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Agency Newsletter: November

It’s been another busy month for the agency as lots of fantastic deals are still coming in off the back of a successful Frankfurt. We have also had a number of award nominations and wins for our authors which is always exciting to see!

Here is the news from November!

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Lee Child’s unstoppable global success

‘It’s automatic: Reacher gets of a bus and Child lands on the NYT bestseller list’ – Booklist, 2017

The 23rd novel in the iconic Jack Reacher series, The Midnight Line, has whipped readers round the world into a frenzy, racking up No.1 after No.1 on numerous bestseller lists.

In the UK, The Midnight Line rocketed to the No.1 spot, unseating fellow publishing giant Dan Brown, and has held the position for three weeks so far.

Across the Atlantic, it’s a certified smash hit: No.1 on the New York Times bestsellers list, instant No.1 Bestseller on Amazon, instant No.1 bestseller on Barnes & Noble, instant No.1 iBooks bestseller. It also hit the No.1 spot in Australia and New Zealand, which is one of the first countries in which Lee achieved a No.1.

As other countries begin to publish their editions, we are sure to see more of the same fantastic success, as Reacher and Child both prove, nobody does it better.

Lee also appeared on the hit Scandinavian chat show Skavlan for their special New York  edition. He chatted to host Fredrik Skavlan about jogging, fish and chips and fighting – and how he came to write the phenomenal global bestselling Jack Reacher series.

So many congratulations to Lee on this unmatched, unstoppable success.

 

Martina Cole shines on Graham Norton

The Queen of Crime, Martina Cole, was interviewed on Graham Norton’s Radio 2 programme on Saturday 11th November. With her trademark charm, insight and candour, Martina discussed her writing 25 year career and successes.

The 25th  Anniversary paperback edition of Martina Cole’s iconic debut Dangerous Lady was published this month. Martina has achieved 16 No.1s in hardback and paperback since then! Her latest novel Damaged, the 4th novel in the gripping DCI Kate Burrows series, is out now and has been doing exceptionally well.

She really is a phenomenon.

 

The Mistake tops 100k copies

The 4th  gripping thriller from KL Slater has sold over 100,000 e-books in just two months! The Mistake also climbed to the No.2 spot on the Kindle bestsellers chart last month and has remained in the Top 20 ever since.

Total sales across all KL Slaters novels have well surpassed the half a million mark. Her 5th novel, The Visitor will be published by Bookouture in March 2018. You can pre-order your copy now.

Congratulations Kim!

 

Goodreads Choice Awards 2017

We are delighted that two of our bestselling authors have made it to the final round of the highly regarded Goodreads Choice Awards 2017!

BA Paris’ addictive second novel, The Breakdown, has been nominated for the Best Crime/Thriller of 2017.

John Connolly’s breath taking 15th novel in the Charlie Parker series, A Game of Ghosts, has been nominated for Best Horror of 2017.

Congratulations!

 

BGE Irish Book Awards 2017

We are so thrilled to announce that two of our authors have won a BGE Irish Book Award 2017!

John Connolly’s literary masterpiece, he, won the RTÉ Radio 1 Listeners’ Choice Award, beating out some strong contenders.  His outstanding and original novel, reimagining the life of Stan Laurel, was also a Sunday Times bestseller.

From the DA Children’s Agency, rising star Deirdre Sullivan was awarded the Eason Teen & Young Adult Book of the Year for Tangleweed & Brine, a collection of dark, feminist re-tellings of traditional fairy tales. The collection was beautifully illustrated by Karen Vaughan.

A huge congratulations to both!

 

Goodreads Choice Awards 2017

We are so proud that three of our Children’s Agency authors have been nominated for the Carnegie Medal 2018!

Kim Slater’s 928 Miles From Home, Polly Ho-Yen’s Fly Me Home and Stewart Foster’s All The Things That Could Go Wrong are all longlisted for the prestigious prize.

This will be the third time Kim and Polly have been nominated, one for each of their three novels, and the second nomination for Stewart who was longlisted for his outstanding debut novel, The Bubble Boy.

 

On Writing: The Magic in Storytelling with Polly Ho-Yen

Do you remember those stories that used to make you feel like you could do anything? The magic that was sprinkled in your world from the chapters of books like Matilda, A Little Princess, Tom’s Midnight Garden or the Chronicles of Narnia?

Today’s instalment in our On Writing series is from Polly Ho-Yen and examines the art of magic in storytelling.

Polly is a critically-acclaimed and Carnegie nominated author who writes especially wonderful middle grade fiction. Her books, whilst real world set, are peppered with magic and the extraordinary.

As her latest novel, Fly Me Home, has just been published, we wanted to share Polly’s tips for creating those extra-special magic moments in children’s fiction…

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Your novels always include an element of wonder – why do you think it is important to have this in books for children?

Children are full of wonder. They are curious, amazed and fascinated by the world. I’m always reminded by this when I spend any time with my young nephew (who is captivated at the moment by switching a lamp on and off.) Writing an element of wonder into my books for children is something that has happened quite naturally for me and not exactly by design. It is though perhaps heavily influenced by being part of many wondrous children’s lives as a primary school teacher and now, as an auntie, and I see its importance in its reflection of its audience.

I like to throw around the idea of stories happening in a world that is just like our own, but with one thing that’s different. I then explore how that one thing has a knock-on effect on everything and everyone around it. Having this is in mind has also led me to delving deeper into wonder – and so perhaps it’s particularly important as a way of investigating difference.

 

Does the magical element of storytelling need to represent something more significant or can it be there purely to entertain?

 I’m often surprised when I’m reading over what I’ve written how themes and issues are interwoven throughout the story that I made no conscious decision to put there. I might think that a magical aspect of a story I’m writing is merely entertaining. I might believe that it is designed to engage the reader (and I hope it is!) but when I look back on it, with the benefit of perspective, I realise what my unconscious was really trying to do. I then see the representation, and its significance – the message that lay hidden, even to me!

 

Are there any books/authors in particular that inspire or influence your work? What do they do well?

 Too many to list! I’m always grateful to the authors who wrote the books that I’ve reread and reread and never tire of – To Kill a Mockingbird, The Diddakoi, Northern Lights are just a few. Reading the current (and brilliant) work of authors writing currently – Patrick Ness, Kate Atkinson, Neil Gaiman, Meg Rosoff – made me itch to pick up a pen and get going myself. I think what they all do fantastically well is creating a world and characters that feel incredibly real to me.

 

Is magic just for kids?

Magic is for anyone who has an imagination and likes to use it.

 Fly Me Home was published by Random House Children’s Books on 6th July. Make sure to follow Polly on Twitter: @bookhorse

 

Agency Newsletter: February

Hi again,

A sheepish return to the blog as this newsletter comes a little later than anticipated. However, rest assured the reason for delay is all due to a staggeringly busy couple of months. With the London and Bologna book fairs, this is one of the most exciting times of the year but very much requires an ‘all hands on deck’ approach.

Anyway, it’s here now. I’ll let the newsletter speak for itself, so much exciting stuff. If you are having trouble with the link to Agency Newsletter: February 2017, scroll down for all of the articles.

Happy Wednesday!

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Margaret Dickinson is a Top 10 smash hit!

The Queen of Saga returns with another bestselling novel. Daughters of Courage, the sequel to Top 10 bestseller The Buffer Girls, soared to No.9 after its first full week of sales.

This is Margaret’s 24th novel and second year in a row she has been a Sunday Times Bestseller. Her loyal readership got the chance to meet her at a number of signings which took place across the UK.

Margaret even made an appearance on BBC’s Bargain Hunt, discussing the legacy of the Buffer Girls of Sheffield and how they inspired her characters and their stories.

Margaret is highly regarded by everyone she works with for having an incredible work ethic and Darley Anderson has said, ‘She is the constant professional in everything she does. No one deserves success more than she does.’ We couldn’t agree more.

Congratulations Margaret, here’s to the many more successes to come.

The Breakdown is a UK bestseller

The hotly anticipated second novel from the international début sensation, B.A. Paris, has rocketed into the Bestsellers chart.

The Breakdown soared to No.11 on the Sunday Times Bestsellers, and also made a huge splash on iBooks going straight to No.1 and on Amazon’s Kindle Chart, as a No.6 bestseller. Since first appearing in the Kindle Top 20, The Breakdown has not dropped out!

We are so proud of our author and cannot wait to see what happens next!

DA Children’s Agency News

It’s been a fantastic month for the Children’s Agency. Three of our authors have been longlisted for Reading Rampage 2017. Polly Ho-Yen’s Where Monsters Lie, Kim Slater’s Smart and Vanessa Altin’s The Pomegranate Tree have all been chosen for the city wide event in Leicester which aims to promote Reading for Pleasure to children and young people.

And Dave Rudden’s Knights of the Borrowed Dark has won the Most Read Award at the SLA Great Reads Awards. Instead of a trophy, the students gave him a light bulb as a nod to one of the most memorable parts of the story.

Congratulations to all!

Catherine Steadman joins DA Agency

We are absolutely thrilled to welcome new talent Catherine Steadman to the Darley Anderson Agency! Her novel, Something In The Water, is an unpredictable and darkly funny début, with an utterly compelling voice.

Kate Miciak from Bantam Bell snapped up the US rights at auction and said, ‘From the opening sentence to its final gorgeous revelation, I was enthralled…I read the pages in one greedy gulp…and then couldn’t stop obsessing about it.’ Italian translation rights were pre-empted overnight and Swedish rights have already sold.

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

Dangerous Lady returns

The first novel from the inimitable Martina Cole, Dangerous Lady, returns in a very special 25th anniversary hardback edition.

Over the course of her illustrious year, Martina has sold sixteen million print copies and 1.2 million e-books.

And Dangerous Lady was the book that started it all.

The Last Night takes Bronze

We are thrilled to announce that The Last Night by Cesca Major won the Bronze Award in the Historical Fiction category of TBC Charlie Awards. The Book Club is an online reading group made up of over 6500 compulsive readers and approximately 900 authors. Every year the TBC Charlie Awards celebrate the authors with prizes awarded in 16 different categories.

Congratulations Cesca!

CWA Dagger in the Library

We are delighted to announce that Tana French has been longlisted for the prestigious Dagger in the Library Award for the CWA Daggers 2017!

The Dagger in the Library recognises the author’s entire body of work rather than just one book.

Congratulations Tana!

 

 

 

Agency Newsletter

Hello,

This month has been a scorcher and we have got some hot new titles to while away the long summer afternoons.

As well as exciting new titles and chart news, literary legend Martina Cole was at the Harrogate Festival speaking to Peter James about her incredible career and success, Tim Weaver’s hugely popular Missing podcast is up for some prestigious awards, and we welcome a new thriller writer to the agency.

Please sure to download the newsletter and share with other Bookheads. And if you read and loved any of the titles featured today, make sure to share your review on Twitter and tag @DA_Agency because we love reading them.

Happy Friday!

Kristina

16 Photos You Mustn’t Miss from the Launch of Polly Ho-Yen’s Debut Novel BOY IN THE TOWER

1. This photo of two very familiar looking towers which we spied from the train on our way to the launch

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2. This picture of the horticulturally appropriate display in the window of the Peckham Review

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3. And this one of all the sparkling new copies of Boy in the Tower

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4. This photo of the author herself, Polly Ho-Yen, next to some very suspicious, Blucher blue flowers…

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5. This one of Polly chatting with fans and supporters

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6. And this one of the book signing getting on the way

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7. Here Darley’s Angels Emma Winter, Clare Wallace and Mary Darby pose in front of the display

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8. And the display starts to rapidly diminish…

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9. …as the line for signed books grows

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10. You mustn’t miss this picture of a plastic pigeon sitting on a cake

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11. Or this one of our own Vicki Le Feuvre pretending to feed a plastic pigeon sitting on a cake.

11 If you want to understand the prevalence of pigeons at the launch you best read Polly’s fantastic novel.

12. This photo of everyone gathering inside the Peckham Review to hear Polly read an extract from Boy in the Tower.

13 Notice that the crowds have demolished the display of books even faster than a Blucher could take down a building.

13. This one of Polly Ho-Yen reading an extract from Boy in the Tower

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14. And this one of Polly reading a particularly funny extract from Boy in the Tower

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15. You can’t go without seeing Clare and Mary laughing with Polly Ho-Yen as she signs Mary’s copy of Boy in the Tower either

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16. And finally, you need a proper close-up look at the amazing hardback edition of Polly Ho-Yen’s Boy in the Tower with cover art by her own husband, Dan

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BOY IN THE TOWER is on sale now at all good bookshops. Get your copy today and get reading to find our what all the plant, pigeon and Blucher references were about in this post.