This week we have a plethora of gorgeous cover reveals, a couple of award nominations and some brilliant books make their debut too.

First up, Random House revealed the stunning US cover of Black Cake by Charmaine Wilkerson (Penguin Random House / Ballantine). A powerful story of love and loss, heartache and hope, spanning 60 years in the life of one family. You’re going to love this one, we just know it!

We send our congratulations to Helly Acton and Holly Bourne who have both been longlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Prize! We are thrilled that two of our authors have been recognised as the brilliantly funny women they are. The Shelf (Bonnier / Zaffre) and Pretending (Hachette / Hodder) would both be worthy winners, we’ll keep our fingers crossed!

Penguin Allen Lane have snapped up Professor Corinne Fowler’s “landmark” history of the British countryside in a six-figure deal after a 12-way auction! Read more about the deal here.

Beezy Marsh’s gangland crime saga series was acquired by Orion Dash this week. Queen of Thieves is the first in a planned trilogy set in post-war London, featuring an all-female gang of shoplifters, or ‘hoisters’, called the Forty Thieves. If Call the Midwife took a wrong turn down a dark alley in Waterloo, or Mr Selfridge were to look closely at who was pilfering his stock, he’d find the Forty Thieves.

Ella Carey has written about her experience ‘On Living the Writer’s Travelling Life’ for writing.ie here. An interesting read on how travelling has informed and enriched Ella’s career as an author.

Check out the gorgeous paperback cover of The Long, Long Afternoon by Inga Vesper (Bonnier / Manilla Press). Perfect for a sultry summer holiday read, even if you don’t make it further than your back garden this year.

Fiona Valpy took part in a BBC Radio Scotland talk about why so few men read books by women. An interesting topic indeed! You can catch up with the discussion here. If you’re a sensible fellow and do read books by women, you might want to check out Fiona’s upcoming novel The Storyteller of Casablanca (Amazon Publishing), an evocative tale set during World War II where a strange new city offers a young girl hope, out this autumn.

Rebecca Netley received a wonderful quote for her spine-tingling ghost story The Whistling (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph) from Anita Frank, author of The Lost Ones: “A perfectly conjured setting and an unfolding mystery that will keep you guessing to the very end . . . Atmospheric and eerie, it will chill you to the bone.’ We’re scared already!

Debbie Johnson is enjoying the heatwave as her romantic and heart-breaking novel The Moment I Met You (Orion) is at No.16 on the Heatseekers list!

Emma Stonex is lighting up the charts again, her intoxicating and suspenseful mystery The Lamplighters (Pan Macmillan / Picador) is at No. 23 on the hardback fiction bestsellers list this week!

NYT bestselling author Sophie Cousens, summed up Jenny Bayliss’ A Season for Second Chances perfectly with this lovely quote: “A gorgeous, cosy winter read that will transport you to the coast on a windswept day. Full of quirky characters and a refreshingly mature leading lady, this book will restore anyone’s faith that it’s never too late for a second chance at love, or indeed, life.” We couldn’t have put it better ourselves!

We are so in love with the beautiful cover of Pyae Moe Thet War’s essay collection You’ve Changed. The collection considers what and where Pyae means whenever she talks about “home”.

Huge congratulations to these authors and their amazing books which have been released this week:

You & Me at The End of The World by Brianna Bourne (Scholastic); this consuming YA debut will have you hooked from the first page as two very different teens find out they’re the last two people on the planet. Brianna also got a shout out in the Book Riot podcast, listen here.

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams (HarperCollins / HarperFiction); celebrating the ability of books to bring people together, Sara’s story captures both the sadness of loss and the brilliance of community in helping people to get through difficult times. Described in The Eastern Eye as “a heartfelt novel that is full of joyous and emotional moments.”

The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey (Pan Macmillan / Mantle); alternating between the sticky summers of 1973 and 1997, this novel is as provocative as the Pre-Raphaelite paintings that inspire its characters. It also received an amazing review in The Daily Mail: “A potent blend of art, beauty, awakening desire and mortality that seduces the reader as much as the cast”.

The Perfect Life by Nuala Ellwood (Penguin Random House / Viking); this gripping page-turner is a psychological thriller where there is always more than you think going on behind closed doors. We can’t say more than that, you’ll have to discover the hidden secrets for yourself!

Is This It? by Hannah Tovey (Piaktus); a year after The Education of Ivy Edwards, Ivy is back and this time she is turning her life around: a new career and perhaps even a new romance? Hannah was also in Grazia this week talking about being a middle-aged millennial, and how that its totally fine, no really! Read more here.

We’ve also closed these fantastic international deals this week:

Sophie Irwin continues to take the world by storm as Russian rights to A Lady’s Guide to Fortune Hunting have been sold to Atticus, and Slovakian rights have sold to Ikar.

Korean rights to The Bear Who Sailed the Ocean on an Iceberg by Emily Critchley have sold to Hollym.