Cover reveals, a non-stop week for international rights, and more television appearances to enjoy from publicity duo extraordinaire Helen and Lenny Rutter! Here are this week’s highlights.
We’re over the moon to welcome Emma Bal, former Head of Publicity at Bloomsbury, as our new dedicated Non-Fiction Agent. Emma is open for submissions and actively seeking an expansive range of non-fiction, from politics and history to cookery, visual arts and memoir. You can find out more about Emma’s looking for here. If you have an idea, she wants to hear from you!
Happy publication week to Will Shindler for the second instalment of his DI Finn series, The Killing Choice. Published in hardback on Thursday by Hodder, we’re incredibly proud to see that the Times have chosen it as their Crime Book of the Month for February!
Ashley Audrain‘s sensational novel The Push continues to gather excellent coverage in the US. We loved this sharp, honest interview with Ashley by Elisabeth Fagan for the New York Times, in which she explains why women and broader society need to challenge the expectations of motherhood placed upon them:
“I wanted to hold a mirror up and make people realize how important it is to ask different questions of women they love, to have new conversations with the mothers in their lives.”
Three cheers now for Helen Rutter and her son Lenny, who put in a brilliant appearance on CBBC’s Newsround on Tuesday! Helen’s joyful middle-grade children’s book, The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh, is about a boy who harbours the ambition to be a stand-up comedian, despite his stammer. Asked how the book might help other children, Lenny said “I hope that they feel like they can relate to Billy […] that they can feel like they know him and what he’s going through. I hope they can feel understood.”
Meanwhile Inga Vesper’s 1950s LA noir novel The Long Long Afternoon has been gathering some excellent press mentions since Bonnier published in hardback last week. The Sunday Express called it “beguiling and evocative […] This vivid and atmospheric page-turner will keep readers guessing all the way to its satisfying finale”, and the Times praised it as “clever and aborbing“.
Books editor at Prima Magazine, Nina Potell, also selected The Long Long Afternoon as one of her February picks.
Happy February reading! My book picks for @PrimaMag inc @itsmcronin Mary Lawson @wekesperos @thegyth @SarahVPearse @LorraineBrown23 @nadinematheson Some love stories from @DavidNWriter Kent Haruf, Louis de Bernieres and @ReneDenfeld is ‘From my bookshelf’ pic.twitter.com/gkXspzcATV
— Nina Pottell (@Matineegirl) February 5, 2021
You can catch Inga Vesper in conservation for an event hosted by Kingston Libraries today (Friday 12th February) at 5pm. Further details are available here!
The brilliant @wekesperos will be in conversation with @kinglibheritage about her debut novel, The Long, Long Afternoon at 5pm this evening. The event will also have an exclusive Q&A, and tickets are free! https://t.co/k056Pg3ODd pic.twitter.com/6Ct80ilcPA
— Zaffre Books (@ZaffreBooks) February 12, 2021
Congratulations to C.J. Tudor whose fourth novel The Burning Girls was published in the US on Tuesday by Ballantine/ PRH. We’re thrilled that it was chosen as a pick of the week by Publisher’s Weekly, and one of CrimeReads’ Ten New Books Coming Out This Week. Caroline has also written a bone-chilling piece for CrimeReads about being influenced by folk horror and historical crimes: “perhaps the ghosts of the past are never too far away after all.” Are you brave enough to read The Burning Girls?!
In case you missed it at the start of the week, we can now announce that Leah Hazard’s phenomenal second book Womb has sold around the world in major deals for the agency. It’s been the best kickstart to 2021 for us all, and we are SO excited for 2023, so you can read the full press release here!
Some milestones to acknowledge now for two exceptional Agency authors published by Amazon: congratulations to Fiona Valpy whose novel The Skylark’s Secret has sold over 100,000 copies in under five months, and to Caroline Mitchell for her novel The Perfect Mother, which has sold over 50,000 copies! What a fantastic achievement to start the weekend with.
From our children’s authors, unstoppable Benjamin Dean is topping the Amazon children’s charts this week. His gorgeous middle-grade debut Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow is No.1 on the lists for Children’s Books about Marriage and Divorce and for Books about LGBTQ+ Issues for Children. Well done Ben!
— benjamin dean (@NotAgainBen) February 10, 2021
There’s nothing like a cover reveal to make lockdown more exciting, and we’ve had two this week for upcoming children’s books! First up Jen Carney’s second instalment in her series about the lovable Bille Upton Green, Basically Famous (Puffin):
AWOOGA AWOOGA! COVER REVEAL! You saw it here first peeps. Please bask in the wonderous redness of the SECOND book in my #TheAccidentalDiaryofBUG series. #BasicallyFamous is publishing in August and I'm mega-proud of it. Please share if you can. More details below! pic.twitter.com/xnpOKDeBmq
— Jen Carney (@jennycarney) February 11, 2021
I am so excited to share the cover for STALKING SHADOWS!
— Cyla Panin – on hiatus – find me on IG! (@CylaPanin) February 8, 2021
Like everyone else we know, the Agency enjoyed lockdown bingeing on Bridgerton during those dark January nights, so we’ve got a very good feeling about Lex Croucher’s YA period comedy Reputation, which has sold to St Martin’s Press in the US. The deal was struck by Lex’s team at Bonnier, who are publishing the UK edition in July 2021. If you’re looking for a Regency-era Gossip Girl, then pre-order a copy here!
Last stop on our highlights tour: the International Rights Team, who have had a non-stop-couple of weeks for deals so far this month.