Out later this week, the buzz for Heather Darwent's debut, The Things We Do To Our Friends, is ramping up and within the last seven days, has picked up some incredible pre-publication reviews and was chosen as one of Apple Books' 'best books of January' and one of the Financial Times' best in new and upcoming fiction for 2023.
"Intoxicatingly dark with an uneasy undertone throughout, this twisted thriller about toxic friendships makes for compulsive reading."
"Dark and gripping."
"Seductive and sinister."
Woman & Home
"Themes of obsession, revenge and desire collide in twisty, dark and delicious feminist thriller."
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Congratulations to Barry Walsh whose new novel, Danny Boy, was published last week.
The perfect nostalgic, coming-of-age novel for 2023, the book also received a gorgeous write-up from MyWeekly:
"Having grown up in a sprawling housing estate in Pimlico, Danny finds himself reaching a crossroads one summer as he prepares for his A-levels and then university while his friends decide on their paths. Over the course of one pivotal summer, their bonds are tested to the limit when things take a darker turn and Danny begins to question everything.Gloriously nostalgic, this coming-of-age novel perfectly captures the spirit of post-war London. Perfect for fans of Call The Midwife."
Also published last week, and in paperback, was the second book from People of Abandoned Character author, Clare Whitfield: The Gone and the Forgotten.
This is a part-psychological thriller, and part-coming-of-age novel and has been hailed as "beautiful, absorbing, emotional" by fellow author, Louise Beech.
Our final book that was published last week was the hardback for Abi Elphinstone's reimagining of J. M. Barrie's beloved Peter Pan, Saving Neverland.
Number 14 Darlington Road looks like a perfectly ordinary townhouse - at first glance anyway, but magic is good at hiding ... when it's waiting for the right person to discover it...
Finally, we are delighted to congratulate DHH agent, Emily Glenister, who has been made a director of the company, effective immediately.
David Headley, managing director of the agency, said: “Emily is a dynamic, driven and passionate agent. Since joining the agency, her determination and hard work to build the agency have not gone unnoticed.
Glenister, who joins fellow directors Broo Doherty, Hannah Sheppard and Harry Illingworth, added: “Being asked to become a director came a very close second to being proposed to by my husband – and depending on my mood, it’s even better. Given DHH Literary Agency is my second home, about which I care deeply, I could not have asked for a better Christmas present. I am privileged to represent the authors I do, and work with some of the best agents in the business, who are just the most supportive colleagues I could ask for. Bring on 2023!”