What an incredible week for chart positions! Here are the highlights…
The simply stunning cover for Fiona Valpy’s new novel, The Skylark’s Secret has been revealed and we could’t love it more. This beautiful book is published in September this year by Amazon / Lake Union.
Fiona’s most recently published novel, The Dressmaker’s Gift, is currently sitting at an outstanding No. 7 on the Top 20 Bookstat E-book chart for the year to date.
And finally, C.L. Taylor did a fabulous panel on Book Bunker with fellow Agency author, Mark Edwards, this week. They chatted about all things books, as well as Strangers and Mark’s twisty novel about overbearing in-laws, Here to Stay (Thomas & Mercer / Amazon).
Gail Honeyman’s multi-million copy bestselling novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins/ HarperFiction), has hit No. 13 on the New York Times paperback fiction list this week. It has now appeared on the NYT bestseller list 81 times – an incredible feat.
Elizabeth Kay’s breathakingly brilliant Seven Lies was published in the UK yesterday by Little, Brown / Sphere. This fabulous debut was given a shoutout by bestselling author David Nicholls this week:
Tomorrow also sees publication of the explosive debut thriller 'Seven Lies' from Elizabeth Kay @anyotherlizzy, published by @LittleBrownUK . 'Chilling and original' says @claremackint0sh and you can read pages more praise here – https://t.co/VSwcqYlv9d
— David Nicholls (@DavidNWriter) April 15, 2020
Elizabeth gave an interview on the BBC this week with Geoff Lloyd, where she did an amazing reading of the First Lie of the seven.
Enjoy this powerful reading from @ManjeetMann of her fantastic verse novel RUN, REBEL.
For a chance to win one, simply follow us and RT this reading by 20 April. pic.twitter.com/7SyOQihTKf
— Scottish Book Trust (@scottishbktrust) April 15, 2020
Bestselling YA and Adult author Holly Bourne was a guest on The High Low podcast this week, hosted by Dolly Alderton and Pandora Sykes, to talk about her fabulous new novel, Pretending (Hodder & Stoughton).
Pretending was also featured on the Waterstones “This Week’s Essential Reading” newsletter, as well as hitting an incredible No. 1 in the Apple Audio store.
It’s been a big week of the BBC for newly published author Abbie Greaves. Her debut novel The Silent Treatment, has been chosen as Jo Whiley’s Radio 2 Book Club pick, as well as appearing on BBC Radio 4’s “You and Yours” show this week.
Abbie was also featured in a round up in The Independent of “Six of the Biggest Books Released this Month“. The Silent Treatment was published by Penguin Random House / Cornerstone earlier this month.
Clare Pooley, whose gorgeous uplit novel, The Authenticity Project was published on 2nd April by Penguin Random House / Transworld, was on BBC Radio 2’s Steve Wright in the Afternoon show to chat about her novel.
Two Agency authors have been featured in a Daily Mail article about debuts this week. Clare Pooley’s The Authenticity Project was given high praise: “Pooley handles her cast with brio as new relationships are formed and lives are changed in this poignant and uplifting read.” And The Silent Treatment by Abbie Greaves was also featured: “It’s written with assurance and agonising insight, and the characters of Maggie and Frank will stay with me for a long time.”
Chicago Tribune wrote a glowing review of Darling Rose Gold this week, too, saying: “Wrobel puts us inside the heads of these delusional women with dark delight, striking a neat balance between edgy humor and edge-of-your-seat tension”
ABC News posted a list of their favourite books to binge while social distancing, and American actress Whoopi Goldberg chose Darling Rose Gold! The novel was published in the UK by Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph as The Recovery of Rose Gold and in the US as Darling Rose Gold by Penguin Random House / Berkley.
Booklist gave a starred review for Katherine Slee’s For Emily (Orion) this week: “Slee’s bewitching debut not only offers a thoughtful meditation on life, love, and loss; it is also a lovely tribute to all things British, a beautiful paean to the importance of books in our lives, and a powerful celebration of the imagination and the creative process. With its superb depth of characterization and an ingenious plot shaped by a bird leitmotif, this magical and dazzling novel is the literary equivalent of serotonin.”
We are thrilled to announce that bestselling author, Jack Jordan, has signed with the Agency with his new thriller.
And on the international rights front…
And finally, a reminder to apply for the six-month long Madeleine Milburn Mentorship scheme! Applications are open until the 1st June – find more details here.