We’ve got some very exciting deal announcements in the highlights this week. But first, we’re kicking off with a colourful cover reveal!

The festive UK cover for Jenny Bayliss’ The Twelve Dates of Christmas has been revealed, and we absolutely love it. The novel is due to be published in November by Pan Macmillan.

It was announced this week that the brilliant, quirky, feel-good novel, The Maid by Nita Prose has sold to HarperCollins / HarperFiction following a heated six-way auction. US rights have sold to Penguin Random House / Ballantine, and Canadian rights to Penguin Canada. The novel has also sold into 20 international territories.

Quill and Quire wrote a brilliant article about Nita and her stunning novel this week – check it out here!

Elizabeth Kay’s Seven Lies which was published in the US last week by Penguin Random House / Pamela Dorman Books has been featured in Canadian Living Magazine’s July/August issue.

A full page interview with Elizabeth was also run across Canada this weekend, including the Vancouver SunEdmonton Journal, Ottawa CitizenRegina Leader-PostSaskatoon Star-Phoenix and the Montreal Gazette amongst many more.

Daisy Pearce’s gripping thriller, The Missing, was published by Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer earlier this month.

Lesley Sanderson’s psychological thriller, I Know You Lied, was published this week by Bookouture.

Episode three of Katherine May’s podcast, The Wintering Sessions was released this week, and Katherine was in conversation with our very own Catherine Cho. Check it out here!

A.J. Park’s The First Lie (Orion) received a brilliant review in The Daily Mail this week. They said: “Splendidly twisty, with a compelling inner momentum, it keeps its secrets until the final pages.”

Rona Halsall’s newly published novel, One Mistake (Bookouture) has sold an outstanding 20,000 copies in just a month since publication.

It was announced this week that Rona has signed another deal with Bookouture for two more books, due to be published in 2021.

US rights to Jennifer Iacopelli’s new YA novel – a feminist retelling of the Jane Austen novel, Persuasion – called Finding Her Edge have sold to Razorbill.

It was announced this week that Simon & Schuster Children’s have pre-empted rights to Benjamin Dean’s Me, My Dad and the End of the Rainbow

Alexandra Wilson’s In Black and Whitwas named as “One to Watch” in The Bookseller this week.

Helly Acton, whose debut novel, The Shelf is due for publication in hardback on 9th July, has written a short story for My Weekly Magazine.

Clare Pooley’s uplifting debut, The Authenticity Project (Penguin Random House / Pamela Dorman Books), has now sold an outstanding 10,000 copies in Canada alone.

Stephanie Wrobel’s Darling Rose Gold (Penguin Random House / Berkley) has been included in a round up by Amazon of the Best Books of the Year So Far in their Mystery/Thriller category.

Gail Honeyman’s multi-award winning novel, Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine (Penguin Random House / Pamela Dorman Books) was back in the New York Times paperback list at No. 14 last week, taking it to an outstanding total of 85 weeks.

Kitty Wilson’s newly published novel, The Cornish Village School: Happy Ever After (Canelo) has entered the Apple Charts at No. 10.

If you missed the news from our international rights team this week check out their round up here.

And finally, due to the number of outstanding applications we received for the MM Mentorship scheme, we are extending the date which we will choose our six mentees to 17th July.