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Alice Sutherland-Hawes on Frankfurt Book Fair 2017

With more than 200 meetings over the course of four days, the Frankfurt Book Fair is always a busy time, but it’s an intrinsically exciting one too and easily ranks as one of my favourite roles as Rights Agent. It is the perfect opportunity to meet foreign colleagues, pitch our wonderful authors, and hear what Read More

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Kate Dobinson: Non-Fiction Competition Winner

  In the Spring we opened our Non-Fiction Competition, asking for writers to Inspire Us. Today, we’re delighted to announce the winner.   We were looking for a book written with wisdom and heart, something we couldn’t help but talk about and share – and we found exactly that in Kate Dobinson’s Ergo: I Row Read More

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I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll


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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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  To all unpublished writers!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 Based in Scotland, but with an international outlook, the award is open to all unpublished or self-published works from around the world, and has an excellent reputation for discovering writers who go on to sign deals Read More

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5 Years and counting…

  To celebrate the fifth anniversary of the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency, the whole office boarded the Eurostar and headed to Paris for the day. We dined on snails, sipped champagne and cruised along the Seine during a lovely trip full of reminiscing and planning for the exciting future ahead.   We’d like to thank all Read More

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dave lowe collection

Writing Middle Grade Fiction

  Today, in the midst of Bologna Book Fair, we’re sharing a wonderful piece from Dave Lowe, author of the MY HAMSTER series and, more recently, THE MUMBELIEVABLE CHALLENGE and THE INCREDIBLE DADVENTURE which are published this Thursday by Bonnier Zaffre / Piccadilly Press.     When I tell people that I’m a children’s author, Read More

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The Art of Non-Fiction

With the launch of our brand-new non-fiction writing competition ‘Inspire Us’, Literary Agent Anna Hogarty talks about the five elements she’s looking for in a stand-out voice.   1: Teach me something about the world The best non-fiction enables the reader to see the world in new ways. WILD SWANS opened me up to the Read More

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The Chalk Man

Agency’s fastest-selling debut THE CHALK MAN by C J Tudor acquired by MJ in nine-way auction

We’re incredibly excited to announce that C J Tudor‘s debut thriller, The Chalk Man has been acquired by Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph in a nine-way publisher auction as reported in The Bookseller.   The book, due to publish on 11th January 2018 in hardback and e-book, is narrated by Eddie who receives a chalk Read More

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WHO WE WERE BEFORE reaches No. 3 on Kindle Bestsellers

We are thrilled to see that Leah Mercer’s Who We Were Before is number 3 on Kindle’s Bestsellers List! It is also the number one bestselling title in the Family Life, Women’s Fiction and Domestic Life categories.   The Kindle edition of this superb novel is flourishing in the UK as well, ranking third in Read More

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Q&A with Madeleine Milburn

Madeleine is a Literary Agent and the Director of Madeleine Milburn Ltd. She formed the agency at the beginning of 2012 and it has quickly become one of the top literary agencies in the UK. Madeleine represents a wide range of bestselling authors writing literary and popular fiction including crime and thrillers, psychological suspense, literary, Read More

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We’re very excited to reveal the more than gorgeous Russian cover for Lara Williamson’s prize-winning THE BOY WHO SAILED THE OCEAN IN AN ARMCHAIR:   Ripol will be publishing, having already beautifully published Lara’s previous title A BOY CALLED HOPE equally beautifully (right). We cannot wait to see these hit the shelves in Russia!   Usborne publish Lara’s Read More

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We are pleased to announce that Simon Cherry’s swashbuckling pirate adventure, EDDY STONE AND THE EPIC HOLIDAY MASH-UP, has been chosen as one of this weeks staff picks on, as well as being chosen as their debut novel of the month for the 7-9 year old category.   Lovereading4kids’ editorial expert Andrea Reece praises 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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Yo-ho-ho! Today is the publication day for Simon Cherry’s wonderfully funny EDDY STONE AND THE EPIC HOLIDAY MASH-UP, which is being published by Usborne Publishing.   When Eddy Stone finds a pirate sitting in the bath in his Gran’s crumbling cottage, his miserable summer holiday turns into a treasure hunt!   Setting sail in a ship-shaped snack bar, Read More

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ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET hits the New York Times Bestseller List

We’re over the moon that everyone’s favourite mischievous housemaid, Ivy Pocket, has hit the New York Times Children’s Bestseller list at number 4 in ANYONE BUT IVY POCKET:   Ivy’s whimsical and wickedly funny adventures, written by Caleb Krisp, have now sold in 23 languages worldwide and the film rights have been optioned by Paramount Read More

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WHAT’S A GIRL GOTTA DO? by Holly Bourne named Bookseller’s ‘Book of the Month’

We are excited to see that What’s a Girl Gotta Do? by Holly Bourne has been selected as the Bookseller’s ‘Book of the Month’ for teen readers this upcoming August! This is the third and final installment in Bourne’s spirited trilogy, which follows three young women as they struggle to overcome the perils of love, friendship, Read More

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Publication Day for THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by Kate Ling

Today is the publication of the utterly mesmerising THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by Kate Ling. It is the first book in a trilogy and is being published by Little, Brown.   “This is how it feels to realise that your whole miserable life and everything in it has never been yours, has always belonged Read More

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Madeleine Milburn Agency at the Bologna and London Book Fairs

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency had a packed but wonderful time at the Bologna and London Book Fairs this year selling rights to international publishers worldwide.   The Children’s Book Fair, held every year in Bologna, came first and we attended for a short but intense three days. Meetings mostly took place at the stands of all the different Read More

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SOMEBODY STOP IVY POCKET published by Bloomsbury today!

Somebody Stop Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp is published by Bloomsbury today and will be out in America later this month. This is the fast-paced and hilarious follow-up to Anyone But Ivy Pocket which has now been translated into 23 different languages.   Everyone seems to want a piece of Ivy Pocket. Her adoptive parents keep Read More

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THE MISSING is No. 1 on Kindle Bestsellers

We’re thrilled that C. L. Taylor’s gripping new book The Missing has reached the No. 1 spot on the Kindle Bestsellers chart.   The Missing also continues to be a Top 10 Sunday Times paperback bestseller – this week at No.8.   Congratulations to C. L. Taylor from everyone at the Madeleine Milburn Agency on this incredible Read More

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World Book Night and Holly Bourne’s AM I NORMAL YET?

World Book Night was this weekend, and we were so excited that Holly Bourne’s Am I Normal Yet? was one of the fifteen fantastic titles on their list to be given away this year.   The list was curated to reach specific audiences with different attitudes or approaches to reading, and the selection of Am I Read More

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Publication Day for IN THE DARK, IN THE WOODS

Today is the publication of Eliza Wass’s haunting debut IN THE DARK, IN THE WOODS, which is being published by Quercus Books.   Pre-Publication Praise “it’s a breathtaking, gut-wrenching coming-of-age saga from all sides. Readers will be swept into the Creswells’ claustrophobic world and ache for them long after it’s set aflame. A harrowing, pulpy page-turner along Read More

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THE MISSING is a No. 6 Sunday Times bestseller

We’re absolutely delighted that C. L. Taylor’s dark new thriller THE MISSING is hitting the Sunday Times Bestseller List at number 6 this weekend, with nearly 30,000 copies sold within the first two weeks of publication.   This is such an incredible achievement, especially given that her current competitors in the charts include James Patterson, Lee Child, Val 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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Pre-Publication Praise for THE MISSING

Our Sunday Times bestselling author C.L. Taylor has received excellent pre-publication praise for her latest psychological thriller.   The Missing will be published by HarperCollins / Avon on 7th April 2016.  The launch will be supported by all major retailers across the UK, and there is an exclusive website dedicated to the book.   “The Read More

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Viking acquires MY SISTER’S BONES in substantial deal

The Madeleine Milburn Agency is delighted to announce that Penguin Random House / Viking has acquired the upmarket psychological thriller My Sister’s Bones by agency author Nuala Ellwood. My Sister’s Bones tells the story of two sisters, Kate, a war reporter, and Sally, a recluse who never left their childhood home of Herne Bay. When their mother dies, Read More

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THE WIDOW hits 30 languages

The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency has secured the 30th foreign translation deal for Fiona Barton’s transatlantic bestseller The Widow.   Further to being No.2 on The Sunday Times bestseller list in the UK, The Widow is now climbing the New York Times chart in the US and is already at No.9, and has hit the Globe and 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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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   Jean Taylor’s life was blissfully ordinary. Nice house, nice husband. Glen was all she’d ever 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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