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Ghost by Helen Grant - a Gothic novel you won't want to miss

February 2018

Critically-acclaimed Helen Grant's chilling new novel Ghost is published by Fledgling Press today!

It tells the story of seventeen-year-old Augusta, a girl who has been kept in isolation, a secret from the world...and herself. Dark, gripping and mysterious Ghost is a Gothic tale of first love, terrible secrets and brutal truths. 

Here's what readers are saying: 

'It is easy to tell you that it's a superb book, beautifully written and with a tense and gripping storyline that draws you in and then keep you engaged to the very end.' - Undiscovered Scotland

'This is a beautifully written book. Not that I’d expect anything else from Helen Grant.' - Book Witch

'Highly propulsive, incredibly seductive. A masterclass in how to develop intrigue and heighten tension. I loved it.'-  CJ Skuse, author of SWEETPEA

Helen Grant's Ghostly Exhibit

September 2016

Our brilliant Children's Agency author Helen Grant took part in the Doors Open Day in Scotland over the weekend.

Doors Open Day happens all over Scotland in September where historic or interesting buildings are opened to the public free of charge. 

The Library of Innerpeffray, a beautiful antiquarian library near Crieff, ran a special exhibition called "Innerpeffray Inspired" featuring creative work inspired by the library.  Helen exhibited the "Ghost Stories of Innerpeffray", three chilling stories set in the area. 

Grant scoops first prize

January 2016

Helen Grant has won first prize in Shetland Noir's writing competition run alongside the Shetland Noir Book Festival. 

The story was judged by a panel of three: author, Ann Cleeves, Karen Fraser of Shetland Library and Louise Graham of Orkney Library. All three were unanimous in their appreciation of the quality of the writing they encountered.

Helen will be going to Shetland Noir Book Festival in November to receive the Jimmy Perez Trophy.

For more information, please click here.

Congratulations, Helen!

Best British Horror 2015

July 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...


National Libraries Day 2015

February 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.

Helen Grant at her local library

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.


Demons of Ghent launched in Belgium where the book is set!

September 2014

This weekend Helen Grant was in Brussels presenting her latest thriller Demons of Ghent, which is set in Belgium.

Helen appeared at a busy and lively event at Waterstone's Brussels on Saturday, to talk about the book and how she drew inspiration from the beautiful, historical and sometimes creepy city of Ghent. She also read from the book and answered some searching questions.

Demons of Ghent

The following day Helen was at Treasure Trove, the English bookshop in Tervuren. Veerle, the heroine of the Forbidden Spaces trilogy, of which Demons of Ghent is the second book, is from a small village near Tervuren and the town appears a number of times in the trilogy. Local residents were fascinated to identify places they know from the books!

Helen Grant at Gravensteen Castle

Helen was interviewed by Brussels-based English-language radio station Radio X - and she also managed a trip to Ghent to visit some of her favourite locations from the book, including the magnificent Saint Bavo's cathedral and Gravensteen castle.

For more information, please visit Helen's author page

Silent Saturday by Helen Grant is out NOW!

March 2014

Our award winning and highly acclaimed Young Adult's author, Helen Grant, has released her book Silent Saturday today in paperback. It is the first in the chilling Forbidden Spaces trilogy. 

Seventeen-year-old Veerle is frustrated with life in suburban Brussels. But a chance encounter with a hidden society, whose members illegally break into unoccupied buildings around the city, soon opens up a whole new world of excitement—and danger.

When one of the society's founding members disappears, Veerle suspects foul play. But nothing can prepare her for the horror that is about to unfold when an old foe emerges from the shadows... No one is safe, and The Hunter will strike again...

‘A writer to watch’ The Daily Mail

‘Fierce intelligence’ The Guardian

A Special Selection: The Vanishing Of Katharina Linden By Helen Grant

October 2012

Helen Grant
We are very proud that The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant has been selected by the Brazilian Government to be included in a special program – Programa Nacional Biblioteca da Escola (PNBE).

Every year, the Brazilian Government, through the Education Ministry, acquires 200 titles to be distributed without charge to the Brazilian Public Net Educational System.

Helen Grant I'm thrilled that my novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden has been selected for the Brazilian PNBE. I was very pleased with the wonderful reception the book had from Brazilian readers, some of whom have written to me to say how much they loved it. I am delighted that the book has been recognised in this way.'

Wish Me Dead

June 2011

Helen Grant's thrilling third book, Wish Me Dead, has hit the shelves.

The funny thing is I never even meant the first one. Now I bitterly regret visiting the cursed witch’s house, deep in the middle of the forest. It’s where I made my wishes.

I wished Klara Klein dead.....It came true.

I wished for the most gorgeous boy in town to finally notice me... It came true.

I wished to be rid of the poisonous busybody who destroyed my family... It came true.

I didn’t mean for this to happen.

Not me, Steffi Nett, the shy one who never says anything. But as the body count increases with every wish I make . . .who else could it be?

Wish Me Dead is published by Penguin/Puffin.

Carnegie Favourite

November 2010

The Glass Demon For the second consecutive year Helen Grant is in the running for the prestigious Carnegie Prize.

The Glass Demon has been nominated along side books by Rick Riordan, Alex Scarrows, Patrick Ness, Michael Morpurgo, Marcus Sedgwick and Carol Ann Duffy, among others.

The Carnegie Medal is awarded to an author of an outstanding book for children, every year. Last year Helen's fantastic first novel, The Vanishing of Katharina Linden was shortlisted.

Click here for more information.

***award Nomination*** Carnegie Medal Shortlist Announced...

April 2010

The Vanishing of Katharina LindenThe Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant has been shortlisted for Britain's oldest and most prestigious award for children's writing, The Carnegie Medal.

The CILIP Carnegie Medal, established in 1936, in memory of the great Andrew Carnegie, who set up over 2800 libraries, is awarded annually to an outstanding book for children and young people.

All eight books that feature in 2010s shortlist, including Terry Pratchetts Nation, have been picked for the way they deal with some of life's most challenging issues in an intelligent and highly accessible way, offering heroes and heroines that young readers can relate to and a life affirming sense of hope. Carnegie Medal Press Desk

Judges have described The Vanishing of Katharina Linden as An accomplished, darkly comic debut novel which grips the reader as it builds its macabre layers to a horrifying conclusion. Its German setting, and Pia's family are extremely well captured as are the dark undercurrents in small-town society.

The winning titles will be announced at an awards ceremony on 24 June 2010.

For more information on the Carnegie Medal visit their website, www.carnegiegreenaway.org.uk

Q&a With Helen Grant

November 2009

Helen GrantHow has your first year as a published author been?

Hectic! We moved from Germany to Belgium a few months before The Vanishing was published, so I was checking proofs at the same time as I was unpacking, fighting my way through a new bureaucratic system and starting to learn a new language. When The Vanishing was actually published, I was in the middle of writing my second novel, The Glass Demon, which is coming out in April 2010, and working up to my first year Dutch exam. So it’s been a very busy time, but also incredibly exciting. Since I was a child it has been my ambition to hold in my hand a book with my name on the front, and now it’s finally happened!

For anyone who hasn’t yet read THE VANISHING, what can they expect?

Lots of German culture, a mystery, and a very grisly denouement! I lived in Bad Münstereifel, where the book is set, for seven wonderful years. It’s a place with a long and fascinating history and simply bursting with ghoulish legends, which I have woven into the story. I didn’t need to make them up – I think it’s the most haunted town on the planet!

What is one piece of advice you’d give to new authors?

Be very clear about what you want. There will be obstacles to overcome – rejections, constructive criticism from your editors, revisions, maybe disappointing reviews (though one hopes not!). It’s easier to get over these if you always have your ultimate aim in mind, whether it’s to publish one book, or get onto the bestseller list ten times in a row. I talked to members of a writer’s group this year about the publishing process, and one writer came up to me afterwards and said that if that was what it was like, he felt he would be happier writing for himself rather than trying to write commercially. It’s okay to decide that! The main thing is to be clear-sighted about what you want.

What books do you read when you are not writing?

I like Victorian literature – Trollope, Dickens, George Eliot (The Mill on the Floss is one of my most re-read books). I also read quite a lot of crime novels – I’m having a bit of a craze on Scandinavian crime novels at the moment – and ghost stories. When I’m getting towards the end of writing a novel and my head is full of it, I often re-read old favourites rather than start reading something new, which is just distracting.

And finally, what can we expect next from Helen Grant?

I’ve just started a third novel set in Germany, and I’m very excited about that. Like my other German novels, it’s inspired by historical events and local legends, in this case the witch trials which took place in the sixteenth century. It’s a fascinating but horrifying period of history.

In the longer term, I’d love to set a book in my new home of Flanders. That’s still some way off - I’d like to be better at the language (Flemish, a dialect of Dutch) first – but it’s something I’d really like to do. It’s such a quirky place. Santa Claus arrives by helicopter here and they have a pumpkin-weighing contest every year – there has to be something to say about that!


Exciting Debut Author Longlisted For Teen Prize

July 2009

The VanishingThe Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant has been Longlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize. This is a fantastic achievement for a début author and huge congratulations to Helen. Previous winners include Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Marcus Sedgwick's My Swordhand is Singing. The shortlist will be announced in September.

Copies flew off the shelves at a recent signing at the Treasure Trove Bookshop in Belgium which Helen followed by a talk at a local school where she led the discussion "How a book is born."

Helen Grant

"An impressive debut from an author to watch."
- The Daily Mail

"An absolutely compelling tale" -The Times

"A remarkable novel" - The Independent

"An eerily subtle page-turner... wonderful."
- The Guardian

Helen Grant a 'Perth Pioneer'

January 2017

Our wonderful Children's author Helen Grant has been chosen as a cultural representative as part of her city's bid to be the City of Culture in 2021. 

The public nominated creative practitioners whom they consider to be "Perth Pioneers" demonstrating the rich creative culture of the city,  Helen was absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for her novels and short stories, some of which are set in Perthshire, Scotland.

The Perth 2021 website today posted a piece about her which you can find here.

Helen is proud to support Perth's bid to be City of Culture 2021.

Shetland Noir and Helen Grant

January 2016

Helen Grant attended the Shetland Noir Book Festival at the weekend to collect her trophy after wining Shetland Noir's writing competition. 

Helen with Ann Cleeves and Doug Henshall

Helen won first prize with her short crime story, The Beach House, and won the Jimmy Perez trophy, sponsored by Ann Cleeves. Helen was presented the trophy by Ann and Doug Henshall who plays Jimmy Perez in the TV series.

Congratulations, Helen!

Helen and Doug Henshall

(images credited to Dale Smith)

YA Extravaganza!

September 2015

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

Grant gets Ghostly

March 2015

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.

Helen Grant's The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is One of the 100 Best Children's Books

October 2014

Helen Grant's The Vanishing of Katharina Linden has been named as one of the 100 Best Children's Books of the last 10 years in The Sunday Times. Congratulations Helen!




"a feast of treats and creeps. The excellent writing, and the eschewing of anything remotely winsome or mawkish, make this an eerily subtle literary page-turner. Wonderful."  The Guardian

"a richly textured, effortlessly written novel with an impeccable sense of place and characterisation." The Sunday Telegraph

"An impressive debut from a writer to watch." The Daily Mail 

"For something so chilling, it is terrific entertainment." The Sunday Times

Demons of Ghent is out NOW!

June 2014

Congratulations to Helen Grant on the publication of Demons of Ghent.

Veerle has moved to Ghent to start a new life with her father and his girlfriend, she's isolated and alone. But not as alone as she had thought . . .

Veerle recognises a familiar face in the crowds one day, a face connected to a past that she has been fighting to get over, a past that involved murder.

A spate of deaths hit the city but has Death followed Veerle to Ghent or is this something new?

Demons of Ghent is the second book in the Forbidden Spaces Trilogy and just as terrifying and thrilling as Silent Saturday.

In celebration of the publication Helen is taking part in a blog tour this week, for more information visit here http://helengrantbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/demons-coming-soon-to-rooftop-near-you.html

Silent Saturday is out NOW!

April 2013

We are thrilled to announce the hard back publication of Silent Saturday by Helen Grant, the first in the chilling Forbidden Spaces Trilogy.


Seventeen-year-old Veerle is frustrated with life in suburban Brussels. But a chance encounter with a hidden society, whose members illegally break into unoccupied buildings around the city, soon opens up a whole new world of excitement—and danger.

When one of the society's founding members disappears, Veerle suspects foul play. But nothing can prepare her for the horror that is about to unfold when an old foe emerges from the shadows... No one is safe, and The Hunter will strike again...


Silent Saturday has already received fantastic feedback with the Daily Mail saying, “Grant has established herself as a major talent in YA fiction and this menacing story of stalking and murder simply confirms that.”

Read the full review here:



Thank you to all of Helen’s fans who were able to make the launch for Silent Saturday at Waterstone's Brussels and Treasure Trove Books in Tervuren. For anyone who missed out check out her brilliantly creepy trailer here.




Helen Grant is highly acclaimed YA author and her titles have been shortlisted and longlisted for the CILIP Carnegie Medal. Silent Saturday is published by Bodley Head, Random House UK, on 4th April 2013.

2011 Round Up

January 2012

It has been a record breaking, spectacular year at the Darley Anderson Agency!!!
The Executioner
From fantastic deals for our debut authors to Bestseller List achievements both sides of the Atlantic, here are some of the highlights from the past year


Some of the fabulous and talented authors that have appeared in the bestseller lists throughout 2011 are: Chris Carter, Cathy Cassidy, Lee Child, Martina Cole, John Connolly, Jane Costello, Margaret Dickinson, Tara Hyland, Annie Murray, Lesley Pearse, Carmen Reid and Sean Slater.

Not only have DAA authors been bestsellers in the UK and across the Atlantic in the US but also all around the world including Australia, New Zealand, Italy, Germany, Bulgaria, Poland, Portugal, China and The Netherlands.

The Affair Some bestselling highlights include Lee Child being No. 1 globally with The Affair. Whilst earlier in the year Lesley Pearse was emphatically No.1 on the Sunday Times Hardback List, followed by the Paperback List, with her novel Belle. And Martina Cole, with her latest gritty crime novel The Faithless, went to No. 1 on the Hardback Bestseller Fiction List. And also achieved Martina her highest ever first week of sales.

Martina continued to reign Queen of Crime with the Hardback Christmas No. 1.

Foreign Sales:

World Clamours for Darley Anderson Debuts as written in The Bookseller.

The Darley Anderson Agency has enjoyed phenomenal success in 2011 thanks to the good work of the new Foreign Rights team, Clare Wallace (Rights Manager) and Mary Darby (Rights Assistant).

An Arabic World Rights deal was closed for Lee Child meaning that he is now sold in a staggering 95 territories and 40 languages.

And it appears that Germany cannot get enough of Tana French with all three of her books appearing on Bestseller Lists over the course of the year.Night School

As well as the DAA established authors having great foreign sales and deals throughout 2011, our debut authors have also been picking up a lot of attention with fierce auctions, fantastic deals and high sales!

Night School New authors C.J. Daugherty, Emma Garcia and Kimberly Willis have all picked up a lot of attention at this years Bookfairs with auctions being fought out at the table, including a high six figure German deal for C.J. Daughertys Night School taking place at Frankfurt.

Prizes, Nominations and Achievements:

John Connolly's The Infernals was named one of Kirkus' Best Fiction Books of 2011

61 Hours by Lee Child was awarded the Theakston Peculier Crime Novel of the Year

Loretta Schauer, one of DAAs very talented new illustrators, won the Waterstones Picture This Competition
Night School
The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant won a US Alex Award

Martina Coles novel The Take has been chosen as one of the titles for World Book Night

Margaret Dickinsons, Sons and Daughters was long listed for the RNA Romantic Novel of the Year Award, as well as the East Midlands Book Award

Faithful Place by Tana French is shortlisted for the L. A. Times Book Prize

The TakeThe Gates by John Connolly was shortlisted for the Bolton Childrens Annual Book Award 2011

Border Flowers by Lucy Summers was shortlisted for the Reference Book of the Year Award

Helen Grant and Phil Earle were nominated for the prestigious Carnegie Medal

Wintercraft by Jenna Burtenshaw was nominated for the Children's Winter Category of The Peoples Book Prize Border Flowers

And finally, a couple of fantastic record-breaking facts

This year, Martina Cole became the first British female adult-audience novelist to surpass the 50 million sales mark since Neilson Bookscan records began. She is one of 15 authors to have achieved these incredible sales, only two of which are British.

And Lee Child became the fifth author to join the Kindle Million club- selling over a million e-books on Kindle!

Huge Congratulations to all of the DAA Authors and may your success continue and grow throughout 2012!

***Prize Winner*** Congratulations Helen Grant

January 2011

We are thrilled to announce that The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant has won a US Alex Award!

The Alex Awards are given to ten books written for adults that have special appeal to young adults, ages 12 through 18. The winning titles are selected from the previous year's publishing.

Alongside Helen’s US debut novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden, other winners include The House of Tomorrow by Peter Bognanni, Room: A Novel by Emma Donoghue and Breaking Night: A Memoir of Forgiveness, Survival, and My Journey from Homeless to Harvard by Liz Murray

Heralded As The Stieg Larsson Of Teenage Fiction

April 2010

The Glass DemonWe are immensely proud to announce the publication of Carnegie nominated Helen Grants second novel, The Glass Demon (6.99 Penguin).

The First Death Seventeen-year-old Lin Fox finds a body in an orchard. As she backs away in horror, she steps on broken glass.

The Second Death Then blood appears on her doorstep- blood, and broken glass.

The Third Death Something terrible is found in the cemetery. Shards of broken glass lie by a grave.

WHO WILL BE NEXT? As the attacks become more sinister, Lin doesn't know who to trust. She's getting closer to the truth behind these chilling discoveries, but with each move the danger deepens.

Because someone wants Lin gone- and won't give up until he's got rid of her and her family.

Well-plotted and beautifully written, it is everything a young-adult novel should be. Helen, please keep on writing. The Independent

A gripping, atmospheric adventure. The Observer

The Glass Demon is published by Penguin/Puffin UK and is available now.

The Vanishing Of Katharina Linden IS A SUNDAY TIMES CHRISTMAS PICK

December 2009

The Vanishing of Katharina LindenQuote: The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by newcomer Helen Grant (Puffin £6.99) starts with a bang, and dances its way exhilaratingly through a dark thriller about a girl investigating child disappearances in a small German town.

You can see what good company Helen Grant is keeping by reading the full article here


Six Figure Debut September 2009

September 2009

Helen GrantHuge congratulations to Helen Grant, whose début novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden and her second book, The Glass Demon, have been acquired in the US as an adult title by Kate Miciak at Bantam Dell in a six-figure deal.

Hardback publication is scheduled for August 2010 - watch this space!

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