Two book deal for Catherine Miller at Bookouture

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Commissioning Editor Christina Demosthenous has acquired World English Language rights for two women’s fiction novels by Catherine Miller from Hattie Grünewald. Catherine was previously published by Carina (WAITING FOR YOU and ALL THAT IS LEFT OF US) and HQ for her novels THE GIN SHACK ON THE BEACH and CHRISTMAS AT THE GIN SHACK.

99 DAYS WITH YOU is a heart-breaking yet ultimately hopeful novel about Esther and Nathan, who meet in a doctor’s surgery while each awaiting a cancer diagnosis. Not knowing how many days they have left, the pair fall in love against all the odds – promising to make every moment count. It will be published in June 2019, followed by a second book in November 2019.

Christina Demosthenous said:

“I couldn’t be more excited to be welcoming Catherine to Bookouture. She has spun a spellbinding tale that left me reaching for the tissues and weeping – yet smiling and raring to live life to the absolute full. I cannot wait for this magical story to be out in the world, winning over readers’ hearts.”

Catherine Miller said:

“I've always admired Bookouture so I was absolutely thrilled when they loved my latest book and Christina offered to be my editor. One of the characters in the book has a reoccurring dream and this outcome has to be my dream come true! I'm so excited for Esther and Nathan to exist beyond the realm of my laptop and I know I've got the best publishing team to help my characters meet their readers, for this book, and beyond.”

PRAISE FOR GIN SHACK BOOKS

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‘I absolutely adored this book! Utterly enjoyable, uplifting and charming, CHRISTMAS AT THE GIN SHACK is heartwarming and feel good fiction at its very best. Highly recommended and best read whilst enjoying Olive's Christmas gin cocktail!’ – Alison Sherlock

‘This book was immensely entertaining, utterly enjoyable from the first page to the last and downright brilliant! Hugely inspiring and absolutely charming…THE GIN SHACK ON THE BEACH serves every single one of its five big fat gin & tonic stars from me.’ – My Book Reviews

About the Author

When Catherine Miller became a mum to twins, she decided her hands weren't full enough, so wrote a novel with every spare moment she managed to find. By the time the twins were two, Catherine had a two-book deal with Carina UK. There is a possibility she has aged remarkably in that time. Her debut novel, WAITING FOR YOU, came out in March 2016.

Catherine was a NHS physiotherapist, but for health reasons (Uveitis and Sarcoidosis) she retired early from this career. As she loved her physiotherapy job, she decided if she couldn't do that she would pursue her writing dream. It took a few years and a couple of babies, but in 2015 she won the Katie Fforde bursary, was a finalist in the London Book Fair Write Stuff Competition and highly commended in Woman magazine's writing competition. Soon afterwards she signed with Carina. Soon after that, she collapsed in a heap and was eventually revived by chocolate.

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BOOKWORM shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

We are overjoyed to announce that the fantastic BOOKWORM by Lucy Mangan has been shortlisted for the Beautiful Book category of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.

Nominated alongside Mangan were BOOKWORM’s production team, Laura Barrett, who designed the gorgeous cover, Shabana Cho and Julia Connolly.

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Bookshops across the UK and Ireland have revealed their favourite books and authors of 2018 across seven categories, as part of the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards

Unlike the other categories though, the Beautiful Book is voted for exclusively by booksellers, who will now be choosing a winner from the shortlist of six titles revealed today.

The winners will be announced on 13 November at an awards ceremony at Foyles.

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BOOKWORM is a love letter to the joys of childhood reading; it will offer a witty, impassioned history of the childhood stories we loved and the extraordinary people who created them; it will also explore the thousand subtle ways these books shape our own lives - the bonds we form, the rites of passage we undergo, the understanding we gain. It will begin as we all do, with picture books such as The Very Hungry Caterpillar, leading us through secret gardens, along railway lines and across prairies, right up to a shared coming of age with Judy Blume, Patrick Ness and Philip Pullman.

Lucy Mangan is a columnist for Guardian Weekend magazine and Stylist, and author of MY FAMILY AND OTHER ANIMALS, THE RELUCTANT BRIDE and HOPSCOTCH AND HANDBAGS.

 

Praise for BOOKWORM

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‘In Lucy Mangan’s BOOKWORM childhood books are brought vividly to life, as are the remembered pleasures of first encountering them…Mangan guides us along her bursting childhood shelves… It’s a delightfully cheerful and humorous romp through children’s literature.’ — Harriet Baker, Times Literary Supplement

‘In her joyful memoir BOOKWORM Lucy Mangan revisits our most beloved childhood books, brings the characters of our collective childhood back to life and uses them – with great wit and wisdom – to tell her own story. Wonderful.’ — Nina Stibbes, The Observer, Best Summer Books 2018

‘This is the book I've been longing for all my life:  a passionate, witty, informed, gloriously opinionated account of childhood reading.  It's a ten out of ten gold star triumph.’ — Jacqueline Wilson

 

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Michael O’mara Books Strikes New Two-Book Deal With Popular Naturalist And Illustrator, Emma Mitchell

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Michael O’Mara Books has bought a further two books by popular naturalist, illustrator and Instagrammer Emma Mitchell. Fiona Slater, Deputy Editorial Director at Michael O’Mara Books, acquired world rights to the two new titles from Juliet Pickering.

 

The first, THE WILD REMEDY: HOW NATURE MENDS US - A DIARY, will publish on 3rd January 2018 in hardback, priced £14.99. The second – as yet untitled - will publish in early 2020. This follows Emma’s debut, MAKING WINTER: A CREATIVE GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE WINTER MONTHS, which was published in October 2017 to critical acclaim.

 

THE WILD REMEDY is a unique record of Emma’s woodland walks, nature finds and wildlife discoveries over the course of a year, detailing how each encounter significantly influenced her mental wellbeing. Having suffered with depression for the last twenty-five years, Emma offers an unfailingly honest and affecting account, laying bare her seasonal highs and, sometimes devastating, lows.

 

A deeply personal and candid account of Emma’s struggles – containing 40 colour photographs and 100 hand-drawn illustrations by Emma - THE WILD REMEDY is a powerful testament to how reconnecting with the natural world may offer some answers to today’s mental health epidemic. The book also delves into current science and calls on new research into areas such as forest bathing, seasonal affective disorder (SAD) and the neuronal pathways that underpin foraging behaviours.

 

Fiona Slater, Deputy Editorial Director, Michael O’Mara Books, said: “Emma’s gift is to instil her writing with an irresistible combination of humour, heart-breaking candour and, perhaps most of all, a sense of companionship. Written with wit and frankness, and filled with beautiful drawings and photography, this is a book for anyone who has ever felt drawn to nature and wondered about its influence over us.

 

“It’s a pleasure to be working on such a personal and powerful book, which has the capacity to resonate with and inspire so many. I feel like I needed THE WILD REMEDY, and I can’t wait to share it with readers.”

 

Emma Mitchell said: “I am thrilled to be working with the Michael O’Mara team again. Centuries of anecdotal evidence and literary accounts echo my experiences, and research is beginning to elucidate the scientific mechanisms that underpin nature’s ability to soothe a troubled mind. My hope is that this book may encourage others who may have stressful lives to experience the curative effects of nature by exploring their local patch.”

 

About Emma Mitchell

Emma Mitchell is a popular naturalist, designer-maker and illustrator. She has a monthly column in BBC Countryfile magazine and is one of the Guardian’s country diarists. Emma records her daily nature observations on her Instagram account (@silverpebble2), which has over 100,000 followers, and on Twitter (@silverpebble). She lives in a rural cottage on the edge of the Cambridgeshire Fens with her husband, two daughters and Annie, their lurcher.

 

Praise for MAKING WINTER: A CREATIVE GUIDE TO SURVIVING THE WINTER MONTHS

 

‘A pretty little book, full of recipes, designs and ideas for presents’ – Good Housekeeping

 

‘Banish winter blues with a nature-inspired collection of crafts by rising star Emma Mitchell... there is plenty in here to keep you busy.’ – Simon Mackay, The Bookseller

 

‘Emma Mitchell show us how to bring cheer to the darkest of days’ – Velvet magazine

 

THE GHOST TREE by Barbara Erskine is number 2 in the Sunday Times Bestseller list in its first week.

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Barbara Erskine’s gripping ghost story THE GHOST TREE has leapt to Number 2 on the Sunday Times Bestseller list in its first week on sale. Published in hardback by HarperCollins on the 23rd of August, the inspiration for THE GHOST TREE lies in Barbara Erskine’s own personal history branching back to the days of Thomas Erskine, her great grandfather, five times removed. Once again, the Sunday Times bestselling author brings the past to life in vivid, spellbinding colour.

Ruth has returned to Edinburgh after many years of exile, left rootless by the end of her marriage, career and now the death of her father, from whom she had long been estranged. She is faced with the daunting task of clearing his house, believing he had removed all traces of her mother. Yet hidden away in a barely used top-floor room, she finds he had secretly kept a cupboard full of her possessions. Sifting through the ancient papers, Ruth discovers the diary and letters written by her ancestor from the eighteenth century, Thomas Erskine.

As the youngest son of a noble family now living in genteel poverty, Thomas always knew he would have to make his own way in the world. Unable to follow his brothers to university, instead he joins first the navy and then the army, rising through the ranks, travelling the world. When he is finally able to study law, his extraordinary experiences and abilities propel him to the very top and he becomes Lord Chancellor. Yet he has made a powerful enemy on his voyages, who will hound him and his family to the death – and beyond.

Ruth becomes ever more aware of Thomas as she is gripped by his story, and slowly senses that not only is his presence with her, but so is his enemy’s. Ruth will have to draw upon new friends and old in what becomes a battle for her very survival – and discover an inner power beyond anything she has imagined

 

About Barbara Erskine

An historian by training, Barbara Erskine is the author of 14 bestselling novels, beginning with the much-loved classic, LADY OF HAY, which has sold over 3 million copies. She has also published three highly successful volumes of short stories. Her books, which have appeared in 24 languages, demonstrate her masterful storytelling abilities and her fascination with history and the supernatural. She lives with her family in an old police station in Hay-on-Wye.

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Praise for Barbara Erskine:

 'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable.' - The Times

'The Queen of time slip epics.' - The Bookseller

'Stephen King meets Ruth Rendell.' – Frank Delaney

‘Her forte is mood, atmosphere and toe-curling frisson.’ – Elizabeth Buchan, Sunday Times

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Hugh Bonneville to narrate Peter James' ABSOLUTE PROOF

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We’re thrilled that actor Hugh Bonneville will be narrating the audiobook of Peter James's upcoming thriller ABSOLUTE PROOF, to be published by Pan Macmillan on 4 October in hardback, ebook and audiobook. Audio rights have also been snapped up by Audible in the US for an exclusive audio first edition.

The novel is inspired by a phone call James received from a man claiming to have proof of the existence of God – an incident which James has developed into a “breathless race against time” as investigative reporter Ross Hunter searches for the truth.

Hugh Bonneville is no stranger to the topic of religion: he holds a theology degree from Cambridge University where he was taught by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Rowan Williams. Earlier this year, Bonneville presented the standalone documentary Jesus: Countdown to Calvary, a historical examination of the events leading up to the execution of Jesus of Nazareth by the Roman government.

Peter James and Hugh Bonneville first met in 2008 when they discussed the possibility of Bonneville playing James’s character Detective Superintendent Grace in a TV adaptation. Although the adaptation did not move forward, the two have remained close friends. The audiobook will be their first official collaboration.

Bonneville said: “When you pick up a Peter James book you know it's going to be impossible to put down. ABSOLUTE PROOF is a thriller that grips from the outset but it's also incredibly thought-provoking, asking some of life's biggest questions about science and faith, setting big pharma and high church on a collision course that could change the world. I was thrilled when Peter asked me to provide the narration for his latest, most compelling book."

James said: "From the moment I met Hugh I knew that I wanted to work with him, so when I was asked who I thought would make an exciting narrator for ABSOLUTE PROOF he was the natural choice. Hugh is an incredible actor and his reading really captures the suspense and excitement in the book. I'm delighted with how it's turned out."

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Praise for Peter James

‘Peter James is one of the best crime writers in the business’ — Lee Child

‘One of the most consistently readable crime writers.’ — Daily Mail

‘Peter James, Britain’s closest equivalent to Stephen King’ — Sunday Times

 

Rights for ABSOLUTE PROOF have so far been sold in 7 territories, including: Russia (Eksmo), Poland (Albatros), Finland (Minerva), Lithuania (Jotema), Holland (De Fontein), Germany (Scherz), and France (Fleuve Noir).