It’s been a mixture of sun and rain in London this week, but beams of light have certainly been shining on the talented authors at MM Agency. Without further ado, we’ll lead with this gorgeous cover reveal:

The Reading List by Sara Nisha Adams is a touching story about the power of books and finding connection with family and friends in the loneliest of times. It’s a book that really resonates in lockdown, as the MM team have felt extremely lucky to be able to lose themselves in other worlds when reading.

Catherine Finnerty has made a four-book deal with Boldwood Books and will be published in every format simultaneously in all English-language territories, starting with The Last Days of Us, which is out in June 2021. You can read more about this fantastic deal and Boldwood Books here.

M Chan’s Tiger Warrior: Attack of the Dragon King and two sequels have been bought by Hachette, with the first title being published in July 2021. Attack of the Dragon King presents Jack, who discovers that he is the new Tiger Warrior and must save the world. Luckily, he has the spirits of the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac to help him in his daring quest.

Holly Bourne has sold over half a million copies of her Usborne titles across all English editions, which is an absolutely fantastic achievement. Congratulations, Holly!

Ella Carey’s novel, A New York Secret, has performed quite a feat by becoming a bestseller on Amazon US before even being published. Bookouture will be releasing this gorgeous WW2 romance on March 12th and you can pre-order it here. As you can see, Ella was delighted.

Stephanie Wrobel’s chilling The Recovery of Rose Gold went straight into the Amazon top 100 on the first day of her 99p Kindle Monthly Deal and jumped to the 33rd spot the day after. The print edition of Stephanie’s debut is also excelling, reaching 10th place in The Sunday Times Bestsellers List for paperbacks. You can even pick it up in your local Tesco superstore, as our Associate Agent, Olivia Maidment, discovered this week.

Katherine May’s Wintering has now been on The Indie Bestseller List for a total of 11 weeks, including this week! And that’s not all for this beautiful and life-affirming book because Mainstreet Trading in St Boswells, Scotland is selling a lovely gift box featuring Wintering, which can be purchased here.

The Other Daughter by Caroline Bishop is in 9th place on The Bookseller Heatseekers chart, which highlights the authors that don’t appear in the Top 50 Chart, but that are selling well week-by-week.

And we’re thrilled to report that Proud of Me by Sarah Hagger-Holt has a bestseller flag in LGBTQ++ fiction for Children’s Books on Amazon.

Emma Stonex’s Cornish mystery The Lamplighters, which was published this week, has been selected for Apple’s Best Books of March.


Emma also dazzled at a virtual publication event on Thursday run by At Home With 4 Indies, which are a group of independent bookshops working together to bring live events via social media.

And the celebratory reviews of Stonex’s book just keep coming. The Telegraph declared it one of the best novels of 2021 so far and awarded 4 out of 5 stars. The Sun agreed, crowning The Lamplighters as “one of our books of the year”. And it doesn’t stop there.

The Sunday Times said, “Stonex’s story has the mesmerism of a churned winter sea.”

The Guardian said, “Hatred, distrust and lies and an unexpected sort of love binds these women in an elegant novel that is as interested in the notion of hope and acceptance as it is in murder and revenge.”

This week saw two of our authors in conversation at Devilishly Dark Debuts, a virtual event run by Sevenoaks Bookshop. Ashley Audrain and Inga Vesper were joined by Abigail Dean to discuss their tense debuts The Push and The Long, Long Afternoon.

We’re thrilled that Helen Rutter’s The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh has been selected as Waterstones Children’s Book of the Month for March.

Waterstones said, “From comedian Helen Rutter comes the hilarious yet moving story of Billy Plimpton, who is desperate to make it as a stand-up comic – despite the fact that he has a pronounced stammer.”

Danielle Jawando has been shortlisted for the YA Book Prize for her fantastic novel, And The Stars Were Burning Brightly.

 

Beth Morrey had the paperback edition of Saving Missy published this week, which was celebrated by a fabulous virtual event. You can see Beth having lots of fun at her Launch party below.

The Puritan Princess by Miranda Malins is currently ranked in first place on Amazon for Best Sellers in Biographies & Memoirs of Royalty.

Jack Jordan was a guest on the In Suspense podcast this week, which is run by authors Lesley Kara and Lauren North. He featured in an episode about the ups and downs of a writing career, particularly focusing on coping and succeeding in lockdown. Jack also discussed his novel, Do No Harm, which will be published in July 2022. You can listen via Spotify, or Apple, or watch the video footage here.

CrimeReads / Book Marks have included C. J. Tudor’s petrifying new novel, The Burning Girls, in their roundup of Best Reviewed Crime Novels in February. Read this one if you dare!

Jane Healey’s second novel, The Ophelia Girls, will be published in July 2021 and has already garnered much praise.

Elissa R. Sloan said, “Deliciously atmospheric and brilliantly constructed, The Ophelia Girls tugs at the reader from the very first page until its satisfying finish. Engrossing and rich in imagery, Jane Healey writes the way dreams feel. I loved it.”

The Book of Us by Andrea Michael has been chosen for the One Town, One Book initiative from Watford Council, which encourages everyone in the borough to read the same book in March. Andrea will also be running a Writing for Wellbeing Workshop.

And looking ahead to next week, Benjamin Dean, author of Me, My Dad and The End of the Rainbow, will be in conversation with Adam Silvera about his novel, They Both Die At The End. The event will take place on March 11th at 7:30pm.

 

And our International Rights Department have once again been extremely busy! The deals made this week were:

Dutch rights to Alias Emma by Ava Glass sold to Ambo Anthos

German rights to Alias Emma by Ava Glass sold to Goldmann in a two book deal

Spanish rights to Alias Emma by Ava Glass sold to Plaza y Janes/PRH

Romanian rights to The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter sold to Curtea Veche Publishing

Romanian rights to The Suspect by Fiona Barton sold to Media Litera

Russian rights to The Shadow in the Glass by JJA Harwood sold to Eksmo

And to finish off, Brazilian rights to Womb by Leah Hazard sold to Planeta at auction. Womb has now sold in 14 international territories and we look forward to readers all over the world devouring this fantastic and crucial book in 2023.