It’s been a fantastic week at MM Agency, with one author securing a brilliant two-book deal, a wealth of Bestseller announcements, and of course our latest book cover reveals!

Kicking things off, we’re excited to debut this stunning new jacket for James Plunkett’s END STATE: Nine Ways Society is Broken and How We Fix It. James combines a deep understanding of social issues with an appreciation for how change is playing out, not in the ivory tower, but in the reality of people’s lives. And END STATE explores some fascinating and crucial questions about the way society is run today.

Trapeze will be publishing Plunkett’s hopeful and non-partisan vision of the future in June 2021 and have celebrated by releasing this tweet.

One More Chapter has announced that they will be publishing Abigail’s Mann’s third book, THE WEDDING CRASHER, in March 2022. Abigail is seen celebrating the deal in this Instagram post, with a very impressive banner.  Her hilarious first novel, THE LONELY FAJITA, is perfect lockdown cheer-me-reading and her second novel, THE SISTER SURPRISE, will be on the shelves later this year.

Moving on to some bestseller news, Emma Stonex’s THE LAMPLIGHTERS has had a fantastic reaction from readers, with the hardback hitting No.12 this week on the Sunday Times hardback fiction list, and No.5 on the Times bestseller list! Inspired by real events, Stonex’s fantastically eerie and mysterious tale follows the lives of three women who are left behind after their husbands mysteriously vanish from a remote lighthouse, off the shore of 1970’s Cornwall. This chilling and atmospheric novel continues to dominate bestseller lists, as it is also currently at #1 on Barnes & Noble and Apple Books and has been labelled one of their “Must Listen” audiobook picks for March! And to top it all off it is now also number 5 on Hive’s 20 Bestselling Books chart!

Speaking of Bestsellers, Beth Morrey’s delightful contemporary “coming-of-old”  novel, SAVING MISSY, is currently No.1 on the Bookseller’s Heatseekers list and also No.25 in paperback in The Sunday Times.

And Ella Carey’s A NEW YORK SECRET, an emotional historical novel about a woman aspiring to be head chef of an iconic restaurant in 1940s New York, has made it into the top 100 UK kindle bestsellers and has an orange flag in the US just one week after its publication. This is the first book in a new series published by Bookouture, with Ella previously enjoying enormous success in a career including numerous bestselling novels.

Having been labelled as a Book To Watch in 2021, by Grazia, Vogue, Marie Clare and The Evening Standard, Ashley Audrain’s Sunday Times Bestseller THE PUSH, is now at No.5 this week on Ireland’s Original Fiction Chart. A deeply unsettling and breath-taking twist on the psychological thriller, Audrain’s take on the complicated nature of mother -daughter relationships, continues to draw in new readers.

Our YA and Children’s author’s have also been receiving amazing reception, as Katie Kirby’s THE EXTREMELY EMBARRASING LIFE OF LOTTIE BROOKS  is No.1 in all books on Amazon. The first book in a hilarious new Children’s series, follows the titular character of Lottie, as she struggles with all of the embarrassment and life lessons that come with growing up and entering high-school. A relatable and utterly hilarious new read.

 

 

With only a few short weeks left before its official debut, Jodie Chapman‘s highly anticipated book, ANOTHER LIFE has been chosen for the new BBC 2 Bookclub ‘Between the Covers’ hosted by Sara Cox, who will be joined by celebrity guests to join the discussion. Soon to be published by Michael Joseph next month, this novel focuses on polar opposite Nick and Anna, who meet at the same summer job at a cinema where sparks fly and romance blooms. But this love story is short lived as we soon trade a romantic setting for a more heart-breaking and tragic one.

Other titles to be featured on BBC 2 Bookclub include Douglas Stuart’s Shuggie Bain and Maggie O’Farrell’s Hamnet. It will air on Fridays at 7.30pm in a six-part spring series, so be sure to tune in.

We always love seeing people spread the word about our author’s amazing works and were delighted to see Daisy JonesALL THE THINGS SHE SAID be listed as one of Cosmo’s Best Summer Reads for 2021! Journalist Daisy Jones flexes her investigative skills, as she explores the nature of 21st-century Lesbian and Bi culture; using interviews, film, memes and personal perspectives to highlight and celebrate the flexibility of identity and culture within the Lesbian and Bi community.

 

 

 

 

Hannah Tovey’s hilarious new romance novel has also been garnering attention. IS THIS IT? follows the life of Ivy, a self-declared “Hot Mess” who desperately attempts to get her life together all while resisting the urge to fall back into old habits through the introduction of a wild new love interest. This intensely funny soon-to-be summer-read  is described by Lucy Vine, author of romance ARE WE THERE YET as “incredibly relatable, so horribly funny and clever, and just so good in all kinds of ways. I’m telling everyone I know to preorder!”

 

Jane Healey‘s highly-anticipated second novel THE OPHELIA GIRLS was also recently reviewed by Ellie Eaton, author of The Diviners: “Set over the course of two stifling British summers, The Ophelia Girls is a dreamy exploration of the interior life of teenage girls and the tangled relationship between mothers and daughters. In her hypnotic prose Jane Healey captures the slipperiness of the adolescence experience, the thirst young women have for independence, and the sometimes perilous ways they attempt to define themselves. A siren song of a novel, The Ophelia Girls seduces as much as it disturbs.”

 

As our fabulous authors continue to draw in new readers, Andrea Michael’s THE BOOK OF US, was recently featured on billboards across Watford Borough, as part of the Council’s initiative to encourage everyone to read the same book for the month of March. Michael’s heart-wrenching new book brings us into the lives of two close friends, who try to reconcile their past grievances and make the most out of life, after discovering that one of them is terminally ill.  This novel is sure to inspire passionate Book Club discussion as well as a fair share of tears.

 

At MM we’re always excited to expand our ever-growing lists and welcome in talented new writers, so we are delighted to introduce debut author Jacquie Bloese, whose two up-coming novels THE FRENCH HOUSE and THE PIER, have been bought by Hodder and Stoughton.

 

 

And in ever-exciting International Rights News:

Korean rights for Leah Hazard’s WOMB have gone to Gimm-Young.

Slovenian rights to Katherine May’s perfect lock-down read, WINTERING: the power of rest and retreat, have sold been sold to UMCO, making WINTERING officially available in 20 international territories.