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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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The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club: Part One Publication

  Dive in to The Whitstable High Tide Swimming Club by Katie May, a wonderful and warm novel published in three digital parts, with Part One out today.   In this opening installment, we find Deb, newly separated from her feckless husband and struggling to start again on her own. When she begins to swim every day at Read More

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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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Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman

Celebrating Small Acts of Oliphant

  After Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine spent its fifth week in the Sunday Times top 10 bestseller list, Friday 7th July was marked Eleanor Oliphant Day, a wonderful celebration for #SmallActsofOliphant.   From helping someone with their bag on the tube, or buying a Big Issue, to giving your parents a call for a Read More

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Two Top Ten Sunday Times Bestsellers

  Two of the top 10 Sunday Times bestsellers this week are MM Agency authors. What an incredible sentence to be able to write.   After just a partial week of sales, Fiona Barton‘s second novel The Child went straight into the chart at No. 9 making her a two-time bestselling author. The Widow, her Read More

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Summer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin

Summer at Buttercup Beach by Holly Martin: Publication Day

  As the recent heatwave becomes nothing more than a shimmer in our distant memory, Summer at Buttercup Beach by bestselling author Holly Martin is published today to remind us of what once was.   Bookouture publishes the second in the Hope Island series, which centers around Freya Greene who has hidden the fact that Read More

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The Child by Fiona Barton

US Publication Day: The Child by Fiona Barton

Today heralds the US publication of Fiona Barton’s hotly anticipated second book, The Child.   When an evening newspaper reveals the remains of a baby unearthed at a construction site, The Child’s story will be told…   In 2016 Fiona Barton’s explosive thriller, The Widow, became the bestselling debut hardback of the year, a Sunday 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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Bring Me The Head of Ivy Pocket publication day

  The adventurous, hilarious Ivy Pocket trilogy by Caleb Krisp is completed today with the publication of Bring Me The Head of Ivy Pocket!   Our magnificently infuriating heroine is on the very brink of her greatest adventure: bound for London and Prospa House to save Anastasia Radcliff and young Rebecca Butterfield from fates worse Read More

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Reese Witherspoon options Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine

  It is with real pride and a great deal of excitement that we can announce Reese Witherspoon’s new company Hello Sunshine has set up to produce Gail Honeyman’s wonderful debut, Eleanor Oliphant Is Completely Fine, which will be a potential star vehicle for the Oscar-winning actress.   Witherspoon, who produced the book-generated films Gone Girl 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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THE CHILD by Fiona Barton

Animated cover for THE CHILD by Fiona Barton

  We’re incredibly excited to share this amazing animated US cover for The Child by Fiona Barton, which is due to be published by Penguin Random House / Berkley (US) and Penguin Random House / Transworld (UK) in June.   The Child is the second crime-thriller by Fiona Barton, whose debut novel The Widow was Read More

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My Sister by Michelle Adams final


  Today marks the publication day for My Sister, a tense, twisting and incredibly fast-paced debut thriller from Michelle Adams, published by HarperCollins. The book has been sold in twelve different territories, and has been featured on Dead Good’s ‘Debuts to look out for 2017’ and was picked for 2017 in The Welsh Librarian.   Read More

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Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell

Sleep Tight by Caroline Mitchell: PUBLICATION DAY

  Congratulations to Caroline Mitchell on the publication of Sleep Tight, her second book in the Detective Ruby Preston series, published today by Bookouture. A chilling follow up to Love You To Death, this crime-thriller will leave you feeling raw, terrified, and unlikely to watch a Disney princess film any time soon.   Caroline’s previous book Read More

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THE TEA PLANTER’S BRIDE sells 50,000 copies

  Congratulations to Janet MacLeod Trotter for crossing the 50,000 sales mark with The Tea Planter’s Bride!   This is the second book in the fantastically successful India Tea series, following The Tea Planter’s Daughter (Amazon, June 2016). The latest in the series, The Girl From The Tea Garden, was released in December 2016 and on publication completed the hat-trick: 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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Dave Lowe publication day


  Today these two wonderfully funny and entertaining early middle-grade books by Dave Lowe are published by Bonnier Zaffre / Piccadilly Press. The first two books in the Dadventure series, The Incredible Dadventure and The Mumbelievable Challenge centre around Holly’s incredible adventures with her family with a third to come in August.   Dave also recently Read More

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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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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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Just Call Me Spaghetti Hoop Boy

Publication Day: JUST CALL ME SPAGHETTI-HOOP BOY by Lara Williamson

  Today award-winning author Lara Williamson‘s third book, Just Call Me Spaghetti-Hoop Boy is published by Usborne.   A beautiful story about family, identity and superhero adventure, we can’t wait for children everywhere to join in on Adam ‘Ace’ Butters’ super story. Plus, download these amazing Just Call Me Spaghetti Hoop Boy Door Hangers to match! Read More

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My Sister's Bones

Publication Day for MY SISTER’S BONES by Nuala Ellwood

Today this magnificent book, My Sister’s Bones by Nuala Ellwood, hits shelves in hardback. A tense, electrifying and beautifully written thriller, you won’t want to miss this.   Congratulations Nuala!   The One Person You Should Trust Is Lying to You…   Kate has spent fifteen years bringing global injustice home: as a decorated war Read More

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New direction into psychological suspense for Teresa Driscoll

  Author and former BBC Spotlight TV presenter Teresa Driscoll has signed a new two-book deal for her debut psychological suspense novels with crime and thriller imprint Thomas and Mercer.   Teresa will be writing under the name T. K. Driscoll and her first book I Am Watching You is the haunting story of a Read More

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Publication Day for DON’T LOOK BEHIND YOU

Today marks the publication of Don’t Look Behind You by Mel Sherratt, the second in the Eden Berrisford series.   She got into bed but sleep didn’t come easily. Every creak in the house made her alert. She was waiting for him to come and get her.   The small city of Stockleigh is in shock Read More

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Gail Honeyman, Eleanor Oliphant, Nuala Ellwood, My SIster's Bones

Two MMLA authors selected for The Observer’s 2017 debut novelists

  We’re incredibly proud to see two of our authors on the list of eight 2017 debut novelists to watch in The Observer this weekend.   Gail Honeyman was one of two MMLA authors to be selected for her debut novel ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, which is to be published by HarperCollins in May Read More

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Showstopper proof

SHOW STOPPER by Hayley Barker sold to Scholastic in two-book deal

  We’re thrilled to announce that the fantastic debut, SHOW STOPPER by Hayley Barker has been acquired by Scholastic in a two-book deal with the first to be published in June.   Show Stopper is a story of death-defying acrobatics, cruel games and forbidden teenage love set in a deadly circus. In the story, our country Read More

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Publication Day for WITNESS by Caroline Mitchell

Today, Caroline Mitchell’s brilliant, chilling new thriller, WITNESS is published today, just in time for some thrilling Christmas reading.   To Rebecca it was a brave decision that led to her freedom from domestic abuse. To Solomon it was the ultimate betrayal.   It’s been ten years since Rebecca’s testimony saw Solomon locked away. Enough Read More

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The Chalk Man

Interview with C.J. Tudor, author of Frankfurt sensation THE CHALK MAN

C.J. Tudor, author of the Frankfurt Book Fair sensation The Chalk Man, talks to us about her experience so far.  The MM Agency has sold rights to her fastest-selling debut novel in 38 territories including major rights deals with Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph in the UK and Penguin Random House / Crown in the US.   In this interview with C.J. Read More

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Multiple deals for C. L. Taylor including a debut YA

We’re delighted to announce multiple deals for Sunday Times bestseller, C.L. Taylor, with a significant six-figure deal for two further novels with Helen Huthwaite at Avon, US rights to The Missing being snapped up by Daniel Mallory, Vice-President and Executive Editor for William Morrow and an incredibly exciting new deal with Anna Baggaley from HQ who bought Read More

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French Publication THE SECRET CITY by C.J. Daugherty & Carina Rozenfeld

Today is the French publication day for THE SECRET CITY by CJ Daugherty, the bestselling author of the NIGHT SCHOOL series, and Carina Rozenfeld. This is the second book in the ALCHEMIST CHRONICLES. Robert Laffont are publishing under the title LA CITÉ SECRÈTE. Here is their fantastic cover: THE SECRET CITY is published in the UK by Read More

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Italian Publication for THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by Kate Ling

Today is the publication of the Italian edition of the mesmerising LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS by our very own Kate Ling. It’s being published by Il Castoro under their new HOT SPOT imprint.   Here is their gorgeous cover: Make sure you get your copy of the Little, Brown edition here.  

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German Publication SECRET FIRE by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld

We’re very excited about today’s German publication of THE SECRET FIRE by CJ Daugherty and Carina Rozenfeld. Oetinger, the publisher of the bestseller NIGHT SCHOOL are publishing “Die Entflammten” with this fantastic cover: Get hold of your UK editions here.

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COVER REVEAL: Behind Closed Doors by Kathryn Croft

We’re thrilled to be revealing the new jacket for Kathryn Croft’s BEHIND CLOSED DOORS today and as you can see, it’s a beauty!   A chilling psychological thriller for fans of Gillian Flynn, Nicci French, Sophie Hannah, S.J. Watson and Elizabeth Haynes, that will haunt you long after you’ve finished reading…   In this dark 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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Last week saw the Dutch publication of Kate Ling’s mesmerising THE LONELINESS OF DISTANT BEINGS. The wonderful people at Uitgeverij Moon published under the beautiful title EENZAAM EN EXTREEM VER WEG. This is their cover along with the rather gorgeous postcards they created for the occasion:   Here’s one of the first fab blog reviews of Read More

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Dutch Publication for EDDY STONE by Simon Cherry

Our favourite and most hilarious pirate quest EDDY STONE AND THE EPIC HOLIDAY MASH-UP by Simon Cherry has now been published in the Netherlands by De Fontein.  The Dutch title is DE SCHAT VAN GRUIZELKAAK: HET EERSTE AVONTUUR VAN EDDIE KEI.  Here is their beautiful cover by Andrea Kruis – do note the rather excellent penguin.   Read More

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THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton is a Spanish Bestseller!

 Sunday Times and New York Times Bestseller THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton has now also become a bestseller in Spain! LA VIUDA entered the various bestseller charts at numbers 7, 9 and 10:   We are over the moon that THE WIDOW is rapidly becoming an international bestseller!

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Publication day for THE TEA PLANTER’S DAUGHTER by Janet MacLeod Trotter

The first two books in Janet MacLeod Trotter’s India Tea series, THE TEA PLANTER’S DAUGHTER and THE TEA PLANTER’S BRIDE are published by Amazon Publishing today.   Set in India in 1905, Clarissa Belhaven and her younger sister Olive find their carefree life on their father’s tea plantation threatened by his drinking and debts.   And 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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Cover Reveal for THE GIRL YOU LOST by Kathryn Croft

Bookouture have just revealed the gorgeous and atmospheric new cover for Kathryn Croft’s forthcoming title THE GIRL YOU LOST, which will be publishing in February 2016:   Eighteen years ago your baby daughter was snatched.   Today, she came back.   Eighteen years ago, Simone Porter’s six-month-old daughter, Helena, was abducted. Simone and husband, Matt, have 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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MM Agency at the London Book Fair 2015

Last week, the MM team spent an intense, but highly fulfilling, three days at the London Book Fair 2015  meeting international publishers and producers from all corners of the globe. With prime positioning at the entrance of the International Rights Centre, under the spectacular skylights (in fluke 25 degrees heat!),  we welcomed over 200 international publishers, scouts and 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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MM Agency authors at Harrogate Crime Festival

Agency authors Mel Sherratt, C.L. Taylor,  Nuala Casey and A J Waines will be at the Harrogate Crime Writing Festival 2014 The Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival at Harrogate opens today and will run until the 20th July. On Friday Mel Sherratt will be in discussion with Mark Edwards, Mari Hannah and James Oswald Read More

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Blogs and Reviews: THE DARK INSIDE by Rupert Wallis

As publication day at the end of January draws nearer, this week Simon & Schuster will be posting a blog entry each day about the process of publishing Rupert Wallis’ debut, THE DARK INSIDE. This series of blog entries will offer a really interesting insight on all aspects of the writing and publishing process – Read More

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