Happy publication day to Nina Stibbe!

The delightful ONE DAY I SHALL ASTONISH THE WORLD is out today!

There are just too many accolades to list so you’ll have to buy it to see how wonderful it is…

Nina Stibbe’s new novel is the story of the wonderful and sometimes surprising path of friendship: from its conspiratorial beginnings, along its irritating wrong turns, to its final gratifying destination.

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Happy publication day to Lucy Easthope and Bethany Rutter!

WHEN THE DUST SETTLES by Lucy Easthope and WELCOME TO YOUR LIFE by Bethany Rutter are both released today!

In When the Dust Settles, Lucy Easthope lives with disaster every day. When a plane crashes, a bomb explodes, a city floods or a pandemic begins, she’s the one they call.
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Welcome to Your Life is heart-warming and hilarious. A story about love, forging your own path and falling head over heels – with yourself.

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My Mess is a Bit of a Life – out now in 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. Out in paperback now.

Join Dave the Unicorn for the 10th instalment of The Naughtiest Unicorn series which is out today!


A brand new book in the bestselling NAUGHTIEST UNICORN series – the funniest unicorn books EVER! The perfect gift for Easter, for readers of 6+ and fans of The Worst Witch and Pamela Butchart.

It’s spring time at Unicorn School and time for a super fun scavenger hunt!
But when Dave the naughtiest unicorn uncovers a mysterious, hidden RIDDLE the day gets even MORE exciting!

Will the riddle it will lead them to some TREASURE? One thing is for sure, with Dave around they are bound to have lots of FUN along the way!

Perfect for ages 6 – 8 year olds.

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De Waal and Henry headline event for Primadonna Prize

As reported in The Bookseller:

Kit de Waal and Lenny Henry will be in conversation as part of a special event in central London to reveal this year’s Primadonna Prize-winner.

The £500 award is for “unsigned and unrepresented new writing talent”  and will give the winner representation by literary agent Cathryn Summerhayes. The prize was established to open up access to the publishing industry, and is judged anonymously and without regard to grammar or spelling: a first for a literary prize. 

This year’s event will take place on 31st March and will also feature live comedy, readings, poetry and more, with compere Sandi Toksvig.

De Waal, who is also one of the prize judges, said she is “delighted” to be chatting with Henry about the BBC TV adaptation of My Name Is Leon (Simon & Schuster). “Lenny has championed the book from the beginning, and I’m looking forward to talking to him about the production, the acting process and our shared investment in the story and its themes” she said.

Tickets for the event are available via www.primadonnafestival.com or from Conway Hall’s website. 

Cover reveal for The Time of My Life by Rosie Mullender!

Coming in July 2022, the debut novel from Rosie Mullender:

Imagine the worst day of your life. Now imagine living it on repeat…

This Friday the 13th has been particularly unlucky.

Jess has been fired from her comfortable job. She’s gone from dating two guys to none. She’s been kicked out of her mediocre flat. And worst of all, she’s really really let down her best friend.

As she drifts off to sleep, she is filled with relief that this terrible day is over. Tomorrow she will try to fix things, tomorrow cannot be any worse than this.

Except it is. Maybe not worse… but exactly the same. When Jess wakes up the next morning, it is Friday the 13th again. And again. And again. And again.

Jess knows how this goes, she’s seen the films, this is her wake up call. But she had no idea she needed a wake up call. How is Jess supposed to work out where she’s gone wrong when, as far as she’s concerned, she’s been having the time of her life?

‘The Time of My Life is a gem – funny, warm, and surprising’ Adam Kay

Perfect for fans of Mhairi McFarlane, this modern-day Groundhog Day is the ultimate escape for anyone who has ever wanted a do-over.

Click here to pre-order and for more about the author, Rosie Mullender, click here

Cover reveal for The Wondrous Prune by Ellie Clements!

Coming in May 2022…

THE WONDROUS PRUNE.

For readers aged 9 – 12.

Magic comes from within…

Uprooted by her single mum along with her troublesome older brother, eleven-year-old Prune Robinson is trying to settle in a new town. She figures she can’t burden her hard-working mother with the fact she’s being bullied. Or the fact that her drawings have started coming to life.

But with her brother soon in danger, Prune comes to realise that she can’t hide her power forever; in fact, it might just be the one thing that brings her family back together and saves them all.

Planned as the start of a series about remarkable children from the same neighbourhood, The Wondrous Prune is poignant and surprising with wonderful wish fulfilment and accessible storytelling.

Perfect for fans of Onjali Q. Raúf and Aisha Bushby

Click here to pre-order and here for more about the author Ellie Clements.

Happy publication day to Jacqueline Roy and Gianna Pollero!

The Gosling Girl by Jacqueline Roy and Monster Doughnuts: Cyclops on a Mission by Gianna Polero are both released today!

THE GOSLING GIRL:


The Gosling Girl is a moving, powerful account of systemic, institutional and internalised racism, and of how the marginalised fight back. It delves into the psychological after-effects of a crime committed in childhood, exploring intersections between race and class as Michelle’s story is co-opted and controlled by those around her. Jacqueline writes with a cool restraint and The Gosling Girlis a raw and powerful novel that will stay with the reader long after they have turned the last page.

MONSTER DOUGHNUTS: CYCLOPS ON A MISSION:

This is the sequel to Monster Doughnuts. Tenth-generation monster-hunter Grace has a unique way of bumping off monsters. She and her sister run a bakery, Cake Hunters, where they make fabulous creations full of a special exploding baking powder that will get rid of any troublesome monster!

And now Grace has a new and unlikely partner in crime – 360-year-old cyclops Mr Harris. They have a new and perilous mission from the Secret Service – to rid the city of a pesky Bottom-Biter who is causing havoc. If only Mr Harris would stop just eating the monsters and honing his advanced patisserie skills in Grace’s bakery, what a team they’ll make!

Perfect for ages 7 -9 year olds.

Click here to buy The Gosling Girl, and here for more about the author Jacqueline Roy

Click here to buy Monster Doughnuts: Cyclops on a Mission and here about the author Gianna Pollero

Happy publication day to Cathy Rentzenbrink! Write It All Down is out now!

Why do we want to write and what stops us? How do we fight the worry that no-one will care what we have to say? What can we do to overcome the obstacles in our way?

Sunday Times bestselling author Cathy Rentzenbrink shows you how to tackle all this and more in Write It All Down, a guide to putting your life on the page. Complete with a compendium of advice from amazing writers such as Dolly Alderton, Adam Kay and Candice Carty-Williams, this book is here to help you discover the pleasure and solace to be found in writing; the profound satisfaction of wrestling a story onto a page and seeing the events of your life transformed through the experience of writing a memoir.

Perfect for seasoned writers as well as writing amateurs and everyone in between, this helpful handbook will steer you through the philosophical and practical challenges of writing, whether you’re struggling with writers block or worrying what people will say. Intertwined with reflections and exercises, Write It All Down is at once an intimate conversation and an invitation to share your story.

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Congratulations to Women’s Prize for Fiction Finalists: Eliza Clark and Candice Carty-Williams!

We are so excited to see that Eliza Clark with Boy Parts and Candice Carty-Williams with Queenie are finalists for the Women’s Prize for Fiction 2022 Award with Good Housekeeping!

“To be considered, female authors had to be under 35, based in the UK and have published at least one novel. From the hundreds put forward by their publishers, the Futures judges have picked 10 finalists – and we’re asking Good Housekeeping readers to help us find an ultimate winner who we’ll be announcing in the December 2022 issue.

These ten writers, whether they’ve published one book or five, all show tremendous promise. The books they’ve written don’t just entertain, they also make us think and open our eyes to other ways of being”.

Click here for more information and to vote!

Cover reveal for Kit de Waal’s memoir Without Warning and Only Sometimes

Due out in August 2022, from the award-winning author of My Name is Leon, The Trick to Time and Supporting Cast comes a childhood memoir set to become a classic: stinging, warm-hearted, and true.


Kit de Waal grew up in a household of opposites and extremes. Her haphazard mother rarely cooked, forbade Christmas and birthdays, worked as a cleaner, nurse and childminder sometimes all at once and believed the world would end in 1975. Meanwhile, her father stuffed barrels full of goodies for his relatives in the Caribbean, cooked elaborate meals on a whim and splurged money they didn’t have on cars, suits and shoes fit for a prince. Both of her parents were waiting for paradise. It never came.

Caught between three worlds, Irish, Caribbean and British in 1960s Birmingham, Kit and her brothers and sisters knew all the words to the best songs, caught sticklebacks in jam jars and braved hunger and hellfire until they could all escape.

Without Warning and Only Sometimes is a story of an extraordinary childhood and how a girl who grew up in house where the Bible was the only book on offer went on to discover a love of reading that inspires her to this day.

Coming in April 2022: New books from Nina Stibbe and Candice Carty-Williams!

One Day I Shall Astonish the World by Nina Stibbe, the prize-winning author of Reasons to be Cheerful comes a story about the ebb and flow of female friendship over half a lifetime

Susan and Norma have been best friends for years, at first thrust together by force of circumstance (a job at The Pin Cushion, a haberdashery shop in 1990s Leicestershire) and then by force of character (neither being particularly inclined to make friends with anyone else). But now, thirty years later, faced with a husband seeking immortality and Norma out of reach on a wave of professional glory, Susan begins to wonder whether she has made the right choices about life, love, work, and, most importantly, friendship.

Nina Stibbe’s new novel is the story of the wonderful and sometimes surprising path of friendship: from its conspiratorial beginnings, along its irritating wrong turns, to its final gratifying destination.

People Person by Candice Carty-Williams, is the follow up to her Sunday Times best selling Queenie. Here comes a propulsive story of heart, humour, homecoming, and about the truest meaning of family you can get when your dad loves his jeep more than he loves his children:

Dimple Pennington knew of her half siblings, but she didn’t really know them. Five people who don’t have anything in common except for faint memories of being driven through Brixton in their dad’s gold jeep, and some pretty complex abandonment issues. Dimple has bigger things to think about. She’s thirty, and her life isn’t really going anywhere. An aspiring lifestyle influencer with a terrible and wayward boyfriend, Dimple’s life has shrunk to the size of a phone screen. And despite a small but loyal following, she’s never felt more alone in her life. That is, until a dramatic event brings her half siblings Nikisha, Danny, Lizzie and Prynce crashing back into her life. And when they’re all forced to reconnect with Cyril Pennington, the absent father they never really knew, things get even more complicated.

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.

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.