This week marked a milestone for the Agency, with the publication of its first picture book.

Katie Cottle’s gorgeous children’s book, The Green Giant, was snapped up by Neil Dunnicliffe at Pavilion Children’s Books. Katie was the winner of the Batsford Prize Children’s Illustration Award 2017 for her submission Home Grown – and it made such an impact she was offered a book deal, as Neil put it, “there and then”. The idea for The Green Giant grew out of Home Grown and it carries a powerful message: that we need to start looking after our planet by greening our cities and spending less time glued to our phones. The deal was announced in a Bookseller article this week.

The trailer for Melanie Golding’s terrifying psychological thriller, Little Darlings, has been released. Featuring an ultrasound of twins, the trailer taps into the theme of the book, centered around twins and a mother’s fear that someone is going to take them away…

Little Darlings will publish in May next year.

C.J. Tudor’s The Chalk Man continues to do incredibly well in the charts. 2119 paperback copies were sold this week, which means The Chalk Man has stormed through the 50,000 copies sold mark – an incredible achievement.

Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is No. 3 Stateside, and has spent a phenomenal 20 weeks on the New York Times bestseller list.

The agency has yet another very exciting announcement to make: we have signed a new author, Mickey Lewis. He has written a thrilling crime novel set in the dark underbelly of the supposedly charming and picturesque Cotswolds. More information on Mickey coming soon…

It’s been yet another busy weeks for foreign rights:

Beth Morrey’s The Love Story of Missy Carmichael is continuing to cause a stir. Norwegian rights have gone to Bazar Forlag, Lithuanian rights to Baltos Llankos, Finnish rights to Bazar Kustannus, Hungarian rights to Publish & more, Romanian rights to Alma Littera and Czech rights to Euromedia.

Simplified Chinese rights to Clare Pooley’s The Authenticity Project have gone to United Sky, while Complex Chinese rights have gone to Spring International.

Slovak rights to Melanie Golding’s Little Darlings have gone to Ikar.

Spanish rights in C.J. Daugherty’s Number 10 have gone to Ediciones Urano.

French rights in Fiona Valpy’s The Beekeeper’s Promise have gone to City Editions.