Donna Hillyer

Donna Hillyer - Editor

London, United Kingdom

Editor of award-winning, bestselling fiction and non-fiction, with over 15 years’ experience in publishing

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Overview

I've been a freelance editor since 2015. Prior to that, I worked in commercial publishing in London for 10 years. During my career, I’ve worked for a number of major UK trade publishers (independent and corporate), across all levels, from editorial assistant to editorial director/board member, and my skills are subsequently wide-ranging. I was one of four people shortlisted for the 2012 Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, the UK award recognising women's outstanding potential and previous achievements in their publishing careers.

I’ve commissioned and grown authors (both mainstream and genre) to bestselling and award-winning status, overseeing their individual publishing strategies whilst working closely with overseas markets (particularly Ireland, Europe, the US and Australia). I acquired rights to and published North American authors (many of whom have been New York Times bestselling authors), and subsequently I'm very familiar with that market. I understand the current publishing climate, and what it takes to be competitive and stand out from the crowd.

I now work in various capacities with publishing companies, literary agents, private authors and writers'/literary festivals. Publishing clients include: Bookouture; Elliot & Thompson; Hachette Ireland; HarperCollins; Little, Brown; Orion; Penguin Random House; Transworld and Whitefox.

I work on fiction and non-fiction, across all editorial areas, e.g. assessing ideas, structural edits, line-editing, copy-editing, proofreading, giving advice on query letters etc.

Some titles I've worked on as a freelancer:

*** John Marr's sci-fi hit The One (now on Netflix)
*** The Summer of Impossible Things by Rowan Coleman and Killer Intent by Tony Kent, which were both chosen for the 2018 Zoe Ball TV Book Club
*** Two of the six WHSmith Richard and Judy Book Club summer 2019 titles - How to be Famous by Caitlin Moran & Marked for Death by Tony Kent
*** The No.1 bestselling novel (Ireland), Hungry Road by Marita Conlon-McKenna (2021)
*** Winner of the Romantic Novelists’ Association Popular Fiction Award 2022 (voted for by librarians, book bloggers and reviewers, and booksellers): The River Between Us by Liz Fenwick; and the Festive Holiday Romantic Novel Award 2022: Winter at Cliff’s End Cottage by Sheila Norton

*** Sunday Times Bestsellers:
- Lucky by Ed Jackson (rugby union player turned Paralympics presenter)
- Get Divorced, Be Happy by Helen Thorn (award-winning comedian and podcaster)
- Knee Deep in Life by Laura Belbin (author of the Knee Deep in Life blog)
- Hear Me Out by Sarah Harding
- Friend Request by Laura Marshall
- Midnight in Everwood by M.A. Kuzniar
- A Different Kind of Happy by Rachaele Hambleton (aka Part-Time Working Mummy)
- With This Kiss by Carrie Hope Fletcher
- No Shame by Laura Belbin (author of the Knee Deep in Life blog)
- Be Yourself and Happier: The A-Z Guide to Wellbeing by Will Young
- Ten Things I Hate About Me: How to Stay Alive With a Brain That's Trying to Kill You by Joe Tracini
Languages
English (UK)
Non-Fiction
Biographies & Memoirs
Fiction
Contemporary Fiction
Historical Fiction
Humor & Comedy
Mystery & Crime
Romance
Thriller & Suspense
Women's Fiction

Certifications

  • BA Arts (Joint Honours – English and Philosophy), University College Cork
  • MA Publishing Studies City University, London

Awards

  • In 2012, I was one of four people shortlisted for the prestigious Kim Scott Walwyn Prize, which recognises women's creativity, professionalism and ambition in publishing.

Work experience

Freelance

Self-employed
July, 2015 – Present (over 7 years)

Editorial Director

Harlequin UK Ltd
January, 2013 – June, 2015 (over 2 years)

Oversaw the running of the Harlequin UK editorial programme and its imprints, managing a team of 6, as well as commissioning and growing authors myself. I sat on the board, and so was also involved in the management of the company at senior level.

Commissioning Fiction Editor / Senior Commissioning Fiction Editor: Piatkus

Little, Brown
June, 2008 – December, 2012 (over 4 years)

The Piatkus list averaged about 100 titles a year during this time, and the genres within which we published were: general fiction; women’s commercial fiction; historical fiction; romantic suspense; crime and thrillers; paranormal romance; urban fantasy; and horror.

Portfolio (168 selected works)

Rebel Sisters

Marita Conlon-McKenna

With the threat of the First World War looming, tension simmers under the surface of Ireland. Growing up in the privileged confines of Dublin's leafy Rathmines, the bright, beautiful Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their wealthy Anglo-Irish background and their mother Isabella's expectations. Soon, as war erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters find ... read more

With the threat of the First World War looming, tension simmers under the surface of Ireland. Growing up in the privileged confines of Dublin's leafy Rathmines, the bright, beautiful Gifford sisters Grace, Muriel and Nellie kick against the conventions of their wealthy Anglo-Irish background and their mother Isabella's expectations. Soon, as war erupts across Europe, the spirited sisters find ... read more

Imagine

Lesley-Ann Jones

Blood Instinct (Blackthorn Dark Paranormal Romance Series Book 6)

Lindsay J. Pryor

‘I think what is inside of you triggers the worst of me’ Sophia McKay has always had a reckless streak, but falling for lycan leader Jask Tao, gave her something to live for. Now, cursed with a serryn bloodline, a darkness inside Phia is awakening. A darkness she knows could prove deadly to those she loves most. Approaching a blue moon, Jask Tao and his pack are living close to the edge, due t... read more

‘I think what is inside of you triggers the worst of me’ Sophia McKay has always had a reckless streak, but falling for lycan leader Jask Tao, gave her something to live for. Now, cursed with a serryn bloodline, a darkness inside Phia is awakening. A darkness she knows could prove deadly to those she loves most. Approaching a blue moon, Jask Tao and his pack are living close to the edge, due t... read more

Nina is Not OK

Shappi Khorsandi

Strangers

Paul Finch

The Secret Agent

Joseph Conrad

If Ever I Fall

S.D. Robertson

If You Knew Her

Emily Elgar

Jessie's Promise

Rosie Clarke

From the bestselling author of LIZZIE'S SECRET and LIZZIE'S WAR, a story about resilient, strong women surviving adversity post World War 1. DEVON 1918. When Jessie Hale loses her nursing job at the end of the First World War, she leaves London to become the nursemaid to the Kendle family in Devon. On arrival she finds the family in disarray. Captain Kendle is a loving father but is traumatise... read more

From the bestselling author of LIZZIE'S SECRET and LIZZIE'S WAR, a story about resilient, strong women surviving adversity post World War 1. DEVON 1918. When Jessie Hale loses her nursing job at the end of the First World War, she leaves London to become the nursemaid to the Kendle family in Devon. On arrival she finds the family in disarray. Captain Kendle is a loving father but is traumatise... read more

Workhouse Orphans

Holly Green

All they have left is each other...Life has always been tough for May and Gus Stirzaker. Their father went away to sea never to return, and then their mother falls victim to the typhus sweeping through Liverpool. Regarded as orphans by the authorities, May and Gus are sent to the Brownlow Hill Workhouse. Like all workhouses, Brownlow is the last resort for the poor and the destitute. May and G... read more

All they have left is each other...Life has always been tough for May and Gus Stirzaker. Their father went away to sea never to return, and then their mother falls victim to the typhus sweeping through Liverpool. Regarded as orphans by the authorities, May and Gus are sent to the Brownlow Hill Workhouse. Like all workhouses, Brownlow is the last resort for the poor and the destitute. May and G... read more

The One

John Marrs

Hush Little Baby

Joanna Barnard

How to be Happy

Eva Woods

Orphan Sisters

Lola Jaye

Lana and May are a very long way from home. Their Nigerian parents have emigrated to England in search of a better life for their family. Nineteen Fifties London is a great adventure to the girls but not always welcoming. There are signs in windows of lodging houses warning: 'no blacks, no dogs, no Irish'.When tragedy strikes and the girls lose their father, their mother is unable to cope. Whe... read more

Lana and May are a very long way from home. Their Nigerian parents have emigrated to England in search of a better life for their family. Nineteen Fifties London is a great adventure to the girls but not always welcoming. There are signs in windows of lodging houses warning: 'no blacks, no dogs, no Irish'.When tragedy strikes and the girls lose their father, their mother is unable to cope. Whe... read more

The Other Us

Fiona Harper

I'm Right Here

Yvonne Cassidy

Family Business

Muriel Bolger

Friend Request

Laura Marshall

Stalker

Lisa Stone

Gone Viking

Helen Russell

Stand By Me

S.D. Robertson

The Mistletoe Matchmaker

Felicity Hayes-McCoy

Greyfriars House

Emma Fraser

White Villa

Emily Hourican

How to be Famous

Caitlin Moran

The Rising Storm: An absolutely gripping young adult dystopian fiction novel (Paradigm Trilogy Book 1)

Ceri A. Lowe

‘I fell in love with this book and I couldn’t put it down... kept me gripped… I just had to keep reading one more chapter!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 starsFans of Bella Forrest, Divergent and The Hunger Games will be absolutely hooked by this breath-taking page-turner of suspense, love and mystery.In a world ravaged by devastating storms, only the all-powerful Paradigm Industries have the tools to... read more

‘I fell in love with this book and I couldn’t put it down... kept me gripped… I just had to keep reading one more chapter!’ Goodreads reviewer, 5 starsFans of Bella Forrest, Divergent and The Hunger Games will be absolutely hooked by this breath-taking page-turner of suspense, love and mystery.In a world ravaged by devastating storms, only the all-powerful Paradigm Industries have the tools to... read more

The Silent Sister: A gripping psychological thriller with a nailbiting twist

Shalini Boland

‘I literally could not put it down… I finished in less than 24 hours, it draws you in from the very first chapter… WOW… And just when you think that’s it… BAM.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars‘You don't deserve a sister…’Lizzy Beresford is at home alone when she finds a chilling letter in her kitchen. Someone has been into her home – someone who wishes Lizzy harm.In her little country cottage, wit... read more

‘I literally could not put it down… I finished in less than 24 hours, it draws you in from the very first chapter… WOW… And just when you think that’s it… BAM.’ Goodreads Reviewer, 5 stars‘You don't deserve a sister…’Lizzy Beresford is at home alone when she finds a chilling letter in her kitchen. Someone has been into her home – someone who wishes Lizzy harm.In her little country cottage, wit... read more

The Girl in the Storm: Completely gripping YA dystopian fiction with edge of your seat suspense (Paradigm Trilogy Book 2)

Ceri A. Lowe

‘So addictive… I absolutely raced through this story, it grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go… need to know what happens next!... compelling and powerful!’ Rae Reads, 5 starsA gripping and heart-pounding story filled with mystery, suspense and danger, about one girl who braves her life to discover the truth. Fans of Bella Forrest, Divergent and The Hunger Games will be enthralled by this exp... read more

‘So addictive… I absolutely raced through this story, it grabbed hold of me and wouldn’t let go… need to know what happens next!... compelling and powerful!’ Rae Reads, 5 starsA gripping and heart-pounding story filled with mystery, suspense and danger, about one girl who braves her life to discover the truth. Fans of Bella Forrest, Divergent and The Hunger Games will be enthralled by this exp... read more

Diary of a Drag Queen

Crystal Rasmussen

The One Who's Not the One: A feel good, laugh out loud romantic comedy

Keris Stainton

A hilarious rom com about love, break-ups and finding out who you really are. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Marian Keyes and Mhairi McFarlane.Cat’s life has hit a brick wall. Since she broke up with her ex Sam five years ago she’s quit stand-up comedy, landed in a steady but dull job, and lives in a tiny flat with roommates she knows only as The One Who Eats All My Food and The One Who Has... read more

A hilarious rom com about love, break-ups and finding out who you really are. Perfect for fans of Jenny Colgan, Marian Keyes and Mhairi McFarlane.Cat’s life has hit a brick wall. Since she broke up with her ex Sam five years ago she’s quit stand-up comedy, landed in a steady but dull job, and lives in a tiny flat with roommates she knows only as The One Who Eats All My Food and The One Who Has... read more

The Passengers

John Marrs

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.The new gripping page-turning thriller from the bestselling author of THE ONE - soon to be a major Netflix series.When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused... read more

Eight self-drive cars set on a collision course. Who lives, who dies? You decide.The new gripping page-turning thriller from the bestselling author of THE ONE - soon to be a major Netflix series.When someone hacks into the systems of eight self-drive cars, their passengers are set on a fatal collision course. The passengers are: a TV star, a pregnant young woman, a disabled war hero, an abused... read more

What Would Dani Do?: My guide to living your best life

Dani Dyer

Dani Dyer stole the nation’s heart with her genuine warmth and honest personality when she won Love Island this summer. She proves that you don't need to succumb to peer pressure, be swayed by all too perfect Insta-images or behave in a way that's not true to who you are. Her first book shows she is wise beyond her years as she shares her experiences around growing up, bullying, relationships,... read more

Dani Dyer stole the nation’s heart with her genuine warmth and honest personality when she won Love Island this summer. She proves that you don't need to succumb to peer pressure, be swayed by all too perfect Insta-images or behave in a way that's not true to who you are. Her first book shows she is wise beyond her years as she shares her experiences around growing up, bullying, relationships,... read more

The Friend Who Lied: A gripping psychological thriller

Rachel Amphlett

What she doesn’t know might kill her...Lisa Ashton receives a last-minute reprieve from death two weeks before her birthday. Regaining consciousness, she is horrified to learn one of her friends has been killed – and saved her life.As she recovers, she uncovers a trail of carefully guarded reputations, disturbing rumours, and lies. Soon, Lisa begins to wonder if one of her friends is hiding a ... read more

What she doesn’t know might kill her...Lisa Ashton receives a last-minute reprieve from death two weeks before her birthday. Regaining consciousness, she is horrified to learn one of her friends has been killed – and saved her life.As she recovers, she uncovers a trail of carefully guarded reputations, disturbing rumours, and lies. Soon, Lisa begins to wonder if one of her friends is hiding a ... read more

The Variety Girls

Tracy Baines

Even with the country at war, the show must go on. . . After the tragic death of her father, aspiring singer Jessie Delaney has been forced to live with her bullying aunt and dreams of getting the break of a lifetime to escape. When she's cast as one of the Variety Girls in a new show at the Empire Theatre, Jessie hopes this is the new beginning she's been longing for. But following her dreams... read more

Even with the country at war, the show must go on. . . After the tragic death of her father, aspiring singer Jessie Delaney has been forced to live with her bullying aunt and dreams of getting the break of a lifetime to escape. When she's cast as one of the Variety Girls in a new show at the Empire Theatre, Jessie hopes this is the new beginning she's been longing for. But following her dreams... read more

Song of the Crocodile

Caroline Lisa

There's a terrifying secret; an ancient ritual passed down through the generations carefully hidden from the uninitiated.In the middle of the night thirteen-year-old Binta is taken to what she believes to be an exciting transformation into adulthood, but she quickly realises things are not what they seem - nor have they ever been.Her world is shattered forever, and now her best friend is next.... read more

There's a terrifying secret; an ancient ritual passed down through the generations carefully hidden from the uninitiated.In the middle of the night thirteen-year-old Binta is taken to what she believes to be an exciting transformation into adulthood, but she quickly realises things are not what they seem - nor have they ever been.Her world is shattered forever, and now her best friend is next.... read more

A Delayed Life: The true story of the Librarian of Auschwitz

Dita Kraus

The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZDita Kraus was born in Prague in 1929 - in her powerful new memoir she writes about her childhood before the war and then during the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish ghetto at Terezín and from there to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen. Dita writes powerfully and unflinchingly about the ha... read more

The powerful, heart-breaking memoir of Dita Kraus, THE LIBRARIAN OF AUSCHWITZDita Kraus was born in Prague in 1929 - in her powerful new memoir she writes about her childhood before the war and then during the Nazi-occupation that saw her and her family sent to the Jewish ghetto at Terezín and from there to Auschwitz and then Bergen-Belsen. Dita writes powerfully and unflinchingly about the ha... read more

A Wartime Christmas

Kitty Danton

It's 1943 and despite the dangers, Sukie and Pattie left Devon behind to work at the bustling Edwardes Hotel in Covent Garden, serving everyone from army officials to theatre goers. With Sukie working 'upstairs' on reception and Pattie a chambermaid 'downstairs', they see everything that goes on and find themselves quickly falling in love with both London and the hotel. Until tragedy strikes, ... read more

It's 1943 and despite the dangers, Sukie and Pattie left Devon behind to work at the bustling Edwardes Hotel in Covent Garden, serving everyone from army officials to theatre goers. With Sukie working 'upstairs' on reception and Pattie a chambermaid 'downstairs', they see everything that goes on and find themselves quickly falling in love with both London and the hotel. Until tragedy strikes, ... read more

easyJet Rising: How easyJet changed the way we fly

Tony Anderson

A no holds barred account of how a two aircraft Luton based start-up took on the aviation establishment, painted the UK orange and opened up the skies of Europe for a generation. Providing unique insider insights into the tricks, tips and traps of low-cost airlines, the author pulls no punches in this highly entertaining account of how arch rival British Airways and the UK's travel agents were... read more

A no holds barred account of how a two aircraft Luton based start-up took on the aviation establishment, painted the UK orange and opened up the skies of Europe for a generation. Providing unique insider insights into the tricks, tips and traps of low-cost airlines, the author pulls no punches in this highly entertaining account of how arch rival British Airways and the UK's travel agents were... read more

Cradle to Grave: A Detective Kay Hunter murder mystery

Rachel Amphlett

When a faceless body is found floating in the river on a summer’s morning, Detective Kay Hunter and her team are tasked with finding out the man’s identity – and where he came from.The investigation takes a sinister turn when an abandoned boat is found, covered in blood stains and containing a child’s belongings.Under mounting pressure from a distraught family and an unforgiving media, the pol... read more

When a faceless body is found floating in the river on a summer’s morning, Detective Kay Hunter and her team are tasked with finding out the man’s identity – and where he came from.The investigation takes a sinister turn when an abandoned boat is found, covered in blood stains and containing a child’s belongings.Under mounting pressure from a distraught family and an unforgiving media, the pol... read more

Marked for Death

Tony Kent

When London's legal establishment is shaken to its foundation by the grisly crucifixion of a retired Lord Chief Justice, Detective Chief Inspector Joelle Levy is tasked with finding his killer. With fifty years of potential enemies to choose from, only the identical murder of former solicitor Adam Blunt offers a ray of hope: what is it that connects these victims who met such a gruesome end? A... read more

When London's legal establishment is shaken to its foundation by the grisly crucifixion of a retired Lord Chief Justice, Detective Chief Inspector Joelle Levy is tasked with finding his killer. With fifty years of potential enemies to choose from, only the identical murder of former solicitor Adam Blunt offers a ray of hope: what is it that connects these victims who met such a gruesome end? A... read more

The Regret: an addictive psychological suspense thriller

Dan Malakin

What if someone wanted to ruin your life?Rachel Stone’s world was destroyed by a stalker, Alan Griffin. After he went to prison, she rebuilt her life.Now she has a three-year-old daughter and is in a new relationship. But someone is stalking her again. Her phone, her emails and her social media are hacked.Rachel believes it’s Griffin, out of prison and looking for revenge. She needs to find hi... read more

What if someone wanted to ruin your life?Rachel Stone’s world was destroyed by a stalker, Alan Griffin. After he went to prison, she rebuilt her life.Now she has a three-year-old daughter and is in a new relationship. But someone is stalking her again. Her phone, her emails and her social media are hacked.Rachel believes it’s Griffin, out of prison and looking for revenge. She needs to find hi... read more

None the Wiser: A page-turning murder mystery (Detective Mark Turpin Book 1)

Rachel Amphlett

What if some secrets were never meant to stay buried?When a parish priest is brutally murdered in cold blood, a rural community is left in shock – and fear.New to the Vale of the White Horse, Detective Sergeant Mark Turpin discovers the murder bears the hallmark of a vicious killer who shows no remorse for his victim, and leaves no trace behind.After a second priest is killed, his broken body ... read more

What if some secrets were never meant to stay buried?When a parish priest is brutally murdered in cold blood, a rural community is left in shock – and fear.New to the Vale of the White Horse, Detective Sergeant Mark Turpin discovers the murder bears the hallmark of a vicious killer who shows no remorse for his victim, and leaves no trace behind.After a second priest is killed, his broken body ... read more

For Love or Money: A laugh out loud, heartwarming romantic comedy

Clodagh Murphy

'Clodagh Murphy is the queen of romantic comedy and her latest is witty and warmhearted, with fantastic characters, laugh out loud dialogue and plenty of intrigue. This was my favourite kind of read - one where you fall in love with the characters to the point that they feel like your friends. Highly recommended!' Sarah PainterLesley has always fancied herself as an amateur sleuth, a sort of m... read more

'Clodagh Murphy is the queen of romantic comedy and her latest is witty and warmhearted, with fantastic characters, laugh out loud dialogue and plenty of intrigue. This was my favourite kind of read - one where you fall in love with the characters to the point that they feel like your friends. Highly recommended!' Sarah PainterLesley has always fancied herself as an amateur sleuth, a sort of m... read more

Love Songs for Sceptics

Christina Pishiris

A fantastic debut from a HILARIOUS and brilliantly ORIGINAL NEW VOICE in women’s fiction . . . ‘I loved it. It’s an absolute joy . . . I finished the book with a huge smile on my face’ BETH O’LEARY, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Flatshare‘A dazzling debut. Christina has a fresh, fun voice – I laughed and cried in abundance!’ HEIDI SWAIN, Sunday Times bestselling authorMy brother’s get... read more

A fantastic debut from a HILARIOUS and brilliantly ORIGINAL NEW VOICE in women’s fiction . . . ‘I loved it. It’s an absolute joy . . . I finished the book with a huge smile on my face’ BETH O’LEARY, Sunday Times bestselling author of The Flatshare‘A dazzling debut. Christina has a fresh, fun voice – I laughed and cried in abundance!’ HEIDI SWAIN, Sunday Times bestselling authorMy brother’s get... read more

A Deadly Rejection: How far would you go to get what you want?

LM Milford

How far would you go to get what you want?Beneath the bustling, respectable exterior of the Kent town of Allensbury lies a world of corruption and greed.When local news reporter Dan Sullivan scents a story, he begins to ask questions. But when his source dies in mysterious circumstances, Dan is implicated. He is quickly drawn into a world of lies, ambition and avarice as he fights to clear his... read more

How far would you go to get what you want?Beneath the bustling, respectable exterior of the Kent town of Allensbury lies a world of corruption and greed.When local news reporter Dan Sullivan scents a story, he begins to ask questions. But when his source dies in mysterious circumstances, Dan is implicated. He is quickly drawn into a world of lies, ambition and avarice as he fights to clear his... read more

The Girl Who Came From Rags

Gracie Hart

From rags to riches?Eliza Wild has come a long way from her hungry childhood days in a rented miner's cottage on Pit Lane on the outskirts of Leeds. Her sewing skills have enabled her to go into business with a wealthy patron and to give her young niece, Victoria, a better life than she and her sister, Mary-Anne, ever dreamed of.There's also Eliza's sweetheart, Tom, who is determined to marry ... read more

From rags to riches?Eliza Wild has come a long way from her hungry childhood days in a rented miner's cottage on Pit Lane on the outskirts of Leeds. Her sewing skills have enabled her to go into business with a wealthy patron and to give her young niece, Victoria, a better life than she and her sister, Mary-Anne, ever dreamed of.There's also Eliza's sweetheart, Tom, who is determined to marry ... read more

The Magnificent Sons

Justin Myers

'Does exactly what it says on the tin: MAGNIFICENT. Funny, beautifully observed and moving' Adam Kay, bestselling author of This is Going to HurtTwo brothers. Two different journeys. The same hope of a magnificent future. Jake D'Arcy has spent most of his twenty-nine years trying to get his life just right. He's nearly there: great girlfriend, great friends, stable job. A distant relationship ... read more

'Does exactly what it says on the tin: MAGNIFICENT. Funny, beautifully observed and moving' Adam Kay, bestselling author of This is Going to HurtTwo brothers. Two different journeys. The same hope of a magnificent future. Jake D'Arcy has spent most of his twenty-nine years trying to get his life just right. He's nearly there: great girlfriend, great friends, stable job. A distant relationship ... read more

To be a Gay Man

Young, Will

How to Be Narstie

Narstie, Big

The Little Village Library

Helen Rolfe

The Little Village Library is a heartwarming story about kindness, community, and new beginnings, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Rachael LucasOne of Woman & Home's top 5 feel-good fiction!It takes a village...Cloverdale is known for its winding roads, undulating hills and colourful cottages, and now for its Library of Shared Things: a place where locals can borrow anything they might ne... read more

The Little Village Library is a heartwarming story about kindness, community, and new beginnings, perfect for fans of Cathy Bramley and Rachael LucasOne of Woman & Home's top 5 feel-good fiction!It takes a village...Cloverdale is known for its winding roads, undulating hills and colourful cottages, and now for its Library of Shared Things: a place where locals can borrow anything they might ne... read more

Omens (The Dark in You)

Wright, Suzanne

Once Upon a Lie

Lisa Ballantyne

The truth can hurtBut a lie can kill . . .The gripping and emotional new thriller from the Richard & Judy Book Club and international bestselling author of The Guilty One.Clare and Lorraine have been friends since college and trust each other with their lives. So when Lorraine, a single mother, needs a much-needed night away without her children, she calls on Clare and her husband Sam to look ... read more

The truth can hurtBut a lie can kill . . .The gripping and emotional new thriller from the Richard & Judy Book Club and international bestselling author of The Guilty One.Clare and Lorraine have been friends since college and trust each other with their lives. So when Lorraine, a single mother, needs a much-needed night away without her children, she calls on Clare and her husband Sam to look ... read more

The Girl with the Silver Bangle

Linda Finlay

Far from home, she never gave up hope... A heart-warming tale from the Queen of West Country Saga, LINDA FINLAY. The Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author Dilly Court says Linda Finlay is ‘sure to delight’! AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW! Camberwell, 1910. Just when things are going right for aspiring artist Daisy, a dramatic change of family fortune means she must leave the job she loves at theatr... read more

Far from home, she never gave up hope... A heart-warming tale from the Queen of West Country Saga, LINDA FINLAY. The Sunday Times No.1 bestselling author Dilly Court says Linda Finlay is ‘sure to delight’! AVAILABLE TO PRE-ORDER NOW! Camberwell, 1910. Just when things are going right for aspiring artist Daisy, a dramatic change of family fortune means she must leave the job she loves at theatr... read more

Xstabeth

David Keenan

'This book spoke, it said "read me" from the very first sentence as if it were alive, it gave me visceral joy' Kim Gordon'Reading [Xstabeth] feels like being cut open to the accompanying sound of ecstatic music' Edna O'Brien'Prepare for more of that inimitable Keenan narrative voodoo brilliance' Wendy ErskineIn St Petersburg, Russia, Aneliya is torn between the love of her father and her fathe... read more

'This book spoke, it said "read me" from the very first sentence as if it were alive, it gave me visceral joy' Kim Gordon'Reading [Xstabeth] feels like being cut open to the accompanying sound of ecstatic music' Edna O'Brien'Prepare for more of that inimitable Keenan narrative voodoo brilliance' Wendy ErskineIn St Petersburg, Russia, Aneliya is torn between the love of her father and her fathe... read more

Who's Afraid Too?

Lewis, Maria

The Wailing Woman

Lewis, Maria

Enough Already

Mary Hargreaves

When a junior on her team pitches an exciting new idea to her boss, Briony is so preoccupied by her fear of public speaking that she misses the concept entirely, and ends up in a spiralling web of lies and excuses as she tries to manage a project she knows nothing about. When everything comes to a head with a colossal panic attack, she is signed off work for a month on mental health leave.To m... read more

When a junior on her team pitches an exciting new idea to her boss, Briony is so preoccupied by her fear of public speaking that she misses the concept entirely, and ends up in a spiralling web of lies and excuses as she tries to manage a project she knows nothing about. When everything comes to a head with a colossal panic attack, she is signed off work for a month on mental health leave.To m... read more

The Steel Girls

Michelle Rawlins

When war breaks out, friendship will see them through ‘A heart-warming story perfect for saga lovers’, Nancy Revell,Sunday Times bestselling author of The Shipyard Girls series Sheffield, 1939. With war declared, these brave women will step up and do their bit for their country Housewife Nancy never dreamed that she’d end up in Vickers steelworks factory but when husband Bert is called up to s... read more

When war breaks out, friendship will see them through ‘A heart-warming story perfect for saga lovers’, Nancy Revell,Sunday Times bestselling author of The Shipyard Girls series Sheffield, 1939. With war declared, these brave women will step up and do their bit for their country Housewife Nancy never dreamed that she’d end up in Vickers steelworks factory but when husband Bert is called up to s... read more

The Handover

David M. Barnett

An utterly charming and heart-warming love story and the perfect tonic for difficult times. Daisy is the night security guard at the Manchester Museum of Social History. She takes her job very seriously, protecting the museum from teenage troublemakers.Nate works the day shift, though he'd be more suited as a museum guide the way he chats with the visitors. Daisy doesn't approve: how does he f... read more

An utterly charming and heart-warming love story and the perfect tonic for difficult times. Daisy is the night security guard at the Manchester Museum of Social History. She takes her job very seriously, protecting the museum from teenage troublemakers.Nate works the day shift, though he'd be more suited as a museum guide the way he chats with the visitors. Daisy doesn't approve: how does he f... read more

The Rose Daughter

Maria Lewis

She never meant to be a hero . . . In fact, Dreckly Jones has made a point her whole life to be exactly not that. The daughter of a forbidden union between an earth elemental and a selkie, her rare powers have meant she has always had a target on her back.So Dreckly - a 40-something oyster shucker according to her fake documents, 140-something sprite if you're going to get all nit-picky about ... read more

She never meant to be a hero . . . In fact, Dreckly Jones has made a point her whole life to be exactly not that. The daughter of a forbidden union between an earth elemental and a selkie, her rare powers have meant she has always had a target on her back.So Dreckly - a 40-something oyster shucker according to her fake documents, 140-something sprite if you're going to get all nit-picky about ... read more

The House Swap

Jo Lovett

He needs an escape. She needs an adventure.So why not swap lives?When Cassie and James find each other on a home swap website, it feels meant to be. City hotshot James needs a bolthole after a relationship goes sour and Cassie needs to leave the comfort of her little island to research her new book.Soon, James is living in Cassie’s cute but ramshackle house off the coast of Maine, and Cassie’s... read more

He needs an escape. She needs an adventure.So why not swap lives?When Cassie and James find each other on a home swap website, it feels meant to be. City hotshot James needs a bolthole after a relationship goes sour and Cassie needs to leave the comfort of her little island to research her new book.Soon, James is living in Cassie’s cute but ramshackle house off the coast of Maine, and Cassie’s... read more

Is This It?

Hannah Tovey

-Employed (you have frequent nightmares about your job) -Single and ready to mingle! (swiping through Tinder while your best friend shops for engagement rings) -Living your best life (renting a tiny smelly flat which costs £3000 a month) Sound familiar? Meet Ivy. She's not just a hot mess, she's a walking disaster. The only man in her life is the pizza delivery driver and she puts more effort ... read more

-Employed (you have frequent nightmares about your job) -Single and ready to mingle! (swiping through Tinder while your best friend shops for engagement rings) -Living your best life (renting a tiny smelly flat which costs £3000 a month) Sound familiar? Meet Ivy. She's not just a hot mess, she's a walking disaster. The only man in her life is the pizza delivery driver and she puts more effort ... read more

Dare to Change Your Life

Lawrence Okolie

'If I can go from obesity to the Olympics in four years, and then become a professional boxer, then anything is possible in your life.' Lawrence OkolieDREAM BIG. FOCUS. CHANGE YOUR LIFE.Lawrence shares 40 short life lessons and explains what you should do to focus your mind on your goals, however ambitious they are, so you can make your pipe dreams real too.'An inspiration' Anthony Joshua 'A r... read more

'If I can go from obesity to the Olympics in four years, and then become a professional boxer, then anything is possible in your life.' Lawrence OkolieDREAM BIG. FOCUS. CHANGE YOUR LIFE.Lawrence shares 40 short life lessons and explains what you should do to focus your mind on your goals, however ambitious they are, so you can make your pipe dreams real too.'An inspiration' Anthony Joshua 'A r... read more

Everyone is Still Alive

Cathy Rentzenbrink

It is summer on Magnolia Road when Juliet moves into her late mother's house with her husband Liam and their young son, Charlie. Preoccupied by guilt, grief and the juggle of working motherhood, she can't imagine finding time to get to know the neighbouring families, let alone fitting in with them. But for Liam, a writer, the morning coffees and after-school gatherings soon reveal the secret s... read more

It is summer on Magnolia Road when Juliet moves into her late mother's house with her husband Liam and their young son, Charlie. Preoccupied by guilt, grief and the juggle of working motherhood, she can't imagine finding time to get to know the neighbouring families, let alone fitting in with them. But for Liam, a writer, the morning coffees and after-school gatherings soon reveal the secret s... read more

John Haynes: The Man Behind the Manuals

Ned Temko, Adam Bromley, W. F. Howes Ltd

BLUEMANTLE

Langston, Karen

A House Full of Secrets

Zoe Miller

All she sees is the perfect man - but what is he hiding?An invitation to visit Niall's childhood home is too good an opportunity for Vikki to pass up. This is the chance she's been waiting for to get closer to her friend, and to meet the family he's always been so cryptic about.But when Vikki arrives at the beautiful but remote Lynes Glen on Ireland's west coast, and finally meets Niall's estr... read more

All she sees is the perfect man - but what is he hiding?An invitation to visit Niall's childhood home is too good an opportunity for Vikki to pass up. This is the chance she's been waiting for to get closer to her friend, and to meet the family he's always been so cryptic about.But when Vikki arrives at the beautiful but remote Lynes Glen on Ireland's west coast, and finally meets Niall's estr... read more

Our Little Secret

Carroll, Claudia

Landfill Mountains

Ferguson, Rab

The Magick of Master Lilly

Tobsha Learner

In 1641, the country of England stands divided. London has become a wasps' nest of spies, and under the eyes of the Roundheads those who practice magic are routinely sent to hang. Living in exile in the Surrey countryside is the Master Astrologer and learned magician William Lilly. Since rumours of occult practice lost him the favour of Parliament, he has not returned to the city. But his tale... read more

In 1641, the country of England stands divided. London has become a wasps' nest of spies, and under the eyes of the Roundheads those who practice magic are routinely sent to hang. Living in exile in the Surrey countryside is the Master Astrologer and learned magician William Lilly. Since rumours of occult practice lost him the favour of Parliament, he has not returned to the city. But his tale... read more

You Found Me

Virginia Macgregor

The BRAND NEW novel'Stayed with me long after I'd finished reading.'Mike Gayle, BESTSELLING author of The Man I Think I Know'Loved this - a compassionate and very timely book about how we treat each other.'Eva Woods, BESTSELLING author of How to be Happy'Touching and poignant, I really enjoyed this and found it hard to put down.' Cathy Hopkins, BESTSELLING author of The Kicking the Bucket List... read more

The BRAND NEW novel'Stayed with me long after I'd finished reading.'Mike Gayle, BESTSELLING author of The Man I Think I Know'Loved this - a compassionate and very timely book about how we treat each other.'Eva Woods, BESTSELLING author of How to be Happy'Touching and poignant, I really enjoyed this and found it hard to put down.' Cathy Hopkins, BESTSELLING author of The Kicking the Bucket List... read more

Disappeared

Jarratt, Laura

Springtime at Cannon Hall Farm

The Nicholson Family

Hear Me Out

Harding, Sarah

The Innocent One: A Novel

Ballantyne, Lisa

The Houseshare

O'Brien, Fiona

With This Kiss

Fletcher, Carrie Hope

Love the Dark Days

Mathur, Ira

The Time of My Life

Rosie Mullender

'A brilliantly funny new voice' Jenny ColganImagine the worst day of your life. Now imagine living it on repeat...This Friday the 13th has been particularly unlucky.Jess has been fired from her comfortable job. She's gone from dating two guys to none. She's been kicked out of her mediocre flat. And worst of all, she's really really let down her best friend.As she drifts off to sleep, she is fi... read more

'A brilliantly funny new voice' Jenny ColganImagine the worst day of your life. Now imagine living it on repeat...This Friday the 13th has been particularly unlucky.Jess has been fired from her comfortable job. She's gone from dating two guys to none. She's been kicked out of her mediocre flat. And worst of all, she's really really let down her best friend.As she drifts off to sleep, she is fi... read more

The Second Stranger

Martin Griffin

ONE DETECTIVE. ONE MURDERER. BUT WHICH IS WHICH?Remie Yorke has one shift left at the Mackinnon Hotel in the remote Scottish Highlands before she leaves for good. Then Storm Ezra hits. As temperatures plummet and phone lines go down, an injured man stumbles inside. PC Don Gaines was in a terrible accident on the mountain road. The only other survivor: the prisoner his team was transporting. Wh... read more

ONE DETECTIVE. ONE MURDERER. BUT WHICH IS WHICH?Remie Yorke has one shift left at the Mackinnon Hotel in the remote Scottish Highlands before she leaves for good. Then Storm Ezra hits. As temperatures plummet and phone lines go down, an injured man stumbles inside. PC Don Gaines was in a terrible accident on the mountain road. The only other survivor: the prisoner his team was transporting. Wh... read more

The Echoes of Love

Jenny Ashcroft

‘A big, beautiful, epic tale of war, heartache, betrayal, courage and most of all, love. I can’t remember the last time I was so transported by a book . . . I can’t recommend The Echoes of Love more highly. This story is a classic of our time’ Louise Douglas, The Room in the Attic ‘With the historical authenticity of Sebastian Faulks, the perfectly observed family relationships of Santa Montef... read more

‘A big, beautiful, epic tale of war, heartache, betrayal, courage and most of all, love. I can’t remember the last time I was so transported by a book . . . I can’t recommend The Echoes of Love more highly. This story is a classic of our time’ Louise Douglas, The Room in the Attic ‘With the historical authenticity of Sebastian Faulks, the perfectly observed family relationships of Santa Montef... read more

Never Forget You

Fiona Lucas

Some love stories end before they even begin... ‘An epic story of love and emotion. Wow!’ Jane Linfoot ‘This book made my heart ache. I loved it’ Liz Fenwick *** When Lili meets Ben by chance one hot summer’s day, it feels like fate. But life is about to take them in different directions, and so they agree to meet next July, in the beautiful hidden garden where they first laid eyes on each oth... read more

Some love stories end before they even begin... ‘An epic story of love and emotion. Wow!’ Jane Linfoot ‘This book made my heart ache. I loved it’ Liz Fenwick *** When Lili meets Ben by chance one hot summer’s day, it feels like fate. But life is about to take them in different directions, and so they agree to meet next July, in the beautiful hidden garden where they first laid eyes on each oth... read more

The Darlings of the Asylum

Noel O’Reilly

To marry is madness.To escape is impossible. ‘The Darlings of the Asylum by Noel O’Reilly grips like a vice’ Nicola Cornick I must pull myself together. I had to find Dr Rastrick and demand my immediate release. My stomach knotted at the prospect, but I knew I was perfectly sane and that he must see reason. In 1886, a respectable young woman must acquire a husband. But Violet Pring does not wa... read more

To marry is madness.To escape is impossible. ‘The Darlings of the Asylum by Noel O’Reilly grips like a vice’ Nicola Cornick I must pull myself together. I had to find Dr Rastrick and demand my immediate release. My stomach knotted at the prospect, but I knew I was perfectly sane and that he must see reason. In 1886, a respectable young woman must acquire a husband. But Violet Pring does not wa... read more

From Now On

Amelia Henley

‘From Now On is a gorgeous, emotional story about love and second chances . . . Amelia's writing has real heart, so you get completely swept along in the story of this unconventional family . . . Heart-breaking and uplifting all at the same time’ Clare Swatman, bestselling author of Before We Grow Old ‘From Now On is a heartbreaking read with a sublime ending!’ Lisa Timoney, Her Daughter’s Sec... read more

‘From Now On is a gorgeous, emotional story about love and second chances . . . Amelia's writing has real heart, so you get completely swept along in the story of this unconventional family . . . Heart-breaking and uplifting all at the same time’ Clare Swatman, bestselling author of Before We Grow Old ‘From Now On is a heartbreaking read with a sublime ending!’ Lisa Timoney, Her Daughter’s Sec... read more

The Marriage Act

John Marrs

From the bestselling author of The One, now an eight-part Netflix series. Set in the same world as The One, The Marriage Act is a dark, high-concept thriller.‘One of the most exciting original thriller writers’ Simon KernickWhat if marriage was the law? Dare you disobey?Britain. The near-future. A right-wing government believes it has the answer to society’s ills – the Sanctity of Marriage Act... read more

From the bestselling author of The One, now an eight-part Netflix series. Set in the same world as The One, The Marriage Act is a dark, high-concept thriller.‘One of the most exciting original thriller writers’ Simon KernickWhat if marriage was the law? Dare you disobey?Britain. The near-future. A right-wing government believes it has the answer to society’s ills – the Sanctity of Marriage Act... read more

All Wrapped Up

Bunbury, Ally

Out of the Woods: A tale of positivity, kindness and courage

Betsy Griffin

A little optimism goes a long way. ‘Wise, wonderful Betsy ... I am blown away by her courage and wisdom.’Fearne Cotton ‘Betsy is the most gloriously wonderful, positive, cute, inspiring girl ... Her disability has become her unique ability.’Davina McCall As she finds her way home out of the woods, Betsy Griffin takes us on a journey through the darkest of forests to find the light. With wise a... read more

A little optimism goes a long way. ‘Wise, wonderful Betsy ... I am blown away by her courage and wisdom.’Fearne Cotton ‘Betsy is the most gloriously wonderful, positive, cute, inspiring girl ... Her disability has become her unique ability.’Davina McCall As she finds her way home out of the woods, Betsy Griffin takes us on a journey through the darkest of forests to find the light. With wise a... read more

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Hollie Pita-Carr
I found working with Donna very valuable. She was quick and punctual, clearly communicating what she could do within a set timeframe, which made the process really easy and efficient. Her professionalism, honest feedback and direct response were very much appreciated. Thank you, Donna.

Hollie Pita-Carr, November 2022


Jayne Sumner
I would like to thank Donna for her comments and suggestions on my rather challenging ms! Donna is very professional, and I would highly recommend her services to anyone looking for honesty, and commitment to a task.

Jayne Sumner, May 2022

Donna Hillyer
You're most welcome, Jayne - I enjoyed working on your manuscript, and you had a fantastic attitude to the feedback, seeing it not as criticism but instead as advice that will help you to shape and...
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Rosario Martone
Working with Donna has been very helpful and fundamental for my book. She gave honest opinion on things you ask and she will help you in shaping your work at high level. I will definitely collaborate in the future with Donna on my future works. Thank you!

Rosario Martone, March 2022

Donna Hillyer
Thanks, Rosario. I loved working on your project; such an enjoyable and interesting read. Yes, please do get in touch again in the future if I can help with anything else!

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Lynval Thompson
Donna was great. She completed the editing of my book earlier than expected. She communicated with me throughout to let me know exactly what she was doing and when things would be ready. The feedback is clear and totally makes sense and has improved my work. She’s given me real confidence in this service. I will definitely work with Donna again and recommend her without hesitation. Thanks so ...
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Lynval Thompson, February 2022

Donna Hillyer
Thanks for such a lovely review, Lynval. I really enjoyed your story, and wish you all the best with the next draft. And yes, do get in touch again down the line if I can help in any way!

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John Evans
Donna's work has been thought-provoking and creation-provoking, at the same time as dealing efficiently with brass-tacks issues such as chapter and part structure in a fairly long novel. What more can a writer ask?

John Evans, October 2021

Donna Hillyer
It was a pleasure to work on your book, John; a thoroughly enjoyable read. Wishing you all the very best with it.

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