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Weekly Highlights 9th – 15th May

Despite being in lockdown, our brilliant authors have been breaking out all over the place, in bestseller lists and beyond! Here are the highlights…

Abigail Mann’s hilarious debut, The Lonely Fajita, was published this week by HarperCollins / One More Chapter. Abigail was also the next author to take part in our interview series – check it out here!

Ben Oliver’s twisty dystopian thriller, The Loop (Chicken House), has received two brilliant reviews this week. This first, from the i said: “The Loop is pure adventure and Oliver’s array of characters provide zest and vibrancy. Expect young adult and older readers alike to be hooked.”

The Irish Times also gave a stunning review: “Ben Oliver’s debut, the first in a new dystopian trilogy, is centred around 16-year-old Luka Kane and a band of fellow prisoners, locked up for crimes both minor and major, and destined to serve as guinea pigs for government experiments as a way of delaying their impending executions… This novel depicts one of those futures that feels entirely plausible, and is all the more terrifying for it.”

It’s been a fabulous week for C.L. Taylor’s new novel, Strangers (HarperCollins / Avon). It was at No. 1 in the Apple store over the weekend, No. 3 on the Amazon charts and the hardback is still at an incredible No. 18 in the Sunday Times.

C.L. Taylor also took part in the One More Chapter Book Club this week with Jackie Kabler.

Three Agency authors were reigning in the Heatseeker’s Fiction Chart this week. I Am Watching You (Amazon / Thomas & Mercer) by Teresa Driscoll was at No. 3 , Maybe One Day (Orion) by Debbie Johnson at No. 4 and The Beekeeper’s Promise (Amazon / Lake Union) by Fiona Valpy at No. 10.

Paddy Magrane’s newly published suspense thriller, Red Desert (Audible Original) hit an incredible No. 8 in Audible’s Suspense chart this week.

Saving Missy (HarperCollins / HarperFiction) by Beth Morrey is currently the biggest British debut hardback this year – an incredible achievement.

Manjeet Mann’s Run, Rebel (Penguin Random House Children’s) has been chosen by The Guardian as one of the best books of 2020 so far.

Holly Bourne’s contemporary novel, Pretending (Hodder & Stoughton), is at No.23 in the hardback charts this week.

Darling Rose Gold ( Penguin Random House / Berkley) by Stephanie Wrobel was reviewed by the Toronto Star who said “Wrobel is a fine writer whose two peculiar protagonists are rendered with empathy, plausibility and flashes of acid humour.”

Darling Rose Gold was also included in the Canadian Globe and Mail’s Mother’s Day round up: “Permit us a curveball here: Nobody should be modelling any part of their parent-child dynamic on the relationship between Rose Gold and Patty.”

It was announced this week that rights to a new PI Matthew Hill novel by Teresa Driscoll have sold to Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer.

Join bestselling author C.J. Tudor as she talks about her novel, The Other People (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph) for RHBC, on 20th May at 5pm EST. Grab your tickets here.

Elizabeth Macneal took part in a brilliant Q&A today for #1PMReads where she was asked all sorts of questions about her stunning debut, The Doll Factory (Macmillan / Picador).

It was also announced that Sandhya Prabhat will be illustrating the forthcoming Candlewick Press title, Namaste is a Greeting.

CBBC Presenter Konnie Huq read from Damaris Young’s stunning YA novel, The Swtiching Hour (Scholastic) this week in her daily video for children. Check it out here!

Namina Forna took part in #YA takeover this weekend, talking about her stunning debut, The Gilded Ones (Usborne).

On the international front…

Never Found by Remigiusz Mroz has gone to Straarup & Co. in Denmark.

Turkish rights to Marion Lane & The Inquirers by T.A. Willberg have gone to Eksik Parca.

Elizabeth Kay’s Seven Lies/ Syv løgner was one of three books recommended in VG today – Norway’s biggest newspaper.

And finally, don’t forget to apply for the MM Agency Mentorship program! For more details click here. Applications are open until 1st June.