It’s been busy, busy recently and rather belatedly I’d like to share the details of some of my lovely new clients for 2018. In publication date order…
First publication of the New Year, for me, is The 4 Pillar Plan by Dr Rangan Chatterjee (Penguin Life). Sometimes something comes along that sounds really exciting and with endless potential - I was so keen to get involved and help out with this one.
You might know Dr Chatterjee from BBC 1’s ‘Doctor in the House’, and this book is jam-packed full of good advice. He explains how so many common ills can be helped by observing the four pillars of ‘relax; eat; move; sleep’. Make inroads into tackling each of these areas and it’s remarkable how your overall health will improve. Interspersed with stories of patients and those he has helped this is a mightily refreshing take on the ‘New Year, new you’. I’m already planning on implementing a digital detox.
I’m thrilled to be working with Elliot & Thompson for the first time, who publish some fascinating non-fiction. Dharshini David, author of The Almighty Dollar: Follow the Incredible Journey of a Single Dollar to See How the Global Economy Really Works, is an economist and broadcaster. She has fronted Sky News' financial coverage; co-presented Sky News Tonight; been the face of the BBC's Wall Street coverage from New York; and has also worked on the trading floor of HSBC as its UK Economist.
By following $1 from a shopping trip in suburban Texas, via China’s Central Bank, Nigerian railroads, the oil fields of Iraq and beyond, The Almighty Dollar gets to the heart of how our new globalised world really works. We’ve already had lots of interest for events and literary festivals so watch this space!
I’ve been working with wonderful small publisher Allison & Busby for a year now, and February sees the launch of an exciting new author, Rosie Howard. Rosie’s debut, The Homecoming, is the first of a heart-warming and witty new series that combines a cosy Sussex setting, relationship drama and a cast of endearing characters.
Also coming in February is crime fiction novel Beneath the Water by Sarah Painter (Lake Union Publishing). Devastated by a broken engagement, Stella Jackson leaves her old life behind for a new start in rural Scotland. But when she arrives in the remote coastal village of Arisaig, nothing is what she expected…
I was delighted to work with Picador for the first time this autumn, promoting novelist Omar El Akkad and his powerful debut American War. I’ll be working with the great team there again in March with not one, but two campaigns – The Killing of Butterfly Joe by Rhidian Brook and The Long Forgotten by David Whitehouse. We’ll be touring too, so look out for events at a bookshop near you.
Also in March I’m teaming up with Canbury Press again, this time for the paperback publication of Because We Are Bad: OCD and a Girl Lost in Thought by writer and model Lily Bailey. Raw and funny, heartbreaking and uplifting, Because We Are Bad reveals with humour, grace and searing honesty what it’s like to live with an almost intolerable burden of obsession.
April brings another paperback publication, and my first opportunity to work with the wonderful Pushkin Press. Sympathy by Olivia Sudjic is utterly original - a thrilling tale of obsession, blood ties, and our tormented efforts to connect in the digital age. It was tremendously well received in hardback and named as one the debuts of 2017 in The Observer and Elle UK. Big things are planned for the paperback launch.
April also sees the publication of The Black Earth by Philip Kazan, a heart-breaking love story set during the turbulent years leading to WWII and the Nazi occupation of Greece. It’s going to be perfect for all those readers who loved Captain Corelli’s Mandolin and All the Light We Cannot See. Kazan has drawn upon his own fascinating family history for this novel, too.
Do let me know if you’d like any more information about any of these titles or, if you’re a reviewer, if you’d like me to put you on the list for a proof copy. You can contact me by clicking here.