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Boldwood announces further author acquisitions and new PR partnership

Boldwood is delighted to announce their next exciting author acquisitions – bringing the total number of authors on the list to 27. This new batch of Boldwood writers range from bestselling women’s fiction writers Claire Calman and Judy Leigh, via established crime authors Ross Greenwood and A L Howard, to exciting debuts in comic fiction Emma Murray and Freya Kennedy, and Boldwood’s first historical fiction writer Eleanor Porter. These authors join the wide-ranging Boldwood list – showcasing the very best in commercial fiction – and will be published in every format simultaneously in all English-language territories. All have been contracted on multi-book deals.

In order to ensure that Boldwood authors’ books reach the widest possible audience the company is collaborating closely with their audio partner, Ulverscroft, to engage their writers with the library sector and their millions of visitors through author events and roadshows. In addition Boldwood are delighted to announce a partnership with FMcM Associates who will be helping to promote a range of their authors through traditional media and most particularly on the crime festival circuit.

Amanda Ridout Founder and CEO comments: ‘I am excited that we are continuing to expand the Boldwood author portfolio with such an interesting and wide-ranging line-up – including our first male writers! We are pleased to have started publishing energetically and successfully from August with a number of e bestsellers across all English language territories already under our belts. We look forward to working closely with Sophie Goodfellow at FMcM to develop a media presence for several of our authors and to getting them out to engage with their readers in person as well as through the dynamic social media activity we are already undertaking.’

The Latest Boldwood Authors

Claire Calman is a writer and broadcaster known for her novels that combine wit and pathos, including the bestseller Love is a Four-Letter Word. She has appeared on BBC Radio 4’s Woman’s Hour and Loose Ends. Her first book for Boldwood will be published in June 2020.

Ross Greenwood is the author of six crime thrillers. Before becoming a full-time writer he was most recently a prison officer and so worked everyday with murderers, rapists and thieves for four years. He lives in Peterborough and his first title for Boldwood – the beginning of a series – is The Snow Killer to be published in November 2019.

­A.L Howard studied Arabic at Oxford and Edinburgh Universities and went on to work in adult education and then retrained to be a chef. He has written four well reviewed crime novels in the DI Hanlon series.  His fifth will be published by Boldwood in April 2020

Freya Kennedy is the brand new alter ego for bestselling thriller author Claire Allan.  A former journalist from Derry, Northern Ireland Claire has published eleven novels. Now, as Freya, she is writing warm, funny women’s fiction for Boldwood – with the first title to be published in May 2020.

Judy Leigh is the bestselling author of A Grand Old Time and The Age of Misadventure and the doyenne of the ‘it’s never too late’ genre of women’s fiction. She has lived all over the UK from Liverpool to Cornwall, but currently resides in Somerset.  Her first book for Boldwood is Five French Hens to be published in January 2020.

Emma Murray is originally from Co. Dublin and moved to London in her early twenties. After a successful career as a ghostwriter, she felt it was high time she fulfilled her childhood dream to write fiction.  Her debut novel is to be published by Boldwood in February 2020.

Eleanor Porter has lectured at Universities in England and Hong Kong and her poetry and short fiction has been published in magazines. The Wheelwright’s Daughter – her historical fiction debut set in Elizabethan England – will be published by Boldwood in May 2020.


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