Amongst many highlights, here are just a few of the magic moments we shared with our authors at the Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency in 2015: 

C.L. Taylor became the No.5 Sunday Times Bestseller and No.1 ebook bestseller with her psychological suspense thriller The Lie (HarperCollins)

C.L. Taylor  THE LIE by C.L. Taylor 1

  • TV rights to The Widow by Fiona Barton (Transworld) were optioned by Playground Television, the company behind the BBC’s adaptation of Hilary Mantel’s Wolf Hall and the British drama series The Missing.

The Widow by Fiona Barton

  • The exclusive screening of C.J. Daugherty’s international bestselling Night School webisode series was held at The Soho Screening Rooms

  • Film rights to Caleb Krisp’s children’s novel Anyone But Ivy Pocket (Bloomsbury) was optioned by Paramount Studios with producer Allison Shearmur of The Hunger Games and Cinderella.

Paramount_logo  Anyone But Ivy Pocket by Caleb Krisp  The Hunger Games

  • Fionnuala Kearney and Maria Duffy were both in the Top 10 Irish fiction chart with You, Me and Other People (HarperCollins) and A Love Like This (Hachette) respectively.

Fionnuala Kearney  

Branford Boase     Rupert Wallis

A Boy Called Hope by Lara Williamson (Usborne) was shortlisted for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize amongst a string of other prestigious awards.

Lara Williamson at the Waterstones Children's Book Prize ceremony

Lara Williamson at the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize ceremony

waterstones a boy called hope 2015

Holly Bourne was selected for World Book Night 2016 with her latest novel Am I Normal Yet? (Usborne) and nominated for the 2016 Carnegie Medal.

Holly Bourne.  Am I Normal Yet? by Holly Bourne

  • Xavier Koller at Swiss film production company Catpics AG optioned the Film & TV rights in The Naughty Girls Book Club by Sophie Hart, which is now in development.


  • Kathryn Croft’s The Girl With No Past (Bookouture) was the No.1 Kindle ebook bestseller for multiple weeks, and five MM Agency authors were in the Top 15 on the Kindle bestseller list during the month of December including Mel Sherratt with Watching Over You, Holly Martin with Christmas at Lilac CottageA.J. Waines with Girl on a Train, C.L. Taylor with The Lie and Kathryn Croft, as mentioned.

The Girl with No Past by Kathryn Croft    Christmas at Lilac Cottage by Holly Martin    GIRL ON A TRAIN by A J Waines   Watching Over You by Mel Sherratt revised

  • The MM Rights Team negotiated tons of new translation deals for the agency’s authors at the London, Bologna and Frankfurt Book fairs including some of the fairs’ the most talked about debuts: Eleanor Oliphant by Gail Honeyman (Penguin Random House), The Widow by Fiona Barton (Transworld), In the Dark, In the Woods by Eliza Wass (Quercus), Recipes for Melissa by Teresa Driscoll (Bookouture) and If You Knew My Sister by Michelle Adams (Headline)

Bologna Children's Book FairLondon Book Fair  Frankfurt book fair flags

20150917-Author-CJ-Daugherty-05   Matt Ralphs  c-j-daugherty-signing-copies

We also moved into much larger offices within our charming Georgian building at 10 Shepherd Market in Mayfair

Madeleine Milburn Literary Agency

…and celebrated 2015 at our magical Author Christmas party…

IMG_2063    Therese Coen with Matt Ralphs   IMG_2073

Happy New Year everyone! Here’s to all the exciting things to come in 2016!