It’s been another incredible week, with smashing sales milestones, chart-topping titles, and sensational international deals. There truly is no stopping our fantastic authors – or team!

The super-fun featured cover this week is none other than Helen Rutter‘s The Boy Who Made Everyone Laugh (Scholastic), which was revealed on International Stammering Awareness Day. It’s a sparky tale about a young boy with a stammer and an irrepressible sense of humour, who’s determined to fulfil his stand-up comedy dreams. If superstar kid-lit author Jacqueline Wilson’s good word is anything to go by (hint: it most definitely is) then you’re certainly in for a treat:

In publication news, Ella Carey‘s dreamy wartime drama, The House by the Lake (Bookouture) the second in her in the Secrets of Paris trilogy, has been released this week. The novel follows the life-altering choices faced by young two lovers in a Berlin which is on the brink of WWII. If you love compassionate, escapist reads, you are certainly in for something special.

The 2021 debut that’s got the industry buzzing, Ashley Audrain‘s The Push  (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph), is this week’s ‘Mystery/Thriller Pick’ in Publisher’s Weekly. It’s been crowned a “sterling addition to the burgeoning canon of bad seed suspense, from an arrestingly original new voice“. Check out the full review here.

If you’re looking for a pick-me-up, Clare Pooley’s The Authenticity Project (Penguin Random House / Transworld) has been included on The Washington Post‘s round-up of ’15 feel-good books guaranteed to lift your spirits’ alongside some wonderful company. Do take a look at the list now.

We are delighted to announce that Jack Jordan’Do No Harm (Simon & Schuster UK) has been snapped up by Simon and Schuster in an excellent two-book deal. The book, which has been called a “fast-paced, breathless” thriller follows a mother who is forced to go to sinister lengths to retrieve her kidnapped son.

As many will already be aware, the recently released Cold War thriller, City of Ghosts  (Welbeck), was in fact penned by two authors – Chris Rickaby and Barnaby Thompson –  who co-write under the pseudonym Ben Creed. This week, they spoke with Writers Online about how they seamlessly wrote their debut. You’ll definitely want to check it out here.

We do hope that Mark Edwards is somewhere celebrating – we’re over the moon to confirm that his recent novel, The House Guest (Amazon Publishing / Thomas & Mercer) has sold over 100,000 copies. It’s no surprise that this tension-taut page-turner has struck a chord with readers.

We’re so excited to announce that Elizabeth Kay‘s hit debut thriller, Seven Lieshas been selected as bestselling author Clare Mackintosh’s book club pick for November. There’s still plenty of time to join the fun, so why not pick the book today? Or, you could enter Clare’s giveaway for the chance to win a free signed copy:

And in some fun news for our London-based readers, Seven Lies will also be gracing the side of many a red bus around the city, as part of an ad campaign with Tesco. Make sure you keep an eye out whilst you’re out and about this week!

C.L. Taylor has been teasing us this week with the proofs of her upcoming suspense novel, The Island (HarperCollins / HQ) which is out on the 21st January 2021. Be sure to pre-order this addictive story of six teenage holidaymakers, who’s dream getaway begins to turn deadly.

In more excellent news, her recent release, Strangers (HarperCollins / Avon) hit no.1 on the Audible charts this week! This heart-quickening tale of three nondescript strangers whose paths begin to cross in unexpected and sinister ways, makes an outstanding listen – the audiobook is available here.

C.J. Tudor has also been spotted beaming with her proofs this week, for the white-hot thriller that is The Burning Girls (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph) following a small-town vicar who finds himself out of his depth, as he uncovers terrifying secrets in his new parish. The book will also be heating up bookshelves on the the 21st January 2021, and is available for pre-order now.

Spooky season is upon us, which is why it’s the perfect time to pick up Phil Hickes’ Middle Grade debut, The Haunting of Aveline Jones (Usborne). Be sure to add this perfectly petrifying mystery to your reading list, but before you do, why not check out his Q & A with The Federation of Children’s Book Groups?  In it, Phil discusses his title and his journey so far as a recently published author – take a look here.

Last but certainly never least, fresh out of Frankfurt proceedings, IRD has been on fire this week! It’s our pleasure to announce the following international deals:

Croatian rights to  T.A. Willberg‘s  Marion Lane and the Midnight Murder  have gone to 24 SATA.

Czech rights to Ella Carey‘s Jewel of New York have gone to Euromedia.

Czech audio rights to Ashley Audrain‘s The Push have gone to Euromedia.

Czech condensation rights to C.J. Daugherty‘s  A Beautiful Corpse have gone to Tsargo.

Finnish condensation rights to C.J. Daugherty‘s The Echo Killing have gone to Valitut Palat.

Lithuanian rights to  Lizzie Pook‘s Moonlight and the Pearler’s Daughter and a second book have gone to Alma Littera.

Polish rights to Jack Jordan’Do No Harm have gone to Muza.

Portuguese rights to C.J. Tudor ‘s The Burning Girls have gone to Planeta.

Slovenian rights to  Emma Stonex‘s  The Lamplighters have gone to Ucila.