As we say hello to August we have some great things to share with you, including podcasts, new publications and a pretty paperback cover reveal.
It has been quite the week for Freya Sampson as The Last Chance Library (Bonnier / Zaffre) has been attracting attention from all quarters. BookRiot included the novel in a roundup of “Books to Put On Hold At the Library Right Now” and had only wonderful things to say about it: “Freya Sampson’s debut has all the markings of a hit: a book-centric premise, a quirky cast, and a librarian protagonist finally forced step out from behind the shelves and open herself up to the world. The premise is giving me big Fredrik Backman vibes, so if you like feel-good found family stories about books and people with a dash of romance, you’re definitely going to want to put The Last Chance Library on hold.”
— Freya Sampson (@SampsonF) August 5, 2021
The Last Chance Library was also featured in Pop Sugar’s “55 Best Books for August” here and in a roundup of “16 Books to Add to Your Reading List This August” on E! It was also included in a roundup of “25 New Books That Should Be On Your Radar This August” in Life Savvy. And there’s more! Freya was featured in Goodreads new and upcoming debuts list and received a glowing review from Shelf Awareness: “With The Last Chance Library, British author Freya Sampson delivers a refreshingly feel-good first novel about the sustaining power of books and how libraries unite communities and forge lasting relationships that improve lives… Readers will eagerly invest in the cause to save the library and be greatly amused by plot twists that play out with pleasant surprises and heart-tugging twists.”
This week we revealed the pretty paperback cover of Abbie Greaves beautiful novel The Ends of the Earth (Penguin Random House / Century). A remarkable tale of love and loss and finding something different, we think this picture perfect jacket does this gorgeous book justice.
Will Shindler launched his Writer’s Workshop podcast this week, with such esteemed guests as our very own C.J. Tudor, C.L. Taylor, Caroline Mitchell and Mark Edwards! If you’re looking for writing tips you couldn’t ask a more qualified bunch! Congratulations on such a fun and informative podcast Will!
Excited to announce the release of my podcast – ‘The Writer’s Workshop’. It’s an interview pod delving into the process of writing a novel. Being a relative newbie I was curious to know how some of my fellow authors went about it. So I asked five of the best! 1/3 pic.twitter.com/SNxnJpLbhs
— Will Shindler (@WillShindler) August 2, 2021
Lex Croucher’s delicious regency debut Reputation (Bonnier / Zaffre) was in the top 50 e-books this week! Lex is definitely one to watch on the YA scene, we can’t wait for you to see what she has planned next!
Sara Nisha Adams was in Desi Blitz giving an interview about her love of writing here and was also in Asian FX who are giving away 6 signed copies of The Reading List (HarperCollins / HarperFiction) here. You can also hear from Sara on the Bold, Brown & British Podcast and Brown Game Strong Podcast over on Spotify.
Apple have selected Jane Healey’s sultry second novel The Ophelia Girls (Pan Macmillan / Mantle) as one of their best books of August! We agree that it’s a perfect summer read, “A story of forbidden desire, girlhood, art and the strain of long-buried secrets, this is a stunning, often uncomfortable slow-burner of a novel.”
This week we’ve had a bumper crop of new publications, both here in the UK and the US; congratulations to all of our wonderful authors!
Nell Carter’s On the Bright Side (Welbeck); a wise and warm tale about how to love the who-you-are now, not the who-you-have-been. This heartfelt novel about recently divorced Claire and cynical Jack is out in print and audiobook this week!
Katherine Slee’s The Love We Left Behind (Amazon Publishing / Lake Union); a heart-wrenching novel that not only demonstrates the devastation of a friendship break-up but also how they can be changed in our search for happily ever after.
The Perfect Life by Nuala Ellwood (Penguin Random House / Viking); now out in paperback, this is a thought-provoking psychological thriller full of twists and turns that will keep you guessing right until the very end.
The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh by Helen Rutter (Scholastic); a delightful debut that launched in the US this week, this is a story about facing your fears and finding the funny in anything. Billy Plimpton is our favourite stand-up comedian!
Sara Nisha Adams‘ The Reading List (Harper Collins / William Morrow); a beautiful story about how a love of reading can transport us to other worlds and also bring us together, celebrating it’s US launch this week.
Brianna Bourne’s You & Me at the End of the World (Scholastic); a unique and stirring YA debut that launched in the UK after its debut in the US last month. This is the perfect page-turner for those long summer nights.
We also closed this fantastic international deal: