Our hugely talented authors and illustrators have been shining nearly as much as the sun this week! Here are the highlights…
We are over the moon to announce that Kate Weston’s hilarious YA novel, Diary of a Confused Feminist (Hodder Children’s Books), has been longlisted for the Comedy Women in Print Award – the only children’s/YA title on there. The founder of the CWIP Awards, renowned comedian Helen Lederer, has given a reading of the novel in collaboration with World Book Night.
The shortlist is announced on Monday 1st June, and we’ve got everything crossed.
— Helen Lederer (@HelenLederer) April 21, 2020
Diary of a Confused Feminist, has also been named as “Book of the Week” in The Sun this week, which has a circulation of around 1.2 million. They said: “a hilarious, authentic account of teenage life”.
Clare Pooley’s The Authenticity Project (Penguin Random House / Transworld), has been featured in a round up by the Independent of the “10 best uplifting books to read during lockdown“. The novel was called: “A heartening story about the importance of truth and friendship, with characters that spring to life on the page.”
Seven Lies (Little, Brown / Sphere) is currently sitting at No. 25 in the Hardback charts just one week after publication.
The YA Book Prize this week championed Holly Bourne’s moving YA novel, The Places I’ve Cried in Public (Usborne). Holly took part in a Twitter chat on Wednesday to talk about this hard-hitting novel, as well as taking part in an interview for The Bookseller.
My absolute bible was 'Why Does He Do That?' by Lindy Bancroft. Then I did The Freedom Programme. As well as interviewing survivors, and experts on emotional abuse, sexual violence, narcissism, and PTSD. It wasn't pretty, but so necessary #YA10 https://t.co/YumAt0WimA
— Holly Bourne (@holly_bourneYA) April 22, 2020
Teresa Driscoll is in her fourth week of The Bookseller’s Heatseeker’s paperback chart at No. 1 this week with her brilliant psychological suspense, I Am Watching You (Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer).
Oh my word!
Fourth week in the @thebookseller Heatseekers paperback chart….and this week I’m NUMBER ONE 😍📚
Thanks, readers!@MMLitAgency @agentmilburn @jackbutler #iamwatchingyou pic.twitter.com/hjcZcPTcjp
— Teresa Driscoll (@TeresaDriscoll) April 22, 2020
Tonight on the @BBCRadio2 Book Club – @jowhiley will be talking to @AbbieGreaves1 about her brilliant debut novel #TheSilentTreatment. See what Abbie had to say about being chosen: https://t.co/lzE9B7CSR1#R2BookClub @arrowpublishing pic.twitter.com/WFcmwxAyLh
— The Reading Agency (@readingagency) April 20, 2020
Strangers hit No. 12 on the Sunday Times bestseller list this week.
Everyone’s favourite quirky heroine, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (HarperCollins / HarperFiction) by Gail Honeyman, has made it to No.15 on the Indie Bestseller Paperback this week, and has hit No. 14 in the New York Times paperback fiction list this week.
It is also currently being included in the Amazon “Fresh” category – which is their grocery channel. We agree that Eleanor Oliphant should be an essential item on everybody’s list.
Elizabeth Macneal’s stunning historical novel, The Doll Factory (Macmillan / Picador) is No. 95 out of the top 5,000 bestselling books (including children’s and adult fiction and non-fiction) this week – a truly outstanding achievement.
C.J. Tudor’s chilling thriller, The Other People (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph) has won Bronze for Audiobook Fiction at the New York Radio Awards! The audiobook is read by actor Richard Armitage.
Beth Morrey’s beautiful “coming-of-age” novel, Saving Missy (HarperCollins / HarperFiction), has won the Bronze Award in the New York Radio Awards for Best Solo Narration. The novel is read by Olivier-winning actress, Dame Harriet Walter.
Henley Literary Festival recommended Beth’s beautiful novel to read during lockdown this week.
Time to switch off and escape into a good book? Debut author @BethMorrey's Saving Missy is our recommendation for this week. #savingmissy #bethmorrey #goodreads #goodbooks #lovetoread #stayathome #booksandtea #coffeeandbooks #henleyliteraryfestival #henleyonthames pic.twitter.com/WmqsZn6QRC
— Henley Literary Festival (@HenleyLitFest) April 21, 2020
Beth Morrey, Abbie Greaves and Clare Pooley all took part in a panel this week for I Am In Print, talking about what it’s like to launch a debut in 2020, as well as offering writing advice to aspiring authors.
What's it like launching a debut in 2020? And what #writing advice will they offer YOU!
— I AM in print (@IAmInPrint) April 22, 2020
We’re thrilled to announce that Rebecca Kelly, winner of the Exeter Novel Prize, has signed to the Agency with a dark and twisty story where secrets hide in the echoing, ghost trodden corridors of a Gothic mansion.