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  • Orenda Books’ Johana Gustawsson wins the prestigious Balai D’Or and a TV deal

    Orenda Books’ Johana Gustawsson wins the prestigious Balai D’Or and a TV deal

    Orenda Books and French publisher Bragelonne, are thrilled to announce that television rights for Johana Gustawsson’s Roy & Castells series have been sold to Banijay Studios France and award-winning French actress Alexandra Lamy. Lamy will adapt it for the screen and play the main character, Emily Roy. The series is a co-production between Sweden, the UK and France, with four to six episodes per book. The first will be based on Johana’s international, bestselling thriller Block 46, and the second on its sequel, Keeper, both translated into English by Maxim Jakubowski and published by Orenda Books. The next in the series, Blood Song, published in the UK in Autumn 2019, will make up the third series. It has also just been announced that Keeper has won the prestigious Balai D’Or Award in France, for Best Crime Novel, voted by readers. Read More

  • Helen FitzGerald moves to Orenda in a two-book deal

    Helen FitzGerald moves to Orenda in a two-book deal

    Orenda Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of World English Language rights for Helen FitzGerald’s Worst Case Scenario, and a second title, Australia Day, in a two-book deal negotiated with Phil Patterson of Marjacq Scripts. Both an defiantly dark satire of (and poke at) the domestic noir genre, and a genuinely chilling, engrossing and complex psychological thriller, Worst Case Scenario features 52-year-old Mary Shields, a moody, ascerbic probation officer, whose job dealing with Glasgow’s worst cases is on the line. Her latest charge is Liam Macdowall, imprisoned for murdering his unfaithful wife. Released on licence and into Mary’s care, he publishes a book, a series of letters to his dead wife, that makes him an unlikely hero, and poster boy for the Men’s Rights Activists … much to Mary’s horror and fury. Read More

  • Orenda signs Holliday’s ‘disturbing’ psychological mystery

    Orenda signs Holliday’s ‘disturbing’ psychological mystery

    Orenda Books are delighted to announce the acquisition of World English Language rights (ex USA/Can) for SJI Holliday’s The Lingering, in a two-book deal negotiated with Phil Patterson of Marjacq Scripts. At once an unnerving locked-room mystery, a chilling thriller and a dark and superbly wrought ghost story, The Lingering centres around married couple Jack and Ali Gardiner, who move to a self-sufficient commune in the Fens, hoping for a fresh start. The local village is known for the witches who once resided (and died) there, and Rosalind House, where the commune has been established, is a former psychiatric home, with a disturbing history. Jack and Ali’s arrival sets off a chain of unexpected and unexplained events, and it becomes clear that they aren’t all they seem… Karen Sullivan says, ‘The Lingering was pitched as a cross between The Lovely Bones and The Woman in Black, and I was immediately intrigued. Read More

  • Orenda and Lounge Books team up to launch crime newsletter

    Orenda and Lounge Books team up to launch crime newsletter

    A new crime fiction newsletter featuring e-book deals is launching, aiming to “meet the needs of the ever growing fiction market”. Independent publisher Orenda Books and book website Lounge Books have teamed up to produce Crime Lounge, spurred on by what they described as a lack of publisher-agnostic crime fiction newsletters. It will include six e-book deals and details of new crime releases, while new joiners will get a copy of Orenda title Six Stories by Matt Weslowski. Sam Missingham, founder of Lounge Books, said: “It has been amazing to watch the rise and rise of crime fiction. Our aim is to serve the passionate and voracious readers with The Crime Lounge. Orenda Books have been doing exactly that with her sensational crime list. I’m delighted to be working with Karen on this. Read More

  • Orenda Books moves sales and distribution to Simon & Schuster

    Orenda Books moves sales and distribution to Simon & Schuster

    Karen Sullivan, Publisher of Orenda Books, and Gill Richardson, Group Sales Director of Simon & Schuster, are thrilled to announce that Simon & Schuster will be taking over sales and distribution for the Orenda list from Turnaround, and will begin selling in late summer titles imminently. Territories include the UK, Ireland, Europe, Middle East, Africa and South Africa. Karen Sullivan says, ‘This is a fantastic move for Orenda Books; not only a natural next step for our exciting list, but also necessary to capitalise on the increasing success and press coverage of our titles. I was hugely impressed by the enthusiasm, imagination and passion of the S&S team, as well as their professionalism and proven ability not only to get great sales – across the board – but to build on them. Read More

  • The Vespas hit Germany!

    The Vespas hit Germany!

    15th March 2018, Cologne. . Following the German publication of The Rise & Fall Of The Miraculous Vespas (“Schottenrock”, translated by Daniel Muller), David F. Ross appeared at the historic Volksbuhne Theatre in Cologne. The sold-out event was part of the prestigious Lit. Cologne Festival, 2018. David was accompanied by Bobby Bluebell (“Young at Heart”) who performed the songs specifically written for the book. . Mod: Bernhard Robben, German text: Gerd Koster. . Pictures from the event to follow! . A promotional video created for the book can be seen through the following link: https://youtu. Read More

  • Orenda Books signs Will Carver’s dark and daring thriller in a two-book deal

    Orenda Books signs Will Carver’s dark and daring thriller in a two-book deal

      We are delighted to announce the acquisition of World English Language rights (ex USA/Can) for Will Carver’s Good Samaritans (working title), in a two-book deal negotiated with Tom Witcomb at Blake Friedmann. An exceptionally plotted, disturbing and high-concept thriller, Good Samaritans centres around Seth Beauman, who makes middle-of-the-night phone calls at random, in search of company … and something much more sinister. One night, a wire is crossed, and he makes a connection with suicidal Hadley Serf, who thinks she’s calling the Samaritans, and a dark, dysfunctional relationship develops – a relationship that can have only one ending. And someone is watching… Karen Sullivan says, ‘I was riveted by this book and I can’t remember the last time I read a submission in one go … nor felt such a visceral sense of anxiety as I read. Read More

  • Orenda Books signs award-winning, bestselling Norwegian author Helga Flatland in LBF pre-empt

    Orenda Books signs award-winning, bestselling Norwegian author Helga Flatland in LBF pre-empt

    We are thrilled to announce the acquisition of World English Language rights for award-winning and bestselling Norwegian author Helga Flatland’s A Modern Family, in a two-book deal negotiated with Annette Orre of the Oslo Literary Agency. A stunningly beautiful, emotive and character-driven piece of literary fiction, A Modern Family focuses on the reactions of a set of grown-up children, who hear that their seventy-year-old parents are divorcing. With the exquisite narrative clarity of an Anne Tyler novel, this gently melancholic, compelling, funny, moving and affectionate novel has won countless awards in Helga Flatland’s Norwegian homeland and has an undoubtedly universal appeal. We are utterly thrilled to publish Helga Flatland, who has been on our radar for quite some time. Her flawless writing, extraordinary ability to dissect and explore emotions, and her startling, deeply moving and accurate insights into relationships and our own fragilities are both memorable and possibly unsurpassed. Read More

  • EXCLUSIVE PRE-PUBLICATION COPIES of Louise Voss’s BRILLIANT NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER The Old You available at Granite Noir and on the Orenda Roadshow

    EXCLUSIVE PRE-PUBLICATION COPIES of Louise Voss’s BRILLIANT NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER The Old You available at Granite Noir and on the Orenda Roadshow

    EXCLUSIVE PRE-PUBLICATION COPIES of Louise Voss’s BRILLIANT NEW PSYCHOLOGICAL THRILLER The Old You available at Granite Noir and on the Roadshow. Make sure that you get yourself down to either Granite Noir or one of the Orenda Roadshow events for your chance to get your hands on a copy. Granite Noir – 23-25 February – http://www.aberdeenperformingarts. Read More

  • 3 Orenda Roadshow dates announced!!!

    3 Orenda Roadshow dates announced!!!

    We are thrilled to announce that we’ve got three new dates for The Orenda Roadshow! With 7 Orenda authors appearing at Granite Noir on the 23-25 February in Aberdeen, it seemed only right to organise a roadshow for you to meet and hear from some of our authors. The authors attending Granite Noir are Matt Wesolowski, Lilja Sigurdardottir, Michael J Malone, Sarah Stovell, Louise Voss, Johana Gustawsson and Thomas Enger. More information about Granite Noir and what the authors will be doing there can be found here. We’ll be appearing at Waterstones Liverpool on Monday 26th February, Waterstones Nottingham on 27th February and Northgate Methodist Church in Warwick on Wednesday, 28th February. Read More