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Weekly Highlights 8th – 14th February

We’re really feeling the love for our wonderful authors this Valentines day. The International Rights Department have been doing deals left, right and centre, and we’ve had some incredible chart news. Here are the highlights…

The cover for Kitty Wilson’s final book in The Cornish Village School series, Happy Ever After, has been revealed and it’s a gorgeous one to end this brilliant series on!

Following the launch of Beth Morrey’s gorgeous “coming-of-old” debut, Saving Missy, on Thursday last week, it has shot straight into the top ten in the Sunday Times bestseller list at an incredible No. 9.

Fiona Valpy’s bestselling novel, The Dressmaker‘s Gift hit No. 1 on Amazon’s “Most Sold” Category this week – congratulations, Fiona!

Gail Honeyman’s multi-award-winning, multi-million copy bestselling novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has come off the New York Times bestseller list after an outstanding 77 weeks. What a phenomenal achievement!

Robin Morgan-Bentley’s The Wreckagewhich was published last week by Orion / Trapeze, is currently at No. 19 in the Crime & Thriller charts on Audible! The audiobook is narrated by actress Emilia Fox.

Teresa Driscoll’s brilliant psychological thriller, I Will Make You Pay, has crossed the 50,000 copies sold threshold this week.

Clare Pooley was featured in a double page spread in The Bookseller this week ahead of the UK publication of her debut uplit novel, The Authenticity Project, by Penguin Random House / Transworld in April. The novel was published in the US last week by Penguin Random House / Viking / Pamela Dorman Books.

 

Will Shindler, whose brilliant and twisty crime novel, The Burning Men, was published last week by Hodder, was included in a fabulous round up in The Times: “The Best New Crime Fiction for February“.

Katherine May has written a stunning piece for The Guardian this week, titled “Human hibernation: the restoring effects of hiding away in winter“. Katherine’s memoir, Wintering, was published last week by Penguin Random House / Rider Books.

Holly Bourne gave a wonderful talk at the Children’s Book Circle Eleanor Farjeon Award. The award ” recognises an outstanding contribution to the world of children’s books by an individual or organisation.”

Mark Edwards has had a brilliant week. His novel The Magpies has crossed the 500,000 copies sold milestone, and In Her Shadow has now sold over 100,000 copies – huge congratulations, Mark!

Three Agency books have been included in the i News round up of “25 of the best new YA books, from Diary of a Confused Feminist to Wonderland“: Kate Weston’s Diary of a Confused Feminist, Jennifer Iacopelli’s Break the Fall and Danielle Jawando’s And the Stars Were Burning Brightly.

Three agency books have been published this week.

The third book in Mel Sherratt’s brilliant DS Grace Allendale series, Liar Liar was published this week by HarperCollins / Avon.

Owen Nicholls’ hilarious romantic comedy, Love, Unscripted was published in the US and Canada this week by Penguin Random House / Crown and HarperCollins Canada.

And L.P. Fergusson’s atmospheric historical romance, The Summer Fields, was published this week by Canelo.

On the international rights front, Melissa Hogenboom’s The Motherhood Complex has sold to Volt in Holland.

The Stamp Collector of Paris by Annabel Friedlein sold to Garzanti in Italy.

The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenifer Bayliss-Jennings has sold to Norstedts in Sweden.

Swedish rights to Will Shindler’s The Burning Men have sold to Modernista.

And The Taking of Annie Thorne by C.J. Tudor has sold to Jentas in Sweden.