A letter from lockdown

This week we are celebrating the UK publication of Only You by Kate Eberlen. This is Kate’s second novel published by Mantle, following her internationally bestselling debut Miss YouOnly You is the story of Letty and Alf who meet at an Italian class in Rome, but discover the language that really fuels their rich and captivating love story is dance. They come from different worlds, until the moment they waltz around the Piazza Navona, and everything changes. But one moment can’t change the past and shadows are gathering which threaten to separate them forever… Charming, tender and clever – it is utterly glorious escapism.


Katharine McMahon’s Richard and Judy book club choice and Sunday Times bestseller, The Rose of Sebastapol, is published this week as a special new edition by W&N. The new edition, with an exciting new chapter and ending, and a new preface, celebrates Florence Nightingale’s 200th anniversary. The World Health Organization has designated 2020 as the first ever ‘Year of the Nurse & Midwife’ – in the midst of this pandemic, their tribute couldn’t be more timely. Prior to Florence Nightingale’s historic intervention in the Crimean War, nursing was considered a job for religious sisters or for women considered too drunk and lazy to be housemaids. Florence Nightingale’s spirit haunts this brilliant novel – an epic tale of two women who pursue her to the battlefields.

For those of you who, having spent a lot of time at home, have been thinking about re-decorating, we have the perfect guide! Happy Inside: How to harness the power of home for health and happiness by Michelle Ogundehin was also published this week by Ebury. Whether your home is owned or rented, small or large, and regardless of how much money you have, Happy Inside is a step-by-step practical guide to creating a home that supports your well-being.

In addition to these fantastic new releases, we were thrilled to hear about another award nomination – this week, Michael Robotham’s Good Girl Bad Girl was shortlisted for the ABIA General Fiction Book of the Year award. Congratulations, Michael! Good Girl Bad Girl is also shortlisted for The Edgar Award for Best Novel and tonight, 30th April, the 2020 Edgar Award winners will be announced on Twitter in place of the usual awards ceremony.

In other virtual events, Monty Halls has been helping us to beat the lockdown blues by taking viewers on an inspirational virtual journey. These interactive events give you the chance to join Monty as he describes his extraordinary adventures to dazzling parts of the world, including the west coast of Australia, the Dominican Republic, and Svalbard – the realm of the polar bear. This week’s tour – which kicks off on 1st May – takes us into the high mountains of Europe and back in time following the footsteps of some of the most heroic escape attempts, SAS missions, and local resistance fighters of WW2. Monty had the great pleasure of reuniting some of them, and includes this footage as part of the event on Friday (bring some tissues). You can subscribe to the event via the Telegraph and there will be an opportunity to donate to the Royal Marines Charity.

And finally, don’t miss Poorna Bell’s lockdown Friday lunchtime discussions with journalist Anita Bhagwandas, which Poorna is hosting live on her Instagram. They have been tackling a range of topics including dating in lockdown, appearance and self-esteem, and how lockdown is making us think and feel about ourselves. You can also listen to Dr Rangan Chatterjee, who appeared on You & Yours on Radio 4 this week, discussing health and wellbeing during lockdown and sharing advice on how best to take care of ourselves.

Until next week…

With all our best wishes,

The Soho Agency Team