Success stories

Before I Go To Sleep by SJ Watson



S. J. Watson was on our Writing A Novel course in 2009, where he met his agent, Clare Conville. His debut novel, BEFORE I GO TO SLEEP, was published in 2011 by Transworld, and became an international bestseller. It won The Crime Writers’ Association Award for Best Debut Novel and The Galaxy National Book Award for Crime Thriller of the Year, and rights to the book have been bought in 42 different countries. The film of the book, starring Nicole Kidman, Colin Firth and Mark Strong, and directed by Rowan Joffe, was released in September 2014. His second novel, SECOND LIFE, was published in 2015, to critical acclaim.



The Devil's Deal by Andreas Loizou






Andreas Loizou was on our Writing a Novel course in 2009. His debut novel, THE DEVIL’S DEAL, was published by Financial Times/Prentice Hall in 2012, and has been translated into nine different languages.






The Unlikely Pilgrimage of Harold Fry by Rachel Joyce


Rachel Joyce’s debut novel, THE UNLIKELY PILGRIMAGE OF HAROLD FRY, began life as a radio play. After completing Writing A Novel with us in 2010, the novel went on to be longlisted for the Man Booker Prize in 2012, shortlisted for the Commonwealth Book Prize in 2013, and to win the Boeke Prize in 2012, and rights were sold in thirty territories. Rachel has gone on to pen two more novels: PERFECT, published in 2013, and a companion novel to HAROLD FRY, THE LOVE SONG OF MISS QUEENIE HENNESSY, published in 2014.




Relativity by Antonia Hayes





Antonia Hayes’s debut novel, RELATIVITY, was acquired by Penguin Random House Australia, and by Gallery Press in the US. She was on our 2009 Writing A Novel course.






Acts Of Omission by Terry Stiastny






Terry Stiastny has written two novels since finishing an intermediate course in 2012: ACTS OF OMISSION, published by John Murray in 2012, and CONFLICT OF INTEREST, forthcoming in 2015.






The Ship by Antonia Honeywell






Antonia Honeywell was on our inaugural Writing A Novel course in 2009 (along with S J Watson) where she worked on her critically acclaimed debut novel, THE SHIP. THE SHIP was published this year by Weidenfeld and Nicolson.





The Unforgotten by Laura Powell






Laura Powell graduated from Writing A Novel in 2012. Her debut novel, THE UNFORGOTTEN, will be published by Hesperus Press in July 2015.






Disclaimer by Renee Knight





Renee Knight’s debut novel, DISCLAIMER, was the subject of a fierce auction between publishers, with Transworld acquiring the rights for a six figure sum. A flurry of other territories were quick to follow, and the film rights have also been snapped up. She was a student on our Writing A Novel course in 2012.





The Killing Of Bobbi Lomax by Cal Moriarty






Cal Moriarty was a student on our 2012 Writing A Novel course, and later, our Edit Your Novel course. Her debut novel, THE KILLING OF BOBBI LOMAX, will be published in 2015 by Faber.






The Bees by Laline Paull





Laline Paull’s debut novel, THE BEES was acquired in a substantial deal by Fourth Estate, published to huge critical acclaim, and shortlisted for the Bailey’s Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2015. Laline studied on Writing A Novel in 2012.






Hide And Seek by Amy Bird





Amy Bird has written three novels since studying on our Writing A Novel course in 2011. Her bestselling psychological thrillers, YOURS IS MINE, THREE STEPS BEHIND YOU, and HIDE AND SEEK, are published by Carina UK.






Precious Thing by Colette McBeth





Colette McBeth was a student on Writing A Novel in 2011, and went on to write PRECIOUS THING, published by Headline in 2013 to huge fanfare, earning comparisons to GONE GIRL on both sides of the Atlantic. Her second novel, THE LIFE I LEFT BEHIND, was published in 2015.






Ashes In The Wind by Christopher Bland






Christopher Bland wrote his debut novel, ASHES IN THE WIND, published by House of Zeus in 2014, during his time on the 2011 iteration of Writing A Novel.






Pretty Thing by Jennifer Nadel






Jennifer Nadel was a student on Writing A Novel in 2011. Her debut novel, PRETTY THING, was published this year by Corsair.






The Prisoner's Wife by Gerard Macdonald






Gerard Macdonald’s political thriller, THE PRISONER’S WIFE, was published by Thomas Dunne Books in 2012. He was a student on Writing A Novel in 2010, and on one of our intensive summer courses.












Guinevere Glasfurd-Brown completed Writing A Novel in 2011. Her debut novel, THE WORDS IN MY HAND, will be published by Two Roads in 2016.












Emily Elgar's debut novel, title to be confirmed, will be published by Sphere in 2016. She was a student on Writing a Novel in 2013.












Joanna Cannon was a student on our online Writing A Novel course. Her debut novel, THE PROBLEM WITH GOATS AND SHEEP, will be published by Borough Press in 2016.












Hina Belitz completed Writing A Novel in 2014, followed by our Edit Your Novel course. Rights to her debut novel, and to a second, have been snapped up by Headline.












Anna Schaffner was a student on our Edit Your Novel course in 2014. Her debut novel, THE TRUTH ABOUT JULIA, will be published by Allen & Unwin in March 2016.












Ali Land’s debut novel, GOOD ME BAD ME, was the hot book of this year’s London Book Fair. Rights have already been sold in 13 territories, after Michael Joseph pre-empted UK and Commonwealth rights in a six figure deal. Ali completed Writing A Novel in 2014.












Matthew Blakstad completed Writing A Novel in 2012, followed by one of our intensive summer courses. Rights to his debut novel, SOCKPUPPET, as well as a follow-up, were bought by Hodder during London Book Fair. SOCKPUPPET will be published in 2016.












Margaret McQuaile’s debut thriller, YOU CAN’T GO HOME AGAIN, was another title snapped up during London Book Fair. Quercus will publish in 2016. She completed Writing A Novel in 2013.












Rebecca Thornton was a student on Writing A Novel in 2014. Her debut novel, THE EXCLUSIVES, was one of the titles selected by Bonnier for its exciting new Twenty7 imprint.












David Young’s debut thriller, STASI CHILD, was another must-have for Twenty7 – they’ll publish in 2016. David completed our Write Better intermediate course in 2014.












Fiona Cummins completed Writing A Novel in 2013. Her debut crime thriller, RATTLE, will be published in 2017 by Pan Macmillan.