Our authors couldn’t sit still this week – between new releases, massive sales numbers and flurries of press, we’re positively buzzing with news!
Can you believe how cool this week’s featured cover is? You’re looking at Eat Your Heart Out (Penguin Random House / Razorbill), the latest release by Kelly DeVos. This hilariously satirical YA novel is complete with feminism, body-positivity and – of course – zombie killing! Seventeen-year-old Vivian has been shipped off to a fat camp by her parents, but finds herself fighting off more than toxic beauty standards when it becomes overrun with the undead.
We had another glorious cover reveal this week, of the next Middle Grade title by Carnegie Medal nominee, Sarah Hagger-Holt. Proud of Me (Usborne) is the beautiful coming-of-age story of teen twins, Josh and Becky, who grapple with relationships, family history and identity, whilst trying to make their two mums proud.
— Usborne Publishing (@Usborne) November 19, 2020
American readers have been treated twice over this week, with two massively anticipated releases hitting US shelves:
First, we have Pretending (HarperCollins / MIRA) by superstar YA and adult writer, Holly Bourne. Holly is already a household name in the UK, and this publication is extra-special, because it marks her American debut! Pretending is an arresting deep dive into online dating and self esteem; we meet April, traumatised by her romantic past, who decides to create a fake web persona, with disastrous results. The book is getting plenty of press already – Holly did a fantastic Q&A with US outlet NerdDaily to chat more about the novel. The title was also featured in both Buzzfeed’s round-up of ‘New Books That You Should Start Reading ASAP’ , and Frolic’s top 10 ‘Romantic Binge’ reads – so what are you waiting for? Pick up a copy today!
Michelle Adam‘s gorgeous new romance title, Little Wishes (HarperCollins / William Morrow) was also released – this is definitely one for those of you who love a sweeping love story, as we are transported to a picturesque cottage on the Cornish Coast, where Elizabeth has been pining for her first love for fifty years, and sets out to find him after he misses their annual tradition. Given her way with words, it’s no surprise that Michelle is also a podcast extraordinaire – you can listen to the most recent episode of her podcast, Beyond Words, now.
We were absolutely delighted after seeing Waterstones reveal their beautiful, limited-edition signed copies of The Push by Ashley Audrain (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph) complete with trademark-purple sprayed edges! If you were lucky enough to get a copy, we’d love to see you shout about them after the book’s official release by Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph on the 7th January 2021.
— Penguin Michael Joseph (@MichaelJBooks) November 18, 2020
And if you somehow need more convincing to purchase next year’s most anticipated debut, The Push was also very fittingly featured in Marie-Claire’s round-up of 2021 releases that readers simply must pre-order now.
Following last week’s US hardback and UK paperback publication of her timely and sentimental memoir, Katherine May‘s Wintering (Penguin Random House), is continuing in its endless upward trajectory! We’re thrilled to confirm that the book is a Barnes & Noble Book of The Year Finalist. US readers, do listen out for Katherine on the airwaves this month, as she continues her tour of US national radio stations, and features on popular wellness podcasts including The goop Podcast and The Astral Hustle.
Katherine has also appropriately curated a wonderful list of wonderful, wintery children’s novels for Bookshop.org – a fantastic read, especially if you have little ones.
I've been making a list of my favourite wintery children's novels on @bookshop_org_UK – would anyone fancy a Box of Delights readalong in December? Maybe we could also watch the classic 1984 BBC adaptation?https://t.co/Ftqxub2k1I
— Katherine May (@_katherine_may_) November 18, 2020
Nuala Elwood has written an engaging article for National Geographic Traveller, all about her relationship with the wilds of the Yorkshire Dales, and the serenity she has found in the natural world, in the midst of battling chronic insomnia – a timely piece, given current events.
A childhood dream to be published in the @NatGeoTravelUK came true this week. In this piece I talk about chronic insomnia and how there is healing to be found in nature x @agentmilburn @MMLitAgency @katyloftus @VikingBooksUK @beckep24 https://t.co/7cshIdO8Ka
— Nuala Ellwood (@NualaWrites) November 17, 2020
Gail Honeyman’s monolithic debut, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins / HarperFiction), is a superstar title that keeps on shining – we’re ecstatic to announce that the novel has now surpassed 100,000 copies in Canada alone! And we’re positive there’s more where that came from.
The paperback campaign for Stephanie Wrobel‘s bewitching Darling Rose Gold (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph) has gone live this week. To kick things off, her team’s put together a fantastic newsreel complete with actual headlines from the book, which follows a fragile young woman’s attempts at reconciliation with her abusive mother. Check it out here:
UM, how cool is this?! These are the actual headlines from the book. 🤯 Endlessly delighted when this story is brought to life in other mediums. Darling Rose Gold comes out in paperback 2 months from today! pic.twitter.com/avUbl2ihtU
— Stephanie Wrobel (@stephwrobel) November 19, 2020
And as you’ll remember, the paperback campaign for Beth Morrey’s rich and uplifting debut, Saving Missy went live last Friday. We’re happy to announce that the eBook gained a huge surge in sales following this, peaking at no.4 on the Kindle Charts this week, and selling almost 2,400 copies a day!
The Ends of The Earth (Penguin Random House), Abbie Greaves’ captivatingly emotional upcoming novel, has received a starry review from bestselling author Katie Fforde. She described it as a “remarkable tale of love and loss and finding something different. A tour de force.” We couldn’t agree more, which is why we’re counting down the days until the 29th April 2021, when the title hits shelves!
Inga Vespers has received yet another outstanding quote for her upcoming crime debut, The Long Long Afternoon (Bonnier / Manilla Press). Sunday Times bestselling author of The Familiars, Stacey Halls, has crowned it, “as delicious as a long drink on a hot day”. We can’t wait until the wider public gets to experience the book for themselves, following its release on the 4th February 2021.
Thank you so much to the wondrous @stacey_halls for her amazing quote for #longlongafternoon @wekesperos– ‘Beautifully crafted, claustrophobic and compelling, Inga Vesper's skillfully woven suburban noir is as delicious as a long drink on a hot day’ 😍 ☀️🌹🔪
— Sophie Orme (@Sophiemorme) November 13, 2020
Following its fantastic Kindle Daily Deal last week, The House Guest (Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer) by stellar thriller writer Mark Edwards was the No. 9 bestselling fiction audiobook on Audible.com for the week ending the 15th November!
There’s still time to vote for Clare Pooley’s The Authenticity Project (Penguin Random House / Transworld) which is now a quarter-finalist in Bert’s Books’ Book of the Year. Polls close on Sunday – so make sure you show her some support.
Yay! #TheAuthenticityProject is in the quarter finals for Best Book of the Year, but up against the mighty Richard Osman 😱😱😱 Any help to avoid total humiliation much appreciated 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 @MMLitAgency https://t.co/YUD559aTPV
— Clare Pooley (@cpooleywriter) November 19, 2020
It is Anti-Bullying week, and Danielle Jawando, whose stellar debut And The Stars Were Burning Brightly (Simon & Schuster) was also nominated for the 2021 CILIP Carnegie Medal , shared an incredibly brave and personal piece on this theme, on her journey through and beyond bullying. It is an absolute must-read (content warning: suicide).
The Bookseller can’t seem to get enough of our children’s authors this month – and we don’t blame them! Helen Rutter‘s joyful Middle Grade comedy, The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh (Scholastic), has been picked as ‘One to Watch’ in their February previews:
As well as this, Benjamin Dean’s Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow (Simon & Schuster), a heart-warming LGBTQ+ Middle Grade story, has been given the high esteem of ‘Editor’s Choice.’
Of course, if you follow our socials, you’ll already know there’s been a very exciting promotion at the Agency. As of this week, Maple Milburn is pleased to take on the mantle of Wellness Officer! This is an incredibly vital role, which mainly involves being really cute and extremely photogenic – skills which Maple has in spades…
And in ever-illustrious International Rights news, we are so glad to announce that our IRD has closed on the following deals:
Russian rights to Elizabeth Macneal’s Circus Of Wonders have sold to Eksmo.