Our fiction list includes some of the most outstanding debuts of the past few years, from crime to literary fiction. We launched the career of Elizabeth Haynes, whose debut novel was Amazon’s Best Book of the Year 2011 and selected for TV Book Club 2012. Into the Darkest Corner has sold over a quarter of a million copies in the UK alone and is a New York Times bestseller. A film is underway and translation rights have been sold into 37 countries.
Our books regularly appear on the Best of the Year lists and prize listings. For example, Glasshopper by Isabel Ashdown (Observer Best Debut Novels of the Year and Evening Standard Best Books of the Year), A Kind of Vanishing by Lesley Thomson (winner of The People’s Book Prize), The Cloths of Heaven by Sue Eckstein (dramatised on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour), Genie and Paul by Natasha Soobramanien (Guardian Books of the Year and Foyles’ Best Fiction of 2012), Belonging by Umi Sinha (listed for the Tata Literature Live! First Book Award, Historical Writers’ Association Goldbsoro Debut Crown, Authors’ Club Best First Novel Award and Waverton Good Read Award), We Go Around In The Night And Are Consumed By Fire by Jules Grant (Polari and CWA Ian Fleming Steel Dagger shortlistings).
As part of our mission to support and encourage new writers, we collaborate with universities, colleges and other arts organisations to initiate creative projects. We’ve partnered with Aimer Media and the University of Sussex, to produce a flash fictions app, Quick Fictions. Also with the University of Sussex, we co-organise First Fictions, a festival of events to showcase new literary works and innovations.
Our annual First Drafts Competition (previously the Writer’s Retreat Competition) is now in its eighth year, hosted by West Dean College and judged by industry professionals looking for promising works-in-progress.