'Haynes is the most exciting thing to happen to crime fiction in a long time.'

Sophie Hannah

Atlas of the month

Inequality

The USA is one of the world's most unequal nations, and California, despite (or because of) its vast wealth, scores even higher on the Gini index of inequality.

'A vibrant statistical snapshot of this myth-inspiring US state' Library Journal

Homeless

California's 21% share of the USA's homeless is far greater than its 12% share of the total population. And 25% of California's homeless are classified as 'chronic homeless', compared with the national average of 16%.

Spending on higher education

While the proportion of the state budget spent on corrections has increased, the proportion spent on the University of California (UC) and California State University (CSU) has declined markedly.

Book of the month

Awards and prizes

Congratulations to Lisa Cutts whose crime debut, Never Forget, was longlisted for the Waverton Good Read Award 2013 - 2014.

See more awards and prize-listed books here.

 

New edition of THE CLOTHS OF HEAVEN

We're thrilled with the new edition Sue Eckstein's heartwarming first novel, The Cloths of Heaven, which is now available. The Cloths of Heaven is a Myriad classic and this new edition is a fitting celebration of a much loved author's life and work.

Quick Fictions: Sunday Times Top 10 book app

Quick Fictions is an evolution in digital storytelling, full of bite-size tales to read on the bus, in the tube, while the kettle boils. Developed by Professor Nicholas Royle, author of Quilt, at the University of Sussex in partnership with Myriad and Aimer Media, Quick Fictions features the finest stories – each fewer than 300 words. The app will continue to grow as new stories are submitted: find out how to submit yours here on our website and don't forget to buy the app for regular updates!

FIRST FICTIONS 2014: What a weekend!

A huge thank you to all the brilliant and inspiring authors who took part in First Fictions at the weekend, to the great audience, to the University of Sussex for the collaboration and support, and to West Dean College for hosting us.

2014 CATALOGUE — OUT NOW

We are publishing a host of exciting books this year, including historical fiction, literary fiction, crime novels and graphic books.

You can browse the 2014 Myriad catalogue here, including the complete backlist and atlas series, or download a PDF below.

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Latest news

DARK AEMILIA IS PUBLISHED

Sally O'Reilly's highly anticipated historical novel, Dark Aemilia – a richly atmospheric re-imagining of Elizabethan London and England's first professional female poet, Aemilia Lanyer – was published on 27th March. Dark Aemilia is Turnaround Publisher Services' Book of the Month and, coinciding with UK publication, we're thrilled to have a fantastic endorsement from Kirkus Reviews in the US, who describe the novel as 'first-rate historical fiction: marvellously atmospheric and emotionally engaging'. Meanwhile, The Feminist Times published this excellent article by Sally O'Reilly, in which she describes what it was that drew her to write about Aemilia and Shakespearean London.

WRITER'S RETREAT COMPETITION 2014

We are delighted to announce the shortlist for this year's Writer's Retreat Competition, selected from a record number of entries. The shortlisted authors are (in alphabetical order): Owen Cluer, Jane Cooper, Kate Ellis, Zoe Gilbert, Kerry Ryan and Vanessa Savage.

Now in its fourth year, the competition offers unpublished writers an opportunity to win a week-long writing retreat in the luxurious surroundings of West Dean College, as well as receiving expert feedback on their work. The judges this year are award-winning authors Lesley Thomson (pictured) and Jonathan Kemp, literary agent Becky Thomas (Fox Mason), saloniére and author Laura Lockington, Myriad fiction editor Vicky Blunden, and Myriad MD and Publisher Candida Lacey. The winner will be announced on 8th May at a special event at the University of Brighton, The Joy of Writing Competitions, hosted by the university's writer-in-residence, Myriad author Isabel Ashdown.

BUMP IS BORN!

April sees the launch of Bump, a new Myriad graphics book exploring the joys and pains of pregnancy and birth, by cartoonist Kate Evans, the author of bestselling breastfeeding guide The Food Of Love. Eagerly anticipated by midwives and mums, this wonderfully drawn and expertly written book offers straight-talking advice on every aspect of pregnancy, from conception to labour. Photos from the recent Bump launch at GOSH! Comics in London can be found on the Myriad facebook page.

ELIZABETH HAYNES TRANSLATION NEWS

Myriad has sold Estonian language rights to Elizabeth Haynes' Into The Darkest Corner; the novel is now published in no less than 34 languages to date. The chilling debut novel, a New York Times bestseller, was first published by Myriad in 2011 and went on to win Amazon's Book of the Year, as well as being selected for the TV Book Club. All foreign rights sales have been negotiated for Myriad by the Adrian Weston Literary Agency.

LISA CUTTS' EBOOK POPULARITY

We are delighted that Lisa Cutts' debut crime novel, Never Forget, was one of the most borrowed ebooks across Kent Libraries last year. Never Forget is the first in a gripping police procedural series featuring protagonist DC Nina Foster and has recently been optioned for TV by Bentley Productions. The second book in the Nina Foster series, Remember, Remember, will be published by Myriad this August.

LAYLA'S SUCCESS CONTINUES...

Nina de la Mer's bold new novel Layla, exploring modern lap dancing culture, has been described by the Londonist as 'so immersive you can practically smell the baby oil.' 'You're swept along,' their reviewer writes, 'by the vivacity and personality of the incident-prone protagonist, with a voice that'll stick in your head' (read full review). Blogger Books n' that was impressed by the portrayal of women in Layla, concluding: 'What we have here is that rare thing: a novel that at some point stops being a novel and becomes an experience' (read full review).