Kicking off this week’s highlights with more fantastic news on Fiona Barton’s thriller, The Suspect.

Only a week after it’s US and Canadian publication, it has risen to No. 3 in the Globe and Mail Canadian charts, and was chosen as one of Kobo’s (Canada’s biggest retailer) Best Books of the Month for January.

Last week, it was announced that Gail Honeyman’s Eleanor Oliphant is Completely Fine has spent 52 weeks, or a whole year, in the Top 10 Sunday Times bestseller list – an outstanding achievement.

The Bookseller announced today that Eleanor Oliphant has sold more copies in Scotland than Michelle Obama’s Becoming.

Four more agency books were included in The Bookseller this week. Both Elizabeth Macneal’s The Doll Factory (2nd May 2019) and Melanie Golding’s Little Darlings (2nd May 2019) were included as “One to Watch”, Leah Hazard’s Hard Pushed (2nd May 2019) was included in the Scottish Spotlight Books section, and Charlie Bird’s Art of Death (2nd May 2019) was included in the May Preview.

Hodder have signed a deal for UK & Commonwealth rights to two further adult books from bestselling author Holly Bourne. Holly’s first adult novel How Do You Like Me Now? will be published in paperback in May. Holly revealed the name of her new book, Is This What You Want? on Twitter this week. The novel is due to be published by Hodder in 2020, and the two further novels will follow in each consecutive year.

WF Howes have secured audio rights to the next two books from Rona Halsall, as well as the rights to Queens of the Kingdom by Nicola Sutcliff.

We’re thrilled to announce that Fiona Dunn and Anna Bearce have signed with the agency. Fiona writes YA fiction, and Anna is writing a teen book.

On the foreign rights front, Croatian rights to C.J. Tudor’s The Taking of Annie Thorne have gone to Znanje.