Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Promising Young Women

“I don’t know why it never occurs to me to ask for more: to be taken to dinner, or to be given a promise, or at the very least, an explanation of why things aren’t working out with his wife. I know exactly what Jolly would say: I know because I’ve written words to mistresses before. Hundreds of them.” On the day of her 26th birthday, Jane is recently single, adrift at her… (read more)


Forgetting You

A promise made in haste. A search for lost memories. Three lives changed forever. Early one morning, Isabel and her eleven-year-old daughter River are walking across Regent’s Park when they come across a distraught-looking man sitting on a bench. They ask him if he’s OK, but he doesn’t know the answer – in fact, he doesn’t even know his name. Urged on by her daughter, Isabel takes the man to hospital. But… (read more)


City of Drowned Souls

When a child disappears, the clock starts ticking… Detective Elisenda Domènech has had a tough few years. The loss of her daughter and a team member; the constant battles against colleagues and judges; the harrowing murder investigations… But it’s about to get much worse. When the son of a controversial local politician goes missing at election time, Elisenda is put on the case. They simply must solve it. Only the team also… (read more)


Blue Shift

Second Species: Book One 2187: Earth is cold, dead and divided. The rich hide away from reality while the rest will do anything to survive. Humanity have only one hope: reaching a habitable planet. But getting there means travelling in large numbers through alien-held space, something that’s politically and practically nearly impossible. Yet for some, fighting their way through space is just a way of life . . .   Jinnifer Blue… (read more)


Dry Season


Short Ride on a Fast Machine

Short Ride on a Fast Machine is a quirky and engaging caper: the story of a young cycle courier from London who goes on an improbable journey to Norway, to pick up a stuffed owl for a mysterious client. For his oddest job to date, Sam enlists the help of his friend and fellow courier Poyntz. But as they make their haphazard journey to Mr Sorensen’s mountain hut, its owner is attracting… (read more)


Before I Was Yours

The third novel from critically acclaimed author Virginia Macgregor. Sam and Rosie Keep have always wanted children of their own but life hasn’t worked out that way for them. The only option available to them now is adoption: they’ll do anything to have a child to love. Seven-year-old Jonah is far away from home and his mama promised he’d be looked after in England. But the man who’s meant to be taking care… (read more)


City of Buried Ghosts

Be careful what you dig up… The atmospheric second crime thriller featuring Catalan detective Elisenda Domènech, for readers of Val McDermid and Ann Cleeves Still recovering from the tragedy that hit her team, Elisenda takes on a new case. Except it’s not new. On an archaeological dig by the coast a body is uncovered, seemingly executed with a spike thrust through the front of the skull – an ancient tribal ritual. It… (read more)


English Animals

When Mirka gets a job in a country house in rural England, she has no idea of the struggle she faces to make sense of a very English couple and a way of life that is alien to her. Richard and Sophie are chaotic and frequently outrageous but also warm, generous and kind to Mirka despite their turbulent marriage. Richard swiftly co-opts Mirka into his latest money-making enterprise – opportunistic taxidermy –… (read more)


Layla

Arriving in London, Hayleigh finds work as lap dancer ‘Layla.’ Determined to beat the sleaze and the system, her plan is to make enough money to prove to the world, and her mother, that she is a fit parent. Layla survives on wit and skillful moves, confident of her looks and in her ability to exploit men before they can exploit her. Avoiding the changing-room politics and staggering through boozy nights, she… (read more)


4 A.M.

Set in the early 1990s on a British army base, 4 A.M. tells the story of Cal and Manny, soldiers posted to Germany as army chefs. Bored and institutionalised, the pair soon succumb to the neon temptations of Hamburg’s red-light district, where they dive into a seedy world of recreational drugs and all-night raves. But it is only a matter of time before hedonism and military discipline clash head on, with comic… (read more)


City of Good Death

An intense and brilliantly realised crime thriller set in the myth-soaked streets of Girona. A killer is targeting hate figures in the Catalan city of Girona – a loan shark, a corrupt priest, four thugs who have blighted the streets of the old quarter – leaving clues about his next victim through mysterious effigies left hung on a statue. Each corpse is posed in a way whose meaning no one can… (read more)


The Return of Norah Wells

One ordinary morning, Norah walked out of her house on Willoughby Street and never looked back. Six years later, she returns to the home she walked away from only to find another woman in her place. Fay held Norah’s family together after she disappeared, she shares a bed with Norah’s husband and Norah’s youngest daughter calls Fay ‘Mummy’. Now that Norah has returned, everyone has questions. Where has she been? Why did… (read more)


The Immortals

Rosa Hyde is the daughter of a time-traveller, stuck in the year 1945. Forced to live through it again, and again, and again. The same bulletins, the same bombs, the same raucous victory celebrations. All she ever wanted was to be free from that year – and from the family who keep her there. At last she breaks out and falls through time, slipping from one century to another, unable to choose… (read more)


Burnt Tongues: An Anthology of Transgressive Short Stories

Edited by Chuck Palahniuk, Dennis Widmyer and Richard Thomas. Represented in the UK on behalf of Medallion Press. Chuck Palahniuk is best known for the powerfully subversive novel Fight Club (Vintage), which was made into a major motion picture in 1999 starring Brad Pitt and Edward Norton. Throughout his career, Palahniuk has made it his mission to bring people back to books. In the past few years, he has taken this mission… (read more)


The Contrary Tale of the Butterfly Girl

The enchanting sequel to The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath . . . Two orphans, Pedrock and Boo Boo, are sent to live in the sinister village of Darkwound. There they meet and befriend the magical and dangerous Mr Loveheart and his neighbour Professor Hummingbird, a recluse who collects rare butterflies. Little do they know that Professor Hummingbird has attracted the wrath of a demon named Mr Angel-Cakes. One… (read more)


The Singular and Extraordinary Tale of Mirror and Goliath

In the summer of 1887 my grandfather stole a clock. It was six feet high and the shape of a coffin. 1888. A little girl called Mirror and her shape-shifting guardian Goliath Honeyflower are washed up on the shores of Victorian England. Something has been wrong with Mirror since the day her grandfather locked her inside a mysterious clock that was painted all over with ladybirds. Mirror does not know… (read more)


What Milo Saw

9-year-old Milo suffers from retinitis pigmentosa: his eyes are slowly failing, and he will eventually go blind. But for now, he sees the world through a pin hole and notices things other people don’t. When Milo’s beloved 92-year-old gran succumbs to dementia and moves into a nursing home, Milo begins to notice things amiss at the home. The grown-ups won’t listen when he tries to tell them something’s wrong so with just… (read more)


Hideous Creatures

An extraordinary, magical odyssey into the dark heart of the New World . . . Arthur Hallingham is the youngest son of an English earl. He’s on the run from his former life – from a family where painful, half-understood secrets lurk. Arthur travels on a slave ship to the coast of America. Amidst the teeming squalor and vaulting ambitions of the New World, he encounters Flora, the tough daughter of an… (read more)