It has been hugely busy here at the agency this week with so many of our brilliant books being published.
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.
The Artist's Studio is now open for visitors. An absolute joy to welcome writer and potter @esmacneal to the installation celebrating her wonderful #TheDollFactory. Come and see it for yourself and spot all the details from the book. #wombat pic.twitter.com/S6TlmFAsMp
— Waterstones Piccadilly (@WaterstonesPicc) May 2, 2019
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.
.@simonmayo is joined by @mk_golding after midday in the #ScalaBookClub, who's in to chat about her debut novel 'Little Darlings' which has been described as one of the most unsettling books of the year… #LittleDarlings #MelanieGolding pic.twitter.com/2JYOsCeh3g
— Scala Radio (@ScalaRadio) April 27, 2019
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 Times, The Guardian, The Telegraph, Grazia 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.
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.