Despite the crazy times, our brilliant authors have been on fire this week! Here are the highlights…
We’ve got brilliant news this week regarding everyone’s favourite quirky heroine. Gail Honeyman’s multi-award winning, multi-million bestselling novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has re-entered the New York Times bestseller list at an outstanding No. 10.
First up on the #shortlist of the #CoganBiodiversityPictureBookAward2020. MASSIVE congratulations @katiecottle_ – our children LOVE #TheGreenGiant!💚🌿📚🌍😃 @PavilionKidsBks @CoganPrimary We will carry on reading/voting when we are back at school 👍 pic.twitter.com/b9H1ybOCq4
— Cogan Friendship Picture Book Award 2022 (@DiversityCogan) March 23, 2020
Abbie Greaves has written a stunning piece for the Daily Mail about finding in love as a millennial. Abbie’s debut novel, about a couple that haven’t spoken to each other for six months despite living under the same roof, The Silent Treatment, is published by Penguin Random House / Cornerstone on 2nd April. Abbie also wrote a brilliant article for Literary Hub about “The Merits of Silence” this week.
It’s been another fabulous week for Jane Healey. Her newly published debut, The Animals at Lockwood Manor (Mantle / Macmillan), has hit an incredible No. 4 in The Times over the weekend! Jane Healey also wrote an article about the Gothic for Literary Hub this week.
Elizabeth Macneal’s atmospheric debut, The Doll Factory, has hit No. 3 in The Times this week in the Paperback Fiction charts. The novel was published by Picador / Macmillan in paperback earlier this month.
Stephanie Wrobel, whose twisty psychological thriller about a toxic mother/daughter relationship, The Recovery of Rose Gold was published by Michael Joseph / Penguin Random House on 5th March, took part in a Q & A with Penguin Random House this week. Check it out here!
The novel also debuted on the USA Today bestseller list this week, as well as being featured in an article in the Guardian.
C.L. Taylor’s new psychological thriller, Strangers, has been included in the Waterstones Newsletter roundup of the “Most Anticipated Books, Coming Soon”. Waterstones also gave it a fabulous review: “A twisty, clever and expertly plotted new thriller from the bestselling author of Sleep… Chilling, taut and unexpected, Strangers serves up a feast of psychological suspense.” Strangers is published by Avon / HarperCollins on 2nd April.
Listen to C.L Taylor read the first chapter of this twisty thriller here!
Agency authors Mel Sherratt and C.L. Taylor took part in a Virtual Crime Panel this week with MyVLF. Mel was talking about the newly published novel in her DS Grace Allendale series, Liar Liar, while C.L. Taylor was talking about her soon-to-be-published Strangers.
Join Mel Sherratt on 3rd April at the Avon Book Festival, in conversation with her editor at Avon / HarperCollins to talk about her new novel. Be sure to send in any of those burning questions about Liar Liar.
Miranda Malins, author of the historical novel set in the Cromwellian period, The Puritan Princess, took part in a fantastic Twitter Q&A today to talk about the inspiration behind her novel. This book is out next week, published by Orion:
Hi @MirandaMalins, we're so excited to be talking to you on this beautiful day! Firstly, just LOOK at that stunning cover! 😍 Would you mind describing your incredible novel for us in a sentence or two so we can get a taste for what's to come? #FirstBookFriday https://t.co/lF39NPpo4I pic.twitter.com/2SH3pSpxgQ
— Orion Publishing (@orionbooks) March 27, 2020
From Monday I am doing this.
Please share so we can be there for those in isolation.
— Darren O'Sullivan. (@darrensully) March 21, 2020
Andrea Michael, whose stunning new novel, The Book of Us (One More Chapter / HarperCollins),was published this month, held a virtual book launch this week, which included a Q&A, virtual sangria, and a giveaway!
The Magic Radio Book Club has started an initiative called #ShelfIsolation. This week, bestselling author Beth Morrey takes us through her favourite books to read in isolation…
On the lookout for book recommendations? Author of Saving Missy @BethMorrey has taken us on a #ShelfIsolation tour of her top feel good reads including @ninastibbe and more 📚Share your favourites with us using the hashtag! pic.twitter.com/ZzcDAsIWgU
— Magic Radio (@magicfm) March 23, 2020
And we are thrilled to announce that Beth’s stunning “coming of old” debut, Saving Missy, has been shortlisted for the New York Festivals Radio Awards. This wonderful novel is read in audiobook by Olivier-winning actress, Dame Harriet Walter.
Four MM Agency authors have been included in Cosmopolitan Magazine’s “13 of the Best New Good Books to Read“: Holly Bourne’s new contemporary adult novel Pretending (Hodder & Stoughton), Clare Pooley’s uplit novel The Authenticity Project (Penguin Random House / Transworld), Abbie Greaves’ debut The Silent Treatment (Cornerstone / Penguin Random House) and Elizabeth Kay’s must-read thriller, Seven Lies (Sphere / Little, Brown).
And on the international rights front…