This week we’ve been taking some time to celebrate our Black authors and illustrators, in light of the events that have been taking place recently. If you are a BAME writer or illustrator, please do continue to submit your work to us (submissions@madeleinemilburn.com) and as we said below, we look forward to welcoming more people from the BAME community to the Agency following our mentorship programme.

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Danielle Jawando’s emotive YA novel, And the Stars Were Burning Brightly (Simon & Schuster Children’s), was the inspiration behind this moving performance piece:

The Secret Barrister has quoted for Alexandra Wilson’s In Black and White (Octopus) this week: “In Black and White is an absolute triumph; a compelling and courageous memoir forcing the legal profession to confront uncomfortable truths about race and class in our justice system. Alexandra Wilson is a bold and vital voice. This is a book that urgently needed to be written, and urgently needs to be read by everybody inside, and outside, the justice system.” It is due for publication in September this year.

The gorgeous cover for Janelle Harris’ new thriller, Keep Your Friends Close has been revealed and we absolutely love it. The novel is due to be published in October this year by Bookouture.

Holly Bourne’s brilliant adult novel, Pretending (Hodder & Stoughton), hit No. 7 in the Kindle Chart.

Multi-million copy bestselling author Mark Edwards’ newest psychological thriller, The House Guest was published by Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer on Wednesday. The novel was featured in Prima MagazineThe Sunday Mirror, The Sunday Express and Fabulous Magazine this week.

Goodreads are running a competition to win a US paperback edition of Elizabeth Macneal’s stunning debut The Doll Factory (Simon & Schuster / Emily Bestler Books) this week. Enter here!

We are thrilled to announce that Robin Morgan-Bentley’s brilliant thriller The Wreckage has been longlisted for “The John Creasey New Blood Award” at the CWA Dagger awards.

Apple have selected Beth Morrey’s wonderful debut, Saving Missy (HarperCollins / HarperFiction), for an audiobook promotion. The promotion called Great Listens will feature a select number of titles and will run from 4th to 18th June.

Both Saving Missy and Clare Pooley’s uplit debut, The Authenticity Project (Penguin Random House / Transworld) were featured in Good Housekeeping‘s round up of “14 of the Best Feel-Good Books“.

Debbie Johnson’s Maybe One Day (Orion) has hit No. 4 on The Bookseller‘s “Heatseeker’s Fiction” chart, while Fiona Valpy’s The Dressmaker’s Gift is at No. 8 (Amazon Publishing / Lake Union).

Bestselling author Caroline Mitchell is giving away free copies of her next crime novel, Left For Dead (Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer) ahead of its launch next month:

C.L. Taylor did a brilliant interview with Tony Kent this week where she spoke about writing and her latest thriller, Strangers (HarperCollins / Avon). Watch it here.

L.D. Lapinski gave a wonderful quote for Sarah Hagger Holt’s Nothing Ever Happens Here this week:

An incredible promotion was run this week for Paddy Magrane’s suspense thriller, Red Desert (Audible Original) this week.

We are thrilled to have signed Sunday Times bestselling author Beezy Marsh. Beezy is also a No. 1 bestselling author in Canada, where her 3 non-fiction titles remained in the top 10 for weeks. We cannot wait to work with her on her exciting new projects

And on the international rights front…

Elizabeth Kay’s Seven Lies is at No.4 in the bestseller lists in Iceland.

Jenny Jennings’ The Twelve Dates of Christmas has gone to AST in Russia

Katie Kirby’s The Reinvention of Lottie Brooks has gone to Adriano Salani in Italy.

Abbie Greaves’ beautiful debut, The Silent Treatment (Ciche Dni), hit No. 14 on the Empik Top 100 chart in Poland over the weekend.

Lithuanian rights to C.L. Taylor’s The Lie have gone to Jotema.

Applications for the MM Agency six-month mentorship program are now CLOSED. Thank you so much to everyone who applied, we’re looking forward to reading your work!