We were very happy to welcome Jane Crowther to the Agency last week.
Film journalist Jane, who is currently the editor-in-chief of Total Film magazines, the vice chair of The London Film Critics’ Circle and a member of BAFTA and the Critics’ Choice Association, joined Harry Illingworth's list and is working on her debut novel, a super inventive, gender-flipped, contemporary retelling of The Great Gatsby for the influencer age
Congratulations to Heather Darwent, whose debut novel The Things We Do To Our Friends, reached the Top 10 on the UK Kindle chart as a result of the book having a coveted Kindle Daily Deal spot. Top work!
End of Story by Louise Swanson (also known as Louise Beech) was published last week. This highly-anticipated dystopian thriller is set ten years from now, in a world where fiction has been banned by the government. The Appeal author, Janice Hallett says "As much a ride as a read ... Absolutely show-stopping."
And in Louise Beech news, her memoir Daffodils (originally published by Bolinda in audiobook, and coming out as Eighteen Seconds in paperback and eBook next month from Mardle Books), has been shortlisted for the Audie Awards 2023.
The memoir is a very frank and raw account of Louise's childhood, and the bridge incident that shook her family to the core.
Winners will be announced on 28th March 2023.
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.
Perilous Times, the debut fantasy novel from Thomas D. Lee has received a fantastic quote from both Kings of the Wyld author, Nicholas Eames, and Ithaca author, Clare North:
"Wow, what a book. Hilarious, heartwarming, and harrowing all at once, with such a fun, fresh twist on the Arthurian legend. All great fantasy is escapist, but this one offers a hard—and quite necessary—dose of reality as well." Nicholas Eames
"Angry, funny, grounded in a vital, urgent reality and soaring with joyous fantasy - a needful delight of a book." Claire North
Set in modern-day Brighton, within a corrupt police force, the series has been described as "like Line of Duty on crack"!
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.
Finally, congratulations to Mandy Robotham, who has sold two "scandalous" and sexy historical novels to Aria, under the pen-name M. J. Robotham.
The Scandalous Life of Ruby Devereaux was acquired by Aria's Rachel Faulkner-Wilcocks in a two-book deal, negotiated by Broo Doherty.