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KHLA is a small independent literary agency with a growing list of clients. We offer authors a nurturing environment and a high level of attention in all book markets. We offer publishers new and established talent across a range of adult fiction and non-fiction, and children’s fiction. Please click here for more information about agents Kate Hordern and Anne Williams.

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Victoria Jenkins's latest psychological thriller, THE NEW FAMILY, was published by Bookouture in eBook in November and hit the UK Kindle Top 100 within a week of publication, reaching the #15 spot in January.

‘OMG, OMG, OMG. Run, do not walk to read this psych thriller. Do what you must do. One-click it, buy it, find it… READ IT!… It has absolutely everything… you HAVE TO READ IT!… Straight to the top of my best reads of the year list.’ Fireflies and Free Kicks

CALLING WPC CROCKFORD: The Story of a 1950s Policewoman by Ruth D'Alessandro was published by Welbeck on 3 March 2022.  In this nostalgic, tender and honest account of post-war British society, we follow a bright, determined woman navigating a man's world, from performing traffic duties to unravelling a dark secret at the heart of an impoverished family.

"For fans of Heartbeat and Call The Midwife, this is a charming policing memoir." Judge Rinder

Congratulations to Nicola Chester, whose memoir, ON GALLOWS DOWN: Place, Protest and Belonging, published by Chelsea Green, has been shortlisted for the 2021 Richard Jefferies Award for outstanding  nature writing. 

"An incredible book of exceptional depth, feeling and bravery...wonderful!  I couldn't put it down.  A must read"  Dara McAnulty

 Sandy Taylor's seventh novel, THE IRISH NANNY, was published by Bookouture on 30 July 2021.

Congratulations to Sandy on achieving #1 simultaneously in the Saga Fiction, Romance Sagas and Family Sagas Kindle categories, and on reaching #24 in the Kindle Top 100.

"A heartbreaking story of WWII. Loved it so much!" Goodreads reviewer, 5 stars

Congratulations to Julie Houston whose novel, A FAMILY AFFAIR, was published in paperback in February 2022.  Her new novel, A VILLAGE SECRET will be published in April in eBook and paperback by Aria.

"A joyful, feel-good story with characters you'll love.  Bravo!"  Faith Hogan (of A FAMILY AFFAIR)

THE FORGOTTEN SISTER, the debut saga by Judy Summers set in 1848 Liverpool, is a heart-breaking and heart-warming story about what we will do for those we love. The paperback is published by Welbeck on 31 March 2022.

Laura Starkey's romantic comedy debut RACHEL RYAN'S RESOLUTIONS was published by Bonnier Embla on 16 September 2021.  Congratulations to Laura on achieving #17, and for spending over four weeks, in the Kindle Top 100.

"A big-hearted treat of a read." Catherine Walsh, author of One Night Only
"A sparkling debut." Zoë Folbigg, bestselling author of The Note
"Hilarious and heartwarming."Matt Dunn, bestselling author of Home

Jane Corry's new domestic suspense thriller, WE ALL HAVE OUR SECRETS, is published by Penguin on 23 June 2022.

"Everything I love in a book." Lisa Jewell

Jane Corry's psychological thrillers have sold more than a million copies.

Sam Carrington's latest thriller, THE COUPLE ON MAPLE DRIVE, was published by Avon on 9 December in paperback, audio and eBook.

It has been selected as one of The Times Crime  Club's Picks of the Month.

"A deft example of domestic noir"  The Times

 

Congratulations to Alice Hunter, whose THE SERIAL KILLER'S WIFE, published by Avon in May in paperback and eBook, has sold over 100,000 copies and was 2021's 16th-bestselling eBook, according to Bookseller's BookStat chart.  It has been also been a bestseller in paperback, reaching the #2 slot in the Bookseller Heatseeker bestseller list.   It got to #10 in the US Kindle list and was an iBooks #1 bestseller.  

"Striking debut...richly deserves to be a hit"   Daily Mail

Gill Thompson's third novel, THE LIGHTHOUSE SISTERS, set in wartime Jersey and Germany, was published by Headline in eBook and audio in February.   They will publish the paperback in August.

"A stunning tale about sisters, courage, and sacrifice that will keep you enthralled until the last page.  Beautifully written and inspired by true events, THE LIGHTHOUSE SISTERS is not to be missed'  Andie Newton, author of The Girls from the Beach

 

KHLA are thrilled to welcome Ellie Wood to the agency.  Her first novel, THE WILDWATER WOMEN, will be published in eBook, paperback and audio by HarperNorth on 28 April 2022.

"A beautiful, warm, touching and evocative read" Phillipa Ashley

"An unusual book, beautifully written, full of gentle undercurrents that bring floods of emotion. The gorgeous setting is exactly right for the strong theme of friendship, making this a real curl-up-in-your-armchair read" Sue Moorcroft

 

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