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Weekly Highlights 29th September – 5th October

It’s been an incredibly busy week for the agency in the run up to Frankfurt Book Fair.

Kicking off with a deal announcement, UK & Commonwealth rights to Owen Nicholls’ debut novel, Love, Unscripted were sold to Jess Whitlum-Cooper at Hachette/Headline in a four-way auction. Several foreign territories followed suit, with US rights going to Penguin Random House/Crown, Hoffman Und Campe in Germany, and Sperling and Kufter in Italy. The novel was featured in a Bookseller and Guardian article this week.

In exciting news on the Film & TV front, Holly Bourne’s seventh YA novel, Are We All Lemmings and Snowflakes? has been optioned for TV by Duck Soup Films, who promise to give an unflinching portrayal of mental health in young people. Two of Holly’s other novels, Am I Normal Yet? (Usborne, 2015) and How Do You Like Me Now? (Hodder, 2017) have also been optioned for film. It was featured in a Bookseller article this week.

This is not Holly’s only success this week. Her first adult novel, How Do You Like Me Now? was featured in tech-giant Apple’s promotion, 10 Pageturners for 99p/ €1.99. Apple, who are huge fans of the book, chose it as one of 10 titles to launch their new Books store this autumn.

It’s also been a successful week for Kitty Wilson. Not only was her book, Second Chances, the second in the feel good Cornish Village School series, published on 4th October by Canelo, the publishers have also signed for a further three books in the series.

It’s been another great week for sales. Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is currently sitting at No. 4 in the UK paperback charts after several weeks of reigning at No. 1. 11,000 copies and 4,500 e-books were sold in the last week alone, taking the figure to 698,430 physical copies sold overall.

The novel continues to be a winner stateside, ranking at No. 3 on the New York Times Fiction List, and at No. 12 on the combined list.

C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man continues to do incredibly well, ranking at No. 16 this week in the UK charts. It sold 4,127 in paperback, bringing the total to 42,296 copies sold.

Bestselling author Fiona Valpy’s novels, Sea of Memories and The Beekeeper’s Promise have both crossed the 100,000 copies sold mark this week – a remarkable achievement.

In upcoming publication news, million copy bestseller Mel Sheratt’s gritty new thriller, Hush Hush will be published next week by Avon.

On the foreign rights front, it’s been a good week for Abbie Greaves’ The Silent Treatment, with Hungarian rights sold to Alexandra, Norwegian rights to Kagge, Polish rights to Muza and Russian rights to Eksmo. This brings the total number of territories to 11.

Clare Pooley’s The Authenticity Project is proving hugely popular overseas, with Portuguese (EU) rights sold to Grupo Planeta, Greek rights to Metaichmio and Hebrew rights to Keter, taking it to 22 territories overall.

Polish rights to Leah Hazard’s Hard Pushed  have been sold to GW Foksal.

Finally, Japanese rights to C.J. Tudor’s The Taking Of Annie Thorne have gone to Bungei Shunju.

And we’re rounding off the week nicely with a beautiful French cover reveal: Michelle Adams’ Between the Lies tells the story of one woman’s desperate race to remember the events leading up to a near fatal car crash. The novel was published on e-book in July this year.