What could be better than one accoladed author? Three!
The good news has been non-stop this week, with our authors pulling in outstanding sales, recognition and press features.
If you’re wondering what this week’s lavish featured cover is, it’s Ella Carey‘s upcoming release, The House by The Lake (Bookouture). The second book in her Secrets of Paris trilogy will be available on the 20th October; it explores the impossible choices faced by young lovers in Nazi-occupied France, as one of their descendants attempts to uncover their story. Make sure you preorder a copy here. Before it arrives, there’s still plenty of time to read the first book in the trilogy, Paris Time Capsule, which was published this week.
Putnam has also been teasing us with the US cover graphic for the paperback release of The Twelve Dates of Christmas by Jenny Bayliss! Published on the 13th October, this is a charming Christmas romcom that’s sure to win over even the biggest Scrooge…
— Jenni Bayliss Jennings (@BaylissJenni) October 7, 2020
We want to send a warm congratulations to Danielle Jawando, who’s debut Young Adult novel, And The Stars Were Burning Brightly (Simon & Schuster), a deep and unflinching exploration of teen mental health, was longlisted for the 2021 UK Literacy Association Book Awards.
And in what is wonderful news, we would like to congratulate two more incredible debut authors on being shortlisted for the 2020 Historical Writers’ Association Debut Crown Award:
There is also still time to vote for the 2020 Capital Crime Readers Awards, which closes on Sunday the 11th October! Our three nominated authors are C.L. Taylor‘s Strangers (HarperCollins / Avon) for ‘E-Book of the Year’, Robin Morgan-Bentley ‘s The Wreckage (Trapeze) for ‘Debut Book of the Year’, and Mark Edwards‘ The House Guest (Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer) for ‘Mystery Book of The Year’. Cast your vote here – (it could be the decider!)
Historical fiction phenomenon Fiona Valpy has a very big reason to celebrate, with the announcement that The Beekeeper’s Promise (Amazon Publishing / Lake Union) has now sold over 500,000 copies. Fiona is on a seemingly endless winning streak, given that just last month, we announced that The Dressmaker’s Gift had hit 500,000 copies in its first year of publication. Make sure you grab her latest release, The Skylark’s Secret, here. Or better yet, why not buy all three?
In more publication news, Janelle Harris‘ enigmatic thriller, Keep Your Friends Close (Amazon Publishing / Lake Union), exploring a vulnerable woman’s grapples with a potential stalker, is available now.
Thesaurus Has a Secret was also published in the US this week! Anya Glazer is both the author and illustrator of this picture book, which follows a wonderfully wordy young dinosaur with a special secret.
We’re so proud of Rona Halsall, who’s latest release, The Ex-Boyfriend (Bookouture), has been selected as one of Apple Books’ ‘Best Books of October’. This thriller is clearly resonating with readers as well as reviewers, having hit the Amazon top 100 chart just three days post-publication.
So excited to get these this morning, the same day that the @FT called City of Ghosts: ‘A worthy successor to Cruz Smith’s Arckady Renko… a fine and often moving thriller.’ Published on 16th Oct! @welbeckpublish @MMLitAgency #MMAgency pic.twitter.com/utbYQ2Yhyx
— Giles Milburn (@giles_milburn) October 9, 2020
Read the full write up now.
Our very own Michelle Elman featured on Elaine Chong’s ground-breaking BBC docu-series, Being British East Asian. She talked all about body image and the pressure to be thin in many communities – catch the episode here.
The superstar that is C.L. Taylor chatted with fellow thriller writer B.P. Walter this week for Waterstones’ IG Live event. They discussed their process, publication journeys, and much more. You can watch back their riveting conversation here.
Some exciting news for Elizabeth Kay‘s Spanish readership! She has been on a national press tour following the publication of Seven Lies (Little, Brown / Sphere) – or rather, “Siete Mentiras” (Planeta) – which included a feature on one of Spain’s biggest national TV channels, La Sexta. You can watch back the segment (with translated subtitles) here.
The Atlantic featured an engaging piece by our author Eleanor Cummins this week on the benefits of alternative medicine, having come from a long line of alternative healthcare practitioners herself. Be sure to read more here.
To celebrate last week’s US paperback release of The Other People (Penguin Random House / Ballantine), C.J. Tudor joined the Thrill Seekers podcast, where she discussed vendetta, the dark web, and her many inspirations. Listen back to the episode here. The buzz around this hair-raising read just won’t stop, with Apple Books also selecting the title for this month’s ‘Best Thriller Deals’.
And, as Halloween draws nearer, it’s fitting that the book has additionally been chosen as the Target Book Club Pick for October – American readers can purchase the Target Exclusive Edition here.
— C. J. Tudor (@cjtudor) October 6, 2020
Caroline Bishop has received high praise for The Other Daughter (Simon & Schuster), with fellow author Clare Empsom deeming it a “stunning debut” and a “fascinating and beautifully told exploration of women’s rights and one woman’s fight to uncover the secrets of her birth.” You’ll be able to buy this gorgeous and life-affirming story on 18th February 2021.
The Times Literary Supplement has reviewed Alexandra Wilson‘s frank and inspiring memoir, In Black and White (Hachette / Octopus), detailing her experiences as a Black, female barrister. The full review, in which Alexandra is applauded as “a role-model for those who still think law is for other people”, can be found here.
Our Children’s authors have been on fire; first off, Kate Gilby Smith has scored an excellent two-book deal with Hachette / Orion Children’s Books. They will publish her debut, The Astonishing Future of Alex Nobody, in June 2021. Pegged as a “wish-fulfilling time-travelling adventure” in The Bookseller , we can’t wait for people to read this fresh and funny Middle Grade journey of a young girl who braves the future to rescue her lost friend.
Sarah Hagger-Holt‘s important and heartwarming Middle Grade debut Nothing Ever Happens Here (Usborne), which documents the life of a young girl who’s dad comes out as a trans woman, has been selected for BookTrust’s ‘Great Books Guide 2020’. The full guide is available for download here.
Two of our Young Adult authors were included in United by Pop‘s ‘Best YA Books Exploring Mental Illness’ round-up: And The Stars Were Burning Brightly (Simon & Schuster) by Danielle Jawando, as well as Kate Weston‘s hilarious debut, Diary Of A Confused Feminist (Hachette / Hodder Children’s Books). You can take a look at the feature here.
The delightfully gothic Malice in Underland (Scholastic) by Jenni Jennings has been included in the children’s selection of LoveMyRead’s October subscription parcels. She was hand-picked for the curated bundles by the household names, Malorie Blackman and Frank Cottrell-Boyce! Check out their glowing praise below, and order yourself a parcel here.
This is what the marvellous @malorieblackman & the fantastic @frankcottrell_b had to say about their picks for October! Featuring @nadiya_official, @Diafla, @BaylissJenni & @OnjaliRauf Get yours now on https://t.co/9juFfHu45E #WonderedDelivered pic.twitter.com/ZtpUTjXyWa
— LoveMyRead (@lovemyread) October 7, 2020
And Phil Hickes graced the airwaves earlier today, joining BBC Radio Devon to chat about his spooktacular Middle Grade debut, The Haunting of Aveline Jones (Usborne).
Finally, in the International Rights department, the Frankfurt Book Fair meetings have started with a vengeance – albeit virtually. Between them, the team will be pitching to hundreds of editors from around the world. We look forward to reporting back on this very soon!