Boldwood is delighted to announce the recruitment of a new Publishing Director and the acquisition of ten more authors – bringing the total number of writers on the list to 101. 

Isobel Akenhead will join the company from Bookouture in January 2023, where she is currently Associate Publisher. Her stellar roster of bestselling authors includes Rona Halsall, Kate Hewitt and Suzanne Kelman. Previously she worked for Kobo, developing their UK business over several years and before that she held various roles at Hachette. She will be building her own new list at Boldwood across all the commercial fiction genres. 

She says: ‘I am so thrilled to be joining the dynamic, exciting team at Boldwood. After five brilliant years at Bookouture, working with so many talented colleagues and authors, I am ready for the next step. Boldwood’s passion for publishing the best in commercial fiction is completely in line with my own, and I’m excited to start building an exceptionally high-performing, bestselling list.’ 

The new line-up of Boldwood authors includes bestselling psychological thriller writers Amanda Reynolds, Diana Wilkinson, Ruby Speechley and Danielle Ramsay; powerful historical fiction novelists Siobhan Daiko, Catherine Law and Helen Parusel; cosy crime afficionado Michelle Salter, and Kate Lovell who writes warm multi-generational women’s fiction. They are joined by the hilarious and bestselling US romantic comedy author Sara L. Hudson. All authors have been contracted on multi-book deals and will be published in every format simultaneously in all English-language territories. 

Amanda Ridout, Founder and CEO said: ‘As we pass the significant milestones of 100 authors on the Boldwood list and 10m copies sold across the globe, we are delighted to welcome Isobel Akenhead to the team. She will bring her impressive experience and commercial nous to help us further build our growing company. We have had an extraordinary award-winning and financially successful year and as ever I am so thankful to our brilliant authors and dedicated team for making it all possible.’ 

Boldwood’s latest additions to their team and to their author list are attached with biographical and title detail.


The Latest Boldwood Authors 

Siobhan Daiko writes powerful and sweeping historical fiction set in Italy during the second World War, with strong women at its heart. She now lives near Venice, having been a teacher in Wales for many years. Her first book for Boldwood, The Girl from Venice, will be published in June 2023. 

Sara L.Hudson is a bestselling romantic comedy author whose books include the hilarious Space series, featuring the men and women of NASA and their panty-melting happily-ever-afters. She lives in Houston and her first title for Boldwood, Anyone But the Billionaire, will be published in January 2023.

Catherine Law writes dramatic romantic novels set in the first half of the 20th century, during the First and Second World Wars. Previously published by Zaffre, her books are inspired by the tales our mothers and grandmothers tell, and her first title for Boldwood will be published in April 2023. Originally a journalist, she lives in Kent. 

Kate Lovell writes warm women’s fiction – based on community and friendship. Previously published by Quercus and Bloodhound, her first book for Boldwood, The Secret Swim Club at the Ladies Lido, will be published in January 2024. She lives in Sheffield, but her books are set in the Wye Valley where she grew up. 

Helen Parusel is a debut historical novelist, having been a teacher and a clothes buyer for M&S. She lives in Hamburg, and her first book is based on the Nazi invasion of Norway in 1940 and will be published in May 2023; while her second is inspired by war stories from her mother’s homeland of Austria, where she spent her early holidays. 

Danielle Ramsay is the author of the DI Jack Brady crime novels and other dark thrillers. She is a Scot living in the North-East of England and was previously published by Hodder & Stoughton and Avon. Her first psychological thriller for Boldwood, The Missing Husband, will be published in June 2023.

Amanda Reynolds is the bestselling psychological suspense author whose debut novel, Close To Me, was adapted as a major six-part TV series for Channel 4 in 2021. Her books have been translated into multiple languages and her first book for Boldwood, The Assistant, will be published in April 2023. Previously published by Headline, she lives near Cheltenham. 

Michelle Salter writes historical cosy crime set in Hampshire, where she lives, and inspired by real live events in 1920s Britain. The first book in her Iris Woodmore series, Death at Crookham Hall, will be published by Boldwood in January 2023 and draws on her interest in the aftermath of the Great War and the suffragette movement. 

Ruby Speechley is a bestselling psychological thriller writer, whose titles include Someone Else’s Baby. Previously published by Hera, her first title for Boldwood, Gone, will be published in February 2023. She has been a journalist and worked in PR and lives in Cheshire. 

Diana Wilkinson writes bestselling psychological thrillers, including her debut novel 4 Riverside Close. Formerly an international professional tennis player, she hails from Belfast, but now lives in Hertfordshire. Previously published by Bloodhound, her first title for Boldwood, One Down, will be published in January 2023. 

The Latest Boldwood Team Member 

Isobel Akenhead has been Associate Publisher at Bookouture for the past five years, publishing many international bestselling authors including Rona Halsall, Kate Hewitt and Suzanne Kelman. Before that she was a merchandiser for the ebook retailer Kobo, developing their UK business successfully over several years. She has also worked in digital promotion and in editorial roles at Hachette. 

 Boldwood is marking three years of publishing on August 1st, by announcing a new Editorial Director and the acquisition of four more authors – bringing the total number of writers on the list to ninety-one. 

Emily Yau has previously worked at both Quercus and Ebury, publishing bestselling commercial fiction authors including Beth O’Leary, Tracy Rees and Linda Green. She has most recently worked as a UX designer for a video gaming company, alongside being a freelance editor, and was a Bookseller Rising Star in 2017. In her new Boldwood role, which she started at the beginning of July, she is acquiring and publishing across all the commercial fiction genres. 

She says: “I’m delighted to be joining the dynamic team at Boldwood Books, whose success over the last few years has been phenomenal. I’m very excited to begin seeking out new talent to add to an already impressive list.” 

The new Boldwood authors include women’s fiction bestsellers Jaimie Admans and Rachel Dove, the writer of Viking derring-do Donovan Cook and the crime writer Wes Markin, bringing a new Yorkshire police series to the list. All authors have been contracted on multi-book deals and will be published in every format simultaneously in all English-language territories. 

Amanda Ridout, Founder and CEO said: “’After a whirlwind and award-winning three years, we are celebrating our publishing birthday by further expanding the team and welcoming new writers to the Boldwood family. We are strengthening our editorial firepower with the brilliantly experienced and energetic Emily Yau who will enable us to expand further across the commercial fiction genres. We now have a dedicated Boldwood team of eleven, ninety-one wonderful authors, and together have sold 8 million books across the globe. An amazing achievement in such a short time – I couldn’t be prouder and more thankful to everyone who has made this possible.’’ 

Boldwood’s latest additions to their team and to their author list are below with biographical and title detail. 


The Latest Boldwood Authors 

Jaimie Admans is the bestselling author of several romantic comedies – including The Little Christmas Shop on Nutcracker Lane and The Chateau of Happily-Ever-Afters. She lives in South Wales and was previously published by HQ Digital. Her new work for Boldwood, The Ever After Street Series, is based on the magical world of fairytales, the first title of which will be released in Spring 2023. 

Donovan Cook is the author of the well-received Ormstunga Saga series which combines fast-paced narrative with meticulously researched history of the Viking world, and is inspired by his interest in Norse Mythology. He lives in Lancashire and his first title in a new series for Boldwood will be published in Spring 2023. 

Rachel Dove is the bestselling author of twelve women’s fiction novels, including The Second Chance Hotel . A writer and a teacher, she lives in leafy West Yorkshire with her husband and two teenage sons. Previously published by HQ Digital, her first romantic comedy title for Boldwood will be released in Spring 2023. 

Wes Markin is the bestselling author of the DCI Yorke crime novels, set in Salisbury. His new series for Boldwood stars the pragmatic detective DCI Emma Gardner who will be tackling the criminals of North Yorkshire. Wes lives in Harrogate and the first book in the series The Yorkshire Murders will be published in November 2022. 

The Latest Boldwood Team Member 

Emily Yau has been a commercial fiction Editorial Director at Quercus and Ebury, publishing books that became Sunday Times Bestsellers, Richard and Judy picks and Netflix TV series, including The Flat Share by Beth O’Leary. Most recently she was a freelance editor whilst also working as a UX designer in the video gaming world. She was named a Bookseller Rising Star in 2017. 

Boldwood announces ten more author acquisitions after a successful second year of trading

Boldwood is delighted to announce the acquisition of ten more authors – bringing the total number of writers on its list to 77. This comes after a standout second year of trading in 2021 – with revenue up 70% to £2.7m and a net profit of over 30%. The ten new authors range from accomplished debuts to already established international bestsellers and have all been contracted on multi-book deals and will be published in every format simultaneously in all English-language territories. From the psychological thriller sensations Alison Stockham, Anita Waller, John Nicholl, J A Baker, Keri Beevis and Valerie Keogh, to the charming romantic escapist writing of Georgina Troy and the hilarious romcoms of Phoebe MacLeod, via the powerful sagas of Tracy Baines and the wonderful Victorian mysteries of Alexandra Walsh – these latest additions further emphasise the breadth of the Boldwood list, showcasing the very best in commercial fiction. Amanda Ridout Founder and CEO comments: ‘After an impressive financial year in 2021 – with revenues and profits showing substantial growth in only our second year of trading, we are thrilled to be strengthening our author portfolio by welcoming ten more writers to the Boldwood family. We have now sold over 6m books worldwide, across all formats, with eight titles having sold over 100k units each and ninety percent of our authors having featured in the global Top 100 bestseller charts. Sales across all our formats and markets are thriving, and we look forward to further success in 2022. As ever, my thanks go to the brilliant Boldwood team – now ten-strong, our wonderfully supportive and dedicated authors and to all our industry partners worldwide.’

Boldwood’s latest additions to their author list are attached with biographical and title detail.

For more information on Boldwood Books visit www.boldwoodbooks.com or follow @BoldwoodBooks on Twitter

The Latest Boldwood Authors

Alexandra Walsh is the bestselling author of dual timeline historical mysteries, previously published by Sapere. Her books range from the fifteenth century to the Victorian era and are inspired by the hidden voices of women that have been lost over the centuries. Formerly a journalist, writing for national newspapers, magazines and TV, her first book for Boldwood will be published in Spring 2023.

Alison Stockham’s debut novel The Cuckoo Sister, will be published by Boldwood in July 2022, and has already been longlisted for the Lucy Cavendish Fiction Prize. Having worked in TV documentary production for the BBC and Channel 4, Alison is now the Events Coordinator for the Cambridge Literary Festival.

Anita Waller is the author of many bestselling psychological thrillers and the Kat and Mouse crime series. She lives in Sheffield, which continues to be the setting of many of her thrillers, and was first published by Bloodhound at the age of sixty-nine. Her first book for Boldwood will be published in August 2022.

Georgina Troy writes bestselling uplifting romantic escapes and sets her novels on the island of Jersey, where she was born and has lived for most of her life. She has done a twelve-book deal with Boldwood, including backlist titles, and the first book in her Sunshine Island series will be published in May 2022.

J. A. Baker is a successful psychological thriller writer of numerous books, previously published by Bloodhound. Born and brought up in Middlesbrough, she still lives in the North East, which inspires the settings for her books. Her first title for Boldwood will be published in December 2022. For release Tuesday 8th March 2022

John Nicholl is the bestselling author of numerous psychological thrillers and detective series, previously published by Bloodhound, and inspired by his real-life experience as an ex-police officer and child protection social worker. Boldwood will be publishing the next title in his Galbraith series and a new psychological thriller in autumn 2022, and will be reissuing his bestselling backlist from May 2022.

Keri Beevis is the internationally bestselling author of several psychological thrillers and romantic suspense mysteries, including the very successful Dying to Tell, published by Bloodhound. She sets many of her books in the county of Norfolk, where she was born and still lives and which provides much of her inspiration. Keri’s first thriller for Boldwood, Mother Knows Best, will be published in October 2022.

Phoebe MacLeod is the author of several popular laugh-out-loud romantic comedies. She mainly sets her books in her home county of Kent and her first new title for Boldwood will be published in November 2022. They will also be republishing her existing titles from August this year.

Tracy Baines is the bestselling saga writer of The Variety Girls series, originally published by Ebury, which Boldwood will continue with. She was born and brought up in Cleethorpes and spent her early years in the theatre world which inspired her writing. The first title of her new saga series for Boldwood – set amongst the fisherfolk of Grimsby – will be published in October 2022.

Valerie Keogh is the internationally bestselling author of several psychological thrillers and crime series, most recently published by Bloodhound. She originally comes from Dublin but now livesin Wiltshire and worked as a nurse for many years. Her first thriller for Boldwood will be published in August 2022.

Seven more authors to Boldwood as the company passes the milestone of 5 million copies sold

Boldwood is delighted to announce the acquisition of seven more authors – bringing the total number of writers on the list to 67.

The seven new authors represent the very best in commercial fiction, from bestselling women’s fiction authors Helen Rolfe and Samantha Tonge to the mistress of cosy mysteries Catherine Coles via the much-loved Yorkshire saga writer Chrissie Walsh. The company is also excited to welcome the chart-topping thriller author Debbie Howells who is turning to writing women’s fiction for the first time for Boldwood, alongside Tracey Emerson who will continue to write her brilliantly reviewed psychological thrillers. To complete the line-up there is historical fiction set in war-torn Europe from the debut US author Erin Litteken. All authors have been contracted on multi-book deals and will be published in every format simultaneously in all English-language territories.

Amanda Ridout Founder and CEO comments: ‘We are thrilled to be welcoming seven more brilliant authors to the Boldwood list as we reach another milestone of 5 million books sold, across all formats, in all parts of the world.  This comes against the background of winning the RNA Publisher of the Year – a very pleasing achievement for a company not yet three years old. And we continue to innovate with interesting partnerships – we are about to launch an audio book club with Yeo Valley, the UK’s largest organic dairy brand, which will extend the consumer reach for our fast-growing audio titles. It is certainly an exciting time for the company.’

Boldwood’s latest additions to their author list are attached with biographical and title detail.

For more information on Boldwood Books visit www.boldwoodbooks.com or follow @BoldwoodBooks on Twitter

The Latest Boldwood Authors

Catherine Coles writes bestselling cosy mysteries set in the English  countryside. Her extremely popular Tommy & Evelyn Christie series is based  in North Yorkshire in the 1920s and Catherine herself lives in Hull with her  family and two spoiled dogs. The first title in her new Martha Miller Mysteries  series for Boldwood will be published in March 2022.

Chrissie Walsh was born and raised in West Yorkshire and is a retired schoolteacher  with a passion for history. She has written several successful sagas documenting feisty women in challenging times for Aria. Welcome to Weaver Street, the first title in her new WW1 saga series for Boldwood, will be published in May 2022.

Debbie Howells’s first novel, a psychological thriller, The Bones of You, was a Sunday Times bestseller for Macmillan. Four more bestsellers followed, including most recently  The Vow, published by Avon. Fulfilling her dream of writing women’s fiction, she has   found a home with Boldwood and her first title with them, The Life You Left Behind,  will be published in February 2022.

Erin Litteken is a debut novelist with a degree in history and a passion for research. At     a young age, she was enthralled by stories of her family’s harrowing experiences in Ukraine before, during and after World War II. Her first historical fiction title, drawing on those experiences, will be published by Boldwood in June 2022.  She lives in Illinois, USA with her husband and children.

Helen Rolfe is the author of many bestselling contemporary women’s fiction titles, set in different locations from the Cotswolds to New York. Most recently published by Orion, she is bringing sixteen titles to Boldwood – a mixture of new series and well established backlist. Her first new title will continue her Heritage Cove series and be  published in May 2022. She lives in Hertfordshire with her husband and children.

Samantha Tonge is the bestselling and award-winning author of fifteen romantic fiction  titles published by HQ, Canelo and most recently Aria. Her first book for Boldwood,  Under One Roof, will be published in February 2022 and marks a broadening of her  writing into multi-generational woman’s fiction. She lives in Manchester with her family.

Tracey Emerson’s debut psychological thriller was published by Legend Press and  received brilliant reviews. Her short stories and features have been widely published in  anthologies and magazines, and she works as a literary consultant and writing tutor. Her latest psychological thriller, The Villa, will be published by Boldwood Books in April 2022. She lives in Scotland.

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