Highlights of the week: 7th – 13th April

  • Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman is No.1 again this week in both the paperback and e-book charts.
  • I Am Watching You by Teresa Driscoll was No.1 again in the UK Kindle chart this week, and Turkish rights have been acquired by Kanes Yayinlari.
  • Film rights for The Boy at the Keyhole by Stephen Giles have been optioned by New Regency, the production company behind numerous Oscar winners including 12 Years a Slave and Fight Club.
  • Leah Hazard‘s memoir Hard Pushed: Notes of a Midwife has been acquired by Hutchinson (Penguin Random House) in a six-figure deal following a seven-way auction.
  • UK & Commonwealth rights to Namina Forna’s epic YA fantasy trilogy Deathless were acquired by Usborne, following a hotly-contested 3-way auction.
  • Holly Martin‘s charming new novel The Holiday Cottage by the Sea was published on Thursday, pick up your copy here.
  • C.L. Taylor was in conversation with Fabulous magazine editor Claire Frost in a HarperCollins Facebook Live recording, you can catch up on the interview on YouTube here.
  • Christi Daugherty was interviewed by book blogger The Misstery about her crime thriller The Echo Killing.
  • Translation rights for The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal have been sold in 20 territories, including French (Presse de la Cité), German (Eichborn/Lübbe), Italian (Einaudi) and Spanish (Ediciones B). Here at the MMLA offices, we were also lucky enough to receive some of Elizabeth’s gorgeous mugs (pictured). She runs a one-woman ceramics business which you can learn more about on her website.
  • Witness by Caroline Mitchell has been shortlisted for the 2018 International Thriller Award, and German rights for another of her titles, Silent Victim, have been sold to Aufbau Verlag.
  • Dutch rights for The Book Of Love by Fionnuala Kearney have been acquired by Xander Uitgeverij.
  • Our agents held just under 200 meetings with foreign editors and producers at London Book Fair 2018. More news on that to follow!