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We are delighted to welcome Ola Tundun to the Agency this week.
Ola, who joins Emily Glenister's list, has spent the last 15 years delivering global events for her clients and is currently working on her debut novel, The Chaos of Us.
In 1754, renowned maker of clocks and automata Abel Cloudesley must raise his new-born son Zachary when his wife dies in childbirth.
Growing up amongst the cogs and springs of his father's workshop, Zachary is intensely curious, ferociously intelligent, unwittingly funny and always honest - perhaps too honest. But when a fateful accident leaves six-year-old Zachary nearly blinded, Abel is convinced that the safest place for his son is in the care of his eccentric Aunt Frances and her menagerie of weird and wonderful animals.
So when a precarious job in Constantinople is offered to him, Abel has no reason to say no. A job presented to him by a politician with dubious intentions, Abel leaves his son, his workshop and London behind. The decision will change the course of his life forever.
Since his accident, Zachary is plagued by visions that reveal the hearts and minds of those around him. A gift at times and a curse at others, it is nonetheless these visions that will help him complete a journey that he was always destined to make - to travel across Europe to Constantinople and find out what happened to his father all those years ago.
Over the weekend, the book received a glowing review from the Sunday Express:
"Packed with intrigue, vividly drawn characters and heartstopping emotion, this beautifully written, ingeniously crafted debut is absolutely enthralling. ****"
Sean also wrote a piece for the Irish Times on his novel, and "the age of automata, whose promise and perils foreshadowed our own age of AI". Read the piece here.
Adam Hamdy's forthcoming The Other Side of Night (September 2022, Pan Macmillan), has picked up a coveted 'starred' review from Publishers Weekly:
"Intelligently plotted and powerfully told, Hamdy’s deviously twisty tale of fate and coincidence, love and courage, and profoundly tough choices will shock, stir, and haunt readers long after the final page. Hamdy has upped his game with this one."
Read the full review here.
An absent father.
A missing girl.
Buried family secrets.
Is the truth worth searching for?
Sixteen-year-old Prue has grown up around secrets. Her gran's stern silence, her mother's teary breakdowns, her aunt's whispered assurances. But now, in the aftermath of her mum's latest 'episode', Prue's decided she's old enough for the truth. She wants to know what it is that makes the adults around her turn tight-lipped and distracted. She wants to know why her mum can't cope. Most of all, she wants to know who her dad is.
Forced to spend the summer in the Shetlands with her aunt, Ruth, and new uncle, Archie, Prue arrives determined to find some answers. But she soon finds herself caught up in a web of family secrets, betrayals and – perhaps – even murder...
Set during one long summer in Shetland, this is a beautifully drawn, psychologically astute novel about a young woman's search for truth, even as she realises the lies that surround her have been keeping her safe.
Retreat to the Spanish Sun, the latest getaway outing from Jo Thomas, has been reviewed in MyWeekly:
"No summer reading list would be complete without the latest from the fabulous Jo Thomas ... Plenty of Jo's trademark mouth-watering foodie descriptions can be found throughout the story of Eliza's rediscovery of her zest for life, with a bit of romance thrown in."
Catch up here.
Huge congratulations to M. W. Craven, who saw his latest and fifth Washington Poe book, The Botanist, soar into the Sunday Times bestseller top 10 over the weekend, after its release on the 2nd June.
This is the second top 10 bestseller for Craven, whose previous Poe book, Dead Ground, also stormed the charts.
Rachel Winterbottom, senior commissioning editor at Gollancz, acquired world all language rights to the two books from Harry Illingworth at DHH Literary Agency, with the first, entitled Victoriocity, to publish in hardback on 9th November 2023.
To read the full press release, click here.