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Weekly Highlights: 1st – 7th September

The Boy at the Keyhole, a psychological horror by Stephen Giles, published in the US with Hanover Square Press, an imprint of HarperCollins US.

The Black Amulet, the second middle-grade adventure in the Badlands series, by J. R. Wallis published in paperback with Simon & Schuster.

Two agency authors are top five Sunday Times bestsellers. The Chalk Man by C. J. Tudor climbed up four positions to No.5, selling 10,772 copies, and Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine by Gail Honeyman charted at No.2 with sales of 14,455 copies.

Silent Victim by Caroline Mitchell won first prize in the ‘Psychological Thriller’ category at the 2018 Readers’ Favorite Book Awards.

Paula Hawkins, the internationally bestselling author of The Girl on the Train, described The Doll Factory by Elizabeth Macneal as “a sharp, scary, gorgeously evocative tale of love, art and obsession.”

Little Darlings by Melanie Golding was reviewed by the New York Times bestselling author of All the Lies We Tell, Megan Hart, who said: “Dark, compelling and terrifyingly relatable, Little Darlings takes every parent’s worst fear and deftly twists it into something even more horrific.

Teresa Driscoll received a plaque from Thomas & Mercer for her thriller The Friend to celebrate surpassing 100,000 copies in sales.

Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? by Holly Bourne was reviewed by the online platform Lovereading4kids who hailed it as “one of the year’s most important YA novels” and “an engaging and thought-provoking book with tremendous value.”

The YA novel was also featured by the mental health charity SANE for National Read a Book Day.

Bryony Stocker has signed with the agency. She is writing a gritty historical crime series set during the Napoleonic Wars, featuring a battered and traumatised ex-soldier trying to find his way in the slums of Georgian London.

Proofs of The Suspect by Fiona Barton are now available. Book bloggers can request a copy via Twitter using the hashtag #TheSuspect.

It was announced that Fiona Barton will be appearing at the Norwich Crime Writing Festival on Friday 14th September, alongside Val McDermid and John Banville. Tickets are available here.

Am I Ugly? by Michelle Elman was recommended by the Editor-in-Chief of Cosmopolitan, Farrah Storr, who praised it as an “honest, riveting book” in the October issue of the magazine.