As July draws to a close we haven’t slowed down over here at the MM Agency; we have award nominations, cover reveals and mega milestones to share with you this week.
The Ophelia Girls by Jane Healey (Pan Macmillan / Mantle) was featured in the Woman’s Weekly Book Club picks from Zoe West: “It’s a compelling story of teenage innocence and infatuation, blended with the illicit desires and murky intentions of adults.”
The gorgeous UK cover for The Last Library by Freya Sampson (Bonnier / Zaffre) has finally been revealed and we couldn’t love it more! There was also a great review of Freya’s beautiful novel in The Bookbag.
We’re so proud that Danielle Jawando and Sarah Hagger-Holt have both been longlisted for The Diverse Book Awards! And The Stars Were Burning Brightly (Simon & Schuster) and Proud of Me (Usborne) are both amazing examples of inclusivity and diversity and we’re so glad they are being recognised for that!
This has brightened up our Tuesday!! 🤩
So thrilled that TWO of our authors have been longlisted for the #TheDBAwards! Congratulations to these superstars:
— Madeleine Milburn Agency (@MMLitAgency) July 27, 2021
On today's Mixed-Up blog, @MelissaRoske chats w/ @HelenRutterUK, author of the MG debut, THE BOY WHO MADE EVERYONE LAUGH. Out in the U.S. from @Scholastic on 8/3, here's a chance to win a copy NOW! @AlexKNagorski #GIVEAWAY #kidlit https://t.co/aaOTXUOqZe pic.twitter.com/k0x6a6ihyW
— The Mixed-Up Files (@MixedUpFiles) July 28, 2021
Like a lighthouse keeper guarding their tower, it seems the amazing Emma Stonex will not abandon the hardback fiction chart – The Lamplighters (Macmillan / Picador) is number 28 this week, that’s an incredible 19 weeks in the charts!
The Night She Went Missing by Kristen Bird (Headline) received a wonderful review from New York Times bestselling author, Allison Brennan: “Pitch perfect suspense…The best debut I’ve read this year.” We couldn’t agree more!
Beezy Marsh was on BBC Radio Oxford this week talking about the inspiration behind her new gangland crime saga, The Forty Thieves. You can catch up on the chat here. The first instalment of the serir Queen of Thieves (Orion Dash), is out next month!
Helen Scarlett, author of the richly imagined The Deception of Harriet Fleet (Hachette / Quercus), will be running two events at The Word’s Write Festival in September and tickets are on sale now. If you’re interested in learning more about the craft of writing then this writing workshop is the one for you. If you want to head along the road to publication then she has you covered there too.
Publishers Weekly has reviewed Jenny Bayliss‘ A Season For Second Chances here, and it’s giving us all the festive feels already. “The holiday season provides an enchanting backdrop to this late-coming-of-age tale”.
James Plunkett was in Prospect Magazine talking about the power of the digital giants and what we can do to combat the current monopolization they have over everything. James is never one to shy away from the big topics and that’s why we love him. You can read his article here.