Congratulations to James Goodhand, whose first foray into adult fiction, The Day Tripper, has been sold to Black & White, an imprint of Bonnier Zaffre.
Editor Clem Flanagan and Campbell Brown, executive publisher, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Nora Rawn at MIRA Books, an imprint of HarperCollins, in association with Harry Illingworth at and Helen Edwards. Screen rights have been optioned by a "major" streaming service. The novel will be published on 21st March 2024.
The Empire of the Wolf is on its knees, but there's life in the great beast yet.
To save it, Sir Konrad Vonvalt and Helena must look beyond its borders for allies - to the wolfmen of the southern plains, and the pagan clans in the north. But old grievances run deep, and both factions would benefit from the fall of Sova.
Even these allies might not be enough. Their enemy, the zealot Bartholomew Claver, wields infernal powers bestowed on him by a mysterious demonic patron. If Vonvalt and Helena are to stand against him, they will need friends on both sides of the mortal plane - but such allegiances carry a heavy price.
As the battlelines are drawn in both Sova and the afterlife, the final reckoning draws close. Here, at the beating heart of the Empire, the two-headed wolf will be reborn in a blaze of justice . . . or crushed beneath the shadow of tyranny.
Live, Laugh, Lesbian* by Helen Scott has been published, and it is an honest and unflinching look at life as a lesbian in the 21st Century.
"Sometimes, it's easy to feel like the only lesbian in the world - let alone in the village. But wherever you are with your sexuality, you've just picked up a book with the word 'lesbian' in the title and I know baby you would be so proud."
*The deal for the book was negotiated by Abi Fellows while she was at The Good Literary Agency
The second book from Natalie Marlow has been announced. The Red Hollow is the follow-up to Natalie's critically-acclaimed debut, Needless Alley*, released earlier this year.
Deep in a hamlet in the Warwickshire countryside, Red Hollow Hall is a male-only sanitorium run by the charismatic psychiatrist Dr Moon. However, all is not well, and Dr Moon's patients are leaving Red Hollow in droves.
When Private Enquiry agent, William Garrett, and freshly minted detective, Phyll Hall, are called in to uncover the identity of the intruder, they become trapped in a world of madness, the occult and grisly murder. A world where William must use all his strength to differentiate between the real-life monster haunting Red Hollow Hall and the monsters of the mind.
*The deal for the books was negotiated by Abi Fellows while she was at The Good Literary Agency
The list is curated by the team themselves, from the most talked-about bestsellers to exceptional award-winners, and from spellbinding novels and unputdownable thrillers to the finest non-fiction from throughout the year - and we couldn't be happier for Tom!
His forthcoming book, Murder on Lake Garda, is available for pre-order now.
Also published last week was The Winter Spirits, an incredible collection of ghostly tales written by some truly mind-blowing authors, including our very own Stuart Turton.
The tradition of a haunted tale at Christmas has flourished across the centuries. These twelve stories - authored by some of today's most loved and lauded writers of historical and gothic fiction - are all centred around Christmas or Advent, boldly and playfully re-imagining a beloved tradition for a modern audience.
So curl up, light a candle, and fall under the spell of winters past...
Finally, we are over the moon to be able to announce that the debut novel from Jane Crowther, @GATSBY, has been acquired by The Borough Press in a UK & Commonwealth deal, negotiated by Harry Illingworth. The book is a modern, reimagined version of The Great Gatsby with a female protagonist.
To find out more about the book and the deal struck, click here.