We can barely keep up with all the press mentions our authors have had this week! The acclaim continues to pile up, in yet another phenomenal week at the MM Agency.
Are you as smitten with the new Ella Carey cover as we are? Secret Shores, her gorgeous work of historical fiction is being re-released by Bookouture on the 10th December, and will transport you to the mid-century Australian coast, where a bright-eyed young woman fights to assert her independence and artistry.
We were also treated to another cover reveal from C.L. Taylor, this time for Her Last Holiday (HarperCollins / Avon), a crime thriller that’s sure to kick up your heartrate, documenting a woman who attends a wellness retreat, but never returns… If you’d like to know more, the book’s feature in Good Housekeeping is live now. With a while to go until its release on the 29th April, pre-orders and requests have gone through the roof – we’re pleased to confirm that the book is currently the most requested title on NetGalley, and is already listed as a best-seller on Amazon!
I'm so excited to share the trailer for my next book, Her Last Holiday. Published in ebook, hardback and audio on 29th April 2021. More details and pre-order info here:https://t.co/wwv3jelf3a pic.twitter.com/tyfyCjc3Dh
— C.L. Taylor (@callytaylor) December 2, 2020
Have you taken a look at the Bookseller top 150 yet? If you have, then you’ll have spotted our very own Director, Madeleine Milburn! This highly prestigious list is a round-up of of the most influential people in UK publishing, and it’s absolutely no surprise that Madeleine’s eye for talent and consistent track record of major deals has once again earned her a mention. The Agency is so proud to be led by such a superstar!
Kathryn Foxfield has capped off an already fantastic year with the announcement that her debut, Good Girls Die First (Scholastic) has been picked up in an outstanding US two-book deal by Sourcebooks, due for release in Autumn (or, should we say, Fall) 2021. This is incredibly exciting news for the heart-stopping YA thriller, which is officially the UK’s bestselling YA debut of 2020. Here’s hoping the same will be said across the pond in a year’s time!
Katherine May’s stellar memoir, Wintering (Penguin Random House), which has officially been selected as one of NPR’s best books of the year, has been receiving a seemingly endless stream of press. Every day, more readers fall in love with her soothing reflections on human hibernation – in this week’s US regional indie charts, the book sky-rocketed to No. 9 in the Pacific Northwest and No. 14 in the Midwest, and it has officially surpassed over 10,000 hardbacks sold since the American publication last month! Unsurprisingly, Penguin Random House featured the title in their ‘ReadDown’ of the trending books doing the rounds on the timeline, alongside super-obscure names like Barack Obama…
The good news doesn’t stop there – award-winning memoirist, Cheryl Strayed, who is reading the book currently, shared her thoughts on social media this week, calling it “absolutely beautiful and engrossing.”
I'm reading "Wintering" right now and it's absolutely beautiful and engrossing. The author, @_katherine_may_ is new to me and I'm so pleased to have found a new writer to love. You can listen to May talking to NPR's Rachel Martin about her book here. https://t.co/zP5i2rprnN
— Cheryl Strayed (@CherylStrayed) December 3, 2020
And, when the good people at Glamour magazine quizzed American poet Maggie Smith on her current favourite read, she named the title, having this to say: “this beautiful—and yes, poetic—book has provided a shelter from the storms of the year.”
Be sure to also take a look at Katherine’s insightful Q&A with the American Bookseller’s Association (who voted book as their No.1 December pick) where she discusses the research process and lived experiences behind the book, and her shining review in Vulture. And if that’s not enough, Wintering has additionally been selected as a top 10 ‘editor’s pick‘ for December in Book Page, and a 2020 ‘staff pick‘ in The i Paper! This is undoubtedly a book you need to get your hands on as quickly as possible.
In publication news, we were pleased to see bestseller Holly Bourne continue to make her mark in the States, with the release of It Only Happens in the Movies (her US YA debut!) by Houghton Mifflin Harcourt this week. In it, Holly dives into the ups and downs of two young lovers, whose lovely but tumultuous romance is nothing like those they’ve seen on the big screen.
Not one, but two of our wonderful writers have won big in the Woman and Home Magazine Book Club Awards this week! A massive congratulations to:
Clare Pooley, who’s up-lit debut, The Authenticity Project (Penguin Random House / Transworld), has been voted ‘Best Feel-Good Fiction’! The title fits this description to a T, giving readers all the feels with its hilarious and big-hearted ensemble cast – it’s no wonder that it was also featured in Library Journal’s ‘Best Books 2020‘ round-up, in the Pop Fiction category!
Beth Morrey, who’s sentimental debut, Saving Missy (HarperCollins / HarperFiction) also received high praise; the novel was deemed ‘Best Heart-Warming Read’ for its irresistibly charming story of prickly pensioner Missy, who finds new friendships and a new lease on life in her golden years.
We’re beyond thrilled that three upcoming Agency titles have been featured in Grazia’s round-up of the best books to look forward to in 2021. Why not get next year’s reading list sorted early, and pre-order these outstanding debuts:
Speaking of The Push, there’s a lovely shot of Ashley alongside her book in this week’s Harper’s Bazaar, where it’s been profiled as one of the hottest Winter releases.
A massive congratulations is due to Stephanie Wrobel! Her book, Darling Rose Gold (Penguin Random House / Michael Joseph), an arresting emotional thriller about a toxic mother-daughter relationship, has received a special mention in eBook platform Kobo’s top 2020 eBook round-up, in the ‘New decade, new authors’ category. If you’re a US-based reader, do also make sure to read Oline Cogdill’s feature on the best debuts of 2020 for the South Florida Sun-Sentinel, where the book receives honourable mention:
Also, if you’re still flapping over this year’s Christmas shopping list, you’ll be pleased to know that this book happens to make the perfect present – Berkley certainly agrees, which is why they’ve included the title in their 2020 ‘Holiday Gift Guide‘!
It’s been a wonderful week for our children’s authors, too – three upcoming titles have been picked for Toppsta’s curated list of the best 2021 releases:
The Astonishing Future of Alex Nobody (Hachette / Orion Children’s Books) by Kate Gilby Smith is a rollicking time-travel adventure, in which a young girl journeys to the future to save her missing friend.
Diary of a Confused Feminist 2 (Hodder Children’s) by Kate Weston is the sequel we’re all waiting for! The book revisits the heroine of the first YA comedy, with teenage Kat plagued with even more mortifying obstacles on her quest towards perfect feminism.
And last, but absolutely not least, we want to wish the biggest congratulations to another one of our phenomenal agents, Catherine Cho, who has been selected by the shadow panel of the Young Writer of The Year Award as their winner, for her mystifying memoir, Inferno. The judges are set to make a final decision next Thursday, so we’re keeping our fingers crossed for her!
The 2020 Judges announce their winner next Thurs. Is this the first year that our Shadow Panel & Judges agree?!https://t.co/zU3IIhlANU @MarinaSofia8 @sissireads @excusemereading @hopeisreading pic.twitter.com/alJGXl6mqJ
— Young Writer Award (@YoungWriterYear) December 3, 2020
We love our IRD – they just don’t stop with the fabulous international deals, and we’re thrilled to announce the following:
Danish and Swedish rights to C.L. Taylor‘s Her Last Holiday have gone to Jentas.
German rights to Tilly Tennant‘s The Waffle House on the Pier have gone to Luebbe.