Black British Lives Matter, by Marcus Ryder and Lenny Henry, featuring an essay by Kit de Waal, out today!

“Our identity and experience will shape every story, bleed into every poem, inform every essay whether it’s about Black ‘issues’ or not”
– Kit de Waal

In response to the international outcry at George Floyd’s death, Lenny Henry and Marcus Ryder have commissioned this collection of essays to discuss how and why we need to fight for Black lives to matter – not just for Black people but for society as a whole.

Recognising Black British experience within the Black Lives Matter movement, nineteen prominent Black figures explain why Black lives should be celebrated when too often they are undervalued. Drawing from personal experience, they stress how Black British people have unique perspectives and experiences that enrich British society and the world; how Black lives are far more interesting and important than the forces that try to limit it.

“We achieve everything not because we are superhuman. We achieve the things we achieve because we are human. Our strength does not come from not having any weaknesses, our strength comes from overcoming them” Doreen Lawrence.

“I always presumed racism would always be here, that it was a given. But the truth is, it was not always here, it was invented.” David Olusoga

Featuring essays from David Olusoga, Dawn Butler MP, Kit de Waal, Kwame Kwei-Armah, and many more.

Christmas is coming..! Happy publication day to Jenny Colgan!

The brand new feel-good Christmas novel from Sunday Times top ten bestselling author, Jenny Colgan “The Christmas Bookshop” is out now! ❄️🎄📚💙

Carmen has always worked in her local department store. So, when the gorgeous old building closes its doors for good, she is more than a little lost.

When her sister, Sofia, mentions an opportunity in Edinburgh – a cute little bookshop, the spare room in her house – Carmen is reluctant, she was never very good at accepting help. But, short on options, she soon finds herself pulling into the snowy city just a month before Christmas.

What Sofia didn’t say is that the shop is on its last legs and that if Carmen can’t help turn things around before Christmas, the owner will be forced to sell. Privately, Sofia is sure it will take more than a miracle to save the store, but maybe this Christmas, Carmen might surprise them all…

“A cracker! A must-read this festive season!” – The Sun

“Naturally funny and warm hearted” – Lisa Jewell

“An evocative sweet treat” – Jojo Moyes

“Irresistible” – Jill Mansell

“Just lovely” – Katie Fforde

“Gorgeous, glorious, uplifting” – Marian Keyes

Keisha the Sket. Out now!

Where were you when Keisha the Sket first broke the internet?

Keisha is a girl from the ends, sharp, feisty, and ambitious; she’s been labelled ‘top sket’ but she’s making it work. When childhood crush and long-time admirer, Ricardo, finally wins her over, Keisha has it all: power, a love life, and the chance for stability. But trauma comes knocking and with it a whirlwind of choices that will define what kind of a woman she truly wants to be.

Told with the heart and soul of the inner city, with an unforgettable heroine, Keisha the Sket is a revelation of the true, raw, arousing, and tender core of British youth culture.

In print for the first time, Keisha the Sket has lived in the phones and websites of fans for decades. This timeless coming-of-age story is not just a word-of-mouth sensation but also a British classic in the making.

Complete with essays from esteemed contemporary writers Candice Carty-Williams, Caleb Femi, Aniefiok Ekpoudom and Enny, this is the complete and definitive edition with additional content from the author, perfect for readers – existing and new – to read and fall in love with over and over again.

 

Keisha the Sket is truly a crucial part of not just Black Brit literature, but British literature as a whole.’Bolu Babalola, bestselling author of Love In Colour

‘Our literary foremother.’ – Candice Carty-Williams, best-selling author of Queenie

Keisha the Sket accidentally decolonised literature.’ – Black Ballad

‘Reading Keisha the Sket as an adult makes me swoon at the richness of its nostalgia.’ Caleb Femi

‘British answer to ‘Gossip Girl’.’ – Dazed

‘Keisha the Sket has united a nation and rebirthed a generation of readers who were gripped by the tale of a ‘top sket’’ The Face

 

 

Happy publication day to Candice Carty-Williams with her first YA novel: EMPRESS & ANIYA!

The first YA novel from the bestselling author of Queenie! When Empress starts at Aniya’s school, they’re not exactly best friends. But, when the two teenage girls accidentally cast a spell on their 16th birthday and end up switching bodies, they quickly learn that friendship is the most important magic of all. South London’s answer to ‘Freaky Friday’, Empress and Aniya is a moving portrayal of the importance of real friendship and the ups and downs of being a teenager.

“Honest, funny and heartbreaking, and uplifting all at once!” – Tanya Byrne.

“A genuine joy to read” – Bethany Rutter

“Candice has once again created characters that have been written with such sweet warmth and bitter truth that you cannot help but embrace them through the pages” – Clara Amfo

Empress & Aniya dazzles in three colours: pink, independent bookshop exclusive in orange, and the signed blue edition exclusive to Waterstones.

…and a happy publication day to Tamsin Keily!

Here we have the beautifully written “The Surprising Days of Isla Pembroke”:

Some moments change everything. What if you could live them again?

If Isla Pembroke could turn back time, she knows exactly which days of her life she would change.

The day she started working in the local aquarium, not knowing that she’d still be stuck there seven years later. The day her sister Morgan ran away from home. And, most of all, the day that changed everything, when her mother’s death cracked her family in two.

So when she’s given an impossible gift – a chance to go back and relive those life-changing moments – Isla realises that she might be able to save the people she loves.

But sometimes the most surprising days aren’t the ones that change everything, but the ones that come after…

You’ll need tissues for Tamsin Keily’s second novel which has been described as ‘heartwarming, emotional and enchanting’.

Out today in paperback.

Happy publication day to Jack Meggitt-Phillips…

The second instalment in The Beast and the Bethany series: ‘Revenge of the Beast‘ is out today in paperback:

For ages 8+, the book that bites back is BACK! In the second beastly book from the most distinctive new voice in middle grade fiction, revenge is a dish best served with a surprise…

Once upon a very badly behaved time, 511-year-old Ebenezer kept a beast in his attic. He would feed the beast all manner of objects and creatures and in return the beast would vomit him up expensive presents. But then The Bethany arrived…

Now notorious prankster Bethany, along with her new feathery friend Claudette, is determined that she and Ebenezer are going to DE-BEAST their lives and Do Good. But Bethany finds that being a notorious prankster makes it hard to get taken on for voluntary work. And Ebenezer is secretly missing the beast’s vomity gifts. And neither of them are all that sure what ‘good people’ do anyway…

Then there’s Claudette, who’s not been feeling herself recently. Has she eaten something that has DISAGREED with her?

The Beast and the Bethany has all the classic macabre humour of Roald Dahl with the warmth and charm of Despicable Me, finished off with a gleeful bite of Little Shop of Horrors!

…and we also have two new books for the littles ones by Pip Bird and Nadia Shireen!

The 9th edition in the Naughtiest Unicorn series by Pip Bird. this is The Naughtiest Unicorn in a Winter Wonderland:

It’s time for wintry fun with Mira and Dave the Naughtiest Unicorn! And this time they are going on a very special quest to see the magical winter lights! (Although Dave is more interested in the hot chocolate and chips.) But what lies behind the snowy mountain peaks – could there really be a terrifying YETI lurking there …?

We also have the eagerly awaited Grimwood by Nadia Shireen:

Laugh your head off with this fully-illustrated new series from award-winning Nadia Shireen. Perfect for readers age 7 to 107, fans of Dog Man, Roald Dahl, Mr Gum and David Walliams, and anyone who loves to laugh.
 
Fox cub siblings Ted and Nancy are on the run from Princess Buttons, the scariest street cat in the Big City. They flee for Grimwood, expecting to find refuge in the peaceful countryside.  Instead, they are met with thieving eagles, dramatic ducks, riotous rabbits and a whole host of unusual characters. Grimwood is…weird. But when Princess Buttons tracks them down, Nancy and Ted and the animals of Grimwood must unite in a mind-bending race against time…
This memorable, distinctive and warm-hearted comedy series will have kids begging to read more.

Happy publication day to three of our wonderful clients! First we have The Ash House by Angharad Walker…

Miss Peregrine’s Home for Peculiar Children meets Lord of the Flies in the exciting debut from Angharad Walker.

A new boy arrives at the Ash House. He can’t remember his name – or why he’s been sent there.

Given the name Sol, and troubled by a mystery pain that no medicine can cure, he joins the gang of children living in the shadows of the secretive house.

Soon, however, there’s more for him to face: the darkness that descends with the arrival of the Doctor…

About the author: Angharad Walker grew up on various military bases in the UK, Germany and Cyprus, where stories were often being told about far-flung places, past conflicts, and friends and family.  

She studied English Literature & Creative Writing (BA Hons) at the University of Warwick, which included a year at the sunny University of California Irvine.

Her fiction has been published in Structo and A Million Ways, and her poetry has made it into Agenda broadsheets and Ink Sweat & Tears.

She currently lives in London. When she’s not writing, she works as a communications consultant for charities and not-for-profits.

You can find her on Twitter @AngharadWalker

HUGE Publication Day for JULA!

Happy happy happy publication to six of our wonderful authors!

Sarah Moore Fitzgerald and her middle grade rags to riches novel All The Money in the World.

Amanda Block’s beautiful debut The Lost Storyteller celebrates the power and resilience of imagination.

Notes on Rape Culture – a searing and powerfully written exploration of rape culture and surviving sexual violence, written by Catriona Morton host of BBC Sounds podcast “After”.

Arrowood and the Meeting House Murders – the gripping fourth instalment in the private investigator William Arrowood series.

Pip Bird’s
The Naughtiest Unicorn on Holiday, the eight book in the hilarious children’s book series about friendship, magic and mayhem.

And the fiction debut from 
Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink, Everyone Is Still Alive is funny and moving, intimate and wise; a novel that explores the deeper realities of marriage and parenthood and the way life thwarts our expectations at every turn.

My Mess is a Bit of a Life by Georgia Pritchett – out now in hardback and paperback!

Multi-award-winning television writer and producer Georgia Pritchett knows a thing or two about anxiety. From worrying about the monsters under her bed as a child (Were they comfy enough?), to embracing womanhood, (One way of knowing you have crossed from girlhood to womanhood is that men stop furtively masturbating at you from bushes and start shouting things at you from cars. It’s a beautiful moment) worry has accompanied her at every turn.

This memoir is a joyful reflection on just how to live – and sometimes even thrive (sometimes not) – with anxiety.

Happy publication day to AJ Pearce and Xanthi Barker!


Every bit as funny, touching and cheering as AJ Pearce’s debut, Dear Mrs Bird, YOURS CHEERFULLY is a celebration of friendship, a testament to the strength of women and the importance of lifting each other up, even in the most challenging times.

Xanthi Barker’s debut publication WILL THIS HOUSE LAST FOREVER? is a heartfelt and wholly original memoir about the pain of having to come to terms with a parent’s mortality, the way grief so utterly defies logic, and about learning to see the flaws in those that we love, and let them go.

Happy publication day Jacqueline Roy

The Fat Lady Sings has been republished as part of the Black Britain Writing Back series, a landmark publication by Hamish Hamilton which is putting lost and hard-to-find books back into print. We’re delighted that Jacqueline Roy’s work is being brought to a new readership. There is plenty more to come from this fantastic author!