We’re incredibly proud to see two of our authors on the list of eight 2017 debut novelists to watch in The Observer this weekend.


Gail Honeyman was one of two MMLA authors to be selected for her debut novel ELEANOR OLIPHANT IS COMPLETELY FINE, which is to be published by HarperCollins in May this year and simultaneously by Penguin / Pamela Dorman Books in the US (US cover above). Described by The Observer as “a warm, funny and thought-provoking story“, it was the subject of a fierce eight-way auction in the UK and became one of the most talked-about books at the 2015 Frankfurt book fair. It has now sold in 28 languages and has garnered rave reviews from the likes of JoJo Moyes who said ‘Eleanor Oliphant is a truly original literary creation: funny, touching, and unpredictable. Her journey out of dark shadows is expertly woven and absolutely gripping.’


Our second author of the eight to be selected is Nuala Ellwood for her debut novel MY SISTER’S BONES, which is published by Viking in hardback next month. Inspired by her father’s and other journalists’ experiences, she gained Arts Council funding for her research into PTSD, the main theme of her debut psychological thriller, My Sister’s Bones. The Observer wrote that the novel ‘rivals The Girl on a Train as a compulsive read (and beats it for style)‘ and that ‘we are all about to be convinced by Nuala Ellwood’. Like Gail, she’s already receiving incredible reviews from authors such as Amanda Jennings: ‘Gripping and beautifully written…a tense, atmospheric, deliciously dark story’ and Nicholas Searle: ‘An accomplished and page-turning thriller. It twists and turns in so many directions it’s impossible to guess where it’s going next.’


Congratulations to both Gail and Nuala – we can’t wait for readers to devour both of your incredible debut novels!