It’s been another brilliant week at the MM Agency as our authors continue to receive a wealth of praise, with one writer receiving an amazing award nomination and another author’s debut making appearances on three roundups for ‘Best Summer Reads of 2021’.
We’re kicking off this week with this stunning cover for Daisy Jones’ All The Things She Said: Everything I Know About Modern Lesbian and Bi Culture (Coronet/Hachette), which published yesterday. An extract from the book was recently featured on theface.com, where it was described as “a refreshing picture of lesbian and bisexual life in the 21st century.” Daisy is a Associate Editor at Vice and has written for publications such as The Guardian and Refinery 21; and in the lead up to publication she also recently wrote an article for iNews where she talks about embracing the power of ‘calling herself a lesbian,’ and a feature for Vogue that details her experiences of coming out.
Stephanie Wrobel’s page-turning debut thriller Recovery of Rose Gold (Michael Joseph/Penguin Random House) gained significant buzz when it hit The Sunday Times’ bestseller list. Having been nominated for a 2021 Barry Award for ‘Best First Novel,’ we’re thrilled to announce that the book has also recently been nominated for a Macavity Award for ‘Best First Mystery’. Congratulations Stephanie on these nominations!
Elizabeth Macneal’s Circus of Wonders (Picador/Pan Macmillan) is back on the The Sunday Times bestseller list again this week at No. 14. But that’s not all – Elizabeth has contributed to a new anthology of ghostly stories, The Haunting Season, and the gorgeous cover was revealed this week:
What a cast list! @Br1dgetCollins @spookypurcell @esmacneal @girl_hermes @natasha_pulley @Kiran_MH @JessKiddHerself &
Andrew Michael Hurley are the perfect authors for ghostly tales and The Haunting Season will arrive just in time for candle-lit nights:https://t.co/Cwvm4jj1Y0 pic.twitter.com/wdG4qt0ibG
— Waterstones (@Waterstones) June 3, 2021
C.L. Taylor’s Her Last Holiday (Avon/HarperCollins) is also on The Sunday Times bestseller list at No. 21. C.L. will be making her debut at the Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate this year, where she will be chatting with fellow crime-writer and The Sunday Times bestseller, Clare Mackintosh, author of The Hostage, about writing psychological thrillers.
The news is out and I couldn't be more thrilled that I am making my debut at the Old Peculier Crime Writing Festival in Harrogate this year. I'll be in conversation with @claremackint0sh and we be chatting about writing psychological thrillers. https://t.co/HovLWx6PV1
— C.L. Taylor (@callytaylor) June 4, 2021
In other news, Emma Stonex’s The Lamplighters (Picador/Pan Macmillan) was a major hit when it was released three months ago, so it comes as no surprise that the book is still on The Sunday Times bestsellers list at No.31!
Jodie Chapman’s debut novel Another Life (Penguin Michael Joseph/Penguin Random House) was recently chosen for the BBC Two Between the Covers book club show, and it jumped to No. 8 on the Amazon bestsellers chart the very next day! Jodie also recently participated in a brilliant Virtual Gliterary Lunch where she discussed more about her book.
I’m so chuffed that my debut novel #AnotherLife has been chosen for #BetweentheCovers book club show with @sarajcox. What a dream. Huge thanks to @amandacactus @pollyanneconway @Matineegirl & my team at @MichaelJBooks.
— Jodie Chapman (@jodiechapman) May 27, 2021
Clare Pooley’s New York Times bestselling novel and former BBC Two Radio pick The Authenticity Project (Transworld/Penguin Random House) and Beth Morrey’s The Sunday Times bestselling Saving Missy (HarperFiction/HarperCollins) were recently featured in Woman & Home’s list of ‘’The best book club books that get conversation (and wine) flowing’’.
— Clare Pooley (@cpooleywriter) May 31, 2021
We’re always delighted to see our debut authors grabbing attention ahead of publication, so we were pleased to see Freya Sampson’s The Last Chance Library (Berkley/Penguin Random House) and Sara Nisha Adams The Reading List (William Morrow) featured in a roundup by Newsweek of ’21 Enticing Books to Take Along This Summer’.
And speaking of roundups, The Reading List has been gaining significant momentum with readers, from being featured in Pop Sugar‘s recent list of ‘Best Summer Reads 2021’, as well as NBC’s latest feature on the “10 best beach reads for summer 2021, according to Goodreads”.
!! The Reading List is on this list in such excellent company – ‘A remarkable, heartwarming debut’ 💛☀️🏖 https://t.co/gwCQuvGTB7
— Sara Nisha Adams (@saranishaadams) June 3, 2021
Two of our agency authors were also featured in Pop Sugar’s ‘Best of June’ roundup, with Matt Dunn’s new novel Pug, Actually (Mira/HarperCollins) and Kelly DeVos‘ latest YA book, Eat Your Heart Out (Razorbill/Penguin Random House) which describes it as a ‘sharply observed slice of social commentary mixed with edge of your seat apocalyptic action’.
Helly Acton’s latest romcom The Couple (Bonnier Zaffre) was also recently recommended in Woman’s Own where the reviewer comments; ‘Another thought-provoking, clever-concept novel from Helly Acton. And be prepared for some real laugh-out-loud moments.’ And Darren O’Sullivan’s newest high-concept thriller The Players (HQ/HarperCollins) was dubbed as “a psychological thriller that packs a punch” in Choice Magazine’s roundup of ‘Great Summer Reads’.
Alexandra Wilson, author of In Black and White: A Young Barrister’s Story of Race and Class in a Broken Justice System (Octopus/Hachette), was recently featured in The New Statesman. Last Summer Alexandra went viral for holding the courts to account for the racist behaviour that she experienced, appearing on ITV news and across the media. In her latest interview for The New Statesman, she discusses more about diversity in the legal-system and her own experiences as a mixed-race lawyer.
Be sure to check out the full article here.
Remember Alex Wilson, the "Essex Barrister" mistaken in court for a defendant three times in one day?
I caught up with her about the aftermath, wearing her wig while working from home, leaving Essex, and the legal world’s “empty statements” on racism:https://t.co/02I0VI9HbH
— Anoosh Chakelian (@Anoosh_C) June 3, 2021
And to finish off, our wonderful IRD team made the following deals:
Spanish rights for Gwen and Art are not in Love by Lex Croucher have been sold to Planeta