Kicking off this week’s highlights with a cover reveal!

Bestselling author Fiona Valpy’s The Dressmaker’s Gift has been revealed and it’s gorgeous. Fiona has had a great year, having been shortlisted at the Romantic Novelist Awards, and hitting the tops spot in Women’s Literary Fiction, Historical Romance and the Historical Literary Fiction categories on Amazon – at the same time. The Dressmaker’s Gift is published in October 2019.

C.L. Taylor’s Sleep continues to go from strength to strength – it is currently sitting at No. 10 in the Sunday Times hardback charts.

This week, it has sold 1,450, taking it to 5,212 overall. In eBook it has now sold a total of 6,322. This is the third consecutive week the novel has been in the top 10. It was also featured in The Guardian’s “best recent crime and thriller review roundup“:  “Tricksy and twisty, with some masterful misdirection and a brisk pace, Sleep is a pageturner that will keep you up way past your bedtime.”

Elizabeth Macneal, whose hotly anticipated debut novel The Doll Factory is published next week, had a featured article in the Sunday Times over the weekend.

Caroline Mitchell has surpassed a huge milestone this week. Her psychological thriller, Witness, has surpassed 100,000 readers!

Leah Hazard, whose novel is published on Thursday next week, has received a brilliant review from poet and performer Hollie McNish. Hollie said: “Currently sat in the waiting line to board a plane to Cork, tears escaping, stifling sobs at this brilliant, brilliant book by @leahhazard.”

The cover for Holly Bourne’s What Magic Is This?, a book aimed at dyslexic readers about witches and female friendship has also been revealed, and we absolutely love it!

Louise Beere, author of The Glove Maker of Spitalfields, has been shortlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Past alumni of the prize include Gail Honeyman, who was shortlisted for Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine in 2014. The winner is announced on 23rd May.

It’s been another busy week on the foreign rights front.

Portuguese rights in Fiona Valpy’s Sea of Memories have gone to Topseller.

Italian rights to Kereen Getten’s The Last Girl on Sycamore Hill have sold to Il Castoro.

Russian rights to Rupert Wallis’ The Boy With One Name have been bought by Eksmo.

Turkish rights to Melanie Golding’s Little Darlings have gone to Yabanci Yayinlari and Ukrainian rights have sold to Vivat.