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Weekly Highlights 27th July – 2nd August

We’ve got some stunning reviews to see us into the weekend! Here are the highlights:

Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine is back up at No. 4 in the New York Times bestseller list. Only last month it was announced that the novel has spent a whole year on the bestseller list, so to see it back in the Top Ten really is incredible. Collectively, over a million copies have been sold in the US.

Ahead of US publication later this month, Elizabeth Macneal received a stunning review in the New York Times last week for her debut novel, The Doll Factory“When a book refuses to shy away from squalor and brutality while venerating the passionate and beautiful”, it reads, “it is always a memorable experience… There is hardly an aspect of Victorian London that [Macneal] has not mastered.” 

The Doll Factory is also taking South Africa by storm, where it’s currently spending its third week in the Top 10, sitting at No. 4 this week.

It has also been longlisted for the “Not the Booker“, alongside agency author Melanie Golding for her brilliant novel Little Darlings. The shortlist, voted for by the public, will be announced next week. You can read instructions on how to vote here.

Mel Sherratt has hit the 100,000 copies sold milestone for her nail-biting crime books, Hush Hush and Tick Tock, published by HarperCollins / Avon. Huge congratulations, Mel!

Samuel Pollen gave a fascinating talk about masculinity at YALC over the weekend, on a panel with David Owen and Nikesh Shukla.

C.L. Taylor appeared on The Sarah Cox Show on ITV last weekend where she discussed her favourite books. You can view it here.

Stephanie Wrobel’s The Recovery of Rose Gold has also received high praise this week. International bestselling author, Lee Child, has given an early review for the novel: “Sensationally good – two complex characters power the story like a nuclear reaction, and won’t let you forget them.  Wrobel is one to watch.”

Damaris Young’s stunning middle grade novel, The Switching Hour, was published this week by Scholastic.

Tracy Bloom’s hilarious romantic comedy, No-One Ever Has Sex on Holiday, was published this week by Bookouture.

UK & Commonwealth rights to Caroline Bishop’s upmarket women’s fiction novel, The Other Daughter, have sold to Simon & Schuster in a pre-empt.

And on the foreign rights front, Vietnamese rights in Mel Sherratt’s Hush Hush and Tick Tock have gone to I Love Books.

Dutch rights to Helen Rutter’s My Name Is Billy Plimpton have sold to Billy Bones.