Congratulations to client Eva Björg Ægisdóttir, who has won Iceland's prestigious Storytel Award, in the 'Best Novel' category, for the prequel to her Forbidden Iceland series, You Can't See Me.
The Awards are the Nordic region's largest audiobook award. Around 130,000 Nordic audiobook listeners vote for their favourites.
Storytel themselves is one of the world’s largest subscribed audiobook and e-book streaming services and offers listening and reading of more than 500,000 titles on a global scale. Their vision is to "make the world a more empathetic and creative place with great stories to be shared and enjoyed by anyone, anywhere and anytime".
The cover reveal for Anita Frank's forthcoming new novel, The Good Liars (August 2023, HQ), has been revealed!
In the hot summer of 1914 a boy vanishes, never to be seen again.
Now, in 1920, the once esteemed Stilwell family of Darkacre Hall find their already troubled lives thrown into disarray when new evidence leads to the boy’s case being reopened – and this time they themselves are under police scrutiny.
As the dead return to haunt the living, old resentments resurface and loyalties are tested, while secrets risk being unearthed that could destroy them all.
The book will be published in May this year by Little, Brown's Orbit imprint and was also featured in a Goodreads article, listing the biggest new fantasy titles from Spring 2023.
Also published this week was the paperback for Graham Bartlett's debut, Bad For Good, and the hardback for the follow-up, Force of Hate.
Set in modern-day Brighton, within a corrupt police force, the series has been described as "like Line of Duty on crack"!
Vital Organs, the second book from medical historian and TikTok sensation, Suzie Edge, has been revealed:
From Napoleon's penis to Van Gogh's ear, from Marie Antoinette's teeth to Marie Curie's bone marrow, this book brings together the remarkable stories of body parts that have made history.
We have always used and abused bodies. We've torn them apart, dug them up, experimented on them or taken bits home to display as trophies. Body parts have been used for propaganda in wars and pulled off in punishment. They've answered medical mysteries, been turned into relics and even saved lives.
Now TikTok sensation and medical historian, Dr Suzie Edge, brings us a history of the world's most famous body parts told through its most notable limbs, organs, and appendages, including how Queen Victoria's armpit led the development of antiseptics; why Percy Shelley's heart refused to burn; and the strange case of Hitler's right testicle.
The book will be published by Wildfire in September 2023.
Publishing in January 2024, and taking the form of a faux autobiography of eponymous author Ruby, The Scandalous Life of Ruby Devereaux is set in the second half of the 20th century. It follows the life story of a woman determined to live life on her own terms as she navigates the latter half of the 20th century, from suburban life during the war ... To Venice and war-torn Vietnam, meeting men and adventure along the way.
Aria has acquired two historical novels from M. J. Robotham, a pen name of author Mandy Robotham. The world English language deal was brokered by Aria editorial director Rachel Faulkner-Willcocks and Broo Doherty of the DHH Literary Agency. The first book, The Scandalous Life of Ruby Devereaux, will publish in hardback, e-book and audio, in January 2024.
Taking the form of a faux autobiography of eponymous author Ruby, The Scandalous Life of Ruby Devereaux is set in the second half of the 20th century. It follows the life story of a woman "determined to live life on her own terms as she navigates the latter half of the 20th century, from suburban life during the war to [...] Venice and war-torn Vietnam, meeting men and adventure along the way".
Faulkner-Willcocks said: "I’ve honestly not encountered many characters as brilliant as Ruby Devereaux. Her memoirs, drawn from her by a mercenary publisher, are a delightful and empowering rollercoaster ride through recent history, written through Ruby’s unique perspective, and of course with Mandy’s trademark flair and impeccable research. Reading on submission, I had to remind myself that Ruby was a fictional character, she felt so real to me. We’re hugely excited to bring her story to the world."
Robotham added: "I’m so delighted to be joining the team at Aria with a new slant to my writing. Ruby has been sitting on my shoulder for the past two years, making me laugh with her incorrigible ways, and so it’s high time she went out into the world again, this time in print. I only hope the world is ready for her!"
Doherty commented: "Reminiscent in tone to The Seven Husbands of Evelyn Hugo, this is a monumental book, both in terms of the history it covers so engagingly, but also in terms of Ruby herself. Her story is quite simply scandalous but utterly phenomenal."
Robotham holds an MA in Creative Writing and now writes full-time as Mandy Robotham following a career as a midwife.
From The Bookseller article | Melina Spanoudi
Finally, we were over the moon to hear that both M. W. Craven and Graham Bartlett have been shortlisted for the CrimeFest Awards 2023 (in association with Specsavers).
Up for the Best ePub Crime Award is Craven's The Botanist, the fifth outing for his bestselling Washington Poe series.
And nominated for the Best Debut Crime Award is Bartlett's Bad For Good, the first in his Cs Jo Howe series.
imagination. The premise is stunning: A young woman’s job of enforcing climate-emergency Britain’s one-child policy is compromised when she discovers a personal link to an illegal sibling on the ministry hit-list, leading to a shocking discovery that changes everything. Eve's world-building is so believable, so prescient, it's almost terrifying.
Eve is a true talent in a very crowded market, and her ability to weave topical issues, science and an authentic glimpse of our potential future into exceptionally paced, beautifully written and exceedingly tense narratives is quite simply second to none. To have your debut thriller compared to Michael Crichton is an exceptional feat, and speaks volumes about Eve's prowess. We cannot wait to publish more of her extraordinary, blockbuster thrillers."
Smith said: "I am so excited to continue working with Karen and the Orenda Books team who have really championed me and my writing, and always supported my dystopian visions with the greatest enthusiasm! I can't wait for my next thriller, One, to hit the shelves this summer."
One will be published in July later this year.
To coincide with the book's publication, Stephen appeared on the podcast, Confessions of a Bookseller, talking to host David Headley.
You don’t need to be a bird enthusiast to enjoy the episode, in which they discuss the book’s captivating journey, showing how birds influence our lives and culture, from ancient civilisations to modern day. Plus, listeners will get an insight into Stephen’s literary journey and how the book came to be.
Additionally, a list of dates for Louise's book signings and appearances has been revealed and if you find yourself nearby on a given date, why not take yourself along? You do not want to miss this stunning dystopian thriller. But remember, do not trust this book.
When Pete and his friends set sail on a private yacht in the Balearics to celebrate Fergus’ upcoming wedding, they’re all looking forward to sun, sea and copious quantities of alcohol.
But there’s a reason they are still entwined in each other’s lives a decade after leaving university. A terrible event they’ve all been trying their hardest to forget.
They say you can’t outrun the past … And these six friends are about to find that out the hard way.
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In perilous times like these, the realm doesn't just need a hero.
It needs a knight in shining armour.
Sir Kay and his fellow knights awake from their mythical slumber whenever Britain has need of them; they fought at Agincourt and at the Somme. But in these perilous modern times, the realm is more divided than ever, a dragon has been seen for the first time in centuries, and Kay is not the only ancient and terrible thing to come crawling up out of the ground...
Perilous Times is a fiercely entertaining contemporary take on the myths of Camelot, which asks: what happens with the Knights of the Round Table return to fix the problems of the modern world?
The book will be released in May later this year.
In Ten Birds That Changed the World, naturalist and author Stephen Moss tells the gripping story of this long and eventful relationship through ten key species from all seven of the world's continents. From Odin's faithful raven companions to Darwin's finches, and from the wild turkey of the Americas to the emperor penguin as potent symbol of the climate crisis, this is a fascinating, eye-opening and endlessly engaging work of natural history.
The hunt leads them to Ladywell Playtower in Southeast London, the home to a religious commune lead by the enigmatic Aaron Cronin. Archer and Quinn suspect Cronin's involvement but his alibis are watertight, and the truth seemingly buried. If Archer is to find the killer, she must first battle her way through religious fanatics, London gangsters - and her own demons...