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The Many Colours of Us published today

April 2017

The debut novel from Rachel Burton, The Many Colours of Us, is published today!

Julia has never known her father and when she finds out she’s the love-child of late great artist Bruce Baldwin, everything changes. He wrote her one letter every year to her 18th birthday urging her to learn from his mistakes. As the truth unravels, can Julia forgive and forget?

Congratulations Rachel!
 

Nothing Short of Dying Out Today

April 2017

Erik Storey's wonderful debut Nothing Short of Dying is out in paperback in the US today. 

"Gritty, authentic, a terrific page-turner"

The Trespasser Out Today

April 2017

Tana French's New York Times Bestseller The Trespasser is out in paperback in the UK today. 

The Trespasser is a Summer 2017 Richard and Judy bookclub pick! 

Happy Publication Tana.

The Killer on the Wall published today

April 2017

The compulsive new thriller from Emma Kavanagh is published today!

The Killer on the Wall is a ‘nerve-shredding new thriller’ (Good Housekeeping) that follows a small town once shaken by a string of gruesome murders, facing the nightmare all over again, twenty years on.

Emma Kavanagh is a former military and police psychologist specialising in human performance in extreme situations and has worked with military forces and NATO throughout the UK and Europe.
 

Darley does the Double

April 2017

It is with great pleasure that we announce that two of Darley Anderson's authors are No.1 on the hardback and paperback fiction Bestseller lists.

Lee Child's Night School (PB) is an emphatic No 1. This is Lee's 16th No.1 and the 4th year in a row that he has gone straight to the No.1 spot!

John Connolly's A Game of Ghosts (HB) soared to the top of the charts, beating publishing heavyweight Wilbur Smith's and David Churchill's War Cry to the coveted No.1 spot. This is the second year in a row that John has gone straight to No. 1 on the hardback list.

This week saw 7 new entries into the hardback list, all of which placed in the Top 10.

An awesome achievement for John and Lee.
 

A Game of Ghosts

April 2017

The Sunday Times Bestselling series following Charlie Parker is back with A Game of Ghosts.

This time our favourite PI is caught up in a world where "the innocent and guilty alike are pawns in a game of ghosts..."

A Game of Ghosts is the 15th in "the finest crime series currently in existence". 

Happy publication day John. 

The Year of Martina Continues

April 2017

The 25th Anniversary Year of Martina Cole continues at full pace today as 7 of her beloved backlist titles are republished in paperback. 

The Graft, The Buisness, The Life and Revenge are all published today under her "violence" category.

DI Kate Burrows trilogy, The Ladykiller, Broken and Hard Girls is also being republished today. 

 

Needlework nominated for CBI Book of the Year 2017

March 2017

We are so thrilled that Deidre Sullivan's Needlework has been nominated for a CBI Book of the Year Award 2017.

The CBI Book Awards are literary awards presented annually in the Republic of Ireland to writers and illustrators of books for children and young people. Previous winners include Eoin Colfer and John Boyne. 

Congratulations Deirdre! 

A Quarter of the Top 20 are Darley Anderson

March 2017

A quarter of the Top 20 books on the Amazon Kindle Chart today are Darley Anderson Agency authors. 

Kerry Fisher's at No 2 with The Silent Wife

B A Paris, The Breakdown 

K L Slater, Blink

Martina Cole, Dangerous Lady 

T M Logan, Lies

Everything But The Truth is a bestseller

March 2017

The highly anticipated debut novel, Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister, has gone straight to No.17 in the UK bestsellers chart!

It has been released to wide acclaim and the Sunday Mirror said, ‘Superb debut…a completely plausible plot, the perfect pace of which creates real moments of heart-in-mouth suspense. With engaging characters, and a cleverly crafted message about morality and forgiveness at its core, this contemporary love story wrapped in a thriller is a brilliant read.’

Congratulations Gillian!
 

Everything But The Truth published today

March 2017

Do you ever check your partner’s phone? Should you? Are you prepared for the consequences?

Everything But The Truth, the gripping and emotionally charged debut from Gillian McAllister is published by Michael Joseph/Penguin today!

It has already received some outstanding pre-publication reviews from Heat magazine and Hello!, as well as garnering a number of fans in fellow authors.

Clare Mackintosh, the No.1 bestselling author of I Let You Go said, ‘Perfection. Intriguing and compelling. An exceptional debut.’

Get your copy today because soon everyone will be talking about it and asking, ‘What would you do?’
 

Dangerous Lady Continues to Thrill 25 Years On

March 2017

Martina Cole's Dangerous Lady is back in the bestseller list, 25 years after it was first published. 

There's only one Martina Cole, the undisputed Queen fo Crime.

25th Anniversary Edition of Dangerous Lady

February 2017

The Year of Martina Cole continues with the 25th anniversary publication of her iconic novel Dangerous Lady.

Dangerous Lady was the first novel launching the Queen of Crimes’ phenomenal career.

This special anniversary edition is out in hardback now.
 

The Caller is Out Today

February 2017

The Caller by Sunday Times Bestselling author, Chris Carter, is out today in hardback. 

The Caller is the eighth book in the gripping Robert Hunter series and is possibly the most terrifying yet.

The Caller follows D.I. Hunter as he tries to find the twisted killer on the other end of the phone. Don't look away from the camera and don't cancel the call.

Margaret Dickinson Speeds into the Top Ten

February 2017

Margaret Dickinson shot into the Top Ten after her first full week of sales with Daughters of Courage.

This is the 2nd novel of Margaret's that has gone into the top ten after the first full week of sales. 

The first book to do so was the prequel, The Buffer Girls

Adrian Plass Returns

February 2017

Adrian Plass, bestselling author of the Sacred Dairy series, is back with a new novel: The Shadow Doctor.

This is Plass' first book since the hilarious The Sacred Diary of Adrian Plass: Adrian Plass and the Church Weekend

The Shadow Doctor is "a brilliantly crafted and thoroughly engaging story. This is Adrian Plass at his best!"

The Shadow Doctor is out now.

Reading Rampage 2017

February 2017

We are delighted to announce that three of our Children's Agency authors have been longlisted for Reading Rampage 2017.

Polly Ho-Yen's Where Monsters Lie, Kim Slater's Smart and Vanessa Altin's The Pomegranate Tree have all been chosen for the city wide event sponsored by Leicester Libraries and ‘Whatever It Takes’. 

Reading Rampage aims to promote Reading for Pleasure to children and young people. 

The Last Night takes Bronze

February 2017

We are thrilled to announce that The Last Night by Cesca Major won the Bronze Award in the Historical Fiction category of TBC Charlie Awards. 

The Book Club is an online reading group made up of over 6500 compulsive readers and approximately 900 authors. Every year the TBC Charlie Awards celebrate the authors with prizes awarded in 16 different categories.

Congratulations Cesca! 

Daughters of Courage Out Now

February 2017

Margaret Dickinson has a new book out today: Daughters of Courage.

This heartwarming tale carries on from the top ten bestselling novel The Buffer Girls (out last year). Daughters of Courage follows the gripping story of Emily and Trip's fight to keep their new life afloat in Sheffield in the turbulent 1930s. 

Tana on the Longlist for a Dagger

February 2017

The amazing Tana French has been selected by the Crime Writers Association for the Dagger in the Library Award longlist. 

The longlist is based on nominations from 175 libraries in the UK and Ireland.

The shortlist will be announced in the Summer and the winner will be announced this Autumn. 

Throughout her wonderful career Tana's books have won the Edgar, Anthony, Macavity and Barry Awards, the Los Angeles Times Award for Best Mystery/Thriller, and the Irish Book Award for Crime Fiction. 

Arthur Pepper US Paperback out now

February 2017

The wonderful and warming debut novel from Phaedra Patrick, The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper, is out in paperback in the US. 

Arthur Pepper has really resonated with American fans, and has become a real book club favourite. Phaedra is currently on her second tour of the United States attending writers’ events, readings and meeting fans across the country as part of the exciting build-up to publication of her second novel, Rise and Shine Benedict Stone

B.A. Paris wins Gold Award

January 2017

The début phenomenon of 2016, Behind Closed Doors, was awarded the Gold award Nielsen | Specsavers Bestseller Awards for sales of 500,000 copies.

B.A. Paris was the only début fiction author to win a Gold award as well being one of the few début authors to receive a prize. 

A massive congratulations to B.A. Paris and here’s to the many more successes to come. 

Tana stays Triumphant

January 2017

Tana French's The Trespasser is No.1 for the third week running on the German Bestseller List Spiegel!

'Another gripping tale, beautifully told, by a woman at the top of her game.' (Sunday Independent)

LIES out today!

January 2017

The outstanding debut thriller from T M Logan is out on ebook today!

LIES, published by Bonnier Zaffre, sees dedicated husband Joe become entangled in a dangerous web of deceit and learns that a decade of marriage has been built on lies. 

Follow @TMLoganAuthor on Twitter for all the publication day news and, most importantly, get your copy here!
 

Tana Tops the List Again

January 2017

Darley starts the New Year with yet another of his authors at No.1. 

Tana French's brilliant 6th novel The Trespasser has shot straight to No.1 on the German Bestseller List - Spiegel. 

Congratulations to Tana and her brilliant publishers Fischer Verlag. 

Margaret Dickinson on the BBC

January 2017

Margaret Dickinson is on Bargain Hunt today being interviewed about the renowned buffer girls from Sheffield. 

Margaret's novel The Buffer Girls is out in paperback now.

If you missed Margaret's interview, you can easily find it on BBC iPlayer. 

Darley 'the Deal' does the Double with Lee and Martina

January 2017

Lee Child's Night School is the No 1 Bestselling Hardback Fiction title of 2016. And Martina Cole's Betrayal is the No 2 Bestselling Hardback Fiction title of 2016. 

Nicknamed Darley 'the Deal' by Martina many years ago, Darley discovered Lee and Martina when they were unpublished. 

Their success is no flash in the pan. They have both delievered a succession of No1 Bestsellers over a period of many years.

An awesome achievement. 

Betrayal is another Huge Success for Martina

January 2017

As Martina approaches the 25th anniversary of her smash hit debut novel, Dangerous Lady, she continues to notch up sales growth with Betrayal.

A Sunday Times No 1 Bestseller and currently one of the top 3 bestselling original fiction titles leading into the Christmas period.

The Queen of Crime reigns supreme.
 

Lee Child Breaks Records in Australia

January 2017

Night School is the highest Lee Child new release title that Transworld Australia has ever distributed.

In just 6 weeks Transworld Australia has distributed over 115,000 copies.

Night School has spent 5 weeks as the No 1 Fiction titles on BookScan. This is an improvement on Lee's previous title Make Me which spent 3 weeks at No 1.

In Australia Night School has sold over 80,000 copies, an increase of 14% on Make Me!

A great end of the year for Lee in Australia.

Behind Closed Doors is a New York Times Bestseller...Again!

January 2017

The super-smash debut from B.A. Paris has re-entered the New York Times bestsellers list!

Behind Closed Doors is No.3 on the NYT Ebook Bestsellers and is No.15 on the Ebook and paperback combined Bestsellers list. 

Massive congratulations to B.A. Paris!

Tana French, the Financial Times and Best Crime Books of 2016

January 2017

Tana French, the bestselling crime novelist, has done a fascinating interview with the Financial Times on Dublin, murder and why the two inspire her to write her fantastic books.   

Watch via the link below:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mqiaTvIwcks

Tana's 6th novel, The Trespasser, which went to No 2 on the New York Times Bestseller List, has also been listed as one of the best crime books of 2016 by The Guardian and the Daily Mail! 


 

Night School Stays at No 1 for the Third Week Running

January 2017

Lee Child's 21st novel Night School has stayed emphatically at No 1 for the third week running. 

The smash hit thriller has sold nearly 10,000 copies more than this week's No 2. 

Night School has now sold 93,000 copies in just three weeks.

Terrific! 

Read An Extract From The Trespasser

April 2017

You can read the first chapter of Tana French's NYT Bestselling novel, The Trespasser, on the WH Smith blog!

https://blog.whsmith.co.uk/rjsu17-read-an-extract-from-the-trespasser-tana-french/

The Trespasser is out in paperback now! 

Abi Oliver Debuts

April 2017

Abi Oliver's debut novel A New Map Of Love is out in hardback today. 

A New Map of Love follows George Baxter and is "Full of hilarious set pieces and moments of tender reflection..." (Kit de Waal author of My Name is Leon) 

A "funny and poignant" read, perfect for Spring time! 

Connolly and Child Continue to Conquer

April 2017

A Game of Ghosts by John Connolly and Night School by Lee Child continue to hold the No.1 spot on the hardback and paperback fiction bestseller lists for the second week in a row.

This is the second year in a row that John Connolly has held the No.1 spot in the two weeks since publication.

Lee Child has sold over 30,000 copies more than the current No.2 on the paperback fiction list. His paperback sales so far with Night School have broken his own personal record.

The Darley Anderson Agency is thrilled for both authors.
 

The Doorstep Child flies into the Top 10

April 2017

Annie Murray's The Doorstep Child has shot up to No 6 in the paperback chart.

This is the highest position in Annie's career so far.

Wonderful news!  

The Forever Court out today!

April 2017

The outstanding second book in the Knights of the Borrowed Dark trilogy is out in the UK today!

In The Forever Court we return to young and reluctant hero Denizen as he tries to adjust to life in the Order and understand the new and strange powers he acquired at the end of the first novel, Knights of the Borrowed Dark, which won the Specsavers’ Children’s Book of the Year 2016 at the Irish Book Awards.

The Forever Court will be launched by former Irish Children’s Laureate, Eion Colfer on Friday 7th April at Easons in Dublin. 

Congratulations Dave!
 

The Doorstep Child

April 2017

Annie Murray has a new book out today in paperback.

The Doorstep Child is the 21st book in Annie's prolific and talented career. 

It follows the tumultuous life of neglected Evie who is searching for love and warmth in a world full of betrayal. 

Night School Out in Paperback

April 2017

Lee Child's No 1 bestselling novel Night School is out in paperback today. 

Night School is the 21st novel in the acclaimed Jack Reacher series.

A Seven Letter Word out in paperback today!

March 2017

The second Carnegie nominated novel from Kim Slater, A Seven Letter Word is out in paperback today!

It tells the story of Scrabble genius Finlay, struggling to overcome his confidence-denting stutter and, at the same time, uncover the mystery behind the disappearance of his mother. 

Everything But The Truth smashes into the Top 10

March 2017

The debut thriller that has everyone asking, ‘What would you do?’ is a No.6 UK bestseller!

Climbing a massive 10 places in a week, Everything But The Truth by Gillian McAllister has wowed readers across the country, already racking up a number of five star reviews from both critics and reader reviews.

Congratulations Gillian!
 

Martina Climbs the Charts Again

March 2017

Maura Ryan, Martina's iconic gangland heroine, is back with a vengance in the Bestseller Lists after 25 years.  

Chris Carter Tops the Sunday Times Hardback Bestseller List for the First Time

March 2017

With his new novel The Caller (S & S) Chris Carter has beaten established authors like Joanna Trollope, Katie Fforde, Neal Gaiman and Sophie Kinsella to the No 1 spot on the ST List in its first week of publication.

The Caller is Chris Carter’s eighth serial killer novel featuring Robert Hunter.

Carter’s sales have been increasing book by book since his debut in 2009 with The Crucifix Killer which Darley sold at auction to S&S CEO Ian Chapman

Carter’s previous two novels I Am Death and An Evil Mind both went to No 5 on the ST Hardback Bestseller Lists.

This is also a personal triumph for Darley as Carter is the sixth of his own authors to achieve the No 1 spot on the Sunday Times List.

Some like Martina Cole and Lee Child have been long term No 1 Bestsellers for many years. Chris Carter now looks like joining their ranks

DA Agency welcomes Catherine Steadman

March 2017

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome new talent Catherine Steadman to the Darley Anderson Agency!

Her novel, Something In The Water, is an unpredictable and darkly funny debut, with an utterly compelling voice.

Kate Miciak from Bantam Bell snapped up the US rights at auction and said, ‘From the opening sentence to its final gorgeous revelation, I was enthralled. The vitality and intelligence of this novel’s voice, the insidious spirals of its ingenious plotting, the assurance which with Catherine leads us through—I read the pages in one greedy gulp…and then couldn’t stop obsessing about it.’ 

Italian translation rights were pre-empted with Swedish rights sold and German under offer. 

Catherine is an Laurence Olivier Award nominated actress and writer based in North London. She is known for her roles in Downton Abbey and Tutankhamun, starring alongside Sam Neill, as well as shows including The Inbetweeners, The Tudors, and Fresh Meat.

The Silent Wife out now

February 2017

Would you risk everything for the man you loved? Even if you knew he'd done something terrible?

The Silent Wife, the emotionally gripping family drama from Kerry Fisher, is published by Bookouture today!

Publisher Lydia Vassar-Smith said, 'An astonishing read. I really loved reading and adored the ending...an absolute blinder of a book.'

Get your copy here!

The Breakdown is a bestseller!

February 2017

We are thrilled to announce that The Breakdown, the second novel from internationally bestselling author B.A. Paris is a No.11 UK bestseller!

The utterly addictive thriller also soared to No.6 on the Kindle UK bestsellers chart and into the Top 20 of the overall Amazon bestsellers chart. 

A massive congratulations to B.A. Paris!

Knights of the Borrowed Dark wins

February 2017

We are thrilled that Dave Rudden's debut novel Knights of the Borrowed Dark has won the Most Read Award at the School Library Association Great Reads Awards.

Instead of a trophy, the students gave him a lightbulb as a nod to one of the most memorable parts of the story. 

The ‘GRA’ award was set up by a group of school librarians. The aim of the award is to highlight new authors and diversify the reading of young adults.

Congratulations Dave! 

BLINK out today!

February 2017

What if the person you love most in the world was in terrible danger…because of you?

BLINK, the second compulsive thriller from K L Slater is published by Bookouture today! 

Her first novel, Safe With Me, was a No.1 Kindle bestseller in Australia and No.6 Kindle bestseller in the UK.

Margaret Kicks Off Her Tour With a Bang

February 2017

Margaret launches her 20 day promotional tour at W H Smith Skegness for her chart bound new book Daughters of Courage

The Breakdown out today!

February 2017

If you can't trust yourself, who can you trust?

The highly anticipated second novel from B.A. Paris, The Breakdown, is published today! It's a heartstopping thriller with a twist you won't see coming. 

Last month, B.A.Paris'  first novel, Behind Closed Doors, was awarded the Nielsen Gold Award for selling over 500,000 copies in 2016. 

Let's do it again with The Breakdown. 

A Time of Torment in Paperback

February 2017

John Connolly's Sunday Times Bestseller, A Time of Torment, is out in paperback today.

The hardback edition was at the No 1 spot for 2 weeks running in the UK IN 2016.

This is the 14th novel in the gripping and bestselling Charlie Parker series.

Happy publication day John.  

PAIRS by Lorna Scobie out now

February 2017

The fantastic PAIRS is out today! The illustrations by Lorna Scobie are beautiful. You and the kids will be staring at them for hours.

Be sure to check out her website for more of her outstanding work.

A Little Death published today

January 2017

The latest forensic cold case mystery by A.J. Cross is published by Severn House today. 

Dr Kate Hanson and the Unsolved Crime Unit are facing their most challenging cold case yet: the year old murder of a female student. With little forensic evidence Kate realises she has to find the killer's motivation, the why. To do that she has to get into the mind of a twisted murderer: one who is ready to kill again. 

Written by a forensic psychologist with two decades of experience, don't miss this killer police procedural. 

Year of Martina off to a flying start

January 2017

The 25th Anniversary Year for Martina Cole's Dangerous Lady is off to an incredible start. The Queen of Crime was awarded the Nielsen and Specsavers Honorary Platinum Award for 9 million sales of her novels including Dangerous Lady, The Take and Betrayal.

2017 marks 25 years of record-breaking bestsellers from Martina. Her 23rd novel, Betrayal, went straight to No.1 last year, making it her 15th No.1 in 16 years.

She is unmatched in her success and shows no signs of stopping.

 

Tana Stays at The Top

January 2017

Tana French's The Trespasser has stayed at the No.1 spot on the German Bestseller List Spiegel for the second week running. 

A fantastic way to start 2017. 

Defender is out today

January 2017

One of the most anticipated debuts of 2017, Defender by G.X. Todd, is out today!

Defender is the first of a four part thriller series set in a post-apocalyptic dangerous new world where the voice you hear in your head may not be your own.

With rave reviews from incredible authors like Lee Child and John Connolly, who said ‘An incredibly accomplished and impressive debut… stands head and shoulders above most recent post-apocalyptic offerings’, Defender has already impressed the best in the business.

Now it’s time for everyone to #HearTheVoices. Make sure to follow the hashtag on Twitter and tweet your reviews. 

Congratulations G.X. Todd!
 

Dominion In America

January 2017

John Connolly and Jennie Ridyard's gripping sci-fi novel Dominion is out in Paperback in the US.

Dominion is the third in the Chronicles of the Invaders Trilogy which follows the alien Syl Hellais and the teenage resistance fighter Paul Kerr. They are joined together in their fight for freedom.

"...written with a torrential, captivating pace, I highly recommend this book!"--James Dashner (bestselling author of The Maze Runner

The Trespasser Continues to Thrill in the US

January 2017

Tana French's The Trespasser is a continuing hit on the US Indie List.

It is ending the year on the US Indie's Bestseller List. 

A wonderful achievement. 

2016 has been an outstanding year for multi-talented John Connolly

January 2017

In the UK he achieved his first No 1 with A Time of Torment - a Charlie Parker adventure. 

He won the Short Story Dagger for On the Anatomization of an Unknown Man (1637) by Frans Mier from Night Music: Nocturnes 2.

And a film deal for his two short story collections Nocturnes and Nocturnes 2: Night Music has just been signed with Shooting Script Films.

Janet Maslin selects The Trespasser as one of her Top Ten

January 2017

Janet Maslin, New York Times literary critic, has selected Tana French's The Trespasser as one of her Top Ten books of the year! 

The Trespasser went straight to No 2 in the US on the New York Times Bestseller List. A personal best for Tana. 

You can read the full article on the New York Times website or by clicking here.

Behind Closed Doors dominates Bestseller lists for 2016

January 2017

We are absolutely thrilled that Behind Closed Doors, the debut novel from B.A. Paris, has been voted as one of 2016's best books!

On Amazon's 10 Best Books of 2016, Behind Closed Doors charted at No.7 on the list, voted for by customers, alongside powerhouse titles Harry Potter and the Cursed Child, Deliciously Ella and Lean in 15: The Shape Plan

Behind Closed Doors has also been voted the Best Thriller of 2016 by iBooks US and is one of the iBooks UK bestselling titles of 2016, featuring alongside The Girl on the Train and Me Before You.

The thriller is also No.3 on Kobo's Best Selling Books 2016  which is based on their reading data accumulated in 2016. 

This is such a phenomenal achievement for any author, and almost unheard of for a debut.

We are so proud, congratulations B.A. Paris!

Night School Breaks A Reacher Record

January 2017

Lee Child's 21st novel in the Jack Reacher series Night School is No 1 for the 5th consecutive week. 

This is the longest period that Lee has stayed at the No 1 spot.

His previous record was for 4 consecutive weeks at No 1 with Never Go Back, which was released as a film starring Tom Cruise this year. 

Helen Grant a 'Perth Pioneer'

January 2017

Our wonderful Children's author Helen Grant has been chosen as a cultural representative as part of her city's bid to be the City of Culture in 2021. 

The public nominated creative practitioners whom they consider to be "Perth Pioneers" demonstrating the rich creative culture of the city,  Helen was absolutely thrilled to have been nominated for her novels and short stories, some of which are set in Perthshire, Scotland.

The Perth 2021 website today posted a piece about her which you can find here.

Helen is proud to support Perth's bid to be City of Culture 2021.
 

Netflix to make The Kissing Booth

January 2017

We are thrilled to announce that Netflix have ordered a feature-length film adaption of The Kissing Booth by the wonderful Beth Reekles.

The film will be produced by London-LA based Komixx Media and will be directed by Vince Marcello whose credits include Disney’s Teen Beach Movie.

Beth wrote The Kissing Booth when she was 15 and became a Wattpad sensation. The debut novel has received more than 19 million reads worldwide.
 

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