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Vanessa Fox O'Loughlin

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Manilla is a unique partnership in modern publishing. Born from the idea that the best books cross all borders, Manilla is an initiative of Bonnier Books, the publishing arm of Sweden’s biggest media corporation. Two Bonnier companies, Ullstein Verlag in Germany and Bonnier Zaffre, part of Bonnier Publishing in the UK, have set up a joint venture to take the very best of European commercial fiction and offer it to the widest possible global audience.

In an age in which quality European TV drama attracts significant audiences in the English language market, Manilla will offer international readers of crime, thrillers, women’s and historical fiction an opportunity to discover authors such as Marc Raabe, Emily Bold and Hanna Winter, who are already bestsellers in their own countries.

Manilla will publish twelve titles altogether in 2016, launching with six ebooks in the first half of the year (details below). Manilla plans to extend the publishing programme to print within the first year and to expand the portfolio further in 2017.

 Bonnier Publishing is the fastest growing major publisher in the UK, with group sales of £100m. It has divisions in Australia, France and the USA with 460 employees worldwide. In the UK it comprises imprints Hot Key Books, Zaffre, Twenty7, The Totally Entwined Group, IglooBooks, Templar Publishing, Blink Publishing, Autumn Publishing, Piccadilly Press and Weldon Owen Publishing. Its overseas imprints are The Five Mile Press & Echo Publishing in Australia, Paris based publishers Piccolia and Elcy, and little bee books in New York. It is ultimately owned by Bonnier Books, which is a top 15 world publisher with revenue of £550m.

The first six titles from Manilla are:

One Summer Night One Summer Night by Emily Bold (February)

Internationally bestselling author Emily Bold, who writes prolifically in both German and English, lives with her husband and their two daughters in Bavaria.

Living with her husband James and their two children in a beautiful house in Vermont, Lauren’s life is complete, so when the worst happens and she’s diagnosed with a brain tumour, she’s determined to fight it every step of the way. But as her condition worsens, Lauren feels increasingly powerless: even her most precious moments are overshadowed by pain. What if she could decide for herself when to die? As Lauren comes to realise, just as life is what you make of it – so is the way you leave it.

THE CLEANERThe Cleaner by Elisabeth Herrmann (March)

Elisabeth Herrmann is an exciting new voice in crime fiction. Her novels have captivated German readers since the publication of The Sitter in 2005 and have reached a broader audience with the subsequent adaptation into TV movies of The Sitter and The Cleaner. Elisabeth lives in Berlin with her daughter.

The Cleaner is a gripping crime thriller – an unforgettable heroine hides an unforgivable past. Signs of an agonisingly slow death, pools of blood, hands desperately searching for a hold – Judith Kepler has seen it all; she is a crime scene specialist, returning sites of unimaginable human violence to habitable spaces. She is a cleaner.

Yet her impassivity is challenged when at the scene of a brutal murder she is suddenly confronted with her own past: the victim knew Judith’s secret – that as a child she was sent to an orphanage under mysterious circumstances, parentage unknown, the East German secret police ever-present.

When Judith begins to ask questions, she becomes the target of some powerful enemies. Nothing will ever be the same again.

CutCut by Marc Raabe (March)

Marc Raabe owns and runs a television production company and lives with his family in Cologne. Cut is his first thriller and was a German bestseller.

A boy is witness to a horrible crime. Decades later, his girlfriend is kidnapped by a serial killer. To save her, he must return to the events of the past. But how can he remember when forgetting was the only way to survive?

Gabriel’s job as a security guard takes him to a derelict mansion in Berlin late one evening. The obscure scene there reminds him of the most terrible night of his life – the night his parents died. Soon after,

he receives a desperate call. His pregnant girlfriend Liz is being attacked and cries for help. Gabriel alerts the police but they arrive too late; Liz has disappeared without a trace. The hunt for her turns into a frantic chase against time. The terrifying man from the past has returned and will not stop until Gabriel is completely destroyed.

The Wages of Sin by Inge Löhnig (April)

Inge Löhnig won critical and popular acclaim in Germany with her bestselling Detective Konstantin Dühnfort crime series, which sold over 300,000 copies. Inge lives with her family near Munich.

The first title in the Dühnfort crime series.

South of Munich: After a search lasting days, five-year-old Jakob is found on top of a pile of wood – naked, tied up, but alive and deeply disturbed. Soon after, his kindergarten teacher is discovered; the victim of a brutal, ritualistic murder. A scene of biblical sacrifice, a murder reminiscent of the Inquisition – the village is paralysed with fear. There is a sadistic killer in their midst, and it is up to Inspector Konstantin Dühnfort to find him

The Apothecary’s Secret by Johanna Geiges (May)

Johanna Geiges is an established author of screenplays for major television productions and devotes herself full-time to writing. She lives with her family in Bavaria.

A wonderful gift. A terrible curse.
Germany during the Dark Ages: Anna is blessed with a remarkable ability to heal the sick and afflicted. Jewish Medicus Aaron recognises her natural abilities and takes her on as an apprentice. Anna rapidly gains a reputation far and wide as a miracle worker. But her methods of treating the sick and injured are far ahead of their time and soon she finds herself in mortal danger. The archbishop of Cologne brands her a witch but Anna refuses to renounce her calling, setting the stage for a fearsome struggle against a mighty enemy.

SACRIFICE by Inge Löhnig (June)

Hanna Winter lives in New York and works as a freelance writer. Her first thriller, The Children’s Trail, was published in 2010 and became an instant bestseller. Sacrifice is her first novel to be published by Manilla.

He must kill her. Hunt her down. Destroy her . . .

In her very first case, criminal psychologist Lena Peters is confronted by a killer with a murderous vendetta. And though she is unaware, Lena will play a prominent role in his deadly mission. Lena knows what makes killers tick and all about obsession, for she has been close to the edge herself. But soon she will become the hunted.


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