"A gorgeously heart-warming tale of friendship and romance in the perfect setting of the wilds of the Lake District ... it is a perfect Christmas treat for anyone wanting to experience some sparkle and joy."
My mother once said to me, ‘I wish you could feel the way I do for eighteen seconds. Just eighteen seconds, so you’d know how awful it is.’
I thought about it. Realised we could all learn from being in another person’s head for eighteen seconds. Eighteen seconds inside Grandma Roberts’ head as she sat alone with her evening cup of tea, us girls upstairs in bed. Eighteen seconds inside one-year-old Colin’s head when he woke up in a foster home without his family. Eighteen seconds inside the head of a girl waiting for her bedroom door to open.
Writer, Louise Beech, looks back on the events that led to the day her mother wrote down her last words, then jumped off the Humber Bridge. She missed witnessing the horror herself by minutes.
Louise recounts the pain and trauma of her childhood alongside her love for her siblings with a delicious dark humour and a profound voice of hope for the future.
The book will be published by Mardle in April 2023.
A few months ago, we told you of the fantastic news that T. M. Payne's debut novels starring Detective Sheridan Holler, had been sold to Amazon in a three-book deal, with the first, Already Dead, set to publish in January 2024.
We are delighted to reveal that the books have also been sold to Thomas & Mercer in Germany.
Two women receive an anonymous note.
For one it's a threat.
For the other it's an invitation for revenge.
Helena is beautiful, successful, and living in married bliss in Exeter. But she's hiding a secret that could tear her perfect life apart. When the notes begin to arrive, she realises someone else must know her secret. But what might her husband and his overbearing family do if they find out the truth?
Thea is reeling from her best friend Helena's death. But when she starts digging into the circumstances, she receives a threatening note warning her to stop. She knows her friend's death wasn't an accident. This was murder. And she is determined to get revenge...
The book will be published by Hodder & Stoughton in April 2023.
The recently-published second YA novel from Amy Beashel, We Are All Constellations, received a fantastic review from The Irish Times:
"[Amy's second novel] echoes the emotional authenticity of her first ... This is a book about mental illness without being anything as reductive as an "issue book"; it is both insightful and compulsively readable."