© Bill Waters

© Bill Waters

Sunday Times bestselling author Sheila O’Flanagan has signed a two-book deal for World English language rights with Headline Publishing Group. The deal, negotiated by agent Isobel Dixon of Blake Friedmann and Headline Executive Publisher Marion Donaldson, means fans of Sheila can expect two exciting new titles in 2019 and 2020 from the Headline Review imprint.

Sheila O’Flanagan is the author of twenty-five thought-provoking, gripping and unforgettable Sunday Times and ebook bestsellers, including THE MISSING WIFE which was published in the US this month by Grand Central following its UK success. It became a Sunday Times and Irish Times paperback bestseller in 2017, as well as becoming a No.1 ebook bestseller. Her interlinked short story collection CHRISTMAS WITH YOU reached No. 2 in the Irish bestseller lists in the run up to Christmas. Headline has sold over 7 million copies of Sheila’s novels.

Sheila O’Flanagan says: ‘It has been a joy to work with the world-class team at Headline for so many years, and I look forward very much to continuing what has been a very satisfying professional and personal relationship.’

Isobel Dixon says: ‘It’s a great privilege to represent Sheila and her glorious books, and I’m absolutely delighted that we’re continuing a very happy relationship with Marion Donaldson and the super-effective team at Headline. Sheila’s delicious new book THE HIDEAWAY is out this summer, and with this deal inked, her fans can rest assured there’ll be even more splendid bestsellers in the years ahead.’

Marion Donaldson says: ‘I couldn’t be more thrilled; I’ve loved Sheila’s brilliant, sophisticated novels from the start. One of the most gratifying aspects of working with Sheila is that the books constantly evolve, with ever greater depth of characterization, new and recognizable dilemmas handled in a uniquely thoughtful and sensitive way, and a mixture of light and shade that helps create a perfectly balanced and utterly satisfying read. We are very proud at Headline to have published Sheila’s books for eighteen years, and to have shared her bestseller success on the Sunday Times and Irish Times bestseller lists time and time again. We look forward to more bestseller success this year and beyond.’

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Sheila’s new novel WHAT HAPPENED THAT NIGHT, which tells the story of a mother and daughter and the life-changing decisions they make, will be published in paperback by Headline on 22 February. Set in a picturesque Spanish villa, Sheila’s next novel THE HIDEAWAY will be released on 31 May, just in time for the summer holidays. SHIELD OF LIES, the second book in Sheila’s Young Adult fantasy series THE CRYSTAL RUN is published on 8 March by Hodder.

Internationally, new translating publishers have recently acquired Sheila O’Flanagan titles, with new publications and deals in markets including Croatia, Estonia, Germany, Norway, Sweden, Russia, the Czech Republic and Italy.

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