Sheila O’Flanagan signs new two-book deal with Headline


Marion Donaldson of Headline has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights for two new Sheila O'Flanagan novels. This is the latest development in a long and rewarding relationship between Sheila and Headline, her publisher of fifteen years.

There was a lot of cheer among the parties as the deal was confirmed. Sheila said: 'I'm absolutely delighted to continue my partnership with the fantastic team at Headline. We share the same passion for books and reading, and I very much look forward to working with everyone, particularly my editor Marion Donaldson, on my next novels.'

Carole Blake, who brokered the deal, remarked:  'With her current paperback BETTER TOGETHER just out in Britain, and already in the bestseller list, and many weeks in the Irish charts, our relationship with Headline is even more exciting than when it began, 15 years ago. I'm extremely pleased to have agreed another two-book deal.'

Marion Donaldson was equally pleased. 'I'm just thrilled that we are continuing our long and successful relationship with Sheila. The reason why Sheila's books become such strong bestsellers is because she writes wonderfully compelling, insightful, life-affirming and unputdownable novels with beautifully drawn characters readers can relate to at every level. I'm very proud to be her editor.'

BETTER TOGETHER, Sheila's most recent novel, has just been released in paperback in the UK by Headline. She is published in 24 languages around the world.

Praise for Sheila O'Flanagan:

'Sheila O'Flanagan is one of the blinding talents on the female fiction scene.' -- Daily Record
'Sheila O'Flanagan writes with wit, shining an uncomfortable light on the insecurities that women carry into adulthood.' -- Candis
'Sheila O'Flanagan is one of the most popular women's fiction writers, very much in the same vein as Maeve Binchy, writing about families, relationships and finding love.' -- Driffield Leader

Blake Friedmann clients are riding high!


Blake Friedmann is thrilled to reveal that the Neilsen Bookscan charts, released 10 July 2012, show three of our authors high in the charts. 

Barbara Erskine's RIVER OF DESTINY, published in hardback just last Thursday, has gone straight to No 5 in the Hardback Chart on just a half a week's sale. 

Sheila O'Flanagan's BETTER TOGETHER remains number 1 in Ireland.

Peter James' two novels, published at the end of May, are still in the charts - the latest Roy Grace novel, NOT DEAD YET is 10 in the Hardback Chart and the standalone PERFECT PEOPLE is 25 in paperbacks.  They have both been in the bestseller lists since they were published 7 weeks ago.

We are delighted with the continued success of our fabulous authors.

Praise for Barbara Erskine
'Barbara Erskine's storytelling talent is undeniable.' The Times

Praise for Shelia O'Flanagan
'Shelia O'Flanagan is one of the blinding talents on the female fiction scene.' Daily Record

Praise for NOT DEAD YET
'James's thrillers... have attracted a massive following - and, reading this, it's not hard to see why. NOT DEAD YET is brilliantly paced and plotted... I'm now a Peter James addict. You'll gulp this book down in three infatuated sittings, deaf to the telephone, indifferent to any distractions.'
A N Wilson

'Brilliantly done, the emotional credibility of the characters is as good as it gets. There's a movie in this book.'
Jeff Park, 'Front Row', BBC Radio