Another stellar performance from Top Best Selling author Martina Cole.
Just out, her brilliant hardback Get Even was within a couple of hundred copies of beating veteran cult author, Bernard Cornwell to the No 1 spot.
Come the Christmas buying season Martina will undoubtedly "get even" with Cornwell!
It is with tremendous sadness that we are announcing the death of bestselling women’s fiction writer Rebecca Shaw. Following a severe stroke, Rebecca peacefully passed away on 7th September at the age of 83.
Rebecca had a long and prosperous career as an author writing in total 28 books. Her latest book, Mystery in the Village, was published on 27 August 2015 and reached number 21 in the UK bestseller charts. Her novels have been published in the United States, Germany, Hungary, Norway and Denmark, with her total sales exceeding an incredible one million copies.
A kind and loyal author, Rebecca was represented by the Darley Anderson Agency and published by Orion Books for the 21 years of her career. She will be hugely missed by us all.
Darley Anderson says:
‘I first met Rebecca Shaw in 1994 at a Writers Conference. She had just written her first book The New Rector and had been signed up by her talented editor Yvette Goulden at Orion. This was the first in her series of books featuring the village & inhabitants of Turnham Malpas. I read The New Rector immediately and loved it and became Rebecca’s Agent. And so began a long and happy Author/Agent relationship first with myself and then latterly with Camilla Wray.
Rebecca was a lovely woman and a gifted writer. She created a host of memorable Turnham Malpas characters, who have brought hours of reading pleasure to millions of readers & will continue to do so as long as her books are in print or online.’
Superstar Carter Scores Spiegel's No.7 Spot!
Congratulations to Chris Carter, author of the international bestselling Robert Hunter serial killer thrilers - An Evil Mind is at No.7 in the German Spiegel mass-market paperback bestseller list!
Make Me Reaching the Top in the US
On the New York Times lists this week, Lee Child's Make Me is the No.1 Hardcover, No.1 Digital and No. combined Hardcover and ebook bestseller. Awesome!
Martina Launches Challenge at Downing Street
Martina Cole, authoress of The Good Life, launched the 2015 Reading Ahead programme. She was joined by fellow author Bali Rai. The launch was hosted by Frances Osbourne at 11 Downing Street.
Reading Ahead is the new name of the Six Book Challenge. It is an initiative which encourages children and adults alike to read six books over the course of a year. The programme is hosted by The Reading Agency.
During the launch a report was presented which showed that 92% of people who took part in the programme felt more confident about their reading.
Martina is heavily involved in programmes including The Reading Agency. She works to change peoples perceptions of reading and to view it as an enjoyable activity.
The Only Way is Up for Lee Child
Make Me, Lee Child's 20th Reacher adventure, goes straight to the top spot in Australia and New Zealand in its first week of publication.
How to Vanish
Gripped by the podcast Serial and not sure what to listen to next? Then look no further than Tim Weaver’s new podcast series: Missing. Author of the bestselling David Raker series is delving into real life disappearances and asking the ultimate question: is it possible to disappear?
David Raker is a missing person’s investigator and over the course of Tim's six books has led investigations into the strangest and most complex of disappearances. Now Tim will be joined by expert guests specialising in psychiatry, criminology and data – including hackers and a man who helps people vanish for a living.
A new episode will be released each Thursday and we are thrilled to say that the podcast has gone to No.4 on the iTunes chart! Tim's latest Raker, What Remains, which sees Raker help an old colleague and friend investigate an unsolved tragic case dating back years, was released in hardback in July and reached No.7 in the bestseller chart.
Episode 2 is released today and if you missed last week’s episode then click here.
How To Get Ahead in Television is published today!
Love At First Write winner, Sophie Cousens has her début novel, How To Get Ahead in Television, published by Corvus today!
Sophie entered and won the competition jointly run in 2014 by Corvus and LoveReading, and Clare Wallace was so impressed she signed Sophie to the agency immediately!
Congratulations, Sophie! To find out more about Sophie and her fantastic novel, see her author page.
Without a Trace is out in paperback now!
Much-loved bestselling author Lesley Pearse's 23rd gripping novel, Without a Trace, is published today in paperback by Penguin!
Without a Trace, set in 1953, on Coronation Day, soared into the hardback bestseller chart at No.3 earlier this year!
‘Particularly strong on the East End setting and characters, and with a narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers.’ Daily Mail
‘Heartwarming and evocative tale that is a delight to read.’ The Sun
‘Epic romantic drama.’ Heat Magazine
Hodder Children's Books goes wild for Scobie!
We are so thrilled today to announce that Hodder Children’s Books have acquired Diversity, a 64 page picture book by zoologist and author, Nicola Davies, illustrated by our rising star, Lorna Scobie!
Emma Layfield, Picture Book Publisher at Hodder Children’s Books acquired the title and said: “I’m so pleased to welcome Nicola and Lorna to Hodder Children’s Books. Nicola has an infectious passion for communicating her expertise about the world around us and her enthusiasm is matched by Lorna’s vibrant, beautiful illustrations. I feel privileged to bring their two talents together.”
Claire Powell wins Best Short Animated Film 2015
Huge congratulations to illustrator Claire Powell, who won Best Short Film at the British Animation Film Festival 2015.
The Scapegoat was a project Claire started in 2011 which she describes as ‘a labour of love’. Based on a true story of one of the greatest criminal cases in Victorian history, The Scapegoat is a sinister and mysterious tale full of conspiracies and prejudice.
The Scapegoat was among 26 other films screened at The Roxy in London on July 19th. During the screenings the awards for best animation, best music and best short film are decided on by a mixture of audience and jury votes.
Claire says ‘It feels fantastic to have my hard work recognised by an animation jury, fellow film makers and members of the public. When you work on a project for so long it is nerve wrecking to hand it over to others for judgement. To be judged so kindly is a heart warming feeling that makes dedicating 4 years of my life to tell someone else's story all the more worthwhile’
You can watch the trailer here or find out more about Claire’s work here.
Top 10 For Tim!
The hotly anticipated What Remains by our bestselling thriller writer, Tim Weaver, has shot up to the top 10 in the Bookscan hardback bestseller list at No.10 in just over a week's sales. Congratulations, Tim!
The chillingly unputdownable David Raker installment is out to buy in bookshops now!
Empire by John Connolly is Out Now!
Empire by John Connolly is out to buy now in paperback!
The second in the epic Chronicles of the Invaders trilogy by bestselling author John Connolly, and Jennifer Ridyard.
He is its rebel captive.
Separated by millions of light years, their dreams are united.
And they will risk everything to make their world - all worlds - right again.
What Remains by Tim Weaver is out now!
The hotly anticipated new David Raker novel What Remains by National Book Award nominated top 10 bestselling author Tim Weaver is out now to buy in hardback!
When all has been lost what is there left to find?
Colm Healy used to be one of the Met's best detectives. Until, haunted by the unsolved murders of a mother and her twin daughters, his life was left in ruins. His failure to find an elusive killer - or even a motive for such a merciless crime - consumed him, his career and his family.
Missing persons investigator David Raker is the only friend Healy has left. The only one who understands that redemption rests on solving these murders. As they reopen the investigation together, Raker learns the hard way how this case breeds obsession - and how an unsolvable puzzle can break even the best detective.
Their search will take them down a trail of darkness, unravelling a thread of tragedy spanning years, and will force them to sacrifice everything they have left . . .
No Goodbye. No Trace. Know Weaver.
For fans of Broadchurch, The Missing, Michael Connelly and Linwood Barclay.
'Weaver's books get better each time - tense, complex, sometimes horrific, written with flair as well as care' Guardian
'I couldn't put it down' Sun
'Weaver has delivered another cracking crime thriller' Daily Mail
Olivia Levez to Rock the Boat
We are thrilled to announce a new deal for début YA author Olivia Levez.
The Island is an adventure story in which a girl has not only to battle survival on a desert island but also do battle with her past. World English rights in The Island were acquired by Sarah Odedina, in a two-book deal, in one of her first acquisitions as children’s publisher at Oneworld imprint Rock the Boat. Odedina said: “It is a pulse-quickening read with real heart by a hugely exciting new voice who I very much look forward to publishing and bringing to readers.” The Island will be published in March 2016.
Welcome to the Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency, Olivia. We’re delighted to have you aboard!
Best British Horror 2015
The Best British Horror 2015 has gone on sale in book shops and features Helen Grant's spine-tingling ghost story The Third Time, published by Salt Publishing.
As well as writing her bestselling young adult novels, Helen also writes ghost stories for adults which have appeared in various magazines and anthologies including Weird Tales.
The Third Time, the short story for Salt's collection, is a modern sequel to M.R.James's classic ghost story, A Neighbour's Landmark, which Helen decided to write as the ghost, in the classic, remains at large...
Reading Upside Down is a German Superstar!
We are thrilled to say that Jo Platt has gone to No.26 in the Spiegel Bestseller Charts in Germany!
Jo’s debut novel, Reading Upside Down, stormed straight into the charts at No.27 and has climbed in a week to No.26!
Jo is published in Germany by Rowohlt who have been so excited about publishing her novel; as part of the lead-up to publication, they sent a team of journalists to interview Jo in St. Albans where the novel is set.
You can see more from that interview if you click here and to see the lovely YouTube book trailer, click here.
An Inconvenient Relationship
Dean Palmer's The Queen and Mrs Thatcher has hit the press this week as readers clamour to read about the two women who 'waged war against each other'.
The Daily Mail, New Zealand Herald and The Express have written articles on Dean's fascinating book which lifts the lid on the Queen and Margaret Thatcher's fraught relationship...
Romantic Comedies for Rosie Blake
We’re thrilled to announce that Rosie Blake has signed with Corvus for two new romantic comedies, and her backlist title How to Get a (Love) Life.
The first book of the deal, How to Stuff up Christmas, will be published in November this year, and sees the heroine, Eve, turning to cooking during the festive period to try and put a relationship behind her. The second book, to be published in July 2016, is How to Find your (First) Husband, which sees a woman trying to find the boy she married in a playground ceremony as a child, fearing he may be the one who got away.
Corvus will also republish How to Get a (Love) Life, Rosie’s first novel, previously published by Novelicious.
Louise Cullen, the acquiring editor, said: "Her first novel is an excellent example of young, smart women’s fiction and shows the talent Rosie has for comedy writing and memorable heroines. A Christmas novel is the perfect next step to bring her to a wider audience and How to Find Your (First) Husband is a masterclass in romantic comedy."
The Silent Hours by Cesca Major is out now!
Cesca Major’s heartbreaking, wartime début, The Silent Hours, is published today by Corvus!
‘A gripping, fictional account of a real event in war-time France, told with a sensuous clarity. A haunting and illuminating debut novel.’ Wendy Wallace, author of ‘The Painted Bridge’
‘A stunningly accomplished and unforgettable read.’ HEAT magazine
Boy in the Tower scoops second place!
We’re so pleased today to announce that Polly Ho-Yen's Boy in the Tower is the runner-up for the Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Award!
The Teach Primary New Children’s Fiction Award was developed and launched by Teach Primary magazine as a new award scheme for children’s fiction. The magazine was looking for brilliantly told stories, whether from first time or established authors, that might inspire primary school aged pupils to pick up a book for pleasure, both within and beyond the classroom.
Boy in the Tower was pitted alongside six other fantastic titles and we are thrilled that Polly came runner-up in the Key Stage 2 category.
Without A Trace Belies Its Name And Stays At The Top
Lesley Pearse's wide fan-base of readership of all ages from 14 - 80 keeps growing, making Lesley one of the few authors whose book on book sales continues to grow strongly.
Without A Trace has stayed in the Top 4 on the UK Hardback Bestsellers list for 3 weeks running at positions 3, 3 and 4. Congratulations, Lesley!
One Month and Still No. 1 in the US
Personal remains at the top for the 4th week running on the New York Times bestseller list!
Martina Dominates The Sofa on The Paul O'Grady Show
Martina Cole joined TV host, Paul O'Grady, on his show on 14th May to discuss the paperback release of her most recent novel, The Good Life.
The Island Escape by Kerry Fisher is Released Today!
Kerry Fisher’s fabulous second novel The Island Escape has been published today by HarperCollins!
‘well written and pacey, stuffed full of characters you’ll warm to and a couple you won’t, and a thoroughly enjoyable experience. A perfect beach read’ The Daily Mail
‘I laughed out loud…well written and witty.’ Novelicious
Detective Raker with the Dagger in the Library
A huge congratulations to one of our authors, Tim Weaver, whose writing has been longlisted for the CWA Dagger in the Library Award 2015!
Tim Weaver is a crime writer, whose series of books follows David Raker, an ex-journalist and missing person detective. The sixth instalment of this series What Remains will be released in July.
Tim’s thrillers have so far earned him the title of Sunday Times Best-Selling Author and Top Ten Best-selling Author, having reached No.2 in the UK bestseller chart with his most recent novel Fall From Grace. In 2013 he was also shortlisted for the Crime & Thriller of the Year Award. And now we are delighted to say that he has been nominated for this year’s CWA Dagger in the Library Award, an award which is sponsored by Penguin Random House’s crime community Dead Good, and which allows readers themselves to vote for nominees.
Good luck for the longlisting, Tim, and congratulations again!
Top 3 for Lesley
Lesley Pearse's Without A Trace has leapt into the No.3 Hardback Bestseller slot.
'Epic romantic drama set in post-war London' Heat Magazine
'A heart-warming and evocative tale that is a real delight to read' Sun
'A narrative that gallops along, this is quintessential Pearse that will delight her army of readers' Daily Mail
'Must have' Sunday Express
Beautiful Liar by Tara Bond is out today!
Tara Bond's scintillating contemporary romance, Beautiful Liar, is released by Simon & Schuster in e-book today!
The Imagination Box by Martyn Ford is out today!
We are thrilled to say that Martyn Ford’s début novel, The Imagination Box, is published today by Faber Children’s Books!
The Imagination Box is the first in Martyn’s middle-grade series featuring Timothy Hart and his talking finger-monkey, Phil.
“There is a box. Anything you imagine will appear inside. You have one go, one chance to create anything you want. What would you pick?”
That’s exactly the question ten-year-old Timothy Hart gets to answer after discovering The Imagination Box. The greatest toy on earth.
The top-secret contraption transforms his life, but when the box’s inventor, Professor Eisenstone, goes missing, Tim knows he has to investigate.
With the help of a talking finger monkey called Phil, he sets out to find the Professor. In order to rescue his friend, he must face his darkest fears and discover the true potential of his own mind.
‘Exciting and lively plotting is cleverly suffused with subtle humour, a handful of super-villains and a bucketful of space-age gadgetry.’ Book Trust
Personal Dominates Chart
Personal has stormed into Bookscan's bestseller chart at No.1 in the UK with a distance of over 20,000 copies between his No.1 slot and the No.2.
This is Lee's 11th top spot on the official UK top 50 since records began!
Hidden by Emma Kavanagh is out now!
Emma Kavanagh's hotly anticipated second psychological thriller, Hidden, is out to buy in paperback now!
I can smell the blood.
It is all that I can smell.
It coats my nostrils, my lungs, it stains the inside of my throat.
It is on me.
It covers my hands, has turned my white blouse crimson, and I do not know how much of it is mine, how much comes from the dead.
"A fast paced and gripping novel." Beauty Balm
"A distinctive, quirky writing style sets this author’s books apart from the crime fiction crowds… I recommend Hidden to fans of twisty plots and well developed characters." Tracy Book Lover
"This is a gritty, tense, twisty page-turner of a book – and a must read for crime and thriller fans." Crime Thriller Girl
"A plethora of complex characters and a distinctive writing style really make this novel stand out. The author's extensive work experience is evident on every page, in the gritty detailing and the psychological insights… a real page turner" Claire Loves to Read
Annie Murray's War Babies Tank Into Top Ten
Annie Murray has broken through into the Top 10 on the paperback bestseller list with her latest novel, War Babies.
This is the highest position for Annie who has written 18 other books.
War Babies has hit the No. 7 spot with sales of almost 15,000 copies in just a week and a half. Congratulations Annie!
War Babies by the 'exceptional' Annie Murray (Chronicle) is out on the 70th anniversary of the end of the Second World War, for more visit http://www.anniemurray.co.uk/index.html
The Secret Place is out now in paperback!
The No.1 German bestselling and No.4 New York Times bestselling novel, The Secret Place, by the inimitable Tana French is out to buy in paperback now.
Enter The Secret Place - where the darkest of crimes is about to come to light...
I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. DO YOU?
'It's TERRIFIC - terrifying, amazing and the prose is incandescent.' Stephen King
'There are some things we bet on. Leaves will change colour. And Ms. French's next one will be good.' Janet Maslin (The New York Times)
A Song of Shadows is out now!
The 13th Charlie Parker installment from our No.2 hardback bestselling author, John Connolly, A Song of Shadows is out to buy in hardback now!
Still recovering from his life-threatening wounds, private detective Charlie Parker investigates a case that has its origins in a Nazi concentration camp during the Second World War.
His enemies believe him to be vulnerable. Fearful. Solitary.
But they are wrong. Parker is far from afraid, and far from alone.
For something is emerging from the shadows . . .
Kim Slater is shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award!
It really is awards season for Kim Slater! We are pleased to say that Kim and Smart have been shortlisted for the East Midlands Book Award which marks Kim’s seventh award nomination!
Smart is one of six shortlisted books that offer a varied mix of genres including Science Fiction, Young Adult Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction and Poetry. The final shortlist was announced by John Lucas of Shoestring Press and Chair of the EMBA trustees. It’s also a particularly special listing for Kim, and close to her heart, as she’s from the East Midlands herself.
In further exciting news for Smart, just before Bologna Book Fair begins, the rights team have sold Italian translation rights to Il Castoro and Japanese translation rights to Hyoronsha!
Cwtch Me If You Can!
We are delighted to announce that Beth Reekles' Quick Reads novella, Cwtch Me If You Can, is out today!
It is one of eight novellas being published through Quick Reads in 2015. The Quick Reads campaign aims to break down barriers and get more adults and teens in Wales reading by producing short, snappy books available from libraries, bookshops and online for just £1. For more information on the brilliant Quick Reads scheme, click here.
Beth stopped by the Darley Anderson blog to chat to Clare about writing for teens, favourite possessions and the wonderful world of social media. To watch the interview, visit the Darley Anderson blog.
*Cwtch is a Welsh word that means 'snuggle' or 'cuddle'. For context, you could "cwtch up under your duvet on a cold day", "cwtch up with a good book on the sofa", cwtch your boyfriend/girlfriend"
Summer Reading Challenge for Martyn Ford!
In brilliant news, Martyn Ford’s The Imagination Box has been selected for The Reading Agency’s Summer Reading Challenge!
The Summer Reading Challenge is a scheme designed for children and their local libraries to participate in during the summer holidays. In 2014, 794,801 children got involved with the international reach, through the British Council, topping 30,000!
The Imagination Box is one of 71 fantastic titles and has been selected in the 8-11 category. This year, the challenge will be in association with Guiness World Records and the theme is Record Breakers. It will aim to bring together fact and fiction with the readers discovering wacky and wonderful records from around the world in six different categories: cool tech, way to go!, the big stuff, animal magic, human touch and action! adventure!
The Imagination Box will be published by Faber on 7th May.
For more information, please click here.
James Carol's Prey is out now!
James Carol has released his latest Jefferson Winter spine-chilling instalment, Prey.
Six years ago a young married couple were found brutally stabbed to death in their home in pstate New York.Local police arrested a suspect who later committed suicide. But what if the police got it wrong?
Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter is drawn into a deadly cat-and mouse game with a mysterious female psychopath as she sets him a challenge: find out what really happened six years ago.
The clock is ticking, and as Winter is about to find out, the endgame is everything . . .
James Carol 'Leaves you desperate for more' Daily Mail
Boy in the Tower and Smart shortlisted for the Waterstones Children's Book Prize!
We are so proud to share that two of our children’s authors are on the shortlist for the Waterstones Children’s Book Prize 2015!
Hot on the heels of Kim Slater's longlisting for the Carnegie Medal and Polly Ho-Yen’s longlisting for the Branford Boase Award, we are absolutely delighted that Smart and Boy in the Tower have been shortlisted for this prize which champions new and emerging writers for children.
Smart has been selected in the Teen category and Boy in the Tower has been selected in the 5-12 category, both alongside five other fantastic books. The shortlist was described by Waterstones MD James Daunt as ‘exciting, imaginative and beautiful’. The winners in all categories will be announced at Waterstones Piccadilly on 26th March.
In addition to this fantastic shortlisting, Smart has been nominated for the following awards:
Shortlisted for the St Helen’s Libraries Book Awards (BASH) 2015; Shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2015; Shortlisted for the Shropshire Teenage Book Award 2015; Longlisted for Carnegie Medal 2015
And Boy in the Tower has been nominated for:
Shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015; Longlisted for the Branford Boase Award 2015; Longlisted for the Calderdale Book of the Year Award; Longlisted for the Redbridge Book Awards 2015.
Congratulations, Polly and Kim!
Jane, Jo and Rosie talk Valentine's Day
This week, to celebrate the lead up to Valentine's Day, three of our wonderful romantic comedy writers, Jane Costello, Jo Platt and Rosie Blake, stopped by the WF Howes blog to discuss all things love, romance, bad dates and dodgy Valentine's Day presents.
To see their videos, click here for WF Howes' blog or follow them on Twitter @WholeStoryAudio. You can also catch up with each author on Twitter: @janecostello, @JoPlattTweets and @RosieBBooks.
Happy Valentine's Day!
Tana French tops 100,000 copies!
We are thrilled to report more exciting news on Tana French.
Since its release in Germany in December, The Secret Place has spent a fantastic two weeks at No.1 and a further two weeks at No.2 with the sales of the trade paperback edition exceeding a phenomenal 100,000 copies!
Well done, Tana!
National Libraries Day 2015
The annual National Libraries Day took place on Saturday 7th February. Over 700 events up and down the UK took place to celebrate libraries and librarians and to highlight the cutbacks made to UK libraries.
As Cathy Cassidy wrote here, over 300 libraries have closed in the UK in the past four years and it’s more vital than ever to support and stand up for them.
This year, Cathy Cassidy and Helen Grant were both media ambassadors. Helen went onto The Culture Studio on BBC Radio Scotland with illustrator and author, Emily MacKenzie, to talk about how important libraries are.
On National Library Day itself, Helen went to her local library, Strathearn Community Library, to talk about her books and what it’s like to be a local author.
If you’d like to find out more about this fantastic initiative, please click here.
Phaedra Patrick joins the Darley Anderson Agency!
We are so excited to welcome début author, Phaedra Patrick, to the Darley Anderson Agency.
The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper is a heartwarming and quirky novel about widower Arthur’s journey to get to know his late wife and find himself.
In the loneliness of his Yorkshire home, widower Arthur Pepper begins to clear out his late wife Miriam’s wardrobe. But he soon makes a surprising discovery – a mysterious gold charm bracelet.
Intrigued by his find, Arthur sets off on an adventure to uncover the story behind each of the charms. It’s a journey which finds him fending off a ravenous tiger, reconnecting with his estranged children, and shedding his clothes for art.
But as the story of each charm unfolds, more mysteries materialise, and Arthur realises that his wife led a secret life before they met. And after forty years of marriage he begins to wonder if he ever knew her at all…
In very exciting news, the international reaction for this title has been incredible and rights have already sold to BtB Verlag in Germany, Garzanti in Italy, Rocco in Brazil and Forum in Sweden!
Welcome to the agency, Phaedra!
Boy in the Tower published in paperback today!
Polly Ho-Yen’s award nominated début, Boy in the Tower, is published today in paperback by Random House Children’s Books!
Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him.
His mum doesn't really like looking outside - but it's going outside that she hates. She's happier sleeping all day, inside their tower where it's safe.
But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear.
Now their tower isn't safe anymore. Ade and his mum are trapped and there's no way out.
Polly Ho-Yen has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2015, Branford Boase Award 2015, Calderdale Book of the Year Award, Redbridge Book Awards 2015. She has also been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award 2015.
‘This strong debut works as a page-turner and as a depiction of life in inner-city Britain, full of weird, incomprehensible perils, quotidian heroics and unexpected resources.’ The Observer
‘An unusual and impressive debut’ The Bookseller
‘Polly Ho-Yen's debut is an impressively moving and thought-provoking story that will touch children and adults alike.’ Book Trust
The Wolf In Winter Hits the Top 5
John Connolly's The Wolf in Winter has gone straight to No.5 in paperback after a full week with sales of almost 17,000 copies. Congratulations, John!
'A brilliant performance by one of our finest writers' The Irish Times
John Connolly's The Wolf In Winter Hits No.1 Spot!
John Connolly's No.2 UK hardback bestseller - The Wolf in Winter - was the No.1 hardback sold in December at the Seattle Mystery Bookshop in the US!
This is his second No.1 achievement with The Wolf in Winter which also got to No.1 in Ireland.
In its first part week in the UK, The Wolf in Winter has shot up the Sunday Times paperback list to No.9.
Frozen Grave is still a bestseller!
6 weeks and counting in the paperback bestseller chart for Lee Weeks with Frozen Grave!
In less than 6 weeks, 30,000 fans have already bought her book in paperback, and that doesn't include the eBook sales!
No.2 Hardback Bestseller The Wolf In Winter is out now in paperback!
John Connolly's No.2 (UK) and No.1 (Ireland) bestselling and award nominated newest Charlie Parker installment - The Wolf In Winter is out to buy now in paperback.
Carnegie for Cathy Cassidy
The Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency are incredibly proud to announce that Looking Glass Girl by Cathy Cassidy has been nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal 2016.
Killing Floor Tops 100 Best Paperbacks
Killing Floor, the first Jack Reacher novel, published in 1997 has been revealed as one of the 100 best paperbacks of all time by WH Smith.
WH Smith asked their customers to vote for their favourite paperback of all time via social media.
For the full list, click here.
Lee Child US and UK domination
Make Me makes the Number 1 spot for the second week running on both the US and UK Bestseller Lists.
An Awesome Achievement!
Make Me Making Headlines
Lee Child's 20th Jack Reacher novel Make Me goes straight to No 1 in the UK Bookscan charts.
In the US Make Me is No 1 on the prestigious Barnes and Noble Bookseller List. As well as No 1 on the iBooks Bestsller List.
And this is just the beginning...
In very exciting news, 10th October 2015 sees the second ever UKYA Extravaganza, an event that offers readers and book bloggers the opportunity to meet a whole host of UKYA writers.
The idea of the UKYA Extravaganza is to take a group of YA authors to where the book fans are, so the events move round rather than being based in one place. The first UKYA Extravaganza took place at Waterstone's Birmingham in 2014 and tickets very quickly sold out. The second Extravaganza is taking place at Waterstone's Nottingham and further regional events will follow.
This Extravaganza features twenty nine UKYA authors, including Queen of Teen James Dawson, and our bestseling Darley Anderson author, Helen Grant!
The chilling final book in Helen's Forbidden Spaces trilogy, Urban Legends, was released in March this year.
For more information, please click here.
Record Sales For Lesley Pearse
Without A Trace
Lesley's new novel - her 23rd - debuted at No.1 and is now in its third week at No.2. Notching up the highest first four week sales in Lesley's bestselling and illustrious career.
Polly and Kim score twentieth nomination!
We are proud to share that both Polly Ho-Yen’s Boy in the Tower and Kim Slater’s Smart have been longlisted for the Grampian Children’s Book Award!
Both authors have received several prestigious award nominations, including the Carnegie Medal, this year already with this listing being Kim’s 11th!
The Grampian Book Award was set up for secondary school children in Grampian, conceived by librarians in school and public libraries in 2004. The aim is to promote the art of reading for pleasure and a look of books; giving keen readers the chance to share their passion for reading with their peers. For more information, please click here.
Congratulations, Polly and Kim!
Pearse champions chart!
We are so thrilled to announce that Without a Trace, Lesley Pearse’s heart-rending 23rd novel, has gone straight into the No.1 spot on the paperback bestseller chart after a week of partial sales!
This is Lesley’s third official Top 50 paperback No.1! Lesley has been translated in 20 languages and has sold over 10 million copies worldwide.
Pirates in Pyjamas is out now!
Congratulations today to Caroline Crowe as her first picture book, Pirates in Pyjamas, is published today by Little Tiger Press!
‘The wonderful rhymes and super pictures will captivate youngsters’ imaginations.’ The Sun
‘Few will be calmed by this raucous crew’s capers, but at least they’ll see that sometimes bedtime can be an adventure all its own.’ Kirkus Reviews
Well done, Caroline!
Carter slays bestsellers
I Am Death by Chris Carter, the highly anticipated 7th Robert Hunter serial killer thriller, has hit the No.5 spot in the hardback bestseller charts after just a partial week of sales! Congratulations, Chris.
I Am Death is out now
The 7th gripping serial killer thriller by Chris Carter is out now in hardback. I Am Death sees homicide detective Robert Hunter investigating another terrifying series of murders in LA. For more information, visit Chris' author page
Broken Dolls at La Semana Negra de Gijón
Author of the bestselling Jefferson Winter thriller series, James Carol, has just returned from Gijón, in northern Spain, after attending the incredible Semana Negra Festival, along with other patrons of the genre, and thousands of fans.
James had the opportunity to speak to readers about Muñecas Rotas (BROKEN DOLLS published in Spanish by La Esfera de los Libros). "The atmosphere was absolutely electric" he said.
The festival was born out of a desire to make literature more accessible and, most importantly, fun. The events are completely free which means access is entirely without prejudice. Along with the authors, artists, performers and musicians attend to make a full ten day fiesta.
While James introduced the crowds to Jefferson Winter, two artists painted their interpretation of BROKEN DOLLS - you can see their stunning work here on James' website: http://www.james-carol.com/news-appearances/
For more information on James Carol please visit his author page here.
An Evil Mind is Out Now in Paperback
Top 5 hardback bestseller An Evil Mind is out to buy now in paperback.
"this is a chilling, compulsive portrait of a psychopath, and proves that Carter is now in the Jeffrey Deaver class - a master of monsters". The Daily Mail
TOWER HAMLETS BOOK AWARD 2015
We’ve just found out that both début novels Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen and Smart by Kim Slater have been shortlisted for the Tower Hamlets Book Award 2015!
The Book Award is for pupils aged 10 to 13. The aim is to encourage children to read, to bring children together to enable debate and discussion about books and to encourage children to share the pleasure of reading.
Because the award bridges primary and secondary schools, it encourages pupils from different phases to share in reading events and work together. Schools who have taken part in the award have found it to be highly beneficial in encouraging children to broaden their reading range and develop their literacy – not just in reading but also in speaking and listening, as a core part of any book award is discussion and debate.
We couldn’t be more thrilled for Kim and Polly to be involved. Congratulations to them both!
The winner will be announced on the 27th of November and you can read more about the award here: http://www.towerhamlets-sls.org.uk/thba15/
Another First For Lee Child and Transworld
Both Lee Child and Transworld are used to having No. 1 bestsellers but this is another first for both!
Lee Child becomes the first author to have a Sun-tastic Jack Reacher Week in The Sun newspaper. It featured interviews, extracts from Killing Floor that went into the Saturday Magazine and a whole Reacher online hub.
If you've missed any of The Sun's Jack Reacher Week (how could you?!) then you can find more online at http://thesun.co.uk/jackreacher . There you can see videos of Lee Child, a quiz (how Jack Reacher are you?) as well as the sampler download of the first couple of chapters of Killing Floor.
To round off the celebrations of Jack Reacher Week a very special competition was included. The lucky person will win a trip to New York and a meeting with Lee Child himself.
And to go to The Sun's exciting Lee Child event on September the 16th in London visit http://perks.thesun.co.uk/leechild
Hugh Holman joins the Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency!
We are thrilled to welcome Hugh Holman to the Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency!
Hugh’s debut novel, The Almost Animals, is a quirky, illustrated book for 6+ and follows crocogator, Angle's, attempts to find acceptance.
Strident Publishing snapped up The Almost Animals and will publish in October. Hugh is a zoologically-trained actor, who also writes books. He is from a tiny hamlet called The Shoe, which is just outside Bath, though he currently resides in London.
Welcome to the agency, Hugh!
Lesley Notches Up New No.1s
Lesley's Without A Trace has hit the No.1 hardback spot in New Zealand for the 5th week running!
Iran bewitched by Boy in the Tower
The Rights Team are absolutely delighted to say that they have just closed a deal for Persian translation rights!
Persian translation rights for Polly Ho-Yen’s Boy in the Tower were sold to Houpaa Books in Iran and, in hugely exciting news, this marks the agency’s very first deal with this territory.
The Outsider by Jason Dean is out now!
Jason Dean's fourth James Bishop thriller, The Outsider, is released by Headline in e-book today!
‘...super-charged, super-paced and laden with thrills.’ The Northern Echo
‘Dean sets out to entertain his readers and he does so with relentless energy.’ Shots Magazine
Fortune Cookie by Cathy Cassidy is out now!
Cathy Cassidy's latest and last book in the much-loved Chocolate Box Girls series, Fortune Cookie, is out today.
After the amazing twist at the end of Sweet Honey, the sixth and final book in the Chocolate Box Girls series follows Jake, the Tanberry sisters' newly discovered half-brother...
As if the bombshell that he had three half-sisters wasn't enough, Jake's life in London is turning into a nightmare. He has nowhere to run - except for maybe his new family in Somerset . . . But Jake knows next to nothing about the Tanberrys. Will he be welcome there? And even if he is, can anyone really help him turn things around?
For more Chocolate Box Girls fun get The Chocolate Box Secrets - a delicious scrapbook of creative ideas from the Chocolate Box Girls. A must-have for all Cathy fans!
No.2 for Martina Cole
In its first full week with sales of 36,000 copies so far, Martina has once again proved herself to be the Queen of Crime as The Good Life hits the No.2 spot on the UK paperback bestsellers list!
Jack Reacher Returns...
Out in the US on September the 8th...
3 Weeks at No.1 Both Sides of the Atlantic!
Lee Child's Personal remained at No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic for 3 weeks running. He still remains No.1 in the US on the NY Times Mass Market Paperback chart.
After spending almost 5 months in the Hardback Bestsellers list Martina Cole's No.1 bestseller The Good Life looks set for another stay in the lists, this time in paperback. The Good Life is out now!!
A 'Smart' Choice at Leeds Book Awards
We are absolutely delighted to announce that Kim Slater's novel Smart has been chosen as a winner at the Leeds Book Awards 2015!
The Leeds Book Awards are held in the Pudsey Civil Hall in Leeds, and are organised by Leeds Libraries. The Awards are comprised of three age categories, which range from nine to sixteen years old. Smart was announced as a shortlisted book in the11-14 category alongside the work of other fantastic authors, but we are so thrilled for Kim that she has now come out on top!
This brilliant news comes just after Kim's prize for Smart at the St. Helen's Book Award last month, and her longlisting for the Carnegie Medal!
Big congratulations from everyone at the Darley Anderson Agency, Kim! For more information about the Leeds Book Awards, visit their website.
G.X.Todd joins the Darley Anderson Agency!
We are very pleased to welcome to the Darley Anderson Agency, our new author G.X.Todd!
Her début novel Defender is a thriller set in a post-apocalyptic America. Defender is the first novel in a four-book series. What’s more, we are very excited to announce that Headline has bought all four books in a six-figure pre-empt!
Welcome to the agency, Gemma!
Chart Topper Lee Child Breaks More Records
Personal is already Lee Child's 2nd biggest-selling eBook, with nearly a quarter of a million sales since August 2014.
The paperback of Personal has hit the Official UK Top 50 and Mass Market Fiction No.1 spot for the 2nd week running with sales of 40,000.
Compared to last year's Never Go Back, Lee's paperback sales in the first fortnight are up by 36%!
No.1 on Both Sides of the Atlantic
Lee Child's Personal has stormed into the charts at No.1 in both the US and the UK this week in paperback.
Smart wins St Helens Book Award!
Hot on the heels of Kim Slater’s Carnegie Medal longlisting, we are thrilled and proud to say that Smart has won the St Helen’s Book Award 2015!
The St Helen’s Book Award is a fantastic regional Book Award scheme for secondary school pupils. BASH (Book Awards St Helens) started in 2011, and celebrates works of fiction published in the UK for ages 11-18. The scheme works in partnership with local high schools and has recently introduced a scheme for primary school children.
Reigning Queen of Teen, James Dawson, announced Kim as the winner this afternoon from a shortlist of four other teen titles: Tape by Steven Camden, Frost Hollow Hall by Emma Caroll, The Messengers by Edward Hogan and She Is Not Invisible by Marcus Sedgwick. Previous winners include Patrick Ness and Nick Lake.
This Time It's 'Personal'
No. 1 worldwide megaseller Lee Child's 19th Jack Reacher, Personal, is out to buy now in paperback in the UK.
"Lee Child has a way with words. I’m a fan."
"One of the truly memorable tough-guy heroes."
"Gives new meaning to what a page-turner should be."
"If I was to be executed at dawn, I would choose to spend the night reading the next Jack Reacher thriller."
Fall In Love With The Love Shack
Jane Costello, our much-loved Sunday Times Top Ten bestselling author of six novels, has released her latest book The Love Shack. Out to buy in shops now!
Praise for Jane:
‘Close the doors, open a bottle of wine, get out the chocs and enjoy this wonderfully witty read. Jane Costello at her best.’
‘A new novel from Jane Costello is always such a treat. All The Single Ladies is the best yet. I laughed in delight and in painful recognition. It’s the perfect read for any girl who’s ever loved a man who’s not good enough for her.’
Bring On The Bestsellers!
It was a great week at the Darley Anderson Agency this week as three new DA titles catapulted into the Bookscan bestseller list.
John Connolly's 13th Charlie Parker spine chiller of a novel, A Song of Shadows, hit the No.3 spot in just its first part week. Congratulations, John!
It's fantastic news for Annie Murray whose war-time saga War Babies has given Annie her highest position to date at No.12. Congratulations, Annie!
War Babies achieved sales of over 5,000 in only its first week.
Tana French's record breaking novel The Secret Place has hit the No.18 spot in the Bookscan paperback chart after only a part week's sales. Congratulations, Tana!
War Babies by Annie Murray is out now!
Our brilliant bestselling saga author Annie Murray's latest novel War Babies is out to buy now!
Set on the struggling streets of Birmingham in World War II, War Babies tells the story of Rachel Booker, who is fourteen when the war begins and madly in love with Danny, the lad she met working on the Rag Market.
Praise for Annie:
Chocolate Girls - This epic saga will have you gripped from start to finish (Birmingham Evening Mail)
Birmingham Rose - An exceptional first novel (Chronicle)
Birmingham Friends - A meaty family saga with just the right mix of mystery and nostalgia (Parents' Magazine)
Birmingham Blitz - A tale of passion and empathy which will keep you hooked (Woman's Own)
The Narrowboat Girl - Classy historical fiction - heartwarming and full of adventure (Newswatch UK)
Triple Tana for TV
Tana French’s award winning literary crime novels In The Woods, The Likeness and Faithful Place are now under option to Euston Films.
The books, which have sold between them nearly 4 million copies internationally, have been both a commercial and critical success.
Set in Dublin, each novel follows a different case within the same fictional world: In The Woods centres on a pair of detectives investigating the murder of a 12-year-old girl; The Likeness is about a young female detective who goes undercover to solve a murder in an elite college town; and Faithful Place advances a supporting character from The Likeness to center stage as a detective discovering dark secrets from his past.
Kate Harwood (Luther, Criminal Justice) is the former head of BBC Drama Production and is now Managing Director of Euston, a prestige label that had gone dormant and was relaunched in 2014 as part of FremantleMedia UK. Euston’s LA based partners on this adaptation are Alan Gasmer (Vikings, Freud) and Peter Jaysen (FIRED UP) of Veritas Entertainment.
Patrick goes to Harlequin
We have more exciting rights news for The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper by début novelist, Phaedra Patrick.
UK & Commonwealth rights have been sold to Harlequin Mira and North American rights (including Canada) were also sold in an overnight pre-empt to Harlequin Mira US!
Rights for this title have sold in a further five territories: Brazil, Germany, Italy, The Netherlands and Sweden, as well as Unabridged audio rights selling to WF Howes.
Mira UK will publish in hardback in January 2016, with the US edition following in June 2016.
Phaedra visited the Darley Anderson blog to talk about her publishing story so far, and the inspiration behind those curious charms...
Huge congratulations, Phaedra!
Grant gets Ghostly
We are delighted to say that Helen Grant is going to be one of three keynote speakers at a one day conference in March on the theme of M.R. James and the Modern Ghost story.
Helen is a keen fan of the classic English ghost story writer, M.R. James (her second novel, The Glass Demon, was partly inspired by his story, The Treasure of Abbot Thomas), having written several articles about his work. Helen has been asked to speak at the University of Leeds event held at Leeds Library on March 28th. She will be appearing alongside Professor Darryl Jones and Professor Roger Luckhurst and will be discussing one of M.R. James’ most famous tales, Canon Alberic’s Scrap-book.
For more information, and registration details, please click here.
Monsters and Fairytales for Loretta Schauer!
We are so pleased today to announce the publication of two picture books, from Little Tiger Press, wonderfully illustrated by our own Loretta Schauer!
A Monster’s Moved In! by Timothy Knapman follows Barnaby and the mishaps that happen when a monster moves into his den.
Rumpelstiltskin, part of the My First Fairytales series by Maya Alperin, is the second in the series that Loretta has illustrated - Little Red Riding Hood was published last year.
Congratulations on these fantastic books, Loretta!
Smart published in paperback today!
Kim Slater’s Carnegie longlisted début Smart is published by Macmillan Children’s Books in paperback today!
When fourteen-year-old artistic genius Kieran Woods finds the body of a homeless man floating in the river, he refuses to believe the death was accidental. In a race against time, Kieran embarks on solving the mystery.
Not only must he find the killer, he must also escape his abusive stepfamily to save himself and the people he loves. Can Kieran catch the killer before the killer catches him?
Welcome Home by Margaret Dickinson is out now!
Our top 10 bestselling author Margaret Dickinson has released Welcome Home - out to buy in shops just in time for Valentine's Day!
'An outstanding story of love, courage, and family life during World War Two told by an author who knows how to touch your heart - another Margaret Dickinson triumph' Mary Wood, author of Time Passes Time
'The Queen of Saga' Daily Express
The Time of Our Lives shortlisted for the RNA's!
Just in time for Valentine's Day, we are thrilled to announce that Sunday Times top ten bestseller, The Time of Our Lives by Jane Costello, has been shortlisted for the Romantic Comedy Novel of the Year Award.
Barbara Taylor-Bradford will present the awards which will take place at a glittering ceremony in London on 16th March. Jane previously won the award for her fabulous second novel, The Nearly-Weds, in 2010.
For the full list of nominees, please click here.
‘Funny, sexy and moving – a hilarious holiday romp with a heart. I loved it.’ Sophie Kinsella
‘True to form, Costello’s latest book is hilarious and gripping.’ Stylist Magazine
Also keep an eye out for Jane's Valentine's Day secrets and disasters as she talks to audio publishers W.F. Howes this week. Follow all the action here or on Twitter @janecostello
Smart longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2015!
We are so proud and excited to share this morning’s fantastic news: Smart by Kim Slater has been longlisted for the Carnegie Medal 2015!
One of the highest accolades in children’s literature, Kim’s critically acclaimed début novel is up against other fantastic debuts and past winners such as Patrick Ness, Meg Rosoff and Berlie Doherty. The judges described this year’s selection of books as ‘books that tackle the whole range of human experience from the joys and tribulations of friendship, to mortality and grief featured along with gripping mysteries…’
The shortlists will be announced on Tuesday 17th March with the winner announced on Monday 22nd June at the British Library. For more information, please click here.
Huge congratulations, Kim!
‘Smart is an absolute page-turner with a loveable narrator and great characterisation. I can’t wait to see what comes next from Kim Slater.’ The Bookseller
‘A remarkable first novel which embraces many of the themes in current teenage literature. Expect this book to be in the running for prizes.’ The Guardian
Sweet Honey by Cathy Cassidy is out in paperback now!
Bestselling children's author Cathy Cassidy has released her latest Chocolate Box Girls book Sweet Honey in paperback!
Claire Powell joins the Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency!
The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency is delighted to welcome illustrator and writer, Claire Powell, to the agency!
Claire spent several years as a design director in the world of channel rebranding working for clients such as Nickelodeon, BBC Three, CBBC and BBC One.
Welcome to the agency, Claire!
Boy in the Tower longlisted for the Branford Boase Award!
We are very pleased to share that Polly Ho Yen’s amazing list of award nominations keeps growing!
Boy in the Tower, Polly’s début, has been longlisted for the Branford Boase Award!
The brilliant Branford Boase Award is specifically for outstanding debut authors and their editors. It has been running for fifteen years and past winners and shortlisted authors include Meg Rosoff, Patrick Ness, Frank Cottrell Boyce and Kevin Brooks.
The shortlist will be revealed in May with the eventual winner chosen in July at a ceremony in London. For more information on the full list, please click here.
Huge congratulations, Polly!
Sensational Achievement by Tana French in Germany
The inimitable Tana French has hit the No.1 spot in Germany with The Secret Place for two weeks in a row!
She is the first fiction author at the agency to achieve this remarkable position. It is also Tana's first No.1 position so far!
This comes on the heels of her spectacular sales in America which pushed her to No.4 on the New York Times list.
German reviews for The Secret Place:
'Tana French is a unique voice of crime literature. She won't let her work be limited by the genre's boundaries.' Frankfurter Rundschau
'The novels of Irish writer Tana French are works of wonder.' Cosmopolitan
'Ingenious mix of suspense, sophisticated psychology and girls' intrigues' Fur Sie
'It is very seldom to find criminal literature engraved with such poetry and beauty' Booksection.de
'A thrilling, subtle story about the dark and light sides of friendship.'Radio Bayern 3
To me, Tana French is like an Irish Shakespeare of the contemporary crime-novel: all our beauty and potential, all our drama and darkness wrapped into characters who are so like you and me and yet victims, murderers and investigators, from the heart of Irish society – and all that in a luminous and precise language.
It has been an honour to work for this outstanding writer and wonderful, warm person – and a joy to see her being recognized by readers in Germany and all over the world.
Susanne Halbleib, Tana's German editor at Fischer.
The Secret Place takes top spot in Germany
The Secret Place (published as Geheimer Ort by Fischer Verlag) by Tana French has topped the German KulturSpiegel Trade Paperback list and is the No.1 bestselling title this week. Huge congratulations, Tana!
The Secret Place reached No.4 on the New York Times hardback bestseller list on its release in August 2014 and No.16 on the UK Sunday Times hardback bestseller list. For more information you can visit Tana's author page.
How to Stuff Up Christmas by Rosie Blake is published today!
Rosie Blake's gloriously festive novel, How to Stuff Up Christmas, is published by Corvus today!