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The Vanishing Of Katharina Linden IS A SUNDAY TIMES CHRISTMAS PICK

December 2009

The Vanishing of Katharina LindenQuote: The Vanishing of Katharina Linden by newcomer Helen Grant (Puffin £6.99) starts with a bang, and dances its way exhilaratingly through a dark thriller about a girl investigating child disappearances in a small German town.

You can see what good company Helen Grant is keeping by reading the full article here


Connolly Opens The Gates To Younger Readers

October 2009

The GatesJohn Connolly's young adult debut The Gates is meeting with rave reviews in both the UK and US.

In the modern classic - The Book of Lost Things - John used the trappings of fairy tales to tell a dark story for adults of a boy coping with World War II and the loss of his mother. Now with The Gates he gives himself completely over to the urge to write for younger readers, creating a slapstick modern fantasy that mixes quantum physics with metaphysics.

An Amazon Top Book Of The Month - John Humphries also revealed himself a fan when he interviewed John Connolly on the Today program last week.

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The Rainbow Rise Of Cathy Cassidy

August 2009

Cathy CassidyCathy Cassidy's overall sales are now in excess of a million copies.

For the second year running Cathy ranks in the Top 50 Children's Book Authors.

It's an exciting year for the bestselling writer whose eleventh book Angel Cakes hit the lists this year.

Cathy also launched her brand new Daizy Star series for 8-12 year olds this summer.

Watch this space!

Exciting Debut Author Longlisted For Teen Prize

July 2009

The VanishingThe Vanishing of Katharina Linden by Helen Grant has been Longlisted for the Booktrust Teenage Prize. This is a fantastic achievement for a début author and huge congratulations to Helen. Previous winners include Mark Haddon's The Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night-time and Marcus Sedgwick's My Swordhand is Singing. The shortlist will be announced in September.

Copies flew off the shelves at a recent signing at the Treasure Trove Bookshop in Belgium which Helen followed by a talk at a local school where she led the discussion "How a book is born."

Helen Grant

"An impressive debut from an author to watch."
- The Daily Mail

"An absolutely compelling tale" -The Times

"A remarkable novel" - The Independent

"An eerily subtle page-turner... wonderful."
- The Guardian

Q&a With Helen Grant

November 2009

Helen GrantHow has your first year as a published author been?

Hectic! We moved from Germany to Belgium a few months before The Vanishing was published, so I was checking proofs at the same time as I was unpacking, fighting my way through a new bureaucratic system and starting to learn a new language. When The Vanishing was actually published, I was in the middle of writing my second novel, The Glass Demon, which is coming out in April 2010, and working up to my first year Dutch exam. So it’s been a very busy time, but also incredibly exciting. Since I was a child it has been my ambition to hold in my hand a book with my name on the front, and now it’s finally happened!

For anyone who hasn’t yet read THE VANISHING, what can they expect?

Lots of German culture, a mystery, and a very grisly denouement! I lived in Bad Münstereifel, where the book is set, for seven wonderful years. It’s a place with a long and fascinating history and simply bursting with ghoulish legends, which I have woven into the story. I didn’t need to make them up – I think it’s the most haunted town on the planet!

What is one piece of advice you’d give to new authors?

Be very clear about what you want. There will be obstacles to overcome – rejections, constructive criticism from your editors, revisions, maybe disappointing reviews (though one hopes not!). It’s easier to get over these if you always have your ultimate aim in mind, whether it’s to publish one book, or get onto the bestseller list ten times in a row. I talked to members of a writer’s group this year about the publishing process, and one writer came up to me afterwards and said that if that was what it was like, he felt he would be happier writing for himself rather than trying to write commercially. It’s okay to decide that! The main thing is to be clear-sighted about what you want.

What books do you read when you are not writing?

I like Victorian literature – Trollope, Dickens, George Eliot (The Mill on the Floss is one of my most re-read books). I also read quite a lot of crime novels – I’m having a bit of a craze on Scandinavian crime novels at the moment – and ghost stories. When I’m getting towards the end of writing a novel and my head is full of it, I often re-read old favourites rather than start reading something new, which is just distracting.

And finally, what can we expect next from Helen Grant?

I’ve just started a third novel set in Germany, and I’m very excited about that. Like my other German novels, it’s inspired by historical events and local legends, in this case the witch trials which took place in the sixteenth century. It’s a fascinating but horrifying period of history.

In the longer term, I’d love to set a book in my new home of Flanders. That’s still some way off - I’d like to be better at the language (Flemish, a dialect of Dutch) first – but it’s something I’d really like to do. It’s such a quirky place. Santa Claus arrives by helicopter here and they have a pumpkin-weighing contest every year – there has to be something to say about that!


Six Figure Debut September 2009

September 2009

Helen GrantHuge congratulations to Helen Grant, whose début novel The Vanishing of Katharina Linden and her second book, The Glass Demon, have been acquired in the US as an adult title by Kate Miciak at Bantam Dell in a six-figure deal.

Hardback publication is scheduled for August 2010 - watch this space!

Korean Upsurge

July 2009

John ConnollyThe Agency has received the highest ever advance from a Korean publisher for John Connolly's new stand-alone The Gates.

Munhakdongne, one of largest publishing companies in Korea, offered for the rights late last night.  Their authors include Paulo Coelho, Cormac McCarthy and Ian McEwan.  Danny Hong, our new Korean subagent, negotiated this deal and also sold Korean rights in Chris Mooney’s The Dead Room to Korea Price information in the few weeks he has been working with us. 

Connolly's Kingdom

July 2009

The LoversSales continue to grow for John Connolly’s The Lovers in its third week The Sunday Times hardback bestseller fiction list. The Lovers is at No9 having spend two weeks in the No4 slot but with sales ever increasing.

The Lovers remains at No1 on the Irish bestseller list.

The Lovers grabbed me by the throat at page one and wouldn’t let go. John Connolly is simply one of the best writers out there. Book after book, he writes with the intensity of a mad man and the subtlety of a poet. If you haven’t read one of his spine-tingling, masterfully-crafted novels, you’re missing out on some truly great entertainment.” –Vince Flynn