"Turner reinvents the nature memoir with this bleak, honest and compelling look at this struggles with bisexuality and relationships, the abuse of his early years and the solace and fury that Epping Forest has provided for him."
We are delighted for Luke Turner, whose book Out of the Woods has been selected by The i has one of their Best Books of 2019.
"Turner reinvents the nature memoir with this bleak, honest and compelling look at this struggles with bisexuality and relationships, the abuse of his early years and the solace and fury that Epping Forest has provided for him."
We’re kicking off this week’s news round up with a big congratulations to client Paul Burston, whose novel The Closer I Get was published, and launched at Goldsboro Books, last week.
This is a taut, twisty psychological thriller with a very modern spin, and based on Paul’s real-life experiences with an online stalker.
Tom is a successful author, but he’s struggling to finish his novel. His main distraction is an online admirer, Evie, who simply won’t leave him alone.
Evie is smart, well read and unstable; she lives with her father and her social media friendships are not only her escape, but everything she has.
When she’s hit with a restraining order, her world is turned upside down, and Tom is free to live his life again, to concentrate on his writing.
But things aren’t really adding up. For Tom is distracted but also addicted to his online relationships, and when they take a darker, more menacing turn, he feels powerless to change things. Because maybe he needs Evie more than he’s letting on.
A compulsive, disturbingly relevant, twisty and powerful psychological thriller, The Closer I Get is also a searing commentary on the fragility and insincerity of online relationships, and the danger that can lurk just one ‘like’ away…
Goldsboro Books have exclusive signed hardback editions completed with gorgeous sprayed edges. Get your copy here.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle is in the July Kindle deal, for only £2.49! This incredible debut by Stuart Turton is the winner of the Costa First Novel Award; winner of the Books Are My Bag Award and was shortlisted for the Specsavers National Book Awards and the British Book Awards Debut of the Year. That many people can’t be wrong… click here to buy your own!
The next gorgeous, whisk-you-away novel from Jo Thomas was published in paperback last week: My Lemon Grove Summer.
Zelda’s impulsive nature has got her precisely nowhere up until now. A fresh start in a beautiful hilltop town in Sicily looking for new residents, together with her best friend Lennie, could be just what she needs. And who better to settle down with than the person who knows her best?
But the sun-filled skies and sparkling seas can’t hide the shadow hanging over the Citta d’Ora, which means not everyone is pleased to see their arrival. The dreams Zelda and her fellow new residents had of setting up a new life might be slipping away. But a friendship with restaurateur Luca could be about to unlock the possibilities that lie in the local lemon groves. And there’s a wedding on the horizon that might be just what the town needs to turn it around…
This glorious book is now available in paperback, eBook or audiobook. The choice is yours!
Staying with the lovely Ms. Thomas, MyWeekly ran a short story by Jo in last week’s magazine entitled ‘Ice Cream and Future Dreams’. Fancy a pick-me-up on the commute? Make sure you pick up a copy before it’s too late! There is also the chance to win one of ten copies of My Lemon Grove Summer. Now if that doesn’t make you run to the newsagent’s…
Congratulations to Phillipa Ashley, whose books with Avon have now sold over 100,000 paperbacks and over 250,000 eBooks. An amazing achievement, and we couldn’t be happier for this talented author, whose star continues to rise and shine!
Ragnar Jónasson’s The Island, the second in the ‘Hidden Iceland’ series, starring DI Hulda Hermansdóttir, was favourably reviewed in the New York Times last week: “Consider this one of the author’s best plots, layered with that dour Scandinavian atmosphere we love.”
Yvonne Singh has written a powerful piece for the Middle East Eye on Arab feminism and literature. ‘What does it take to be an Arab feminist in 2019?’
Click here to read the full article.
We are very excited to see praise beginning to trickle in for Anita Frank’s forthcoming debut The Lost Ones:
“For fans of Henry James and Susan Hill, this chilling supernatural mystery is written in the classic mould. Intriguing, moving and assured.” Essie Fox
“I loved it SO MUCH - so creepy and compelling, full of atmosphere and gave me goosebumps…” Lisa Hall
“My coffee is stone cold. My palms are sweaty. I’ve raced to the shocking final twist of this lush, beautifully written historical novel. A gripping ghost story with an achingly poignant family mystery at its heart.” Samantha King
“Like me, I’m sure many readers will find themselves lost in the brilliantly-conjured Greyswick and immersed in the powerful sense of time and loss Anita creates.” Helen Monks Takhar
This spellbinding book is out on Hallowe’en 2019, and you can pre-order here.
Finally, DHH agent Harry Illingworth will be doing a session with the London Writer’s Café (@LDNwriterscafe) on 19th August and will be talking about budding authors can hone and tighten up their pitch to agents.
This workshop is perfect for those who are now at the submitting stage of writing their novel, and actively looking for representation. Click here for more info.
Over the moon this week to be able to share that Luke Turner’s Out of the Woods has been shortlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2019. The £5,000 prize celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel and is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work. The winner will be announced on the 15th August.
Also sitting firmly on a shortlist is Kate Mallinder’s debut YA novel Summer of No Regrets for the Bristol Teen Book Award. The award celebrates diversity in Young Adult novels, and is voted on by Bristol teenagers in Year 9 and above. This gorgeous story about female friendship has been described by author Simon James Green as “Bucket loads of summer fun in this warm, funny, utterly delightful story about friendship, taking chances, and living life to the full!”
Her Sister’s Secret, the new novel from E.V. Seymour was released last week in eBook, and is undoubtedly one for fans of Rosamund Lupton’s Sister and A.J. Finn’s The Woman in the Window.
When Molly Napier’s sister Scarlet is killed in a road accident the whole family are in shock. The police are certain she purposely caused the crash that killed another but what could have happened for sensible Scarlet to lose control at the wheel?
Determined to discover the truth, Molly begins to dig deeper into her sister’s life. With every questions she uncovers yet more secrets… all connected to her family’s past. One of them has something to hide.
And then Molly meets Rocco, a stranger with dark secrets of his own. Nothing can prepare her for what comes next. Perhaps the answers she is searching for are more dangerous than she ever imagined…
You can download your copy here (only 99p!).
Last week saw the French publication of Janie Millman’s debut novel Life’s A Drag (or, Les Copines d'Abord), a colourful, side-splitting novel that reveals what happens when a sleepy Suffolk village puts on its riotous annual drag competition… Guaranteed to get you in the mood for the summer holidays, this is one you’ll want to make sure you’ve got packed in your suitcase - wherever you might hail from! Grab your copy here.
Author Abi Elphinstone appeared on London Live to discuss her new series, Unmapped Chronicles (beginning with Rumblestar) which looks at young people’s concerns on climate change. You can catch a clip of it here.
Our gorgeous Jo Thomas has, in celebration of the publication of her new book, My Lemon Grove Summer, started a new "In My Kitchen" series on YouTube where she will cook up a host of fabulous dishes. First up - risotto...
Nab yourself ten minutes, pour yourself a glass of wine & join Jo for a mini cookery lesson!
Paul E. Hardisty’s new novel Turbulent Wake has been giving a glowing endorsement from fellow author Eve Seymour:
“We are all weak. No one is strong.
When a son takes a journey into his father’s past, he has no idea what he’ll uncover, but the truth is almost unbearable.
Written with great poise and elegance, Turbulent Wake is a big bold character-driven story so emotionally literate that it doesn’t ring with authenticity, it clamours.
Hardisty doesn’t shy away from human frailty and the pain we are capable of inflicting on those we love the most. It’s in that honesty there is redemption. And, yes, it made me cry.”
We are thrilled at this reaction as we all love this book HARD here at DHH. Want to see what the fuss is about? See for yourself and buy a copy here.
Finally, The Closer I Get, the new psychological thriller from author Paul Burston, is out this week, and in anticipation, Paul has written an article for the Guardian focused on his real-life cyber-stalking nightmare, which inspired the book.
It’s an incredibly brave piece and you can read it here.
The summer tour for Luke Turner and Out of the Woods has been announced. If you find yourselves at any of these festivals, make sure you catch Luke in conversation.
Paul Burston’s forthcoming The Closer I Get hit the No.1 Best Seller spot in the Gay & Lesbian Mystery category.
Black Summer, the second in the Washington Poe series by M.W. Craven, was launched last week at Goldsboro Books. This incredibly clever book will keep you guessing until the end.
The US cover for Abi Elphinstone’s Rumblestar, the first in her new Unmapped Chronicles series was revealed and we think it’s an absolute beauty.
It’s never too early to think about your Christmas shopping and Stephen Moss’ forthcoming The Twelve Birds of Christmas is the perfect stocking filler for the keen naturist in your life. Available to pre-order now.
Perfect summery read, A Perfect Cornish Summer was picked as one of MyWeekly’s Summer Reads.
My Lemon Grove Summer by Jo Thomas and Paul Burston’s The Closer I Get were included in CultureFly’s Top Summer Reads. Perfect for the sun lounger!
Calling our bookworms across the pond! Lucinda Hawksley will be appearing at the Dickens on the Strand Festival in Galveston, Texas, between 6- 8th December 2019. Get your tickets here.
Clare Boyd’s gripping psychological thriller Her Closest Friend is included in the Kindle July Summer Sale, for a silly price of only 99p! To download your own copy, click here.
Rumblestar garnered a lovely review in the Irish Times last week, as part of their “best new children’s books” piece: “Rumblestar is one of those books that immerse you so fully in its own unique landscape that it will be hard to readjust to the dull facts of conventional geography afterwards.” To read the full review, click here.
Finally, client Faridah Àbíké-Íyímídé has launched a summer mentorship scheme for writers of colour who are looking to be traditionally published. Faridah has teamed up with seven other agented writers of colour for this completely superb, original and long-overdue initiative. To find out more, and see how to apply, click here.
Faridah’s debut novel Ace of Spades is due to be published by Usborne in 2020.
We’re kicking off this week with the delightful news that Phillipa Ashley’s A Perfect Cornish Summer hit No.6 in the Kindle eBook charts last week.
This gorgeous, summery, feel-good book is the perfect accompaniment to get you in the mood for summer, which is right around the corner, and for a limited time only, it is 99p on Amazon! Go on, treat yourself and pay a visit to the Porthmellow summer festival…
Speaking of eBook deals, if you’re after a few bargains for your beach reads, then head on over to Kobo, who are celebrating Pride with whacking down the prices of these four stunning titles:
The eagerly anticipated second book in M.W. Craven’s Washington Poe series hit shelves this week in hardback. Black Summer, which has been hailed as "Fantastic” by Martina Cole and “Truly mind-blowing” by A.A. Dhand sees Poe and the brilliant, but social awkward, Tilly Bradshaw try and solve the mystery of a woman who appears to be both dead… and alive.
It is a truly remarkable piece of storytelling and we are so excited to see readers’ reactions.
This week, the Dutch cover for Black Summer was revealed. We don’t know about you, but this chilled us to the bone and if you’ve read the book, you’ll agree it’s perfect!
As some of you may know, M.W. Craven is a Cumbrian lad born and bred, and one of the local magazines, Cumbria Life, proudly ran a review of Black Summer called it an “excellently crafted page-turner”. We couldn’t agree more…
DHH agent Hannah Sheppard will be taking part in this year’s Wow-Con, the online writing conference. Hannah, along with two other literary agents, will be looking at pitches as part of Wow-Con’s Wow-Pitch, and each will pick three winners from the category they are judging (Hannah is judging YA pitches).
Admission is only £10, and you can find more information here.
It’s official! Abi Elphinstone’s Rumblestar has been selected as one of the best children’s / YA books in 2019 so far by the Telegraphwww.telegraph.co.uk/books/what-to-read/best-childrens-books-ya-fiction-2019-far/.
Described by Robin Stevens as “Imaginative, adventurous and wonderful” and “Brimming with enchantment and adventure” by Catherine Doyle, Rumblestar introduces you to eleven-year-old Casper Tick, who is compulsively allergic to risk-taking… which should be interesting when he accidentally stumbles in to Rumblestar, an Unmapped Kingdom full of magical beasts and meets Utterly Thankless, a girl who hates rules and is allergic to behaving. An adventure full of cloud giants, storm ogres and drizzle hags awaits…
Phillipa Ashley's new novel A Perfect Cornish Summer has hit No.13 in the charts and sold 10,000 copies of both eBook and paperback since its release in April and May respectively.
The cover for Ashley Croft's (the alter ego of Phillipa Ashley) forthcoming book, The Love Solution, has been revealed and it's a beauty.
Sisters Sarah and Molly are close, but they couldn’t be more different. Sarah runs a craft business and is obsessed with all things shiny and glam, whilst Molly is much more at home in her white coat and goggles, working in a science lab.
When Molly is put onto a new assignment, she’s over the moon. It’s a high-profile, top secret project – and she has a handsome new boss to ogle at when she’s not bending over a petri dish...
But when Sarah finds herself on the painful end of a disastrous break-up, no amount of Ben & Jerry’s or trashy rom-coms can cheer her up. She wants to take a more drastic approach to dealing with her heartbreak, and one that only her sister – and perhaps a sprinkle of science – can help with...
Father's Day might have been yesterday, but there are still some brilliant deals to be had courtesy of Kobo until the 19th June.
Adrian Magson's Rocco and the Price of Lies and Smart Moves are only 99p, as is R.C. Bridgestock's Poetic Justice, the prequel to the incredibly popular DI Jack Dylan series.
Congratulations to Chris McGeorge, whose new novel Now You See Me was published last week. Chris is the author of the fabulously twisty Guess Who.
Introducing Standedge Tunnel: the longest canal tunnel in England.
Last year six students went in, and two and a half hours later, the boat reappeared on the other side with only one of the students, unconscious, and the dog.
The case of the Standedge Six was largely kept from the national media. The police investigation concluded that the only remaining student, Matthew, killed his friends, hid the bodies on the boat and returned later to move them to an undisclosed location.
Matthew is in prison . . . but maintains he is innocent.
Robert Ferringham is grieving for his missing wife, Sam. So when Matthew contacts him for help with his case, promising information on Sam, Robert has no choice but to help. But can he trust Matthew?
And how will he solve the insolvable case?
We are thrilled that two of clients' books have been longlisted for two different prizes in the last week:
We're rounding this week off with some lovely rights deals for M.W. Craven's second Washington Poe book, Black Summer, which has been sold to 2020 Editora in Portugal, and Modernista in Sweden. This brilliant sequel is out this week!
Abi Elphinstone’s new book, Rumblestar, was chosen by the Sunday Times as their Children’s Book of the Week. This magical book is the start of a new series, The Unmapped Chronicles. Follow Casper Tock (who is, compulsively allergic to adventure) as he, Utterly Thankless and Arlo, Utterly’s miniature dragon, embark on an adventure full of cloud giants, storm ogres and drizzle hags.
Rumblestar was also confirmed as being the bestselling children’s book in new releases, last week.
It has been announced that M.W. Craven (author of The Puppet Show and Black Summer) will be a part of the line-up at this year’s Bloody Scotland. Mike will be appearing with crime stalwarts Mari Hannah and Peter Robinson on the We Are Detectives panel, Saturday 21st September at 5pm. To book your tickets, click here.
We’d like to extend a warm welcome to new DHH clients, Peter Curran, joining Natalie Galustian’s list; and Maddie Please, who will add to Broo Doherty’s roster of clients.
Peter is a publisher, radio producer, writer, documentary maker and broadcaster. He is currently working on his memoir about growing up in the Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Maddie is the author of four books, all published by Avon HarperCollins. All her stories are uplifting, romantic comedies with a steep learning curve for her characters.
Congratulations to Sara MacDonald, whose new book In A Kingdom By the Sea was published in eBook; Jo Thomas for the eBook publication of her new book My Lemon Grove Summer, and Sarah Simpson who saw the publication of her third book, I Know You’re There. These three reads are the absolute *perfect* accompaniment to your summer reading TBR list. Stock up, and lose yourself in these three fantastic reads.
Sarah Simpson’s debut book, Her Greatest Mistake, is currently free on Amazon Prime for a limited time only. Grab your copy here.
Claire Dyer’s poignant and moving The Last Day was published in audiobook last week. Beautifully read by Lucy Scott, you can download your copy here.
The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle was selected by the Zoella Book Club as their next read. You can join in the discussion, on Twitter, on Wednesday 3rd July.
The author of Seven Deaths, Stuart Turton, will be taking part in a Reddit AMA on Friday 28th June. More information here.
Client Jennifer Lucy Allan presented an episode of BBC’s Late Junction on Tuesday 4th June. Catch up here.
Phillipa Ashley’s new book, A Perfect Cornish Summer was standing strong at No.1 on the Heatseekers chart last week.
Paul E. Hardisty’s new book, Turbulent Wake, has received high praise from Paul Johnston, author of the Quint Dalrymple series: “Paul E. Hardisty, known for his superlative thrillers, has bravely moved into the challenging field of literary fiction, with a son trying to understand his dead father and thus himself. There is much superb writing, as well as memorable episodes set all over the world. The author has imbued his story with deep feeling and hard-won self-knowledge.”
Finally, congratulations to Luke Turner, whose debut non-fiction memoir Out of the Woods, has been longlisted for the Wainwright Prize 2019. The £5,000 prize celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel and is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright’s work. The longlist was announced to coincide with World Environment Day. The shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 2nd July, and the winner on the 15th August.
Luke Turner's debut non-fiction memoir Out of the Woods has been longlisted for the 2019 Wainwright Prize.
The £5,000 prize celebrates the best books about nature, the outdoors and UK travel and is awarded annually to the book which most successfully reflects the ethos of renowned nature writer Alfred Wainwright's work, with the longlist revealed today (Wednesday 5th June) to coincide with World Environment Day.
The judging panel for the 2019 prize will be chaired, for the third year running, by TV presenter Julia Bradbury. Waterstones non-fiction buyer Clement Knox, National Trust publisher Katie Bond, Unbound publisher John Mitchinson, The Urban Birder David Lindo and creative partner for agency And Rising Anna Arnell make up the judging panel.
The prize shortlist will be announced on Tuesday 2nd July at an event at Waterstones Piccadilly. The winner will be announced on 15th August at an event in the National Trust Arena at the BBC Countryfile Live at Castle Howard, Yorkshire.
Phillipa Ashley’s gorgeous new book A Perfect Cornish Summer hit No. 1 on the Heatseekers chart last week, and we couldn’t be happier for this incredibly deserving author.
We love a good book deal, and we’ve got a veritable (virtual) library’s worth of them for you:
The perfect time to get your summer reading sorted! Click the titles to go straight to their promotions.
Congratulations to Abi Elphinstone, whose new book Rumblestar, the first in the highly-anticipated Unmapped Chronicles series was published last week.
The Daily Mail has given it a glowing review, saying “As ever, Elphinstone’s control of her complex universe is faultless and the thrilling plot is underpinned by a touching, emotional backstory.”
To celebrate Waterstones stocking an exclusive edition of Rumblestar (hello, blue sprayed edges & extra chapter), Abi has filmed one of their ‘Shelfie’ videos for Waterstones’ YouTube channel, where she discusses both the book, and her inspiration for it. Fancy a watch for yourself? Click here.
Abi was also interviewed by online children’s magazine, Books For Keeps. Here, you can read Abi talk about all her books and her life as a writer.
The cover for Sara MacDonald’s upcoming sweeping love story, In A Kingdom By the SeaIn A Kingdom By the Sea, was revealed and it couldn’t be more perfect.
When Gabby’s husband accepts a transfer to Pakistan, she discovers a new world of heat and colour, of exotic bazaars and trips to the breath-taking Kashmiri mountains. It is an escape she didn’t know she was looking for.
But then a shocking letter from her sister reveals a devastating secret. Gabby is transported back to her home on the Cornish coast, and as memories unravel, so too does her new life in Karachi.
Will Gabby find the courage to face the dark secrets and embrace a different future?
Perfect for readers who love Santa Montefiore, Rosanna Ley and Dinah Jefferies, this gorgeous book will be published in eBook in June, and paperback in July, from HarperCollins.
Finally, we’re thrilled to be able to reveal that Noel O’Reilly’s dark and atmospheric debut novel Wrecker, has been shortlisted for the WHSmith Thumping Good Reads Award.
For the 2019 prize, the judges are Peter James and 2018 winner Laura Purcell, and their votes will be combined with a public vote to decide a winner. All you have to do to cast your vote, is tweet the name of the title using the hashtag #ThumpingGoodRead. You can also buy the full shortlist here.
Liberation, the co-written novel by Imogen Robertson and Imogen Kealey has sold its audio rights to Isis Publishing. The film for this fascinating book, inspired by the incredible true story of World War II’s “greatest heroine” Nancy Wake, is set to star Oscar winner Anne Hathaway.
Polish rights for the thrilling new book by G.S. Locke, Neon, have been snapped up by Proszynski.
Paul Hardisty’s new standalone book, Turbulent Wake, was picked as Love Reading’s Pick of the Week. It also received a wonderful review from Hair Past A Freckle blog: “If you like literary fiction with heart then you MUST read the stunning Turbulent Wake – powerful, evocative, profound; I savoured every word.” To read the whole review, click here.
Metro News featured an interview with client Samantha Baines this week, regarding hearing aids. Samantha discovered at the age of 30 that she needed to wear a hearing aid, and put it off as long as she could, admitting she had an outdated view of them. However, wearing a hearing aid has completely changed her life, and inspired her first children’s book, Harriet!, due to be published by Knights Of, in October 2019.
A Perfect Cornish Summer, the first in “queen of Cornish romance” Phillipa Ashley’s new series hit No.2 on the Heatskeers chart this week.
It was in the news this week, that vandals broke in to, and destroyed, a local model train exhibition. Luke Turner wrote a piece for the Guardian on the importance of model trains helping mental health. “Not just for anoraks: model railways are a joyful escape from the pressures of masculinity”. Luke’s debut non-fiction novel Out of the Woods was published by W&N in January 2019. To read the full article, click here.
Luke Turner has also been confirmed for an appearance at Glastonbury, where he will be discussing his book with Emam Warren, on the Friday of the festival (28th June).
Two French covers for our clients’ books were revealed this week: The Seven Deaths of Evelyn Hardcastle (or Les Sept Morts d’Evelyn Hardcastle) by Stuart Turton and Life's A Drag (or Les Copines d’Abord) by Janie Millman.
The cover for the EIGHTH in LC Tyler’s Elsie and Ethelred series, The Maltese HerringThe Maltese Herring, was also revealed this week. Join Ethelred Tressider and Elsie Thirkettle as they attempt to solve the murder of Dr Hilary Joyce, who was “neither liked nor respected among his academic peers” and at the time of his death, working to uncover the truth behind a local Sussex legend: the ‘buried treasure story’.
Phyllida Shrimpton’s debut YA novel Sunflowers In February won the Falkirk Schools Red 13 Awards. Since 2006, hundreds of 13 and 14-year-olds from the Falkirk area have voted for their favourite books and had the chance to meet acclaimed authors from across the UK.
Finally, proofs for Anita Frank’s debut novel The Lost Ones, have landed and we are hopping with excitement! This is a haunting novel, weaving a spell-binding tale of family tragedy, loss and redemption. The book is available to pre-order now and will be released on Hallowe’en 2019!