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Weekly Highlights 16th – 22nd May

We’ve been basking in the glow of the sun AND our brilliant authors this week. Here are the highlights…

We’ve had a stunning UK cover reveal this week. Kereen Getten’s When Life Gives You Mangos is published by Pushkin Press in October this year.

Beth Morrey’s wonderful “coming-of-old” debut, Saving Missy (HarperCollins / HarperFiction) is currently the biggest selling British Hardback debut of the year.

Clare Pooley’s uplit novel, The Authenticity Project (Penguin Random House / Transworld) has sold into its 30th territory (Danish rights to Forlaget Zara).

It was announced that Waterstones is offering the chance to win a signed copy of The Authenticity Project as well as a beautiful emerald green leather notebook from Smythson. Enter for a chance to win here!

C.L. Taylor’s Strangers (HarperCollins / Avon) is currently a No. 3 bestseller on Google Play in audio.

Sarah Langford, author of In Your Defence, has given a fabulous quote for Alexandra Wilson’s In Black and White (Octopus): “An inspirational, clear-eyed account of life as a junior barrister is made all the more exceptional by the determination, passion, humanity and drive of its author. Anyone interested in becoming a barrister – or seeing how the law really works – should read it.”

Abbie Greaves, author of the stunning The Silent Treatment (Penguin Random House / Cornerstone), has written a wonderful article for The Guardian on her favourite books about silence. She said: “In my novel, The Silent Treatment, Frank and Maggie have been married for 40 years but they haven’t spoken for the last six months. It is at once an uplifting love story and a mystery, an emotional drama and a meditation on trauma in a family. The further I explored the subject of silence in my characters’ lives, the more I learned that it is a compound of nuances that mean something different to everyone. Silence can be both terrifying and calming, at once isolating and communicative in its own way, depending on who is expressing it.”

The Silent Treatment (Ciche Dni) has also hit No. 48 in the Empik Top 100 Bestseller Chart in Poland this week.

It was announced this week that Lesley Sanderson has signed a new contract with Bookouture for a new psychological thriller. She said of the deal: “I’m thrilled to be signing this new deal”

Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins / HarperFiction) has been named as the most borrowed ebook of 2018/19, in an article by The Bookseller this week. The figures come from Public Lending Data, showing that this multi-award winning novel and its hugely special heroine have touched the hearts of many.

It was announced this week that UK & Commonwealth rights to Ben Creed’s atmospheric historical thriller, City of Ghosts, have sold to Welbeck Publishing. The book has also sold into Germany, Poland, the Netherlands and Japan.

Helly Acton’s The Shelf  (Bonnier Zaffre) has received a brilliant quote from Carrie Hope Fletcher, who told her 131,619,990 viewers: “The Shelf is just as addictive as reality TV but twice as juicy! Shocking and hilarious, I devoured it and I just want more.”

Teresa Driscoll’s I Will Make You Pay (Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer) is once again reigning at No. 1 in The Bookseller Heatseeker’s Fiction Chart.

She features alongside Debbie Johnson’s Maybe One Day (Orion), which is currently at No. 5.

Elizabeth Kay’s Seven Lies (Little, Brown / Sphere) has been included in CrimeReads’ “The Most Anticipated Crime Books of 2020: Summer Reading Edition”. They said: “Seven Lies is a chilling psychological thriller about friendship in all its complex machinations and the fallout from a confession between two lifelong friends. Kay handles the suspense with precision and verve, as the story unfolds in increasingly unsettling fashion and readers come to realize the many secrets underlying the relationship at the heart of the story.”

Rona Halsall’s newly published novel, One Mistake (Bookouture), was at No. 54 in the charts over the weekend. Rona’s novels have just hit 140,000 copies sold, too!

Bestselling author Elizabeth Macneal did a BRILLIANT podcast for City of Literature 2020, where she spoke about her daily process of writing. The podcast was presented by the National Centre for Writing and Norfolk & Norwich Festival.

In honour of Elizabeth’s stunning debut, The Doll Factory, she has produced ten facts about the Pre-Raphaelite Brotherhood – check it out here.

Bestselling YA and Adult author Holly Bourne is doing a live panel for #YA10 on 25th May, alongside Dean Atta and William Sutcliffe, all about “Finding Yourself”. Holly has been shortlisted for the YA Book prize for her brilliant novel, The Places I’ve Cried in Public (Usborne).

Pamela Dorman, editor of Ashley Audrain’s breathtaking debut, The Push (Penguin Random House / Pamela Dorman Books), gave a brilliant talk on this fabulous title this week, in conjunction with Buzz Books and Publishers Lunch:

Sophie Parkes wrote two stunning monologues for the Love in the Time of Corona writing competition for M6 Theatre company. One was shortlisted and the other one won! Huge congratulations, Sophie.

On the international rights front…

Czech rights to Fiona Valpy’s The Dressmaker’s Gift has gone to Baronet

The Burning Girls by CJ Tudor has gone to Intrinseca in Brazil.

Spanish rights to Matt Dunn’s Pug, Actually have gone to Planeta.

Czech rights to Greenwich Park by Katherine Faulkner have gone to Dobrovsky.

And finally, we’re offering a new three-month Office Assistant Trainee opportunity. Find out more on the Creative Access website.