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Weekly Highlights 27th April – 3rd May

It has been hugely busy here at the agency this week with so many of our brilliant books being published.

But we’re going to kick things off with a cover reveal. Jane Healey’s stunning UK cover for her debut novel, The Animals At Lockwood Manor has been been revealed and we just love it.

Elizabeth Macneal’s stunning novel, The Doll Factory was published yesterday by Macmillan / Picador. On its publication day, the novel was named as the Times’ May Book of the Month, and Waterstones Piccadilly have recreated the most beautiful Artist’s Studio to honour it.

In the run up to publication, The Doll Factory was picked as one of six to be featured on Jo Wiley’s BBC Radio 2 Book Club and is a BBC Radio 4 Book at Bedtime read. Elizabeth was named as one of The Observer‘s ‘hottest tipped debut novelists of 2019‘, and an interview with her was featured in the Sunday Times in April. Earlier this week, The Times called the novel ‘a remarkable example of historical fiction.’

Melanie Golding’s creepy and mesmerising thriller, Little Darlings was also published yesterday by HarperCollins / HQ. Melanie spoke to Simon Mayo on Scala Radio about all things Little Darlings a couple of weeks ago, and in the run up to publication, the novel received three starred reviews.

Leah Hazard’s Hard Pushed was published this week by Penguin Random House / Hutchinson. An honest and moving account about life on the front line of the NHS, Leah’s memoir has garnered incredible attention from the national press, and she has appeared in The TimesThe GuardianThe TelegraphGrazia and The Mirror.

Mel Sherratt’s Tick Tock was published this week by HarperCollins / Avon. This is the second novel in the paperback series by the “Queen of Crime” following DS Grace Allendale. Mel appeared on a Facebook Live event yesterday to talk about everything that makes the novel tick. Mel was the next author that we interviewed for our author interview series, which you can view here.

Anna Fargher’s debut middle-grade book, The Umbrella Mouse was also published yesterday by Macmillan Children’s Books. The Umbrella Mouse has been praised by Michael Morpurgo, who called it “An ambitious and wonderfully well-achieved first novel”. 

Will William’s must have guide for modern-day meditators, The Effortless Mind was published this week by Simon & Schuster. As part of his coaching work, Will has worked with Spotify, Universal Pictures, American Express, the BBC, Tripadvisor and Channel 4.

C.L. Taylor’s Sleep is celebrating its fourth week in the top ten of the Sunday Times bestseller list. This week, it is sitting at No. 9.

Jess McGeachin’s wonderful children’s book, Fly, has been shortlisted for the World Illustration Awards – an incredible achievement. The Awards are ” the most prestigious celebration of illustration globally.”

It’s also been a busy week on the foreign rights front.

Talim, Malayalam and Hindi rights to C.L. Taylor’s The Escape, The Accident, The Missing, The Fear and Sleep have gone to Kottayam Pushpanath Publications.

Italian rights to Lesley Sanderson’s The Orchid Girls have gone to Triskell Edizioni.

Danish easy reader rights to Holly Bourne’s Are We All Lemmings & Snowflakes? sold to Nyt Dansk Litteratureselskab.

And finally, Russian rights to Holly Bourne’s The Places I’ve Cried In Public have gone to AST Mainstream.