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Smart shortlisted for BASH 2015!

December 2014

We are delighted to see Smart, by Kim Slater on the shortlist for the St. Helen's Library Book Award 2015. 

Book Awards St. Helens (BASH) is the fantastic Book Award scheme for Secondary school pupils, the amBASHadors. BASH started in 2011 and celebrates works of fiction being written in the UK for ages 11-18. The winner, voted for by the students, will be announced by Queen of Teen 2014, James Dawson, on 30th April 2015. 

For more information on BASH, click here, or follow them on Twitter @STHLibraries.

Congratulations, Kim! 

David Hewson scoops Audiobook of the Year for Hamlet

December 2014

Hamlet, Prince of Denmark: A Novel co-authored by David Hewson and AJ Hartley has been named at Audible’s Audiobook of the Year!

Produced exclusively for Audible, this is the second reimagining from the two writers who previously wrote Macbeth: A Novel.

Congratulations, David!
 

Darley Anderson is one of the 100 Most Influential in the Book Business

December 2014

Darley Anderson has been named as one of the 100 most influential people in the book industry by The Bookseller, saying 'Anderson's agency certainly has some top-notch talent' 

 

 

Lee Weeks is No.14 in the Paperback Chart!

December 2014

Lee Week's Frozen Grave has swooped into the paperback chart at No.14. Congratulations, Lee!

Lucy Summers Wins Trade Journalist of the Year!

December 2014

The lovely Lucy Summers, author of the Greenfinger Guides books, has won Trade Journalist of the Year at the Garden Media Guild Awards at the Savoy, London.

Congratulations, Lucy!

The lovely Lucy Summers

 

Lucy receives her award

 

Fall for Falling this Fall

November 2014

Emma Kavanagh's debut novel Falling has already received rave reviews, and the hype and excitement surrounding the book contributed to Emma's fantastic No.35 chart position last week. Congratulations, Emma!

Emma Kavanagh signing copies of her debut book Falling

"Fathers and daughters emerge as a theme in this pared-back, swift-moving crime tale." The Independent

"Bristling with tension and cleverly plotted, Falling weaves between past and present, allowing a window onto the troubled lives of four complex and compelling characters as they negotiate a maze of secrets, lies and shocking revelations. A thrilling, thought-provoking story and an impressive debut." The Blackpool Gazette

"A thought provoking and emotive read that grips you from the first page to the last." Crimethrillergirl.com

The Secret Place is a Washington Post Best Thriller of 2014

November 2014

The Secret Place by the inimitable Tana French has been listed as one of The Washington Post's five best thrillers of 2014. Congratulations, Tana!

"French lures readers into the toxic stew of hormones and homicidal rivalries roiling within the hermetically sealed world of teenagers at the school. French, who won an Edgar Award for “In the Woods” (2007), is a poet of mood and a master builder of plots. Here she provides an exquisitely sensitive look at the mean-girl world: the mocking stares, the whisper campaigns, the machinations of cliques. By story’s end, she simultaneously makes you wistful for the galloping intensity of lost adolescence and grateful to have left it with mind and body intact."Maureen Corrigan, The Washington Post 

Clare Dowling Dazzles with A Special Delivery

November 2014

Clare Dowling's No.2 Irish Times hardback bestseller, A Special Delivery, which is now out in paperback, has received rave reviews.

"This is a beautifully written portrait of a family in crisis and how its members slowly but surely begin to heal themselves. It's warm, funny and thoughtful." The Daily Mail

"Clare Dowling's 10th novel is the warm and very funny story of the Brady family...the dialogue, especially the comic dialogue is hard to beat.....Clare Dowling fans - I know they are legion - will not be disappointed".       The Sunday Independent

Boy in the Tower longlisted for the Redbridge Children's Book Award 2015!

November 2014

The amazing award news keeps coming this month! We are very pleased to share the news that Boy in the Tower by Polly Ho-Yen has been longlisted for the Redbridge Children’s Book Awards 2015!

This local book award aims to highlight the best new reading for children and teenagers with local schools participating and voting for their top choices. The shortlist will be announced at the end of May 2015 with the eventual winner announced in July 2015.

Congratulations, Polly!
 

James Carol at the Mord Am Hellweg Crime Festival

November 2014

Over the weekend of 8th November, James Carol, creator of the Jefferson Winter series, attended the prestigious Mord Am Hellweg Crime Festival in Germany.

Mord am Hellweg started in 2002 and is now Europe’s largest Crime festival. Featuring international names such as Karin Slaughter, Mark Billingham, Arne Dahl, Jo Nesbo and Yrsa Sigurðardóttir, it runs biennially and takes place in the Hellweg Börde, part of the North Rhine-Westphalia, region of Germany. One of the festival's charms is that it takes place in unusual locations such as old churches, ruins and industrial monuments. This year's was at Castle Horst in Gelsenkirchen which is in the North Western area of the Ruhr.

James Carol and Benjamin Fürmann

James took part in two events in both the library and the impressive main hall of the castle. He and Benjamin Fürmann (German film and TV star) read from Broken Dolls, bringing Jefferson Winter to life for the German fans. James also participated in Q&A sessions, chatted to his readers and signed copies of the German edition of Broken Dolls.

For more information on James Carol, please see his author page and if you'd like more information on Mord Am Hellweg, please click here.
 

A Winter Tale from Kerry Fisher

November 2014

With the countdown to Christmas on the approach, Kerry Fisher, author of The School Gate Survival Guide, is getting festive already.

Winter Tales – Stories to Warm Your Heart is a collection of twenty-four uplifting winter or Christmas-themed short stories written by the Write Romantics, a group of authors who met online through The Romantic Novelists’ Assocation’s New Writer’s scheme, and several published guests including Kerry Fisher. Inspired by Stephen Sutton, and his incredible fundraising, the anthology will be in aid of two charities: The Teenage Cancer Trust and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

Kerry has contributed two Christmassy chapters from her upcoming book to the anthology. It will be available in paperback and eBook formats through Amazon on 8th November 2014. All proceeds to be split between The Teenage Cancer Trust and Cystic Fibrosis Trust.

For more information about the anthology, please click here.
 

The Wolf In Winter is Nominated for Goodreads Best of 2014

November 2014

John Connolly's The Wolf In Winter has been nominated for Goodreads Best of 2014 along with just 14 other books in the Horror category.

Congratulations, John!

Goodreads Choice Awards, the only major book awards decided by readers. To cast your vote click below:

http://www.goodreads.com/choiceawards/best-horror-books-2014

Fantastic Frankfurt Deals!

October 2014

As a result of a fantastic Frankfurt Book Fair, the Rights team have just closed some very exciting deals for two of our authors.

Rights in Saving Grace, by début author B.A. Paris, have now been sold to publishers in Germany and Italy. Blanvalet acquired German translation rights after a nail biting auction between four publishers, and Editrice Nord bought Italian translation rights in an exciting pre-empt.

We also delighted to announce that Italian rights in Emma Kavanagh’s second stand-alone thriller, Hidden, were sold to Newton Compton.

Congratulations, Bernadette and Emma!
 

Frankfurt 2014

October 2014

The Rights team have now settled back in after a very busy and successful week at the International Frankfurt Book Fair. Between 7th and 11th October, Clare and Mary held over 120 meetings with publishers from all over the world, closing six deals at the table as well as managing an auction for German rights.

Not only are the fairs a time for selling and pitching new books, but they provide an invaluable opportunity to catch up with our authors’ wonderful overseas editors. Despite the economic crisis still affecting publishing in all markets, the atmosphere was more buoyant and optimistic than has been reported for some time. Publishers are becoming more inventive with how they are publishing and are learning how to survive in tough markets.

Rienk from Meulenhoff with Clare

The Rights team are now following-up on their meetings and look forward to reporting more on the German auction soon!

12 Hardback No.1's for Martina Cole

October 2014

Martina Cole's The Good Life has hit the No.1 hardback spot on the bestseller list with sales of over 13,000 copies in just a few days. 

She has spent more time at No.1 in original fiction than any author. Congratulations, Martina! 

Helen Grant's The Vanishing of Katharina Linden is One of the 100 Best Children's Books

October 2014

Helen Grant's The Vanishing of Katharina Linden has been named as one of the 100 Best Children's Books of the last 10 years in The Sunday Times. Congratulations Helen!

 

 

 

"a feast of treats and creeps. The excellent writing, and the eschewing of anything remotely winsome or mawkish, make this an eerily subtle literary page-turner. Wonderful."  The Guardian

"a richly textured, effortlessly written novel with an impeccable sense of place and characterisation." The Sunday Telegraph

"An impressive debut from a writer to watch." The Daily Mail 

"For something so chilling, it is terrific entertainment." The Sunday Times

The House of Dolls by David Hewson is out now!

September 2014

The House of Dolls by David Hewson is out in paperback now!

Where dark secrets lurk behind every door...

Anneliese Vos, sixteen-year-old daughter of Amsterdam detective, Pieter Vos, disappeared three years ago in mysterious circumstances. Her distraught father's desperate search reveals nothing and results in his departure from the police force.

Pieter now lives in a broken down houseboat in the colourful Amsterdam neighbourhood of the Jordaan. One day, while Vos is wasting time at the Rijksmuseum staring at a doll's house that seems to be connected in some way to the case, Laura Bakker, a misfit trainee detective from the provinces, visits him. She’s come to tell him that Katja Prins, daughter of an important local politician, has gone missing in circumstances similar to Anneliese.

In the company of the intriguing and awkward Bakker Vos finds himself drawn back into the life of a detective. A life which he thought he had left behind. Hoping against hope that somewhere will lay a clue to the fate of Anneliese, the daughter he blames himself for losing . . .

Dark and atmospheric with breathless pacingLinwood Barclay

B.A. Paris joins the Darley Anderson Agency

September 2014

We are delighted to welcome début author, B.A. Paris, to the Darley Anderson Agency.

Saving Grace is a chilling psychological thriller perfect for fans of domestic noir. Sally Williamson, editor at MIRA, snapped up UK & Commonwealth rights and will publish in January 2016.

The perfect marriage, the perfect love, the perfect home… but what is Jack Angel hiding?

Grace and Jack Angel have the perfect life. Thirty-three-year old Grace is kind, loving and attractive. And she has Jack. Not only is Jack handsome and charming but he is a renowned lawyer dedicated to saving women from abusive relationships.

But you should never trust perfection.

What if you took a step back and really thought about Grace and Jack Angel. Would you question why Jack had never had a relationship before now? Would you question how Grace eats so much but never puts on weight? Would you ask the real reason their beautiful home is fitted with those metal security shutters?

The simplest way to get answers would be to just ask Grace, but then you realise: Grace Angel is never, ever seen without Jack right by her side…

B.A. Paris was born in 1958 was brought up in England and moved to France when she was 21.She spent some years working as a trader in an international bank before re-training as a teacher. She taught for several years in the International Department of a local school and then at the Université de Marne la Vallée before setting up a language school with her husband. She and her husband still live in France and they have five daughters.

Welcome to the agency, Bernadette!
 

The School Gate Survival Guide is out now!

September 2014

Described as ‘a brilliantly astute novel. Memorable and pithy with bags of humour’  Kerry’s début novel, The School Gate Survival Guide, was published in e-book format in July and today the paperback edition hits the shelves.

Kerry said: 'I feel absolutely blessed to have come this far. I've worked hard and persevered, but I've also had some lucky breaks and massive support from so many readers, authors and friends. It's been quite humbling to see how generous-spirited people are. One of my lucky breaks was having Clare Wallace offer to represent me. Along with my editor, Helen Bolton, at Avon, Clare has helped to make the publishing process really enjoyable rather than daunting.'

‘Kerry’s writing style made it effortless to read and I got pulled in from the first page. I loved this book. It’s perfect for those summer afternoons. I look forward to seeing more from Kerry.’ Novel Kicks

‘Kerry Fisher has a really comfortable and well-paced writing style which only made the reading experience even more enjoyable. It's an engaging, entertaining, well-written and funny read; I loved it!’ ChickLit Club

To find out more about Kerry, please click here or follow her on Twitter @KerryFSwayne.

Huge congratulations, Kerry!
 

Personal is emphatically No.1 on both sides of the Atlantic

September 2014

Lee Child's latest Jack Reacher installment, Personal, has entered the New York Times hardback bestseller list at No.1, a staggering 33,000 copies ahead of the No.2 bestselling title. 

Congratulations Lee! 

Village Rumours is No.15 in the Hardback Chart!

September 2014

'Rebecca Shaw mixes all the ingredients for a winning novel of village life'  The Times

'The Archers meets Midsomer Murders' The Telegraph

Village Rumours, the latest addition to the bestselling Turnham Malpass series by Rebecca Shaw has hit the No.15 spot in hardback. Congratulations, Rebecca!

No.1 Kindle, No.1 Amazon, No.1 Apple, No.1 Nook

September 2014

 

Reacher returns to the No.1 spot

September 2014

We are delighted to announce that Personal has entered the UK hardback bestseller charts at No.1! After just one week of sales, over 29,000 hardback copies of Lee Child's latest Reacher novel, Personal, have been sold. Congratulations, Lee!

"Riveting", "Exquisitely Crafted", "Utterly Absorbing" - Reviews for The Secret Place

August 2014

Tana French's The Secret Place has made Thriller of the Week in The Mail on Sunday. They say - 'French is one of the most consistently exciting crime novelists working today. The Secret Place may be her most ambitious book yet... completely riveting. French offers a chilling portrait of the ways in which teenage friendships can over-rule any conventional morality.'

'Getting lots of new Gone Girl Buzz'  Grazia

'French's pitch perfect prose nails teenage lives with uncanny precision and the result is that rare beast, a literary page-turner.' Sunday Express

'Unmissable Mystery...Exquisitely crafted and utterly absorbing. Read it!' Heat

'Prepare to be hooked by one of the stand-out books of the year' Fabulous

'Expect fine characterisation, good writing and some clever red herrings.' Choice: Book of the Month

Fall From Grace is the 2nd biggest selling book in the UK

August 2014

We are so proud to announce that Tim Weaver's 5th David Raker novel has now claimed the No.2 spot in the Sunday Times bestseller paperback charts. Not only is Fall From Grace the No.2 bestselling paperback, but it is the 2nd biggest selling book in the UK. Huge congratulations, Tim! 

Visit Tim's author page or his website or more information on his bestselling thriller novels.

Falling by Emma Kavanagh is out in paperback NOW!

August 2014

"Dark, tense and convincing, this is a brilliantly executed and engrossing thriller. An extremely assured debut" The Daily Mail

A town in mourning. A murder in waiting.

Jim is a retired police officer and worried father. His beloved daughter has disappeared and he knows something is seriously wrong.

Tom has woken up to discover that his wife was on the plane and must break the news to their only son.

Cecilia has packed up and left her family. Now she has survived a tragedy but sees no way out.

Freya is struggling to cope with the loss of her father. But as she delves into his past, she may not like what she finds.

Before the plane crash, after the plane crash, such a short amount of time for the world to turn on its head.

Village Rumours is out NOW!

August 2014

You can't escape your past. At least that's what the residents of Turnham Malpas would say...

While clearing out the rectory's loft, Reverend Peter Harris makes an unsettling discovery and a dark secret is exposed that soon sets tongues wagging in the village.

Having received a letter from the sons she hasn't heard from in 15 years, local gossip Greta Jones is delighted at the prospect of seeing them after all this time - despite her husband's misgivings. And Craddock Fitch's unruly grandchildren, newly arrived in the village, are causing not a little trouble for the townsfolk.

Meanwhile Fran Charter-Plackett has a difficult decision to make. Her parents would like to see her settled with kind and reliable Alex Harris. But when Chris Templeton, the man whom Fran once lost her heart to, returns to the village, it seems he is all set to steal her affections once more. Is Chris really a changed man? And will Fran finally go with her heart or her head?

Super success for Tim Weaver

August 2014

Tim Weaver’s fifth David Raker thriller, Fall from Grace, has entered the UK paperback bestseller chart at No.8 after only a partial week of sales!

Congratulations, Tim!
 

The Unforgiven is out NOW!

August 2014

The latest in the Jacob Striker series by Sean Slater is out now!

It is late at night when Detective Jacob Striker receives a call to investigate a disturbance at a bus depot in downtown Vancouver. On arrival, he discovers a bus in flames and the fire department battling to control the blaze. When they finally put the fire out, Striker makes a terrifying discovery. Inside is the body of a woman he once worked with, a police officer from the force.

It looks as though she has been lured in and ambushed. Striker vows to avenge the death of his friend and colleague by bringing her murderer to justice, and to start, he'll have to take over the file she was investigating that brought her to this part of the city.

But the more Striker tries to look into the case, the more he finds doors closed in his face - both among the police and outside. It soon becomes apparent that Jazz's investigations were upsetting some influential people, and Striker is putting himself in grave danger as he battles through the layers of intrigue and lies surrounding the case

Another No.5 For An Evil Mind!

August 2014

An Evil Mind by Chris Carter hit the No.5 Hardback Bestseller slot for a second time this week. 

Congratulations Chris!

Beth Reekles joins the Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency!

August 2014

We are very excited to announce that teen writing sensation, Beth Reekles, has joined the Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency!

Welsh author, Beth, started writing her first novel at 15, The Kissing Booth, online on WattPad and was quickly snapped up in a three-book deal at Random House. Her subsequent novels: Rolling Dice and Out of Tune were published in 2013 and 2014.

Beth is currently an undergraduate of Physics at Exeter University. She has been shortlisted for the Women of the Future Young Star award 2013, the Romantic Novel of the Year Awards 2014, and the Queen of Teen 2014 awards. She was awarded the Scout Birthday Honours Writing Badge in 2013, and was named one of Time magazine’s 16 Most Influential Teenagers 2013.

On joining the agency, Beth said: "I'm absolutely thrilled to be joining such a great agency as Darley Anderson. The agency has such a glowing reputation and I look forward very much to working with them."

Beth’s third novel, Out of Tune, is available now.
 

Watch Me by James Carol is out now!

August 2014

We are excited to announce the publication of Watch Me by James Carol, the 2nd in in the Jefferson Winter series today. Watch Me is published by Faber and is available in e-book and paperback now.

Jefferson Winter has taken a new case in sunny Louisiana, where the only thing more intense than the heat is a killer on the loose in the small town of Eagle Creek.

Sam Galloway, a prominent lawyer from one of Eagle Creek's most respected families, has been murdered. All the sheriff's department have to go on, however, is a film of Galloway that shows him being burned alive.

Enter Winter, whose expertise is serial criminals. But in a town where secrets are rife and history has a way of repeating itself, can Winter solve the case before someone else dies?

‘Gripping, clever and pulse-racing.’  Neil White

An Evil Mind by Chris Carter is out NOW!

July 2014

A freak accident in rural Wyoming leads the Sheriff's Department to arrest a man for a possible double homicide, but further investigations suggest a much more horrifying discovery - a serial killer who has been kidnapping, torturing and mutilating victims all over the United States for at least twenty-five years.

The suspect claims he is a pawn in a huge labyrinth of lies and deception - can he be believed? The case is immediately handed over to the FBI, but this time they're forced to ask for outside help. Ex-criminal behaviour psychologist and lead Detective with the Ultra Violent Crime Unit of the LAPD, Robert Hunter, is asked to run a series of interviews with the apprehended man.

These interviews begin to reveal terrifying secrets that no one could've foreseen, including the real identity of a killer so elusive that no one, not even the FBI, had any idea he existed ...until now

‘A detective hunts a serial killer in Wyoming. Read with the lights on’
Get Your Reading Groove On, Mother and Baby, August ’14
 

No.2 for Lesley Pearse!

July 2014

Lesley Pearse's Survivor has gone to No.2 in Bookscan's Paperback chart. Since its release date on 17th July Lesley has already sold close to 20,000 paperback copies.

Survivor was a top Hardback Bestseller, and stayed in the top 50 Hardback Bestsellers list for 4 months!

The Secret Place Causes A Stir...

July 2014

The Secret Place by the fantastic, inimitable Tana French has already received superb reviews despite not being released until the 28th August in hardback. 

'mesmirizing...French stealthily spins a web of teenage secrets with a very adult crime at the center.' Publishers Weekly

'a mystery master...(Tana) has few peers in her combination of literary stylishness and intricate, clockwork plotting... (she) leaves the reader in suspense through out the novel' Kirkus Reviews

Survivor by Lesley Pearse is out in Paperback NOW!

July 2014

With a No.1 in hardback and 16 weeks on the top 50 hardback bestsellers chart, Survivor by Lesley Pearse is set to dominate the charts in the paperback bestsellers list next week. 

Intriguing, heart-tugging, beautifully written’ ...Closer

Engrossing and emotional, it’s another winner from Lesley Pearse’ ...Woman’s Own

‘I absolutely loved this book. The characters are likeable and the writing is always brilliant’ ...The Sun

Full of love, passion and heartbreak’ ...Best

Evocative, compelling, told from the heart’ ...Sunday Express

Spanish Success

July 2014

The rights team are excited to announce that we have just closed two foreign rights deals for Cathy Cassidy’s internationally bestselling Chocolate Box Girls series: Cherry Crush and Marshmallow Skye.

Destino Infantil & Juvenil will publish in Spanish and Grup62 will publish in Catalan which means that these two titles are sold in 12 languages each. In total, Cathy’s books are now sold into 22 languages!

Huge congratulations, Cathy!

           

The School Gate Survival Guide release

July 2014

We are excited to announce the publication of Kerry Fisher’s The School Gate Survival Guide in e-book today.

The School Gate Survival Guide will be published in paperback by Avon on 11th September but is available now in e-format.

Feisty Maia is a cleaner for ladies who lunch. She spends her life wiping up spilt Sauvignon Blanc and vacuuming around handbags before rushing back home to run around after her children's hopeless father on an estate where survival depends on your ability to look the other way. 

But an unusual inheritance catapults her into a different world where it seems no child can survive without organic apricots and Kumon maths classes and no woman can contemplate a week without pilates and pedicures.

As she dashes from coffee mornings to her mops and buckets, she is drawn to the one man who can help her 
family fit in. 

But is his interest in her purely professional or will her modern My Fair Lady experiment end in disaster? 

Congratulations, Kerry!
 

John Connolly visits Madrid

July 2014

John Connolly has been on a whirlwind international tour for the latest Charlie Parker novel, The Wolf in Winter, but managed a flying visit to Spain for the Madrid Book Fair in June.

Taking place since 1933, the Feria del Libro de Madrid (Madrid Book Fair) was originally held at the Paseo de Recolatos. It closed for a few years during the Civil War but reopened in 1944 and relocated, in 1967, to its current location along Paseo de Carruajes in Madrid’s Retiro Park; where it is now home to over 200 stalls.

John was in Madrid from 6th – 8th of June, meeting his fans and signing copies of the recently released Spanish edition of The Wrath of Angels. He had a wonderful time and was thrilled that so many people came to meet him.
 

John with his Spanish editor, Ana

Turkish Triumph for Cathy and Kim

June 2014

We are delighted to announce that Cathy Cassidy’s foreign rights sales have hit 20 languages!

A deal was struck with Turkish publisher, Pegasus, for translation rights in the first three titles in the internationally bestselling Chocolate Box Girls series: Cherry Crush, Marshmallow Skye and Summer’s Dream.

In further exciting news, Pegasus also acquired Turkish rights in recently published SMART by Kim Slater. Turkish will be Kim’s 2nd language, with Dtv publishing in Germany.

Congratulations Cathy and Kim!
 

Broken Dolls is a No.1 Apple Bestseller!

June 2014

James Carol - one of the 'world's most promising authors' (Daily Express) has soared into the Apple free charts with Broken Dolls at No.1. 

The thrilling debut featuring unique investigator Jefferson Winter has made the front page of the Telegraph as part of Apple's promotion to give a free eBook a day this week to highlight emerging talent and 'exciting new literary voices'. 

 

Broken Dolls in The Telegraph

 

Lesley Pearse is the 5th Fiction Hardback Bestseller this Year!

June 2014

Congratulations Lesley! 

The Hunter's Oath is out NOW!

June 2014

Amy Philmore knows something is wrong as she walks home alone through Fort George Hill in Upper Manhattan. When a car pulls up and three men get out Amy runs, but is too late to escape. Now she is in hospital fighting for her life.

But her attackers are about to find themselves in even graver danger. Because Amy's brother is former Marine James Bishop. And when you target those he loves, he will do anything to save them.

With Amy's life hanging in the balance, Bishop takes matters into his own hands and soon uncovers a ruthless empire of criminals who will do anything to protect their secrets. Can Bishop find his way to the heart of the organisation before he is outnumbered?

Or is the predator about to become the prey?
 

The Hunter's Oath is the 3rd in Jason's thriller series featuring James Bishop. For an interview with Jason go to http://darleyandersonblog.com/tag/jason-dean/

Sweet Honey is out NOW!

June 2014

Children's superseller author Cathy Cassidy has released her 5th in the Chocolate Box Girls series Sweet Honey.

Honey is going to live with her dad in Australia. Determined to make a fresh start, she couldn't be further away from the tough times at Tanglewood. Her new life is a dream come true - until school begins.

The girls are different from Honey's friends in England and the only person who seems to understand her is the cute boy from the beach she's chatting to online. But when he, the girls at school and even her dad start breaking promises, who can she trust? All alone on the other side of the world, Honey's past is about to catch up with her...

Win for The Odds

June 2014

We are thrilled to announce that The Odds by Adam Perrott has won the Lancashire Fantastic Book Award for 2014!

Adam was amongst four other winners chosen by children aged 9-11 and sponsored by Lancashire County Council. Adam said: "I'm absolutely delighted to be a winner of The Lancashire Fantastic Book Awards 2014, because it's voted for exclusively by children. The Odds has a really special place in my heart as it was the book that got me my agent and I'm thrilled that some children somewhere liked it enough to vote it a winner in the FBAs."

The Odds tells the story of a family of Meddlers (or Professional Pranksters) who delight in making mischief. Their job is to make life as miserable as possible for the people around them by playing pranks and tricks on them!

Congratulations, Adam!
 

Queen of Teen 2014

May 2014

In very exciting news, our very own Cathy Cassidy has been shortlisted for Queen of Teen 2014! Cathy won the award in 2010, and this year faces competition from authors such as John Green, Beth Reekles, Cassandra Clare and James Dawson.

Since 2008, the Queen of Teen award has been dedicated to celebrating the authors from the world of teen fiction. The Queen of Teen award highlights authors who address real-life, coming-of-age issues in their stories in an honest and fun way.

The Queen of Teen ceremony takes place on 11th July 2014. If you want Cathy to be your Queen of Teen, you can vote here.
 

Tiny Tantrum Triumph

May 2014

We are delighted to announce that Caroline Crowe has secured a two-book deal with Little Tiger Press for her next books.

Tiny Tantrum is the first of the two and it will be released in 2015. Tiny Tantrum is about a little girl who has monstrous tantrums, until she meets a monster or two of her own!

Congratulations, Caroline!
 

Our Writers Mean Business

May 2014

Revenge was the biggest selling book this week in the UK.

Martina Cole's Revenge  is No. 1 in this week's UK bestseller list in all categories knocking the 3 week No. 1 bestseller Minecraft off it's top spot. 

The Bookseller says that 'Cole's sales leapt week on week, up 67%, securing a seventh overall number one for an author who has been worth over £57.2 million to booksellers since Dangerous Lady was published in 1992.'

Also on this weeks official top 50 bestseller chart is Never Go Back, at No. 10, Jane Costello's Time of our Lives at No. 46, Lee Child again with Gone Tomorrow at No. 48 and Annie Murray's Meet Me Under The Clock at No. 50. 

Crime Queen Cole is No.1 Again

May 2014

Martina Cole is No.1 for a second week with 22,000 copies sold in this week alone. The multi-million bestsller who dares to tell it like it really is has done it again!

John Connolly Wins Edgar Award!

May 2014

We are thrilled to announce that our bestselling author John Connolly's The Caxton Private Lending Library and Book Depository was awarded an Edgar for Best Short Story.

It is available through Amazon under the title Museum of Literary Souls. Congratulations John!

 

 

Mr. Berger has spent thirty-four years keeping his life as empty as possible. His job title as a closed accounts registrar doesn’t spark much interest, and his cautious flirtation with a woman at his company was cut short upon her engagement to another man. This doesn’t bother him, however, as he much prefers the company of books to that of people. When a series of fortuitous events leads to an early retirement in the English countryside, Mr. Berger is content to spend the remainder of his years nestled comfortably between the pages of a book. But fate has other plans.

His serene life turns strange when he witnesses a tragedy chillingly reminiscent of Anna Karenina as a woman flings herself before a train. When he rushes to the scene, she has vanished, leaving no body on the tracks. Berger’s investigation into this event leads him to Caxton Private Lending Library & Book Depository, where the line between fiction and reality becomes blurred beyond comprehension.

The DA Agency Celebrates its 25th Anniversary In Style With Global No.1s!

May 2014

Darley Anderson has two authors at No.1 this week in both the UK and the USA. A fantastic achievement for the Agency's 25th year! 

In the UK, Martina Cole's gripping No.1 hardback bestseller Revenge has hit the No.1 paperback spot this week (after just a few days on sale) knocking Darley Anderson author Lee Child off the top spot. 

In the USA, Lee Child has now achieved a month at No.1 with the release of Never Go Back in hardback!

In the UK alone: 

So far in 2014, the Darley Anderson Agency authors have dominated the bestseller charts with an author at the No.1 position in paperback or hardback for over a month. That's 5 weeks at No.1 out of only 16! 

Not only that, but we have spent 12 weeks out of 16 with an author in the top 10 in paperback or hardback.

Congratulations Darley! 

The DA Agency Dominates Chart

April 2014

The Darley Anderson Agency has 6 books on Bookscan's bestseller list this week.

And takes both the No.1 AND the No.2 spot on the Paperback Chart!

Revenge by Martina Cole has hit the No.1 spot with over 13,000 copies sold in just a part week. 

Never Go Back by Lee Child is at No.2 in Lee's 5th week. 

No.2 Hardback Bestseller The Wolf In Winter by John Connolly is still in the top 10 at No.8.

No.1 Hardback Bestseller Survivor by Lesley Pearse is at No.26 after 12 weeks in the bestseller chart. 

And Annie Murray and Jane Costello are still going strong after 5 weeks on sale at No.31 (for Annie's Meet Me Under The Clock) and No.36 (for Jane's Time of Our Lives).

Top Twentieth Territory

April 2014

Just before the London Book Fair, the Darley Anderson rights team secured Lesley Pearse her 19th language: Spanish.

Circulo de Lectores, based in Barcelona, will publish Remember Me next year. Remember Me is based on the gripping and breath-taking true story of Mary Broad who is sent to Australia as a convict in the 18th Century. Remember Me has already been translated into 11 languages and was a bestseller in Portugal.

We’re also delighted to announce that a new deal has been struck with Czech publisher, Moba, for Stolen. This brings the total number of Lesley’s languages up to 20!

Stolen is set in Sussex, England, and is a moving story about identity, friendship and making sense of the past. It was Lesley's first No.1 bestselling title and rights have now been sold into 8 territories. 

For more information on Lesley’s foreign rights sales, please see her author page.

Huge congratulations, Lesley!
 

What a Winner for The Wolf In Winter

April 2014

The Wolf In Winter by John Connolly is No.2 on the UK Hardback Fiction bestsellers list for a second week running. Congratulations John! 

Fantastic Five

April 2014

The Darley Anderson Agency has triumphed this week with an incredible five authors in the top 50 UK bestseller chart across paperback and hardback.

John Connolly has reached No.2, his highest position to date, for The Wolf in Winter in the hardback chart. Lesley Pearse is at No.21 for Survivor – two months after her book was published!

Lee Child is at the No.1 spot, for the third week running, in the paperback chart for Never Go Back. Alongside him are: Annie Murray at No.15 for Meet Me Under The Clock and Jane Costello at No.18 for The Time of Our Lives

Fantastic news and congratulations to our wonderful authors!

Bestseller Annie Murray's Book Signing and she's No.15 this week!

April 2014

Our bestselling author Annie Murray has attended a booksigning in the Midlands to the delight of her many fans. 

Her latest, Meet Me Under The Clock, has acheived Annie's highest position to date at No.15. 

 

Annie Murray with her bestselling 18th book

 

Signing books

 

Waterstones Display of Annie Murray's books

The House of Dolls is out NOW!

April 2014

‘Dark and atmospheric with breathless pacing’ Linwood Barclay

The House of Dolls

Where dark secrets lurk behind every door . . .

Anneliese Vos, sixteen-year-old daughter of Amsterdam detective, Pieter Vos, disappeared three years ago in mysterious circumstances. Her distraught father's desperate search reveals nothing and results in his departure from the police force.

Pieter now lives in a broken down houseboat in the colourful Amsterdam neighbourhood of the Jordaan. One day, while Vos is wasting time at the Rijksmuseum staring at a doll's house that seems to be connected in some way to the case, Laura Bakker, a misfit trainee detective from the provinces, visits him. She’s come to tell him that Katja Prins, daughter of an important local politician, has gone missing in circumstances similar to Anneliese.

In the company of the intriguing and awkward Bakker Vos finds himself drawn back into the life of a detective. A life which he thought he had left behind. Hoping against hope that somewhere will lay a clue to the fate of Anneliese, the daughter he blames himself for losing . . .
 

Annie Murray Hits Top 20 in Paperback Chart at No.16!

April 2014

Saga superstar Annie Murray has achieved her highest position to date with Meet Me Under The Clock at No.16 in the UK paperback bestseller chart. Congratulations Annie! 

No.1 For Never Go Back

April 2014

Never Go Back by Lee Child has debuted at No.1 in the UK in the paperback chart with almost 25,000 copies after just 3 days on sale!

This is Lee's 12th week at No.1 in the paperback fiction chart over the past five years. Just two writers have spent longer at the top since March 2009: James Patterson and E.L. James. 

The Time of our Lives is Out NOW!

March 2014

Sunday Times top 10 bestseller Jane Costello's The Time of our Lives is out NOW!

Three best friends. One five-star hotel. Will it be the holiday of a lifetime ...?

Imogen and her friends Meredith and Nicola have had their fill of budget holidays, cattle-class flights and 6 a.m. offensives for a space by the pool.

So when Meredith wins a VIP holiday at Barcelona's hippest new hotel, they plan to sip champagne with the jet set, party with the glitterati and switch off in unapologetic luxury. But when the worst crisis of her working life erupts back home, Imogen has to juggle her BlackBerry with a Manhattan, while soothing a hysterical boss and hunting down an AWOL assistant.

Between a robbery, a run-in with hotel security staff and an encounter on a nudist beach that they'd all rather forget, the friends stumble from one disaster to the next. At least Imogen has a distraction in the form of the gorgeous guy who's always in the right place at the very worst time. Until, that is, his motives start to arouse a few suspicions ...

Hilarious and heart-warming by turns, The Time of Our Lives is Jane Costello at her romantic best.

Stylist says: "True to form, Costello's latest book is hilarious and gripping."

The PERFECT gift for Mother's Day!! 
 

Never Go Back by Lee Child is out NOW!

March 2014

The hotly anticipated paperback of Lee Child's Never Go Back is out in the shops in the UK from today (27th March). 

***No. 1 New York Times bestseller*** 

Never go back—but Jack Reacher does, and the past finally catches up with him. . . . Never Go Back is Lee Child’s new novel of action-charged suspense starring “one of the best thriller characters at work today” (Newsweek).

Praise for Never Go Back

“A breathless cross-country spree . . . some of the best, wiliest writing [Lee] Child has ever done . . . Child’s bodacious action hero, Jack Reacher, has already tramped through 17 novels and three e-book singles. But his latest, Never Go Back, may be the best desert island reading in the series. It’s exceptionally well plotted. And full of wild surprises. And wise about Reacher’s peculiar nature. And positively Bunyanesque in its admiring contributions to Reacher lore.”—Janet Maslin, The New York Times

“Welcome to the relentless world of Jack Reacher and his impressive tendency to be in the wrong place at the right time. . . . Child has created an iconic character that other thriller writers try to emulate but don’t come close to matching. He has a talent for taking material that in the hands of other authors would be stale and making it seem fresh. . . . Tight and compelling . . . Never Go Back is one of Child’s best novels.”—Associated Press

“An adrenaline-charged, action-packed thriller . . . impossible to put down.”—Lansing State Journal

“The dialogue has never been sharper. . . . The pages turn themselves.”—San Antonio Express-News

“For the pure pleasure of uncomplicated, nonstop action, no one touches Reacher.”—Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Brilliant . . . Child never, ever slips. He keeps the action cranking better than anyone, but, best of all, he keeps us guessing about Reacher.”—Booklist (starred review)

“One of the best in the series.”—Publishers Weekly (starred review)

Falling by Emma Kavanagh is out NOW!

March 2014

Falling, the debut thriller by Emma Kavanagh is out today (27th of March) in hardback. Rave reviews for Falling have already come pouring in: 

 

‘Dark, tense and convincing, this is a brilliantly executed and engrossing thriller,’ The Sunday Mirror

A thriller of promise – it reminds me of a young Dame Ngaio Marsh,’ Daily Mail

A thoughtful, often dark and devastatingly honest novel that uses the conventions of the crime genre to investigate those aspects of family life that are often kept hidden away. Falling marks the arrival on the crime scene of a major new talent, one with the potential to join the likes of PD James and Ruth Rendell as a writer who thrills her readers by making them think.’ Shots Magazine

Broken Dolls Breaks New Record At No.2

March 2014

James Carol's Broken Dolls has soared into Amazon's UK eBook Top 5 at No.2!

AND he has hit the No.3  spot in Italy at No.3 on Amazon's bestselling eBook list. Congratulations James! 

Broken Dolls Is A Top 10 Amazon Bestseller

March 2014

James Carol's Broken Dolls is No. 10 in the Kindle Bestsellers Store which features the top 100 paid for eBooks. Congratulations James!

 

'Toe-clenching, nail-biting, peep-from-behind-your-fingers suspense.' (S. J. Bolton)

'Visceral and gripping, Broken Dolls made me gasp in horror. Jefferson Winter is a welcome new genius, and I can't wait to meet him again.' (Neil White)

'A crazed serial killer, an eccentric FBI investigator,a tough female cop - all the ingredients here blend to make a brilliant police procedural. Jefferson Winter has to track down a psychopath whose fetish is to lobotomise women. The first of a series, this promises great, grisly things.' (Deirdre O'Brien Sunday Mirror)

'Strikingly well-researched and written with a real swagger, it leaves you desperate for more.' (Mail on Sunday)

'The plot device of bringing together the investigation on one side, with Rachel's experience at the hands of her abductor is an effective one...a rapid fire read ' (Euro Crime)

A Perfect Little Pig!

February 2014

We were thrilled to receive advance copies of The Good Little Bad Little Pig by Margaret Wise Brown with our very own Loretta Schauer’s brilliant illustrations!

The picture book will be published in the USA by Parragon on 18th April and in the UK on 18th May.

Little Red Riding Hood by Mara Alperin, featuring Loretta's fantastic illustrations, was published by Little Tiger Press on 3rd February. 

Congratulations on two wonderful books, Loretta!
 

No.2 for Lesley Pearse in Week 2!

February 2014

Lesley Pearse has narrowly missed out on remaining at No.1 in the hardback bestseller list with Survivor by a mere 100 copies. 

But she stays emphatically No.2 with a difference of 1,000 copies between the No.2 and No.3 spot. 

‘Intriguing, heart-tugging, beautifully written’ ...Closer

‘Engrossing and emotional, it’s another winner from Lesley Pearse’ ...Woman’s Own

‘I absolutely loved this book. The characters are likeable and the writing is always brilliant’ ...The Sun

‘Full of love, passion and heartbreak’ ...Best

‘Evocative, compelling, told from the heart’ ...Sunday Express

Margaret Dickinson is a Top 10 Bestseller!

February 2014

Margaret Dickinson's Fairfield Hall has achieved Margaret's highest position yet at No. 10!

The Saga Superstar has sold close to 13,000 copies in 10 days, this week alone Fairfield Hall has sold 6,675 copies, not including eBooks. 

Fans of Margaret Dickinson's books have been flocking to her signings and supermarkets have had to restock their shelves after selling out after only a few days. 

Fairfield Hall advertised on buses.

The Mini Break By Jane Costello Is Out Now!

February 2014

Jane costello fans will have to wait until March the 27th to read her latest book The Time Of Our Lives. But fans will be delighted to hear about her exclusive eBook Story The Mini Break which is out in time for Valentines Day!

When Sophie's friend Anisha is sent on her first foreign trip in her job at a travel agency - and gets to take Sophie with her - she jumps at the chance of some time away.

But what Sophie doesn't realise is that there is a catch - a rather large catch. The five-star hotel is also a world-renowned golf resort. And its owners have offered the holiday on the basis of the girls' golfing prowess. Of which they possess quite literally none...

A laugh-out-loud short story from the brilliant bestselling author, Jane Costello.

Also featuring an exclusive excerpt from her new novel, The Time of Our Lives, out on 27 March 2014.

The Killing III by David Hewson Is Out Now!

February 2014

The Killing III

Detective Inspector for homicide, Sarah Lund, is contacted by old flame Mathias Borch from National Intelligence.

Borch fears that what first appeared to be a random killing at the docks is the beginning of an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Troels Hartmann. The murder draws attention towards the shipping and oil giant, Zeeland, run by billionaire Robert Zeuthen.

When Zeuthen’s 9-year-old daughter, Emilie, is kidnapped the investigation takes on a different dimension as it soon becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to the murder of a young girl in Jutland some years earlier.

Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign, made all the more turbulent because of the mounting financial crisis. He needs Zeeland’s backing. Lund needs to make sense of the clues left by Emilie’s perpetrator before it’s too late. And can she finally face the demons that have long haunted her?

Praise for David Hewson ‘Turns TV gold into literary gold’ Daily Telegraph

A Special Delivery by Clare Dowling Is Out Now!

February 2014

A Special Delivery

Every family has its ups and downs ...

Aisling Brady is miserable. So is her husband Mossy. The three kids are too. Yet nobody dares say a thing. Instead the Bradys keep their heads down and grimly look forward to another miserable Christmas in Dublin.

What Aisling doesn't know is that this year, they will get the most unexpected gift of all. One that will bring joy and heartbreak, hope and a string of sleepless nights.

As their world is turned upside down, questions have to be asked. But are the Bradys ready to face the truth about themselves? And what each of them has done?

Dowling Delivers

February 2014

Bestseller Clare Dowling has already received rave reviews for A Special Delivery, prior to its releasein in hardback on the 13th of February.

 

The Irish Independent said: She "takes on topics like teen pregnancy, depression and emigration with cutting humour.....what Dowling does best is plot....we're made to consider subjects that other popular fiction novels back away from."

The Sunday Independent said: "Clare Dowling's 10th novel is the warm and very funny story of the Brady family...the dialogue, especially the comic dialogue is hard to beat.....Clare Dowling fans - I know they are legion - will not be disappointed"

 

 

Agency Authors Riding High on the iBooks Chart!

January 2014

Darley Anderson authors are finishing the week on a high with four of them in the top 25 paid for books in iBooks Chart!

James Carol leads the way at no.1 with his newly released Broken Dolls. Tim Weaver is a no.7 with Never Coming Back, the fourth in the David Raker series and Richard & Judy Book club pick. Lee Child is at no.6, no.11, no.12, no.16, no.17, no.18, no.22 and no.23! Finally, Martina Cole is at no.25 for Revenge.

A fantastic way to end January!

 

Broken Dolls Is A Bestseller!

January 2014

Broken Dolls by James Carol has gone straight to No. 19 in the iBooks charts. Huge congratulations James!

Agency Authors Support E-Lending Library Scheme

January 2014

Libraries are to lend eBooks under a new pilot scheme.

Pilot schemes are in the process of being implemented across a number of libraries this summer. Their objective will be to gather evidence on e-lending patterns with a view to putting measures in a number of libraries later this year, said The Bookseller.

Penguin Random House, Hachette and other publishers have been asked to make available a selection of eBooks for purchase as part of the pilot scheme.

Several of Darley Anderson Agency authors will be taking part in this scheme.

James Carol's Broken Dolls

Lesley Pearse’s Mariette, Belle, Forgive Me and The Promise.

Tim Weaver’s Broken Heart, Chasing The Dead, The Dead Tracks.

John Connolly’s Every Dead Thing, Dark Hollow, The Gates.

Martina Cole’s Revenge, The Life.

Joan Jonker’s One Rainy Day.
 

James Carol's Broken Dolls Is Out Now!

January 2014

Broken Dolls, the first Jefferson Winter thriller, is published by Faber & Faber on January 16, 2014.

To date, Broken Dolls has sold to five countries: Germany, the Netherlands, Italy, Thailand and Turkey and the TV rights were sold last year to Gina Carter and Stephen Fry at Sprout Pictures.

Stephen Fry said of Broken Dolls, “Broken Dolls has it all. Horrifying evil, a brilliant, conflicted profiler and cracking pace and tension. I read it in what seemed like two trembling gulps.”

Broken Dolls

 

Jefferson Winter is no ordinary investigator.

The son of one of America's most renowned serial killers, Winter has spent his life trying to distance himself from his father's legacy. Once a rising star at the FBI, he is now a freelance consultant, jetting around the globe helping local law enforcement agencies with difficult cases. He's not got Da Vinci's IQ, but he's pretty close.

When he accepts a particularly disturbing case in London, Winter arrives to find a city in the grip of a cold snap, with a psychopath on the loose who likes abducting and lobotomising young women. Winter must use all his preternatural brain power in order to work out who is behind the attacks, before another young woman becomes a victim.

As Winter knows all too well, however, not everyone who's broken can be fixed.

One Brave Lady

January 2014

We are so proud that Elizabeth Waite’s sixteenth novel, Three Brave Women, will be published next month.

Elizabeth embarked on her writing career many years after retirement and her success is more than impressive – we feel it is inspirational.

And there is now a new contract with Little Brown so this time next year we will be showcasing book 17!

Elizabeth not only does not “give up” – like her beloved heroines, she contrives to bring triumph out of adversity.

Three Brave Women is the follow up book to Three Brides For Three Brothers, out last year - a story of love and loyalty.

Beth Reekles and Quick Reads 2015!

December 2014

We’re thrilled to announce that Beth Reekles, author behind bestselling The Kissing Booth, is taking part in Quick Reads 2015!

Led by former Welsh rugby captain, Gareth Thomas, Beth is one of eight authors selected to participate for 2015 and has written a romance novel called Cwtch Me If You Can.

The Quick Reads campaign aims to break down barriers and get more adults in Wales reading by producing short, snappy books available from libraries, bookshops and online for just £1.

The titles will be released in February 2015.
 

Kim Slater is shortlisted for the Shropshire Teenage Book Award!

December 2014

Just when we thought December couldn’t get any more merry – more brilliant award news!

Smart by Kim Slater has been shortlisted for the first ever Shropshire Teenage Book Award!

Launched in 2014, the Award is sponsored by Shropshire Council’s schools library service and voted for by pupils from schools in Shropshire and Telford.

The longlist was whittled down from 20 books to just 7. The winning book will be announced in March 2015.

If you loved Smart, or if you would like more information about the award, you can click and vote here.
 

Polly Ho Yen is shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award!

December 2014

The good news just keeps coming! We’re in the final month of 2014 but we are so thrilled that Polly Ho Yen’s wonderful debut, Boy in the Tower, has been shortlisted for the Blue Peter Book Award!

The shortlist was announced live on Blue Peter on Thursday 4 December by Michael Morpurgo, one of the UK’s most well-known children’s authors and President of Booktrust. Previous winners include Ali Sparkes, Katherine Rundell and Matt Haig.

The Blue Peter Book Awards, which are in their 15th year, celebrate the very best in children’s books. The awards ask children to choose the winners and approximately 200 from 10 schools across the UK will read the shortlisted books and vote for their favourite.

The two winning books will be announced on Blue Peter on World Book Day on 5 March 2015.

Congratulations, Polly, and here’s to 2015!

The Right Way by Jason Dean is out now!

December 2014

Jason Dean's short story The Right Way is out to buy now!

The exclusive e-novella includes an extract from the highly anticipated upcoming James Bishop novel, The Outsider. 

 

Nothing Frozen about Frozen Grave's Sales

November 2014

Frozen Grave by bestselling author Lee Weeks has shot to No. 24 on the bestseller list after only a part week's sales. Congratulations, Lee!

Frozen Grave is the latest in Lee's chilling series featuring D.C. Ebony Willis. 

Someone has a list of women. And they're crossing the names out one by one.

The first body is found in a dilapidated warehouse in London's East End - an attractive woman, brutally murdered. She went into the building, dressed for sex - and didn't come out...

Then another woman burns to death in her own home. She was alone but all signs point to murder.

Two seemingly separate victims, but Detective Inspector Carter and Detective Constable Willis are convinced they were killed by the same person......

The Good Life Goes Back To No.4

November 2014

The Good Life by Martina Cole has shot back up the Bookscan bestseller list to No.4, after 6 weeks in the top 10, 2 of those weeks at No.1.

Congratulations, Martina!

Frozen Grave by Lee Weeks is out now!

November 2014

Lee Weeks, our bestselling author of the spine-chilling Dead of Winter and Cold As Ice has released another page-turning new thriller that will have you hooked from start to finish.

A serial killer with a cold heart

A race against time to save the next victim.....

A Legends of Industry Award for Martina Cole

November 2014

Martina Cole has received a Variety Legends of Industry Award. The annual event honours and celebrates those who have achieved outstanding success in their chosen fields of business, sport and industry. The evening raises important funds to enable Variety to support sick, disabled and disadvantaged children. 

The black tie event was held at The Hilton in Manchester and Martina was joined by a host of other celebrities including Jayne Torvill and Christopher Dean.

Congratulations, Martina! 

Recipients with their awards

Martina and her award

Smart shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2015!

November 2014

We are so excited to announce that Smart by Kim Slater has been shortlisted for the Leeds Book Award 2015 in the 11-14 category!

Over 70 schools will be participating with young people voting for their favourite book individually at local libraries or through the book group at their schools. The deadline for votes is 24th April 2015 and the winner will be announced at Leeds Civic Hall on 19th May 2015.

2015 looks to be a very exciting year for Smart with this shortlisting and a nomination for the Carnegie Medal! Huge congratulations, Kim!

For more information about the Leeds Book Award, click here.
 

Personal is Shortlisted for the National Book Awards Crime & Thriller of The Year!

November 2014

http://www.nationalbookawards.co.uk/award/crime-thriller-of-the-year/

Beth Reekles at TEDxTeen London 2014

November 2014

In October, Beth Reekles, teen author of The Kissing Booth, Rolling Dice and Out of Tune, took part in TEDxTeen London organised independently but inspired by the larger group, TED.

TED is a non-profit organisation which helps spread ideas through the medium of powerful, short talks. Starting in 1984, the talks and conferences originally began as technology, entertainment and design related but has since grown to encompass all kinds of issues.

TEDxTeen is put on by We Are Family Foundation, founded by world-renowned music producer and musician, Nile Rodgers. It has an outreach of millions worldwide and, in 2013, livestreamed to over 141 countries with the talks gaining 8 million views online after the conferences took place.

Beth was one of many young, inspirational speakers who came together to discuss the changing world. Beth’s talk focussed on her wanting to write the story she wanted to read and encouraging others to do the same.

To watch Beth’s talk in full click here. For more information about TEDx click here.

Literature Works New Writer’s Conference November 2014!

November 2014

This weekend, Clare attended the Literature Works New Writer’s Conference alongside her author, Kim Slater, of the YA novel Smart.

An event put on with Plymouth University, with over 40 fantastic delegates in attendance, is aimed at new and aspiring writers with industry experts, like Clare and Kim, sharing their advice on how to get published. 

Over the course of the fun afternoon, Clare and Kim hosted the ‘Finding an Agent and Getting a Book Deal’ talk with Kim sharing her inspirational story on how she got an agent and, subsequently, a fantastic deal with Macmillan Children’s Books. They both stressed the importance of tenacity and determination, as it’s a long and tough, but rewarding, road to getting published. Clare also talked about getting an agent’s attention and how to put together a brilliant standout submission. To round off their section, they did a Q&A and a ‘submission live’ quick-fire round. Several brave attendees read out their covering letters or the first page of their manuscript and were provided with quick, immediate feedback from both Clare and Kim.

Clare and Kim had a lovely afternoon and hope that it was helpful for the delegates!

For more information about Kim Slater, please click here. For more information about the New Writer's Conference, please click here.
 

Only Two Authors Have Hit The Original Fiction No.1 Spot 2 Weeks Running - And Both Are Darley Anderson Authors!

October 2014

Martina Cole's The Good Life and Lee Child's Personal are the only two authors this year to hold the pole position in the Original Fiction chart for two weeks in a row.

Congratulations, Martina and Lee!

Congratulations on being the agent of both, Darley!
 

Two children's débuts nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2015!

October 2014

We are thrilled to say that two of our children’s debuts have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal in 2015!

Smart by Kim Slater, published by Macmillan Children’s Books, is an unusual YA detective story centering around Kieran investigating the death of a homeless man. Boy in the Tower, published by Random House Children’s Books, is a middle-grade story about Ade who becomes stuck in the tower he lives in after an unknown, mysterious plant hits London and starts making buildings disappear.

The longlist will be announced in February 2015 with the shorlist announced in March. The winners will be announced on 22 June 2015.

Both are agented by Clare Wallace and we are so excited for these brilliant books! The full list can be read here.

Congratulations, Kim and Polly!
 

Martina Cole's The Good Life is out now!

October 2014

The Good Life by the No.1 bestselling Queen of Crime Martina Cole is out in hardback now!

 

The Hunter's Oath is out now!

September 2014

The Hunter's Oath by Jason Dean is out in paperback now!

The Hunter's Oath is the 3rd in Jason's thriller series featuring James Bishop. 

Amy Philmore knows something is wrong as she walks home alone through Fort George Hill in Upper Manhattan. When a car pulls up and three men get out Amy runs, but is too late to escape. Now she is in hospital fighting for her life.

But her attackers are about to find themselves in even graver danger. Because Amy's brother is former Marine James Bishop. And when you target those he loves, he will do anything to save them.
With Amy's life hanging in the balance, Bishop takes matters into his own hands and soon uncovers a ruthless empire of criminals who will do anything to protect their secrets. Can Bishop find his way to the heart of the organisation before he is outnumbered?

Or is the predator about to become the prey?
 

Village Fortunes by Rebecca Shaw is out now!

September 2014

Village Fortunes by our bestselling author Rebecca Shaw is out in paperback now!

Things are heating up in the village of Turnham Malpas. Now comfortably settled in the Big House, Johnny and Alice Templeton are over the moon at the arrival of their second son. But Johnny's roguish younger brother, Chris Templeton, is visiting from Brazil and causing not a little trouble in the village.

For Ford and Mercedes Barclay, returning to the village after all these years - and after Ford's shameful imprisonment - is a big step. Will they be welcomed back or shunned? And will Ford be able to convince people he's a changed man? While most of the villagers greet the pair with open arms, there are those who still have their doubts.

Meanwhile, poor Fran Charter-Plackett has some important decisions to make about her future. With all her siblings having flown the nest, the pressure is on to decide what to do with her life. And when her parents discover Fran's shocking secret, things really start to get messy.

The Secret Place is the New Secret History

September 2014

In the week that Tana French débuts on the New York Times Hardback Bestseller List with The Secret Place the London Sunday Times hails the novel:

'The Secret Place is at least as good as Donna Tartt's The Secret History and every bit as well written' and praises 'French's scintillating dialogue, meanwhile, captures how teenagers talk now as as expertly as any young-adult novel, and she sustains suspense flawlessly.'

No.1 and No.4 on The New York Times Bestseller List

September 2014

The Darley Anderson Agency has broken a record - Darley Anderson is the only UK based agent to have had 2 top 5 authors on the New York Times Bestseller list in adult fiction in the same week:

Lee Child is at No.1 with Personal and Tana French is at No.4 with The Secret Place. 

The Best in Bestsellers!

September 2014

We are very proud to see seven of the agency's authors in this week's bestseller lists.

On the hardback chart, we are delighted to see Lee Child's Personal at No.1, Tana French's The Secret Place at No.16, Chris Carter's An Evil Mind at No.32 and Rebecca Shaw's Village Rumours at No.39.  

On the paperback bestseller lists, Tim Weaver's Fall From Grace is at No.21, Lesley Pearse's Survivor is at No.30 and Lee Child's 14th Reacher novel, 61 Hours, has re-entered the charts at No.37.

Congratulations to all! 

International acclaim for Reacher

September 2014

The Rights Department are thrilled to announce that on Thursday 4th September, Lee Child's 19th Reacher novel, Personal, was awarded the incredibly prestigious Premio RBA de Novela Negra in Barcelona, Spain.

Nearly 250 manuscripts, from writers all over the world, were submitted to the jury which was made up of bestselling thriller writer Lorenzo Silva, award-winning author Soledad Puértolas, journalist and author Antonio Lozano, bookseller Paco Camarasa and President of the Cultural Foundation run by RBA, Juaquim Palau. 

Via video-satellite link Lee took part in a live Press Conference from New York, where he answered questions from Spain's biggest newspapers and press agencies. 

The jury and Lee Child during the Press Conference

The prize was celebrated at a glamourous award ceremony on the roof terrace of the RBA offices. With views of Gaudi's Sagrada Familia to the North and the Meditteranean Sea to the South, over 1,100 writers, publishers, agents, musicians, actors and politicians attended. Because Lee wasn't able to be in Barcelona, Mary Darby and Clare Wallace were delighted to represent him at the award ceremony. The award was introduced by actress Aitana Sánchez-Gijón and presented to Mary by President of the Catalan goverment, Artur Mas. Mary passed on Lee's thanks in a short speech.

Mary Darby with the Premio

Lee is due to visit Spain in October to launch the Spanish edition of PERSONAL. 

Demons of Ghent launched in Belgium where the book is set!

September 2014

This weekend Helen Grant was in Brussels presenting her latest thriller Demons of Ghent, which is set in Belgium.

Helen appeared at a busy and lively event at Waterstone's Brussels on Saturday, to talk about the book and how she drew inspiration from the beautiful, historical and sometimes creepy city of Ghent. She also read from the book and answered some searching questions.

Demons of Ghent

The following day Helen was at Treasure Trove, the English bookshop in Tervuren. Veerle, the heroine of the Forbidden Spaces trilogy, of which Demons of Ghent is the second book, is from a small village near Tervuren and the town appears a number of times in the trilogy. Local residents were fascinated to identify places they know from the books!

Helen Grant at Gravensteen Castle

Helen was interviewed by Brussels-based English-language radio station Radio X - and she also managed a trip to Ghent to visit some of her favourite locations from the book, including the magnificent Saint Bavo's cathedral and Gravensteen castle.

For more information, please visit Helen's author page
 

James Carol Joins The ITV Crime Thriller Bookclub!

September 2014

James Carol's second Jefferson Winter thriller, Watch Me, has been selected for the Crime Thriller Bookclub with Specsavers and ITV. Congratulations James!

This September there is an exciting TV series about crime writing on ITV3 called The Crime Thriller Club - sponsored by Specsavers. In each show a specially selected crime or thriller title will be critiqued, there are just six selected titles, of which Watch Me is one, which form the Crime Thriller Bookclub.

Ex-FBI profiler Jefferson Winter has taken a new case in sunny Louisiana, where the only thing more intense than the heat is a killer on the loose in the small town of Eagle Creek. But in a town where secrets are rife and history has a way of repeating itself, can Winter solve the case before someone else dies?

"A brilliant, conflicted profiler" - Stephen Fry

"Jefferson Winter is a welcome new genius, and I can't wait to meet him again" - Neil White

Conquest is out now in paperback!

August 2014

"Conquest is a beautiful book, the first in a series, and one that should not be missed!" The Guardian

Conquest is the start of an epic new series from bestselling author John Connolly, and Jennifer Ridyard. For fans of The 5th Wave.

Earth is no longer ours. It is ruled by the Illyri, a beautiful, civilised yet ruthless alien species. But humankind has not given up the fight, and Paul Kerr is one of a new generation of young Resistance leaders waging war on the invaders.

Syl Hellais is the first of the Illyri to be born on Earth. Trapped inside the walls of her father's stronghold, hated by the humans, she longs to escape.

But on her sixteenth birthday, Syl's life is about to change forever. She will become an outcast, an enemy of her people, for daring to save the life of one human: Paul Kerr. Only together do they have a chance of saving each other, and the planet they both call home.

For there is a greater darkness behind the Illyri conquest of Earth, and the real invasion has not yet even begun...

 

The Secret Place is out NOW!

August 2014

I KNOW WHO KILLED HIM. DO YOU?

The powerful new novel, The Secret Place, by New York Times and Sunday Times award-winning bestselling author Tana French is out now!

"An absolutely mesmerizing read...Tana French is...simply this: A TRULY GREAT WRITER." Gillian Flynn (author of Gone Girl)

"It's TERRIFIC - terrifying, amazing and the prose is incandescent." Stephen King

"There are some things we bet on. Leaves will change colour. And Ms. French's next one will be good." Janet Maslin (The New York Times) 

Enter The Secret Place - where the darkest of crimes is about to come to light...

The Killing III by David Hewson is out in paperback NOW!

August 2014

"David Hewson turns TV gold into literary gold" Daily Telegraph

Detective Inspector for homicide, Sarah Lund, is contacted by old flame Mathias Borch from National Intelligence.

Borch fears that what first appeared to be a random killing at the docks is the beginning of an assassination attempt on Prime Minister Troels Hartmann. The murder draws attention towards the shipping and oil giant, Zeeland, run by billionaire Robert Zeuthen.

When Zeuthen’s 9-year-old daughter, Emilie, is kidnapped the investigation takes on a different dimension as it soon becomes clear that her disappearance is linked to the murder of a young girl in Jutland some years earlier.

Hartmann is in the middle of an election campaign, made all the more turbulent because of the mounting financial crisis. He needs Zeeland’s backing. Lund needs to make sense of the clues left by Emilie’s perpetrator before it’s too late. And can she finally face the demons that have long haunted her?

Reacher Returns

August 2014

The wait is over. Reacher has returned. The hotly anticipated latest Jack Reacher thriller by the one and only Lee Child, Personal, has hit bookstores in the UK!

Jack Reacher walks alone. Once a go-to hard man in the US military police, now he's a drifter of no fixed abode. But the army tracks him down. Because someone has taken a long-range shot at the French President. 

Only one man could have done it. And Reacher is the one man who can find him.

This new heartstopping, nailbiting book in Lee Child's number-one bestselling series takes Reacher across the Atlantic to Paris and then to London. The stakes have never been higher - because this time, it's personal. 

"It's the best one yet" Stephen King

"Reacher gets better and better" The New York Times

No goodbye. No trace. Know Weaver.

August 2014

Fall From Grace by Tim Weaver has hit the shops and what a first few days it has been! For any fans visiting or living in London look out for the striking Underground posters. Have you spotted them all?

 

 

The Agency were also delighted to join many of Tim's fans who had travelled to Bath to hear his talk. There was an amazing atmosphere and heightened excitement over the anticipated publication of Fall From Grace. Rave reviews have already been pouring in with the Guardian calling it 'tense, complex, sometimes horrific, written with flair as well as care' 

Thank you  to everyone who attended and to Waterstones in Bath for hosting such a successful evening. 

Fall From Grace is out NOW!

August 2014

Tim Weaver's latest David Raker thriller Fall From Grace is out now!

Fans will be delighted that the follow up to the Top 10 bestselling book that was also selected for the Richard and Judy Book Club Never Coming Back has finally hit the shelves to rave reviews. 

'His books get better each time - tense, complex, sometimes horrific, written with flair as well as care' The Guardian

 

Top 25 under 20!

August 2014

In thrilling news, our newest author, Beth Reekles, has been included in The Times today at no.6 in their ‘Top 25 under 20’ article!

Beth sits alongside other influential young adults such as Malala Yousafzai, Maya Van Wagenen and Jack Andraka as icons of their generation.

Congratulations, Beth!

A Master of Monsters

August 2014

Chris Carter's top 5 Hardback Bestseller An Evil Mind has already received spectacular reviews after only 3 days on sale.

The Daily Mail said 'this is a chilling, compulsive portrait of a psychopath, and proves that Carter is now in the Jeffrey Deaver class - a master of monsters'.
 

A New Record For Chris Carter!

August 2014

Chris Carter has achieved his highest position to date at No.5 in the Hardback Bestsellers List with An Evil Mind after only 3 days on sale.

Congratulations Chris! 

Chris Carter with his Top 5 Bestseller An Evil Mind

 

'with An Evil Mind there are shocks aplenty in store for the reader' Ravencrimereads.com

'This is addictive reading at its absolute best and I was devastated when I turned the very last page.' Goodreads.com

'Can you rate a book 6 stars yet? No? Well you should be able to, this one would get an easy 6 stars from me' Goodreads.com

Finished Business by David Wishart is Out NOW!

July 2014

November, AD40. When a wealthy consul’s wife asks Corvinus to investigate the death of her uncle, killed by a block of falling masonry at his estate on Vatican Hill, a sceptical Corvinus is inclined to agree with the general verdict of accidental death. But his investigations reveal clear evidence of foul play, as well as unearthing several skeletons among the closets of this well-to-do but highly dysfunctional family.

Who could have wanted Lucius Surdinus dead? His vengeful ex-wife? His ambitious mistress? His disillusioned elder, or his estranged younger, son? Or does the key to the mystery lie in the dead man’s political past?

But when Corvinus’s probing draws him to the attention of the emperor, a dangerously unpredictable Caligula, his prospects of surviving long enough to solve the mystery look slim to say the least....
 

Initial reviews on Amazon call it; 'impossible to put down' and 'the best to date.... from opening the book this morning, I've ignored everything else today...and have come straight in to write this review, still buzzing from the tension and excitement of the tale.'

 

Not A Drill - A Reacher Short Story is Out NOW!

July 2014

The brand new Jack Reacher short story, published exclusively as an ebook.

The tiny town of Naismith has nothing going for it - except the start of a wilderness trail through Maine's ancient forests. But one day the trail is suddenly closed by county police.

No reason is given. Rumours start - is there something in the woods that no one must see? That no one must even know about?

Then Jack Reacher drifts into town. What does he make of the Do Not Enter tape strung between the trees?

Includes a preview of Lee Child's heartstopping new Jack Reacher novel, Personal, which is now also available to pre-order.

Criminally Good Weekend

July 2014

The Darley Anderson Agency was out in full force at this years’ Theakstons Old Peculier Crime Festival in Harrogate. Fans were able to meet Tim Weaver, David Hewson, Chris Carter and James Carol, plus listen to brilliant talks, panels and get their favourite books signed. 

On Saturday David Hewson hosted a fascinating talk called ‘The New Wave of Forensics’ where we learnt huge amounts about forensics, gangsters, police procedure and the differences between fact and fiction at crime scenes.

Then first thing on Sunday Chris Carter and Tim Weaver joined the ‘Keeping It Real’ panel discussing the best approaches to violence in fiction, where to draw the line, and the responsibilities of keeping everything real.

L-R Camilla, Chris Carter, Clare, James Carol

Art of Deception by A J Cross is out in Paperback NOW!

July 2014

The New Year brings a gruesome discovery for forensic psychologist Dr Kate Hanson and Birmingham's Unsolved Crimes Unit: a mummified body. The victim is Nathan Troy, an art student who has been missing for 20 years.

As Kate begins to dig further into Nathan's past, she discovers a series of toxic relationships. Why do his housemates refuse to talk about him? And what was his connection to the beautiful and apparently promiscuous daughter of his professor?

Then the disappearance of a local teenager confirms that Nathan's killer is back. Kate and the team must work fast to untangle a web of lies and unmask a murderer who has lain dormant for two decades.
 

Never Coming Back débuts in America!

July 2014

Huge congratulations to Tim Weaver on the hardback publication of Never Coming Back in the US by Viking.

Emily Kane arrives at her sister Carrie’s house to find the front door unlocked, dinner on the table, and the family nowhere to be found—Carrie, her husband, and two daughters have disappeared. When the police turn up no leads, Emily turns to her former boyfriend David Raker, a missing persons investigator, to track the family down.

As Raker pursues the case, he discovers evidence of a sinister cover-up, decades in the making and with a long trail of bodies behind it.

Never Coming Back is one of Amazon’s Best Book of the Month http://amazon.com/Never-Coming-Back-Tim-Weaver/dp/0525426868/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1404375175&sr=8-1&keywords=tim+weaver

Sharply drawn, the tension and suspense are palpable, and the plot twists both in England and Las Vegas rush to a shocking ending. VERDICT This is best-¬selling British author Weaver’s fourth thriller featuring Raker, but the first to be published here. Surely we will see more of Weaver’s work available in the States soon.’ Library Journal
 

Infestation day: Boy in the Tower release

July 2014

We are thrilled to announce the publication of Polly Ho-Yen’s children’s novel, Boy in the Tower, today. Boy in the Tower is published by Random House Children’s Books and is Polly’s début.

Ade loves living at the top of a tower block. From his window, he feels like he can see the whole world stretching out beneath him.

His mum doesn't really like looking outside - but it's going outside that she hates. She's happier sleeping all day, inside their tower where it's safe.

But one day, other tower blocks on the estate start falling down around them and strange, menacing plants begin to appear.

Now their tower isn't safe anymore. Ade and his mum are trapped and there's no way out.


To find out more about Polly's inspiration for writing Boy in the Tower, please click here.

Congratulations, Polly!
 

Presumed Guilty by James Carol is out NOW!

July 2014

The first in a special eBook only series: The Jefferson Winter Chronicles, featuring Jefferson Winter from bestselling eBook Broken Dolls, and introducing his mentor, Yoko Tanaka. Together they make an unforgettable team.

Special Agent Yoko Tanaka is one of the best profilers in the FBI. She's observant, smart and professional, but doesn't really play well with others. She's been called in to consult on the case of 'Valentino', a killer who steals his victims' hearts. Literally.

With five women already dead, time is running out for the police to catch the killer before he strikes again. Within twenty-four hours of Yoko's arrival they have a suspect in custody: a precocious nineteen-year-old kid called Jefferson Winter whose IQ is off the charts. He's also a textbook psychopath and the son of one of America's most notorious serial killers. Not only does he confess to the murders, he knows details of the crimes that only the killer could know. It's an open and shut case, or is it?

The next full-length Jefferson Winter novel, Watch Me, is publishing in August, but if you can't wait that long then try Broken Dolls, out now in paperback and eBook.


 

Smart Longlisted for the St. Helens Book Awards

June 2014

Kim Slater’s début novel, SMART, has been longlisted for the St. Helens Libraries Book Awards!

SMART has been nominated alongside eleven other books in this fantastic regional Book Award scheme for secondary school pupils. BASH (Book Awards St Helens) started in 2011, and celebrates works of fiction published in the UK for ages 11-18. The scheme works in partnership with local high schools and has recently introduced a scheme for primary school children.

We are even more proud of Kim considering that her book was only released a few weeks ago. Congratulations, Kim!
 

Darley Anderson's New Author

June 2014

Darley Anderson has taken on a new  writer destined for future bestsellerdom. 

The writer in question is Boston based Virginia Smith who worked in book publishing in the US for 17 years most recently as Acquiring Editor at Harper Collins in New York.

Virginia is currently working on a thriller set in Boston entitled The Danger List. The protagonist is a young Englishwoman at Harvard Business School with an American love interest and lots of action. 

Get Smart Today

June 2014

We are thrilled to announce the publication of SMART by Kim Slater today. Published by Macmillan Children’s Books, Smart is Kim’s debut novel.

SMART follows Kieran Woods as he attempts to investigate the death of a homeless man. He's made a promise and he's going to find out what really happened. To Colin. And to his grandma, who just stopped coming round one day. But being a detective is difficult when you're Kieran Woods. When you're amazing at drawing but terrible at fitting in. And when there are dangerous secrets everywhere, not just outside, but under your own roof.

Congratulations, Kim!
 

Demons of Ghent is out NOW!

June 2014

Congratulations to Helen Grant on the publication of Demons of Ghent.

Veerle has moved to Ghent to start a new life with her father and his girlfriend, she's isolated and alone. But not as alone as she had thought . . .

Veerle recognises a familiar face in the crowds one day, a face connected to a past that she has been fighting to get over, a past that involved murder.

A spate of deaths hit the city but has Death followed Veerle to Ghent or is this something new?

Demons of Ghent is the second book in the Forbidden Spaces Trilogy and just as terrifying and thrilling as Silent Saturday.

In celebration of the publication Helen is taking part in a blog tour this week, for more information visit here http://helengrantbooks.blogspot.co.uk/2014/05/demons-coming-soon-to-rooftop-near-you.html
 

Child and Connolly Storm Hay

June 2014

On the weekend of the 31st May, the agency visited Hay-on-Wye for the last few days of the annual literary festival, where two of our authors, Lee Child and John Connolly, both talked to tents packed with fans.

John Connolly spoke to a captivated audience of his younger readers about how sci-fi and fantasy are much more widely read than children and teenagers think, for example, The Hunger Games and Divergent. With the use of clips from old news footage, as well as scary films he had watched as a child, John illustrated how sci-fi and fantasy are often not based on the future, as we usually assume, but discuss and dissect matters that are happening in the World today.

A two minute excerpt from Pan’s Labyrinth helped John expose the dark and frightening side of fairy tales, which led him to reveal how he came to write the The Book of Lost Things. John’s fans also quizzed him on the inspiration behind the Gates of Hell in the Samuel Johnson series (the Large Hadron Collider) and where his idea for the devil came from (the 1980's classic, Legend).

It was Lee Child’s first time at the festival and he was in conversation with Sarah Crompton (Arts Editor in Chief, Daily Telegraph) about the Jack Reacher series. Lee told the audience about how he came to writing, how he developed the series and whether he knew it was be a bestseller from the start. Lee admitted that he doesn’t extensively plan his novels; rather he crafts the perfect first sentence and goes from there. He also explained that his books are full of interesting bits of information, or facts, because he himself is deeply interested in trivia. There was a very lively discussion of Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in the films, with plenty of audience participation.

Both authors also separately discussed their crime fiction in broadcasts for the BBC. If you would like to listen to John in discussion with Anthony Horrowitz and Yrsa Sigurdottir about crime fiction, click here. To listen to Lee discuss the Reacher series on Radio 4’s Front Row, please click here.

 

Martina On Tour

May 2014

Martina Cole visited fans at Tesco Watford as part of her role as ambassador for the Six Book Challenge. 

She met with union learning representatives to celebrate the success of the scheme which aims at getting everyone reading. 

She says  "I really wanted to become an ambassador for The Reading Agency because reading is such a big part of my life. The wonderful thing about the Six Book Challenge is that people who don't normally read, or who think that reading isn't their bag, are encouraged to pick up a book. When you read a book you have to picture it all in your own mind. No one tells you what you're seeing or what you should be feeling. That's the secret of reading – it's such a personal thing."

 

Norway Falls for Celtic Noir

May 2014

The Rights team has had a very busy month since London Book Fair with many new and exciting deals to report.

We’re delighted to announce that the first translation deal has been done for Emma Kavanagh’s Falling with Cappelen Damm in Norway.

Deals for Broken Dolls by James Carol continue apace with two new languages. James will be published by AST in Russia and Esfera de los Libros in Spain. The Jefferson Winter series will now be published in 8 languages worldwide.

Cathy Cassidy continues to find new fans all over the globe and she is now published in 19 languages! Her newest publishers for her Chocolate Box Girls series are Kolibri in Hungary and Trei in Romania.

                            

CRIMEFEST Is Coming!

May 2014

The international crime fiction convention, CRIMEFEST, will commence in Bristol from the 15th to the 18th of May. 

First organised in June 2008, CRIMEFEST has not only become one of the biggest crime fiction events in Europe, but also one of the most popular dates in the international crime fiction calendar. The annual convention was featured as one of the ‘best crime-writing festivals around the world’ in the Guardian and one of the ‘50 Best Festivals’ in the Independent. CRIMEFEST draws top crime novelists, agents, readers, editors, publishers and reviewers from around the world. 

This year we have 6 Darley Anderson authors in attendance: James Carol, Chris Carter, David Hewson, Emma Kavanagh, Tim Weaver and Lee Weeks. 

Camilla Wray will be taking part in PITCH AN AGENT, where aspiring crime writers have 14 minutes to pitch their manuscript to each of the 4 agents in attendance. 

For tickets please see link:

http://crimefest.com/register.html

For the programme please see link:

http://crimefest.com/programme.html

Another Record for Lee Child

May 2014

Lee Child is No.1 for the 5th week in a row in the US with Never Go Back!

 

Loretta Schauer is on the Funeverse!

May 2014

During May 2014, Funeverse is featuring some of Loretta Schauer’s illustrations. Funeverse is a resource for schools and children where poets, illustrators and children can come together to exercise their creative funny bones and write funny verse.

For the whole month, poets will be creating poems inspired by Loretta’s drawings and encouraging children to create their own. There are already a few poems up to accompany Loretta’s pictures, and even a video! For more information, click here.
 

Apple Loves Darley Anderson Authors

May 2014

Apple's Crime and Thriller chart is dominated by DA authors! No.1 is Revenge by Martina Cole, No.5 is Never Go Back by Lee Child and No.10 is The Wolf In Winter by John Connolly. 

Apple's Bestseller chart

A Month at No.1 For Lee Child in the USA!

May 2014

Lee Child's Never Go Back has now spent one month at the No.1 Paperback position in the US.

Congratulations Lee! 

Revenge is out in Paperback Now!

April 2014

The No.1 Hardback bestseller Revenge is out now in paperback from the inimitable Queen of Crime - Martina Cole. 

Never Go Back Remains At No.1 in the US 3 Weeks Running!

April 2014

Lee Child's record-breaking Never Go Back has remained at the No.1 spot in the Mass Market Paperback Fiction New York Times Bestsellers chart for the 3rd week in a row!

Cesca Major joins the Darley Anderson Agency

April 2014

We are thrilled to welcome Cesca Major to the Darley Anderson Agency.

Cesca’s debut novel, The Silent Hours, was bought by Anna Hogarty at Corvus in a two-book deal and will be published on 6th August 2015. The Silent Hours is a sweeping historical romance, based on true events, and it centres around an event that devastated a small, unoccupied French village in the Second World War.

Cesca’s first real writing success came in 2005 when she was Runner Up in the annual Daily Mail Writing Competition for the best opening paragraph to a novel. After working in television, she subsequently taught History for seven years before becoming Housemistress at a boarding school in Berkshire. She writes regular reviews and features for the popular women’s fiction website www.novelicious.com and films ‘Beat the Block’ - bi-weekly vlogs to help writers.

Welcome to the agency, Cesca, we are so excited you’re on board!
 

John Connolly is a No.2 Bestseller!

April 2014

The inimitable John Connolly's The Wolf In Winter, called 'a brilliant performance by one of our finest writers' by The Irish Times, has hit No.2 in Hardback in the UK bestseller chart. 

This is John's highest position to date. 

Congratulations John! 

The Guilty by Sean Slater is Nominated for Best Novel!

April 2014

 Sean Slater's spine-chilling 3rd novel The Guilty is on the 2014 Arthur Ellis Awards Best Novel Longlist!

Congratulations Sean!

The Guilty

The first explosion kills the toymaker.

The second bomb takes down the city's most successful realtor.

Two are dead. One is wounded. But still no suspect.

It's clear to Homicide Detective Jacob Striker and his partner Felicia Santos that the two incidents are linked. But with no demands being made by the bomber, and no known connection between the victims, uncovering the motive seems impossible.

Then Detective Harry Eckhart disappears, taking with him the lone survivor. His actions make no sense, and they force Striker to redirect his focus onto his fellow cops. It is an investigation Striker would prefer to avoid, but cannot - for the bomber is about to strike again.

And this time, it's much closer to home...

The Wolf In Winter is out NOW!

April 2014

The Wolf In Winter by John Connolly has been released in the UK in hardback. This is John Connolly's 12th Charlie Parker installment. 

Prosperous, a small town in the depths of Maine, shuns outsiders. It guards its own.

The community of Prosperous, Maine, has always thrived when others have suffered. Its inhabitants are wealthy, its children’s future secure. It keeps outsiders out. And its secrets in. At the heart of the town lie the ruins of an ancient church, transported stone by stone from England centuries earlier by the founders.

But the death of a homeless man and the disappearance of his daughter draw the haunted, lethal, private investigator, Charlie Parker to Prosperous. Parker is a dangerous man, driven by compassion, rage, and the desire for vengeance. The town, and its protectors sense a threat graver than any they have faced in their long history. And in the comfortable, sheltered inhabitants of a small Maine community, Parker will encounter his most vicious enemies yet.

Charlie Parker has been marked to die so that Prosperous may survive. Prosperous, and the secret that it hides beneath its ruins…

Treble Triumph

April 2014

The Darley Anderson Agency has triumphed, achieving three No.1 slots in the bestsellers lists this week.

John Connolly's The Wolf In Winter has hit the No.1 hardback slot in Ireland in his 17th eerie Charlie Parker and has already received superb reviews with the Irish Times saying: 'it more than preserves the high standards his readers expect...Connolly is at his very best here: angry, polemical and compassionate...The Wolf In Winter is a brilliant performance from one of our finest writers'. 

Lee Child remains emphatically No.1 in the UK paperback chart with a difference of close to 15,000 copies between Never Go Back and the No.2 in the chart. 

And the unbeatable Lee Child has soared into the No.1 position in the US mass market paperback Barnes and Noble chart. 

One Good Turn is out!

April 2014

In the exciting build-up to the 3rd James Bishop thriller being published this June, we are thrilled to announce that a special Bishop short story, One Good Turn, has been released today in e-book.

She has already escaped her captors once. Surely twice would be impossible.

Kidnapped and left for dead, Sylvia Caplan knows she will have one chance to get her life back. Having fled and found her way back to civilisation, Sylvia stumbles into a dingy bar. Wearing borrowed shoes and stolen clothes, she's not the usual kind of customer and it’s not long before two menacing figures catch up with her.

Unnoticed, former Marine, James Bishop, witnesses the woman's struggle, stepping in before he knows what he's done. Now Sylvia is on the run again but this time she is not alone. Can Bishop help her keep one step ahead or will he come to regret risking his life for a stranger?

And if that’s not enough, the short story includes extracts from all three James Bishop novels including an exclusive from the upcoming The Hunter's Oath, out on 5th June.

Meet Me Under The Clock by Annie Murray Is Out Now!

March 2014

Meet Me Under The Clock

Growing up in Birmingham, Sylvia and Audrey Whitehouse have always been like chalk and cheese.

When the Second World War breaks out, Sylvia is still dreaming of her forthcoming marriage to fiancé Ian while Audrey jumps at the career opportunities the WAAF throws her way.

Audrey joins the ranks at RAF Cardington but soon finds that her new freedom also brings temptation. When she goes too far, the consequences ripple through the Whitehouse family.

Meanwhile Sylvia is doing her bit as a railway porter, much to Ian's dismay. Ian thinks the job is unfeminine - unlike Sylvia's new friend Kitty, who is as sweet and pretty as can be.

But Kitty's innocent nature hides a dark secret . . . As the pressures of rationing, bombing raids and sleepless nights grow, the two sisters must decide what they really want from life and if they're brave enough to fight for it.

A heart-breaking and inspiring novel.

Silent Saturday by Helen Grant is out NOW!

March 2014

Our award winning and highly acclaimed Young Adult's author, Helen Grant, has released her book Silent Saturday today in paperback. It is the first in the chilling Forbidden Spaces trilogy. 

Seventeen-year-old Veerle is frustrated with life in suburban Brussels. But a chance encounter with a hidden society, whose members illegally break into unoccupied buildings around the city, soon opens up a whole new world of excitement—and danger.

When one of the society's founding members disappears, Veerle suspects foul play. But nothing can prepare her for the horror that is about to unfold when an old foe emerges from the shadows... No one is safe, and The Hunter will strike again...

‘A writer to watch’ The Daily Mail

‘Fierce intelligence’ The Guardian

Darley Anderson Authors Dominate Kindle Bestsellers

March 2014

The Darley Anderson Agency has three authors in Amazon's Kindle Bestseller chart (non-free eBooks).

No.2 - James Carol's Broken Dolls

No.4 - Margaret Dickinson's The Fleethaven Trilogy

No.82 - Annie Murray's My Daughter, My Mother

Dave Rudden joins the Darley Anderson Children's Book Agency

March 2014

We are so thrilled to welcome début author Dave Rudden to the Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency.

The Borrowed Dark is the first in an 11+ fantasy adventure trilogy about Denizen Hardwick. On his 14th birthday, Denizen is summoned from the orphanage he grew up in by a mysterious aunt he never knew existed. It becomes immediately obvious that there is more to this world than Denizen ever imagined and he soon finds himself among the Knights of the Borrowed Darkness, an ancient order that protects the world from the dark realm of the Tenebrae and their powerful master, the Endless King.

Ben Horslen, Editorial Director at Puffin, snapped up World English rights in The Borrowed Dark in a significant six-figure pre-empt. Puffin will be publishing in Spring 2016. German rights were sold to Fischer in a knock-out six-figure pre-empt and French rights were quickly acquired by Pocket Jeunesse.

Dave is twenty-six years old and lives in Dublin where he is working on books two and three of the trilogy.

Welcome to the agency, Dave, we are so excited to have you on board!
 

Fairfield Hall is No.9 on Sunday Times Bestseller List!

March 2014

Margaret Dickinson's bestselling Fairfield Hall has hit the No. 9 paperback fiction chart Sunday Times bestseller list. 

For a look at the current top ten Sunday Times list click here.

A Special Delivery is a Superstar Seller

February 2014

Clare Dowling's A Special Delivery has shot to No. 2 on the Irish Times bestseller list. Congratulations Clare!

No.2 for Clare Dowling!

February 2014

Clare Dowling's A Special Delivery has hit the No.2 spot in the hardback bestsellers list in Ireland this week.

Congratulations Clare!

No.1 for Lesley Pearse!

February 2014

Lesley Pearse's Survivor has soared into the top position on the hardback bestseller list to the No.1 spot after only 3 days of sales!

5,000 copies were sold in 3 days alone, outselling the No.2 position by 1,500 copies.

Congratulations Lesley! 

Survivor by Lesley Pearse Is Out Now!

February 2014

Survivor is the 22nd book by internationally bestselling author Lesley Pearse and the 3rd in the Belle Trilogy. 

With the world on the brink of war, Mariette leaves home bound for her aunt and uncle's house in London.

Armed with the freedom she's longed for since childhood, Mari quickly falls for Morgan, the handsome cockney steward on board ship. But once she reaches London, there are other temptations.

Mari loves her new life - caught up in a whirl of dances and parties in the glittering West End, relishing her freedom as she earns her own money as a typist. Finally, she feels she is mistress of her own future.
Until it is all snatched away by the war.

As London endures the Blitz, Mari's new life is cruelly blown apart. Forced from her loving new home, she ends up alone in the East End, and it's worlds away from the London she knows. But there, even in the face of so much despair, she finds the chance to make a difference. Amidst the destruction, Mari learns that the only way to survive this war is to fight, with all the strength, selflessness and compassion within her...and only then will she find true happiness.

Because Mari is a survivor...

Survivor is a story of bravery and love.

'Utterly riveting, brilliant' Closer

'Characters it is impossible not to care about' Daily Mail

'Full of love, passion and heartbreak' Best
 

Fairfield Hall by Margaret Dickinson Is Out Now!

February 2014

Fairfield Hall

Ruthlessly ambitious Ambrose Constantine is determined that his daughter, Annabel, shall marry into the nobility. A fish merchant and self-made man, he has only his wealth to buy his way into society.

When Annabel’s secret meetings with Gilbert, a young man employed at her father’s offices, stop suddenly, she learns that he has mysteriously disappeared. Heartbroken, she finds solace with her grandparents on their Lincolnshire farm, but her father will not allow her to hide herself in the countryside and enlists the help of a business connection to launch his daughter into society.

During the London Season, Annabel is courted by James Lyndon, the Earl of Fairfield, whose country estate is only a few miles from her grandfather’s farm. Believing herself truly loved at last, Annabel accepts his offer of marriage. It is only when she arrives at Fairfield Hall that she realizes the true reason behind James’s proposal and the part her scheming father has played.

Throughout the years that follow, Annabel experiences both heartache and Joy, and the birth of her son should finally secure the future of the Fairfield Estate. But there are others who lay claim to the inheritance igniting a feud that will only reach its resolution in the trenches of the First World War.

A Book For Everyone This Valentines Day

February 2014

Fans of our fabulous women's fiction authors Lesley Pearse, Clare Dowling, Annie Murray, Margaret Dickinson and Jane Costello are in for a treat this Valentines day with the release of their latest books. 

Copies of Survivor by Lesley Pearse, A Special Delivery by Clare Dowling, Meet Me Under The Clock by Annie Murray and Fairfield Hall by Margaret Dickinson will hit the shelves on the 13th - just in time to treat loved ones for a wonderful gift this Valentines Day. And Jane Costello's The Mini Break will be released in eBook on Valentines Day itself. 

Martina Cole Champions Reading On The High Seas

February 2014

Megaseller Martina Cole popped in to Marine Society's new library as Ambassador of The Reading Agency Six Book Challenge! She hopes to encourage seafarers across the world to pick up a book.

“My love of books is all down to my merchant seaman father,” says Martina Cole. “I remember when I was a small child him bringing home from his travels a cardboard theatre, and when I opened the faux crimson velvet curtains, hidden away behind them were the smallest books I had ever seen. The stories were all Aesop fables and fairy tales and I was absolutely entranced. As I got older, the subject matter progressed and I remember pouncing on his bag as soon as he was back from a trip to devour the latest bestseller – Harold Robbins was an eye-opener!”

Martina Cole

Martina Cole and David Kendall pack books for the Marine Society

How To Get A (Love) Life: The Launch

January 2014

On Wednesday night, Clare, Mary, Emma, Vicki, Camilla, Keshini and Sheila attended the fantastic launch party of Rosie Blake’s debut novel, How to Get a (Love) Life.

Set in the opulent and quirky surroundings of Bar Soho in London, the DA team were welcomed with cocktails, posters and postcards with hilarious quotes from Rosie’s book. The room was packed with familiar faces from the publishing industry and lots of bloggers from the online community.

Rosie gave a wonderfully funny speech in which she thanked her editor, Kirsty, and the team at Novelicious. She also thanked her agent, Clare, and the rest of the Darley Anderson Agency. The celebration was a roaring success – we know Rosie’s book will be one too!

Rosie’s book is out now and available here. She is already no.16 on the Amazon Bestseller list in Love, Sex and Marriage humour!

You can read more about Rosie and follow her on twitter @RosieBBooks
 

Clare (left) Rosie (centre) Mary (right)

Nordicana Festival 2014

January 2014

We are very proud to announce that David Hewson will be at the Nordicana Festival 2014 discussing The Killing series.

Nordicana is the UK’s only festival to combine Nordic crime and thriller film and fiction and is a must for all fans. See more on the Nordicana website here.

Three Brave Women

January 2014

Linked through marriage to three brothers, the Underwood women prove time and again that they are a force to be reckoned with.

Jodie has travelled a hard road to reach her own prosperity, despite her husband's constant unreliability. Yet she can't bring herself to fully sever ties with John. But now with a potential new love waiting nearby, Jodie must make a decision she has been avoiding for too long.

Widowed at a young age, Lariane believes her marriage to Rick was perfect. He also left behind twin daughters, but is Lariane sacrificing their future happiness by looking for perfection? Will another man ever be good enough to fill Rick's shoes?

Dee has everything she ever wanted: a husband she adores and a beautiful little girl. But she knows that her family's happiness is founded on half-truths. How long before she must come clean with those she holds most dear?

Heartfelt and captivating, Three Brave Women is a story of loyalty, family and finding strength when all seems lost.

Lesley Pearse Becomes First National Libraries Day Ambassador!

January 2014

Lesley Pearse will be the first Ambassador for National Libraries Day. 

The national celebration of libraries will take place on Saturday the 8th of February 2014, rounding off a week's worth of events and activities in public, school, college, university and workplace libraries. 

Lesley said "I am so very proud to be asked to be the first Ambassador for National Libraries Day. To me libraries are one of the most important assets we have in the UK, and should be kept going at all costs."

Lesley's love affair with libraries began when her family moved to London, and (aged 11) she found the perfect sanctuary in Northbrook Library. She says, "I was late in learning to read because of being in care for a few years, but once I could read I was voracious. The staff at the library must have recognised a real need in me and they sorted out books especially for me." 

"Libraries are vital. They are a primary source of knowledge and of entertainment. Books widen your world and teach you so much. Whether you are into romantic fiction, dark thrillers, science fiction, biographies, poetry, war books, history, geography, religion, it's all there to be tapped into. Age doesn't matter, from a four year old wanting The Gruffalo, to students studying for exams or a retired person wanting to read up on their hobby, all are welcome....I love libraries and it's my mission to make everyone else value and love them too."

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