Best of British

While we’re open to submissions from international authors, we’d especially love to find some talented British writers to work with us here at Broadland Literary. Wondering about the types of projects we’d love to find in our submissions mailbox? Here’s a selection of our favourite middle grade and YA novels released this year by British-based authors and publishers:

Boys Don’t Knit by T.S. Easton
A hugely enjoyable, highly amusing and well-told tale, with a thoroughly relatable hero. Laugh along with Ben Fletcher as his new-found love of knitting gets him into all sorts of trouble. The equally fabulous sequel, An English Boy In New York, is also available now.

The Rain by Virginia Bergin
Sixteen-year-old Ruby Morris’ world changes forever when rain turns deadly and life becomes a struggle to survive. The Rain is a gripping, disturbing and unsettling story that feels very real. A very promising debut novel. The eagerly-awaited sequel, The Storm, is due to be released in January 2015.

Memoirs of a Neurotic Zombie by Jeff Norton
Adam Meltzer is back from the dead, but he doesn’t know why. Maybe the chupacabra next door or the vampire who lives down the street can help? This is a fun, light-hearted novel filled with memorable characters, wicked villains and a dastardly plot involving zombies, bees and science. Perfect for middle grade readers.

Say Her Name by James Dawson
Based on the well-known urban legend of Bloody Mary, Say Her Name puts a fresh spin on an old tale. With a page-turning story, and chilling scenes brought to life by a skilled writer, this is young adult horror at its best.

Flirty Dancing by Jenny McLachlan
The first in a series of novels featuring a group of friends and their adventures in life and love, Flirty Dancing follows shy Bea, who is partnered with the hottest boy in school for a national dance competition. Will love blossom in this warm, funny and very likeable middle grade novel?

What were your favourite British reads this year? We’d love to hear about the books you’ve enjoyed. You can comment below, or get in touch with us via twitter.

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