Read More

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American Publication Day for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

  The US publication day for the touching and unforgettable debut Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman, is finally here! We are over the moon for Gail, and there will be buzz aplenty in the New York offices of Penguin Random House, as Pam Dorman and her team at Pamela Dorman Books/Viking celebrate the Read More

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Publication Day for SPRING AT BLUEBERRY BAY by Holly Martin

  This gorgeous book is perfect to read in the sunshine as spring tiptoes round the corner – Spring at Blueberry Bay by Holly Martin is published today by Bookouture.   It’s already racing up the digital charts and has been getting incredible reviews, here are just a few of them: “To say I loved Read More

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Adult novel from YA bestselling author Holly Bourne to Hachette in six figure pre-empt

  Hodder & Stoughton has bought Holly Bourne’s first adult novel, When the Music Stops, hailed a “Bridget Jones for our time” as reported in The Bookseller.   Senior editor Emily Kitchin pre-empted British Commonwealth rights, including Canada, in two books from Madeleine Milburn. Hodder will publish in Spring 2018 in hardcover and e-book with Read More

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COVER REVEAL and early praise from Jojo Moyes for ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman

  HarperCollins have now revelead the incredible UK cover for ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE by Gail Honeyman, now sold in 29 countries across the globe and to be published by HarperCollins in May this year.   The book has been featured as one of The Observer’s eight debuts of 2017 and has already received rave reviews Read More

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The Secret Fire by C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

C J Daugherty’s THE SECRET FIRE nominated for the Amazing Book Awards

  We are excited to announce that the first book in the Alchemist Chronicles, The Secret Fire by C J Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld, has been long listed for the Amazing Book Awards.   Sussex coast students will now vote for the long listed books they would most like to read. On 1st February the top 5 books Read More

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

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 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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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 Read More

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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. Cargo will be publishing in the Netherlands on 10th of November 2016.

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SUMMER AT ROSE ISLAND by Holly Martin is published by Bookouture today

Summer at Rose Island, the third installment in Holly Martin’s 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 Read More

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Publication Day for THE MISSING

C. L. Taylor’s stunning new thriller THE MISSING is published today by HarperCollins/Avon.   Buy your copy here   #TheMissing is already trending on Twitter; it seems that everyone is as excited about this dark and gripping new book as we are.   To hear more about the book from the author herself you can Read More

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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.   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 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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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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Publication day for Snowflakes on Silver Cove by Holly Martin!

Snowflakes on Silver Cove, the second book in The White Cliff Bay series by Holly Martin is published by Bookouture today! Libby Joseph is famous for her romantic Christmas stories. Every December, readers devour her books of falling in love against the magical backdrop of the Christmas season. If only Libby believed in the magic Read More

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Publication day for THE GIRL WITH NO PAST by Kathryn Croft

Kathryn Croft‘s gripping new psychological thriller, The Girl With No Past, is published today by Bookouture, appealing to fans of Gone Girl and The Girl on the Train. Cappelen Damm will publish in Norway. Kathryn’s previous book, The Stranger Within reached No. 3 on the Amazon Best Sellers List. Twenty years running from your past. Read More

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Publication day for NOT THAT EASY by Radhika Sanghani

Not That Easy by Radhika Sanghani is published today by HarperCollins in the UK, appealing to fans of Girls and Caitlin Moran. Croatian, French, Hungarian, Italian, Polish, Portuguese (Brazil), Serbian and Norwegian rights have already been sold. Penguin/Berkley will publish the US edition in November. Radhika Sanghani is a journalist writing for Telegraph Wonder Women, Read More

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Literary Agent Sarah O’Halloran’s Wish List

I started at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency last month and now that I’ve mastered the coffee machine I thought it was high time I let you know a little bit more about the kind of books that excite me.    I’m looking for upmarket commercial fiction, reading group fiction, accessible literary fiction, children’s and Read More

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The Misadventures of a Playground Mother by Christie Barlow is published today!

Christie Barlow‘s second novel, The Misadventures of a Playground Mother, is published today by Bookouture! Her first book, A Year in the Life of a Playground Mother, shot up the best seller chart on Amazon and became Number 1 in the UK and US.  Christi has also just been nominated for the 2015 Bizmums Online Mum Read More

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Cover reveal for THE CRESSWELL PLOT (US edition)

We are very excited to share Disney Hyperion’s cover for THE CRESSWELL PLOT by Eliza Wass! THE CRESSWELL PLOT has been sold in the following foreign language territories so far: Chinese Complex: Star East, German: Magellan Verlag, Portuguese (Brazil): Verus Editora, Spanish: Ediciones B, Italian: Il Castoro Quercus will publish simultaneously in the UK – Read More

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MM Agency Author Summer Post – C.L. Taylor

We’re celebrating! Our wonderfully bestselling author C.L. Taylor has not only sold over 300,000 copies of her haunting, unputdownable psychological thriller THE LIE, but the book has just sold in its 10th country, with many more to come no doubt! The perfect opportunity to quiz our author on her summer plans: What’s your daily routine when you are writing? I Read More

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MM Agency Summer Post – Fionnuala Kearney

Happy Hump Day everyone! It’s not a particularly sunny one sadly, so we’re going to cheer ourselves up with another author interview, this time from the radiant Fionnuala Kearney, who’s fabulous debut YOU, ME AND OTHER PEOPLE is out now with Harper Collins! What’s your daily routine when you are writing? It depends on what part of Read More

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Publication day for PLEASURE ISLAND by Anna-Lou Weatherley

PLEASURE ISLAND by Anna-Lou Weatherley is published by Bookouture in the UK and US today Secrets. Scandal. Betrayal. In Paradise, pleasure comes at a dangerously high price… Three couples each receive an exclusive invitation to a breathtakingly beautiful undiscovered island, nestled in the Aegean Sea.  But as the guests begin to enjoy everything the luxury Read More

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Publication day for THE GIRL’S GUIDE TO GETTING HITCHED by Sophie Hart

The Girl’s Guide to Getting Hitched by Sophie Hart is published today by Bookouture. Rule number one: Keep calm and marry on… When new mum and events planner Julia Crawford is given the opportunity to plan three weddings, she jumps at the chance. What could possibly go wrong? … Forget bridezilla, Aimee’s future mother-in-law is Read More

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

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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 Read More

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Counting down to the publication of YOU, ME AND OTHER PEOPLE!

We are eagerly counting down the hours until the publication of Fionnuala Kearney’s  stunning debut:  YOU, ME AND OTHER PEOPLE This fabulous book will be launched tomorrow in Dublin where the MM agency will be celebrating with Fionnuala and her publisher Harper Collins. ‘Definitely one for fans of Liane Moriarty, Jojo Moyes and David Nicholls’  The 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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Festive Author Posts

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. Teresa Driscoll 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!’ Read More

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Festive Author Posts

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 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 Read More

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Festive Author Posts

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  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… Read More

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Festive Author Posts

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. FIONNUALA KEARNEY Fionnula writes about relationships: a married couple, a mother and child, siblings, best friends… She likes to peel away the layers and see what’s going on beneath. Read More

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C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld signing at Montreuil Book Fair 2014

International bestselling YA authors C.J. Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld will be attending the ‘Salon du Livre et de la Presse Jeunesse’(Montreuil Children’s Book Fair) this weekend. The Salon du Livre in Montreuil is one of the leading book exhibitions for children and young people in France. C.J. and Carina will be signing books and discussing Read More

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Radhika Sanghani promotes gender-neutral book covers!

In a recent article for The Telegraph Radhika Sanghani welcomes Ladybird’s decision to produce gender-neutral book covers for children and claims other publishing houses should wake-up and follow suit. In the article Radhika emphasizes how gender stereotypes have been consistently prevalent in all forms of media, most notably, in children’s merchandising. She explains how gendered covers Read More

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Madeleine Milburn Agency features in the 2015 Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook

The Madeleine Milburn Agency is privileged to announce our contribution to the 2015 Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook  The annual edition of the best-selling guide to all aspects of the media and how to write and get published, the Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook is now in its 108th edition.  The Yearbook is acknowledged by the publishing 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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HOME FOR CHRISTMAS film out soon!

At the Madeleine Milburn Agency we are all getting excited for the film release of Cally Taylor‘s hugely popular novel, HOME FOR CHRISTMAS, produced by Jump Start Productions. The action-packed romantic comedy starring April Pearson, Karl Davies, Lucy Griffiths and Darren Nesbit willl be out on December 5th in selected cinemas and on demand. In Read More

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One Hundred Christmas Proposals by Holly Martin is out now

One Hundred Christmas Proposals by Holly Martin, published by Carina, is available on Kindle now The eagerly anticipated follow-up to One Hundred Proposals If you thought Harry & Suzie’s life couldn’t get anymore sweepingly romantic than Harry asking her to marry him at the end of One Hundred Proposals – think again! It’s Christmas in Read More

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Bestselling author Victoria Fox shares writing advice

“It goes to show that no market is too crowded for another voice, so long as that voice has style, confidence and good, memorable characters…” Bestselling author, Victoria Fox, who used to assess submissions herself, shares invaluable writing advice in her most recent article for The Writers’ & Artists’ Yearbook. She talks about how to Read More

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Radhika Sanghani BBC News and Huffington Post interviews

Radhika Sanghani on the BBC’s Meet the Author Radhika Sanghani’s episode of Meet The Author will be airing tonight (September 18th) at 7.45pm on the BBC News Channel. Radhika Sanghani interview with The Huffington Post ‘When you hear that the late, great Joan Rivers “loved” a new novel, you know that it was unlikely to Read More

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