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C.L. Taylor and Nuala Ellwood at CrimeFest 2017

  CrimeFest 2017, which took place in Bristol this weekend, saw two of our authors participate on panels across the weekend discussing families in crime, debut novels and war crime.   C.L. Taylor, the No. 2 Sunday Times bestselling author of The Escape and well-seasoned CrimeFest star, took part in a panel called You Are Read More

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Fiona Barton’s favourite cold-cases and The Child book trailer revealed

  Last year Fiona Barton told a tangled tale in The Widow, centered on long-suffering housewife Jean, her recently deceased husband, and the kidnapping he was accused of years before his death. Her latest thriller, The Child, out this June, sees the revival of another cold case when a journalist finds herself bound to chase the mystery of a baby’s skeleton Read More

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Kathryn Croft hits one million copies sold

  Kathryn Croft, our wonderful number one bestselling author, has reached a phenomenal milestone: one million sales!   As one of the bestselling authors of psychological thrillers in recent years, Kathryn’s books have all been huge digital successes, with The Girl With No Past hitting the top spot on Amazon.co.uk and The Girl You Lost Read More

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Cover Reveal for The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor

  We can now reveal the incredibly creepy and eye-catching cover for The Chalk Man by C.J. Tudor, along with an intense and exciting animation. Mixing stand-out gold typeface on a chalky background, this might just be the book you can judge by its fantastic cover.   pic.twitter.com/6OpOHs8eqB — C. J. Tudor (@carolinejtudor) March 20, Read More

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Watching Over You optioned by Great Point Media

  We’re delighted to announce that Mel Sherratt‘s relentless and darkly claustrophobic psychological thriller Watching Over You has been optioned by Great Point Media.   Watching Over You follows Charley Belington who, after the death of her husband and unborn child, sells the family home and moves into a new flat. Her landlady, Ella seems 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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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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PUBLICATION DAY for MY SISTER by Michelle Adams

  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: 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 Escape is the UK’s No.2 Bestseller!

  The Escape by C.L. Taylor hits No.2 on the Sunday Times Bestseller List in the second week of record-breaking sales.  Taylor’s latest psychological thriller entered the charts at No. 4 after a partial sales week on publication before rising to No.2 this week.   Published by HarperCollins, C.L. Taylor has now sold over one Read More

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Publication Day for THE ESCAPE by C L Taylor

  Today is the publication day for The Escape, the fourth psychological thriller by Sunday Times bestselling author C L Taylor.   C. L. Taylor has now sold over one million copies of her books in the UK alone and has become a household name in psychological thrillers. Her previous books The Accident, The Lie Read More

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Publication day for THE SILENT FOUNTAIN

The stunning new novel from Victoria Fox is published today by HarperCollins / HQ. The Silent Fountain is a haunting and captivating mystery novel that marks a new direction for the UK bestselling author.   An epic romance with a dark undercurrent of suspense that crosses continents and decades, it’s reminiscent of Daphne du Maurier’s Read More

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THE MISSING by C. L. Taylor sells over 100,000 copies in paperback

  The Missing, the fourth psychological thriller from Sunday Times bestselling author C. L. Taylor has now sold over 100,000 copies in paperback since Avon published in April 2016. On publication it reached No. 6 on the Sunday Times bestseller list and No. 1 in the digital chart.   The Missing was shortlisted for the Dead Good 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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THE LIE by C.L. Taylor optioned by The Forge

  We’re incredibly excited to announce that Sunday Times bestseller The Lie by renowned crime writer C.L. Taylor has been optioned by The Forge.   The Forge is one of the UK’s largest, most successful and highly regarded UK drama indies, winning Golden Globes, EMMYs, BAFTAs and RTS Awards for its wide-ranging productions including Shameless, Read More

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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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Mel Sherratt hits 100,000 copies with THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR

  We are absolutely delighted to announce that Mel Sherratt has sold over 100,000 copies of her suspense-filled detective thriller The Girls Next Door,  which was only published in November.   Congratulations Mel, what a huge achievement! We can’t wait to watch that figure grow even higher.   Buy it now if you haven’t already.    

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THE MISSING by C. L. Taylor chosen for World Book Night 2017

  We’re absolutely thrilled to see C. L. Taylor’s The Missing included in the selection of brilliant books being given away in care homes, youth centres, colleges, prisons, public libraries, mental health groups and other settings on World Book Night 2017.   The Missing is one amongst many in the selection including Of Mice and 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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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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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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Fiona Barton previews new psychological thriller THE CHILD

Fiona Barton, author of the internationally bestselling The Widow, has just released the enticing cover for her upcoming new novel, The Child. Continuing the story of The Widow‘s reporter Kate Waters, this brand-new thriller promises to be just as gripping and terrifying as her first…   People say what doesn’t kill you makes you stronger. But three Read More

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Cover reveal for THE GIRLS NEXT DOOR by Mel Sherratt

Mel Sherratt has revealed the intriguing cover for her new detective thriller, The Girls Next Door, to be released on 27th October 2016, with the eBook already available for pre-order. The novel is set in the same fictional city, Stockleigh, as her successful Estate Series novels, but features Detective Eden Berrisford as its compelling new protagonist. Read More

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C. L. Taylor included in crime anthology for 11th Galaxy® Quick Reads

Six exciting new Galaxy® Quick Reads titles have been announced by The Reading Agency including bestselling crime writer C.L. Taylor   Five fiction titles and one non-fiction book make up this year’s selection to be published on 2 February 2017 and the Dead Simple crime anthology (Orion) will bring together C.L. Taylor with seven other 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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THE WIDOW paperback charts at No. 8 on the Sunday Times Bestseller List

We’re absolutely delighted to announce that Fiona Barton’s stunning psychological suspense novel, The Widow, is back on the Sunday Times bestseller list. Still the bestselling hardback of the year, the paperback edition has entered the charts at No.8 after being published on 1st September.   It is fantastic to see her success continue, and all of us 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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Publication day for THE WIDOW by Fiona Barton in paperback

The Widow by Fiona Barton, bestselling hardback of the year, is out in paperback today! And with a stunning quote from Stephen King himself, it’s looking better than ever.   THE SUNDAY TIMES AND NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER   ‘If you liked GONE GIRL and THE GIRL ON THE TRAIN, you might want to pick Read More

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COVER REVEAL: The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft

The Stranger Within by Kathryn Croft has an utterly chilling new cover, which we’re incredibly excited to be bringing to you today! Doesn’t it just make the hairs on the back of your neck stand up?   Be careful what you wish for…   On the surface, Callie Harwell has it all. Newly married to Read More

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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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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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‘Writing IS a Weird Job…’ by Fiona Barton

 ‘Writing IS a weird job, basically sitting in a room with a cast of people who don’t exist, but I love it too.’ Psychological suspense authors Fiona Barton (The Widow) and Kate Hamer (The Girl in the Red Coat) discuss the ins and outs of writing: from planning and publicity to their inspiration. Barton reflects 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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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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Czech publication THE LIE by C.L. Taylor

Today is the Czech Publication of C.L. Taylor’s Sunday Times Bestseller THE LIE!   Domino are publishing in the Czech Republic, (far left) and it is the perfect occasion for a round-up of all the recent foreign publications of THE LIE.   From left to right after Domino’s, Jentas have published the Danish version of THE Read More

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Italian and Norwegian THE GIRL WITH NO PAST by Kathryn Croft

This month sees the exciting publication in Italy and Norway of one of our best-selling psychological suspense novels, THE GIRL WITH NO PAST, by Kathryn Croft. A gripping suspense full of unexpected twists and turns, with over 400,000 copies sold in the UK by Bookouture, and top 5 Amazon Bestseller spots in the UK and US! Read More

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US Publication THE LIE by CL Taylor

Sourcebooks are publishing Sunday Times Bestseller CL Taylor’s gripping and disturbing psychological suspense THE LIE in the United States today!   “A [dark]…gripping thriller” – Publishers Weekly   “A gripping and disturbing psychological thriller.” – Claire Mackintosh, author of I Let You Go   “My heart was racing after I finished CL Taylor’s brilliant new book Read More

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First Foreign Publications of THE WIDOW

After achieving both SUNDAY TIMES and NEW YORK TIMES BESTSELLER status in the UK and the US, Fiona Barton’s THE WIDOW has started hitting the foreign shelves in translation. We’ve sold the book in a record 32 languages so far, and publications are coming in thick and fast. Here are the beautiful translated editions out 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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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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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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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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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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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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The Widow at Crime in the Court

Goldsboro Books hosted the fourth Crime in the Court evening on the 25th June to coincide with Independent Booksellers Week. This event celebrates crime fiction, and crime fans gathered to meet the best crime writers published today.  MM Agency author Fiona Barton attended with her publisher Transworld (also the publisher of The Girl on the Read More

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C.L. Taylor and Mel Sherratt at new BritCrime Festival

Festival 11-13 July 2015 BritCrime is a new free online Crime festival that will run for the first time in July 2015. The festival boasts more than forty top crime authors, including agency authors C.L. Taylor and Mel Sherratt and authors Helen Smith, Eva Dolan, Mark Edwards, Sarah Hilary and Mason Cross. As an online Read More

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Fiona Barton’s crime debut will be published worldwide

Madeleine Milburn has accepted a *knockout pre-empt* for US rights in Fiona Barton’s debut crime novel THE WIDOW and two further books from Penguin Random House in America. The whole team is ‘smitten’ with the book and are very excited to have this author with them for her long-term career. In the UK, Penguin Random Read More

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Australian success for Kathryn Croft!

We’re thrilled to announce that Kathryn Croft’s wonderful title BEHIND CLOSED DOORS has reached the No. 1 spot in the Australian Kindle Chart. Popularity for Kathryn Croft’s powerful thriller is far-reaching and the suspenseful title has hit the number 1 spot in Amazon Kindle sales on the other side of the world! Visit the Amazon kindle page by clicking Read More

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Mel Sherratt talks about FOLLOW THE LEADER in a new online video

Mel Sherratt’s latest crime thriller FOLLOW THE LEADER came out earlier this month and has received widespread praise. Mel discusses the book and reads out chilling passages in a unique Youtube video. This electrifying title reached Amazon’s top 10 crime list just one week after publication! Play the video below to get a vivid and personal insight Read More

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The first time a British YA book series has been produced for an online audience

Based on the international bestselling Young Adult books by C.J. Daugherty, Night School the Web Series launches today! As featured on the front page of The Guardian, today marks the launch of the first EVER web series based on a UK YA book. The brainchild of a husband-and-wife team: BAFTA-nominated Director Jack Jewers and author C.J. 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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C. J. Daugherty’s Night School ‘Webisodes’ to be released before Christmas

The compelling Night School Series by C.J. Daugherty  is brought to life in a series of online episodes! Here at the agency we are getting very excited about the release of the first episode of the Night School Web Series. The series will be launched on Daugherty’s Youtube channel on the 12th of December, and one episode 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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Sunlounger 2 available for 99p for a limited time!

Belinda Jones’s Sunlounger 2 is an anthology of 44 sun-kissed stories from some of the hottest names in women’s fiction, including Madeleine Milburn Agency authors Belinda Jones, C.L. Taylor, Talli Roland, Holly Martin, Anna-Lou Weatherley, Carrie Duffy, Martel Maxwell and Sophie Hart. Available now on kindle for 99p! Sunlounger was the #1 Short Stories Bestseller 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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C.J. Daugherty at Hay Festival with Sally Green and Ruth Warburton

C.J. Daugherty  attended the Hay Festival 2014, appearing with Sally Green (Half Bad) and Ruth Warburton (Witch Finder) to discuss both the paranormal, and how to achieve the extraordinary without it. C.J Daugherty discussed her international bestselling series Night School. *  The fourth book in the series, Night School: Resistance, is out in the UK Read More

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MM Agency: News and Reviews

C.J. Daugherty C.J. Daugherty’s Night School series is a German bestseller Night School Resistance (Book 4)  is in * * No. 1 * * on the Kindle charts in Germany C.J. recently went to the Oetinger offices in Germany to sign 400 copies of Night School Resistance She will be returning to Germany tomorrow, for Read More

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Bookouture to launch Night School in US and C.J. Daugherty releases WattPad prequel

Night School US launch Bookouture will launch C.J. Daugherty’s bestselling YA thriller series, Night School, in the US this May. Starting with Night School: Legacy, Bookouture will launch the series in ebook only format, complete with an amazing set of new covers. The following books in the series will be released at half-monthly intervals. ‘Imagine Read More

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Nuala Casey at the York Literature Festival

Agency author, Nuala Casey, will be appearing at the York Literature Festival on March 26th. Nuala will be introducing an evening of readings from the Creative Writing students at York St John and will be talking about and reading from her debut novel, Soho, 4am. This year, the York Literature Festival will host guest speakers Read More

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MM Literary Agency: News and Reviews

Mel Sherratt Kindle No.1, 2 & 3 bestseller in Australia Mel Sherratt takes the top three chart positions on the Australian Amazon Kindle bestseller list with The Estate Series. Taunting the Dead is #9 and Watching Over You is #47. In its first week of publication Watching Over you was #1 in the Kindle Charts in both the Read More

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Don’t Stand So Close – Official UK publication with Transworld

Luana Lewis’ debut psychological suspense thriller, Don’t Stand So Close, is published in hardback today by Penguin Random House imprint Transworld Publishers. What would you do if a young girl knocked on your door and asked for your help? If it was snowing and she was freezing cold, but you were afraid and alone. What Read More

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17 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. LUANA LEWIS Twenty-Six Weeks and Five Days:  Christmas at St Mary’s Hospital, Paddington, 2001 Read More

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‘Thought-provoking and intelligent’

‘Thought-provoking and intelligent, Nuala Casey’s début is one to savour.’  Elizabeth Haynes, author of Into the Darkest Corner Enormous congratulations to Nuala Casey on the publication of her début novel, SOHO, 4AM.  Set over 24 hours, SOHO, 4AM is a psychological thriller about four ordinary people who walk a dangerous, twisted path in London’s greatest adult playground.  Come Read More

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Have you written a crime, thriller or psychological suspense novel?

Competition: The Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV & Film Agency is launching a new Crime, Thriller and Psychological Suspense side to the Agency, and is looking to represent new talented crime writers.  The Agency will offer representation to writers they find exceptional, and in depth editorial feedback to runners up.   To Enter: Please submit the following material in one Read More

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The creator of Jack Reacher

Our bestselling thriller writer, Lee Child, is awarded an honorary degree from De Montfort University in Leicester.  Watch fabulous coverage here, including his advice to students: ‘read now, read 10,000 books then start writing’ and, it’s never too late for the rest of us: ‘You’re looking at a guy who was 40 years old before he figured out Read More

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