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.
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.
The #1PMRead is back!
Get ready to join in the conversation via #1PMRead on Friday 15 May at 1pm, when @picadorbooks author Elizabeth Macneal will be answering questions about her gripping and evocative novel, The Doll Factory.
Here is Elizabeth to invite you to get reading… pic.twitter.com/7QMJoxtq4t
— Pan Macmillan (@panmacmillan) May 1, 2020
It was also announced that Sandhya Prabhat will be illustrating the forthcoming Candlewick Press title, Namaste is a Greeting.
Q1) Hi, my name is Namina. My YA fantasy, The Gilded Ones, comes out spring 2021 and basically imagines if the Dora Milaje were stuck in The Hamdmaid’s Tale and decided they weren’t gonna take it anymore. #YAtakeover https://t.co/2hAwWY06mE pic.twitter.com/KJuPq7Yoqn
— Namina Forna On Hiatus (@NaminaForna) May 10, 2020
On the international front…
And finally, don’t forget to apply for the MM Agency Mentorship program! For more details click here. Applications are open until 1st June.