Darley Anderson Literary Tv and Film Agency

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"The Darley Anderson Literary, TV and Film Agency was founded in 1988 by ex-publisher Darley Anderson and is based in London with a regional office in Hay-on-Wye on the English/Welsh borders.

The Agency specialises in handling a broad range of bestselling commercial Fiction and Non-Fiction.

A Market leader in Adult Fiction, our list includes thrillers, mysteries, crime, horror, fantasy, accessible literary, romantic comedy, chick-lit, women in jeopardy, sagas and historical.

Many of the Fiction writers talent spotted and represented by Darley Anderson himself, are amongst the highest paid bestselling authors in the world. Most notably Martina Cole, Lee Child, John Connolly, Lesley Pearse and Tana French.

Other top selling fiction writers represented by Darley are Chris Carter, Jane Costello, Alex Barclay, Carmen Reid, Tara Hyland, Chris Mooney, Annie Murray, Margaret Dickinson, Clare Dowling, Lee Weeks and Adrian Plass.

Martina Cole is the highest selling adult fiction hardback novelist in the UK. She has had 14 No.1 Sunday Times Bestsellers.

Lee Child is the biggest selling Agency author in the U.S. Each of his novels now go to No. 1 on both the New York Times Hardcover and mass market Paperback lists. And Lee Child is only the fifth adult author to sell one million Kindle books.

The oldest writer ever to be taken on at the Agency is Elizabeth Waite at the age of 70, who has now had 17 books published.

And the four most prolific writers at the Agency are: Saga writers Anne Baker, Lynda Page and Gloria Cook and bestselling religious writer Adrian Plass, who has been at the Agency since its inception!

Working with Darley Anderson to further build on the enormous success he has had with top selling crime and thriller writers is Camilla Wray.

Camilla’s fiction writers include three for whom she achieved six figure deals for their debut novels: A.J. Cross, Jason Dean and Helen Grant. Also, talented newcomers Sean Slater and Tim Weaver. And established bestsellers Pat Dunne and Rebecca Shaw.

Darley's No. 2 at the Agency is Madeleine Buston. She is the Women’s & General Fiction Agent and Deputy MD of Children’s Books. Her list of adult fiction writers includes international bestsellers Carolyn Jess-Cooke, now translated into 20 languages, the US bestseller J.J. Salem, and new writers destined for future bestsellerdom: Carrie Duffy, Victoria Fox, Emma Garcia, Ella Kingsley, Martel Maxwell, Cally Taylor and Anna-Lou Weatherly. She has a long term vision and an international plan for each of her authors, negotiating high five and six figure deals both here in the UK and the US, liaising with publishers around the world and working with the Agency’s film agent in LA.

Among the Non-Fiction writers handled by the Agency are: Constance Briscoe (author of the No.1 Bestseller and Sequel Ugly and Beyond Ugly); Alan and Barbara Pease’s Why Men Don’t Listen and Women Can’t Read Maps (with worldwide sales exceeding 10 million copies). Graeme Sims, Paul Hauck, Lucy Summers, Nadia Finer and Emily Nash and Fr Kenneth Leech.

The Darley Anderson Children’s Book Agency Ltd was recently set up as a separate company with Deputy Managing Director Madeleine Buston responsible for developing the list. YA writers represented by Madeleine include C.J. Daugherty, S.B. Hayes and Phil Earle. And children’s writers currently represented by Madeleine are: Dave Lowe, Adam Perrott, Anne Cameron, Lucy Jones and Rob Stevens. MD of the Children’s Book Agency, Darley Anderson, represents bestselling children’s author Cathy Cassidy and Waterstones Children’s Book of the Year winner Michelle Harrison.

Also, Sophie Gordon represents a growing number of talented children’s book illustrators.

US book sales are handled directly by the Darley Anderson Agency. But for sales of books or original scripts to US Film and TV companies the Agency works as it has for the last 18 years, in association with top Talent Agent Steve Fisher of the APA Agency in Los Angeles.

In foreign language book sales, the Darley Anderson Agency has great success in placing books with international publishers around the world.

Over the past twenty three years the Agency has built up an extensive worldwide network of foreign contacts, working with leading subagents and directly with foreign publishers.

Clare Wallace, ably assisted by Mary Darby, oversees all aspects of the foreign rights department; holding regular auctions, negotiating major deals and meeting over two hundred and fifty foreign editors at every major international book fair.

The focus at the Agency is on making our writers international bestsellers.

Four of our authors have been sold in 30 or more languages and ten of our authors have been sold in up to 25 languages. Every territory is just as important as another, from Germany to Brazil to Taiwan and Indonesia, we sell translation rights to over 55 countries. We aim to translate our titles into as many languages as possible, creating internationally bestselling authors.

Our Agency motto is : ‘Our writers mean business’. "

Lee Child - 61 Hours: (Jack Reacher 14)

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2010
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There was some excitement recently at the offices of Transworld, publisher of the British thriller writer Lee Child, who has so successful conquered America with his Jack Reacher adventures. Child usually produces only one novel featuring his tough ex-army action hero each year, but the latest book, 61 Hours, will be followed up with a speedily issued second new Reacher-related novel this autumn. 61 Hours -- admirers will, of course, have to have both.

Milly Johnson - A Spring Affair

Year of Publication: 
2009
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When Lou Winter picks up a dog-eared magazine in the dentist's waiting room and spots an article about clearing clutter, she little realises how it will change her life. What begins as an earnest spring clean soon spirals out of control. Before long Lou is hiring skips in which to dump the copious amounts of junk she never knew she had. Lou's loved ones grow disgruntled. Why is clearing out cupboards suddenly more important than making his breakfast, her husband Phil wonders?

Clare Dowling - No Strings Attached

Year of Publication: 
2007
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Judy is getting married on Saturday and it’s a military operation: the dress, the three-tiered cake, the uncle that nobody will sit beside at the reception. She knows it’ll be worth it, though, because marriage is forever, right? But the night before, fiancé Barry mysteriously goes missing and, to add insult to injury, his credit card shows up two days later in a nightclub in the south of France. Has he just got cold feet? Fanning her fury and grief is Lenny, Barry’s best man, and king of the one-night stand.

Phil Earle - Being Billy

Year of Publication: 
2011
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Faces flashed before my eyes.
And for every face there was a time that they had let me down.
Each punch that landed was revenge, my chance to tell them I hadn’t forgotten what they did.
Eight years in a care home makes Billy Finn a professional lifer. And Billy’s angry – with the system, the social workers, and the mother that gave him away.
As far as Billy’s concerned, he’s on his own. His little brother and sister keep him going, though they can’t keep him out of trouble.

Milly Johnson - The Yorkshire Pudding Club

Year of Publication: 
2007
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Three South Yorkshire friends, all on the cusp of 40, fall pregnant at the same time following a visit to an ancient fertility symbol. For Helen, it's a dream come true, although her husband is not as thrilled about it as she had hoped. Not only wrestling with painful ghosts of the past, Helen has to deal with the fact that her outwardly perfect marriage is crumbling before her eyes. For Janey, it is an unmitigated disaster as she has just been offered the career break of a life-time.

Adrienne Kress - Timothy and the Dragon's Gate

Year of Publication: 
2009
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The eponymous young heroine of Alex and The Ironic Gentleman (2007) sails in about halfway through to play a supporting role in this equally tongue-in-cheek sequel. Eleven-year-old Timothy finds his pose of cool indifference challenged at every turn after gaining possession of a key that gives him total control of an old Chinese man who claims to be a dragon imprisoned in human form for juvenile behavior until a complicated set of conditions can be met.

Alex Barclay - Blood Runs Cold

Year of Publication: 
2008
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Kidnap and murder collide in Alex Barclay's heart-stopping new thriller featuring FBI Agent Ren Bryce. When an FBI agent is found dead on the white slopes of Quandary Peak in Colorado, a brilliant but volatile agent is drafted in from Denver to lead the investigation. Fighting personal demons, pressure from Washington and dwindling leads, the case stalls and a career falters But as summer comes, Quandary Peak has disturbing new secrets to give up.

Alex Barclay - Darkhouse

Year of Publication: 
2005
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Alex Barclay EVERYTHING YOU NEVER EXPECTED From a broken childhood comes an unbreakable and deadly bond. In 1985 in a North Texas backwater, two teenage boys made a chilling pact that would unite them forever in a dark and twisted loyalty. Now one lies dead. And the man responsible is going to pay. When a routine investigation comes to a violent and tragic end, Detective Joe Lucchesi takes leave from the NYPD and moves with his wife and son to a quiet village on the south east coast of Ireland. They're happy. They're safe.

Bernardine Kennedy - Shattered Lives

Year of Publication: 
2008
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When they were orphaned at a young age, sisters Hannah and Julie had to learn to look after themselves. Years later and all grown up, Hannah, with her steady job and happy marriage, seems to have fallen on her feet. The same can't be said for Julie, however. First pregnant at fifteen, and now with three children from three different men and living with a serious drug addiction, she needs help.  It's up to Hannah to step in, but in doing so she discovers, in the most devastating way, that her own life might not be so perfect after all...

Constance Briscoe - Beyond Ugly

Year of Publication: 
2008
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Despite her mother's constant physical and psychological abuse, Constance Briscoe has gained a place at Newcastle University to study law - a long-held ambition. She finances her studies by several jobs at weekends and during the holidays, including working with the terminally ill in a hospice. She also finds the money to pay for several cosmetic surgery treatments in an attempt to transform the face that her mother has convinced her is ugly, ugly, ugly.