We’re absolutely delighted to announce that The Blame, a gripping read about three estranged friends united by old secrets, will be Kerry Wilkinson’s 30th book with us: the most titles Bookouture has ever released from one author.

Kerry first signed with Bookouture in 2016 in a deal struck by Publisher Claire Bord. Since then his books have included bestselling psychological thriller The Girl Who Came Back which has sold over 140,000 copies to date; What My Husband Did which recently shot to the top 30 in the UK Amazon chart; the Jessica Daniel crime thriller series; and emotional YA read Ten Birthdays, winner of the Romantic Novelists’ Association 2018 Young Adult Romantic Novel of the Year.

Current editor Ellen Gleeson said:

‘I’m so proud to be celebrating Kerry’s 30th publication day with Bookouture. This incredible longevity is such a testament to his ability to craft twisty, clever and addictive reads with hugely appealing hooks that his fans can’t get enough of, and his seemingly limitless capacity for new ideas. Here’s to many more!’

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Bookouture re-sign bestselling author Emma Robinson

Associate Publisher Isobel Akenhead is delighted to have acquired world rights in three new emotional women’s fiction novels from Emma Robinson, bestselling author of My Husband’s Daughter.

Isobel says,

‘Emma was the first author I acquired when I joined Bookouture and I’m absolutely thrilled to have agreed a deal that will bring us to ten novels together. Emma is the most brilliant writer, and one who really understands people, relationships, and the curveballs that life throws at us, and I know these novels will be completely unmissable.’

Emma says,

‘Working with Isobel and the team at Bookouture is an absolute joy and I am really excited to continue my career with such professional, insightful and talented people. It’s a privilege to continue working with an editor who understands my process and yet pushes me to be bigger and better with every book.’

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Bestselling historical author Imogen Matthews to Bookouture

We are delighted to share the news that Commissioning Editor Jennifer Hunt has acquired world rights to two incredible historical novels from Imogen Matthews. Both set in 1940s Holland, they tell heartbreaking tales of hope and courage, and are inspired by the many Dutch lives, including those of Imogen’s own family, who were affected by the tragedy of world war two.

Jennifer said,

‘When Imogen and I first spoke, I was already a huge fan of her effortless writing and the rich historical detail in her books. But then she told me about a novel she’d just finished, about a boy called Frans, and the moment a prisoner in loose-fitting clothing thrusts a letter into his hands in Amersfoort Concentration Camp in Nazi-occupied Holland. My conversation with Imogen is one that I will never forget, and Frans’ story is about to blow readers away.’

Imogen added,

‘I’m absolutely delighted to have signed with Bookouture, who I greatly admire for their formidable presence in the historical fiction genre with so many fantastic authors. What an absolute privilege it is to be counted among them! From the word go, I hit it off with the talented Jennifer, who is so perceptive and supportive, and completely gets the inspiration behind my stories.’

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Bookouture signs debut author Genevieve Essig

We are delighted to share the news that debut author Genevieve Essig has signed with Bookouture. Commissioning Editor Cara Chimirri acquired World All Language rights, including audio, for three titles in a new historical cosy mystery series, via Dawn Dowdle at Blue Ridge Literary Agency. The first will publish in early 2022.  

Beginning in 1883, the series introduces us to our feisty heroine Cassie Gwynne, as she travels to a picturesque island to meet her mysterious aunt. But even in such a beautiful place, there is evil lurking under the sun and Cassie is soon investigating a murder…  

Genevieve said,

‘I could not have asked for a more delightful start to this new year than signing my historical mystery series with Bookouture. The characters and places in my stories are close to my heart, and I knew from the moment we first spoke that Cara was an editor who both loved them as much as I did and had the intelligence, enthusiasm, and savvy to guide them to readers who would love them, too. I am beyond excited for the adventure ahead!’ 

Cara said,

‘From the very first pages of Genevieve’s novel I fell completely in love with this with this pacey, immersive and escapist mystery series. Cassie is the kind of amateur sleuth we all love to read about. She’s clever, resourceful and very much before her time! Genevieve’s meticulous research and evocative writing bring the period and location to life with such vividness. I can’t wait to get back to the island with Cassie and to get Genevieve’s fantastic stories into the hands of readers everywhere!’

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Suspense stars Julia Crouch and Kiersten Modglin join Bookouture

Julia Crouch
Kiersten Modglin

Bookouture is delighted to announce deals with two acclaimed and bestselling suspense authors. Publishing Director Ruth Tross signed two domestic noir novels by Julia Crouch, via Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown, and Commissioning Editor Maisie Lawrence acquired two psychological thrillers from Kiersten Modglin direct from the author.

Julia Crouch is the author of five brilliantly twisty thrillers, most recently Her Husband’s Lover. Her first novel with Bookouture, Mother’s Helper, will publish in October 2021. Kiersten Modglin is a self-published, top-30 US Kindle bestseller and her first title with Bookouture, Just Married, will publish in July 2021.

Ruth Tross said,

I’m such a huge fan of Julia’s and couldn’t be more excited that she’s joining us at Bookouture. She’s the queen of dark and disturbing crime. I get chills every time we talk about the new one!’ 

Julia Crouch said,

‘I’m delighted that I’m going to be published by a forward-thinking company like Bookouture. I’ve been lucky to have some excellent editors, but I am really excited that at last, I get to work with Ruth Tross!’

Maisie Lawrence said,

‘After I finished reading Modglin’s Just Married at two in the morning, I was so freaked out that I had to poke a torch into the dark corners of my house. Kiersten has an extraordinary gift for writing unbelievably twisty domestic suspense that really gets inside your head. I feel incredibly lucky to be working with her.’

Kiersten Modglin said,

‘I’m beyond thrilled to work with Maisie Lawrence and the rest of the brilliant team at Bookouture. Over the years, I’ve watched Bookouture launch one powerhouse author after the next, so I was overjoyed by the opportunity to publish two of my own novels with them.’

In 2020, Bookouture saw nineteen of its psychological suspense publications hit the top twenty in the US and UK Amazon charts, and they are delighted to add these brilliant authors to their bestselling roster.

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