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Weekly Highlights 9th – 15th November

It’s been the most wonderful week for the international rights department, and we’ve had some fantastic publicity news. Here are the highlights.

Namina Forna took YALLFest 2019 in Charleston by storm over the weekend. She was signing copies of her debut YA fantasy novel, The Gilded Ones, and the queue for the Meet & Greet was so long they had to cut it off! Namina’s stunning cover was revealed last week by Refinery29, in an article named: The Gilded Ones Author Namina Forna Could Be The Toni Morrison of YA Fantasy.

It’s been a phenomenal week on the international rights front.

The Lamplighters by Emma Stonex has sold to Dasan Books in Korea and JOTA in the Czech Republic, taking the total number of international territories to an incredible 16.

Portuguese rights to Fiona Valpy’s The Dressmaker’s Gift have sold to Topseller.

Czech rights to Hard Pushed by Leah Hazard have sold to Albatros Media.

Greek rights to Michelle Adams’ Little Wishes have sold to Minoas.

Slovenian rights to Elizabeth Kay’s Seven Lies have gone to UCILA.

Arabic rights to Sara Nisha Adams’ The Reading List have sold to Arabic Scientific Publishers.

And deals have been taking place elsewhere too:

UK & Commonwealth rights to Leonora Nattrass’ brilliant debut historical thriller, Black Drop, have been scooped up by Serpent’s Tail / Viper.

UK & Commonwealth rights to the next two books by Sunday Times bestselling author C.L. Taylor have sold to HarperCollins / Avon.

UK & Commonwealth rights to Sara Nisha Adams’ stunning debut novel, The Reading List, have been snapped up by HarperCollins, while US rights have sold to William Morrow.

In other news…

Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has re-entered the New York Times bestseller list at No. 12 this week!

The brilliant collection of essays, It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (And Other Lies), which Michelle Elman contributed to, has been named as Waterstones Book of the Year – an incredible feat.

Mark Edwards’ chilling psychological thriller, Here To Stay, has now sold over 100,000 copies. This is a huge achievement, given that the novel was only published in September this year.

The absolutely addictive (trust us) Hidden Books Game from National Book Tokens was designed by the hugely talented Harry Woodgate this year!

A glowing article about Stephanie Wrobel’s chilling thriller, Darling Rose Gold was featured in Publishers Weekly this week. They said: “Narrated in alternating chapters, the mother-daughter dynamic takes a wicked turn.” You can read the full article here.

The brilliant collection of essays, It’s Not OK to Feel Blue (And Other Lies), which Michelle Elman contributed to, has been named as a WH Smith Book of the Year – an incredible feat.

You can now request Nuala Ellwood’s gripping, twisty new novel, The House on the Lake, on NetGalley. The novel is due for publication in February next year.

This week, we celebrated the incredible, outstanding achievements of C.J. Tudor’s debut novel,  The Chalk Man. Check it out here!

Owen Nicholls received the most brilliant starred review from Kirkus reviews this week for his romantic comedy, Love, Unscripted. They called it “a delightfully sweet, funny, and heartbreaking ode to love stories, both on-screen and off-“

NetGalley have made Danielle Jawando’s stunning, heartbreaking book, And The Stars Were Burning Brightly available to read now, rather than having to request it, for #AntiBullyingWeek2019. Click through here.

And finally, the absolutely stunning German cover for Jane Healey’s gothic debut, The Animals At Lockwood Manor, has been revealed and it’s absolutely beautiful.