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Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is WHSmith Fiction Book of the Year

  It seems Gail Honeyman‘s incredible 2017 isn’t quite over yet. Just two weeks ago, we shared the news that her stunning debut Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine  was the bestselling debut of the year in hardback. Today, we can announce that this remarkable book has been chosen as WHSmith Fiction Book of the Year, and 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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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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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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Make Us Scared: Competition Winner Announced

We’re thrilled to announce that the winner of the Madeleine Milburn Summer Writing Competition: Make Us Scared, selected by Fiona Barton, C.L. Taylor and Madeleine Milburn, is Richard Lakin with GARAGE FLOWERS.   GARAGE FLOWERS is a psychological thriller which started as a short story short-listed for the Bridport Prize in 2014. It begins with the Read More

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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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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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THE WIDOW selected for Richard & Judy’s Autumn Book Club

The Widow by Fiona Barton is the bestselling hardback of the year and now it’s been selected for Richard & Judy’s Autumn Book Club. Published in paperback today, The Widow joins two other debuts Sharon Guskin’s The Forgetting Time, and Katarina Bivald’s The Readers of Broken Wheel Recommend in an incredible selection.   The other Read More

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MM Agency Team Top Fives – Non-Fiction

In our second set of Top Five favourite titles, the MM Agency Team is delving into the world of non-fiction books we have recently read. Here are our rather different takes on our favourites: Anna: Wild Swans, Jung Chang The Life-Changing Magic of Tidying Up, Marie Kondo Wild, Cheryl Strayed Into the Wild, Jon Krakauer The Artist’s 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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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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New Spinster Club novella from bestselling YA author Holly Bourne

Following the phenomenally successful Am I Normal Yet?, How Hard Can Love Be?, and the soon to be published What’s a Girl Gotta Do? Holly Bourne is back this winter with a Spinster Club special.   …And a Happy New Year? – a Spinster Club novella – will be published in hardback by Usborne on 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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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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Around the world success for debut Eleanor Oliphant

  The Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency is delighted with the outstanding success of Scottish author Gail Honeyman and her novel Eleanor Oliphant, which quickly became the most talked about book at the Frankfurt Book Fair. Pitched in the vein of bestsellers such as The Rosie Project by Graeme Simsion and The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Read More

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Holly Bourne nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Prize

We are delighted to announce that our superstar YA author Holly Bourne as just been nominated for the 2016 CILIP Carnegie Medal with her hilarious, stigma-busting book AM I NORMAL YET? The longlist which will be announced in February, followed by the shortlist in March.  A full list of all 2016 nominated titles is available Read More

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Publication Day THE BOY WHO SAILED THE OCEAN IN AN ARMCHAIR by Lara Williamson

Happy Publication Day to Lara Williamson’s THE BOY WHO SAILED THE OCEAN IN AN ARMCHAIR. This extraordinary tale is being published by Usbourne and we’re delighted that it has been selected as Waterstones’ BOOK OF THE MONTH for October 2015! Becket Rumsey is all at sea. More than anything he needs to say goodbye to a 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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Madeleine Milburn announces the 2014 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize Winner

Last night, literary agent Madeleine Milburn announced the winner of the 2014 Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize at the special Award Ceremony dinner held by the President of the College, Professor Janet Todd. The prize was judged by Madeleine Milburn and Lindsey Traub, an Emeritus Fellow of the College who has been both the College Lecturer 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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Highly Commended at the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards

Congratulations to Dave Lowe who has been highly commended at the Sheffield Children’s Book Awards for his children’s book MY HAMSTER IS A GENIUS, in the shorter and longer novels category.  Dave Lowe is the author of the Stinky and Jinks series published by Templar.  The latest in the series, MY HAMSTER’S GOT TALENT, will Read More

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