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Weekly Highlights 24th-30th August

We’ve got some brilliant news with regards to a very special mouse this week.

We are so thrilled to announce that Anna Fargher’s The Umbrella Moushas been picked as the winner of the Sainsbury’s Award in the fiction category.

C.L. Taylor’s chilling thriller, Sleep has now sold an outstanding 12,337 copies in hardback and 55,681 copies in ebook. It was also announced today that the insomnia-inducing novel has been optioned for film by Bill Kenwright films.

The cover for Ben Oliver’s dystopian YA novel The Loop has been revealed.

The US cover for The Other People by C.J. Tudor has been revealed.

Lorelei Savaryn’s brilliant middle grade, Reverie, has been pre-empted in a two book deal by Penguin Random House / Philomel.

Gail Honeyman’s Elenaor Oliphant is Completely Fine is back up at No. 7 in the New York Times bestseller list, an incredible feat.

Elizabeth Macneal’s stunning historical novel, The Doll Factory, has been chosen as one of BookPage’s 15 best debut novels of the year (so far!)

Mark Edwards gave an interview for BookBrunch this week, where he spoke about his thought process behind Here To StayHe said:

I set out to create characters who readers would love to hate. I wanted readers to boil with rage and frustration, to want to reach into the pages and throttle my baddies. I wanted to capture how I felt when I first read Stephen King as a young teenager: tense, scared and unsure if everything was going to turn out all right in the end. King has always been great at breathing life into both ordinary people and ordinary monsters. The cruel, violent, destructive psychopaths who live among us. Those are the people who most interest me as a writer. I like to set them loose among nice, normal folk and see what happens.

Here to Stay will be published by Thomas and Mercer on Sunday this week.

Holly Bourne will be talking about her new YA novel, The Places I’ve Cried in Public on 18th October in Waterstones Birmingham. Get your tickets here.

On the foreign rights front, Nicola Sutcliff’s Queens of the Kingdom has sold to Prozynski in Poland.

Madeleine Milburn gave an interview for the The 15 best debut novels of the year (so far!) with her top submission tips.