Last week it was announced that Penguin Random House Children’s will be publishing James Goodhand’s debut YA novel, Last Lesson after an auction sale for World Rights, negotiated by Harry Illingworth. The book tackles mental health in teens and toxic masculinity and tells the story of Ollie Morcombe, a once start pupil who, following an accident, is now an outcast and a target of the school bullies who make his life hell. On the last day of school he brings those bullies a gift - a homemade pipe bomb. Last Lesson will be published in spring 2020.
Also revealed last week was the cover for Clare Boyd’s forthcoming psychological thriller, Her Closest Friend, an extraordinary page-turner that will suck you in from the very first page. A twisted tale of toxic female friendship that fans of Gone Girl and The Girl Before will love. Her Closest Friend will be published in March 2019 by Bookouture.
Thrilled for client Phyllida Shrimpton, whose debut YA novel Sunflowers In February (Hot Key Books) has been longlisted for the Branford Boase Awards 2019. This funny and beautiful novel has been breaking hearts cracking smiles since its publication in February 2018, and its place on this longlist is incredibly deserved. Congratulations, Phyllida!