Foreign rights Hamley Books

This page contains information about our foreign rights catalogue, who to contact and an introduction of who we are.

In the link below you can find our latest catalog for Youth and Young Adult and our catalog regarding Thriller and Feelgood. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Melissa. 

She can provide you with English translated samples of a few chapters and provide information.

Contact us

Melissa Vandeputte

Foreign Rights 

Melissa@hamleybooks.be

Tel: +32 473 24 05 88

Find us at a book fair

We would love to meet you at one of the following international book fairs. Please feel free to contact Melissa to arrange a meeting. 

Frankfurter Buchmesse 19-23 October 2022

London Book fair 

The Cannes Film Festival

Precisely because our books have an international feeling, we decided to translate them into English. Please don’t hesitate to contact us for a sample, a PDF or pricing information!

Rights sold

My Truth

Thriller - Two friends. A bride who dies. Two versions of the story. One unreliable narrator. Who do you believe? Nathan or Elias? The reader gets to decide which version he chooses to read first. Nathan, who claims that his best friend Elias murdered his own bride? Or Elias, who claims that Nathan is hallucinating and that he is innocent. In the end, the truth is - literally- hidden in the middle of the book.

A story that will make you paranoid!

Nienke Hutten

Hebban

Lost

Thriller - Jim Vermeersch leads the perfect life. Happily married to Iris, father of teenage son Vince, owner of a renowned London Patisserie. Life couldn't get any better than that. Until he wakes up in his childhood home and loses all the memories of the past two years. Everything he has ever known is gone, including his wife, son and business. As he unravels the secrets of the past two years, Jim begins to wonder more and more if he is really the man he always thought he was. And then there is that one question: who is the woman who always pops up in his memories, a woman no one else seems to know?

One roller coaster after another passes by, and I would advise you not to enter this rollercoaster if you do not like a wild ride.

Jaimy Smeets

Hebban

The Hotel on the Rock

The Hotel series - Youth - Hella goes on vacation with her little brother and parents, but on the way, they are caught in a storm. Fortunately, there is a hotel nearby: The Rock Hotel. Apparently, there are other families stranded at the hotel. Everything seems normal until the hotel comes loose from the ground and shoots into the air. And then all the parents just disappear too. A scary hotel receptionist appears and says, "The game can begin." But what are the rules? The children soon find themselves in all sorts of dangerous situations, facing their fears.

The book is exciting and creepy, but at the same time the author has a clear message. The children learn to think about themselves and how they behave, they learn to deal with their fears and support each other.

Ish

Hebban

Hotel in the clouds

The Hotel series - Youth - Hella goes on vacation with her little brother and parents, but on the way, they are caught in a storm. Fortunately, there is a hotel nearby: The Rock Hotel. Apparently, there are other families stranded at the hotel. Everything seems normal until the hotel comes loose from the ground and shoots into the air. And then all the parents just disappear too. A scary hotel receptionist appears and says, "The game can begin." But what are the rules? The children soon find themselves in all sorts of dangerous situations, facing their fears.

Mel Hartman's smooth and powerful and sometimes cinematic writing style was also well reflected in this story. The story is very exciting and is also full of fantasy, humour and touching moments.

Kim Coenen

Hebban

The Dark School

Youth - Welcome to Crow Village, where magic rules and strange things happen. It all started with the sudden appearance of The Dark School, after a great storm, but the story continues after that in five suspenseful books that together form one storyline.

The Dark School is a delightful children's book with the necessary touch of magic. The story is smoothly written, has several unexpected plot twists that give the story the suspense it needs.

Joëlle

Hebban

The Abandoned House

Youth - Welcome to Crow Village, where magic rules and strange things happen. It all started with the sudden appearance of The Dark School, after a great storm, but the story continues after that in five suspenseful books that together form one storyline.

Once again, Sandra J. Paul wrote this book with the help of her children. I really like the idea of this and it really brings the children's fantasy to life.

Joëlle

Hebban

When the Dead Dream

Young Adult - Part one - A young woman working in a morgue is seemingly normal, but nobody knows that she comes from the dream world, a place that is now endangered due to rich men wanting to use is as a theme park.

Great, exciting Young Adult. A masterpiece by Mel Hartman!

Kim

Hebban

When the Dead Speak

Young Adult - Part two - A young woman working in a morgue is seemingly normal, but nobody knows that she comes from the dream world, a place that is now endangered due to rich men wanting to use is as a theme park.

I enjoyed the story it reads wonderfully and brings the necessary suspense, it is not boring at any point and the writer knows how to grab you.

Rebecca

Hebban

When the Dead Sleep

Young Adult - Part three - A young woman working in a morgue is seemingly normal, but nobody knows that she comes from the dream world, a place that is now endangered due to rich men wanting to use is as a theme park.

This is a series that cries out for international attention, and a translation is imminent. Let the international stars of Urban Fantasy make some room on their stage, here comes Hartman from Belgium!

Lookie.be

Hebban

Dust

Thriller - Simon James is just a regular guy living a normal life. Until August 4th, when the dust poisons the world. Three weeks and millions of deaths later, the end is near and there are no miracles left, except for one. A miracle that needs Simon James. On the final day, the former husband and father faces the ultimate dilemma. Should he attempt to survive in a dead world to prevent mankind's extinction? Or should his life end today, like everyone else's? Simon doesn't want to be the one left behind when all that he ever knew is already gone, but choice was never an option. His fate has already been decided for him.

Hamley and the Pumpkin Hunt

Youth - It is a special night. Halloween it is called, the only night when animals and pumpkins understand each other. Hamley sets out alone and comes across a lonely and sad pumpkin, who tells her he has lost his best friend. Hamley decides to help.

The perfect mix of Halloween and cuteness!

AnneHut

Hebban

The Fake Vampire

Youth - Vladimir isn't just a vampire. He is called the fake vampire, due to his inability to digest and live off blood. Feeling an outcast, he decides to leave his village, until he hears of a threat that endangers his friends and family.

I don't normally like books about vampires, but for Vladimir by Rotenbeck, I gladly make an exception. What a delightful, original and fun story!

Astrid1976

Hebban

Alone

Thriller - Julie Meskens is going through a hard time after the sudden death of her mother. She throws herself into her Veterinary Medicine studies and prefers one-night stands over serious commitment. When she becomes pregnant, a series of strange events are set in motion. Then, she disappears from her apartment. The police are puzzled. Who could be behind her disappearance? Was she kidnapped by the baby's father and killed, or did she run away?

What a fantastic debut. Book reads smoothly, features beautiful pictures and stays exciting until the end.

Els1973

Hebban

Roadtrip to Nowhere

Thriller - When Michelle Deckers is convinced she has lost everything, she gets into her old Volvo and leaves. Destination: unknown. On the Portuguese coast, she meets Isa, a Frenchwoman travelling around with her little daughter in a Volkswagen van. Their friendship is immediately put to the test: a man's horribly mutilated body washes up on the beach. What has happened to him? And why is Isa suddenly behaving so strangely? Then a second death occurs, no stranger this time. Before Michelle realises it, the most dangerous ride of her life begins.

While reading, you feel like you are on the Portuguese coast yourself and you can almost feel the sand between your toes.

JantsjePsm

Hebban

Fatal Choices

Thriller - When her roommate Lisa wants to re-establish contact with her criminal father after more than 20 years, police intern Emily has plenty of reasons to hold back. Yet she fails to contain her curiosity. After all, Lisa's father turns out to be a violent man with a debated past. After a dramatic event, Emily is plagued by guilt. While her colleagues figure out exactly what happened, Emily distracts herself by delving into an old file about a woman who apparently committed suicide. However, the deeper Emily digs, the more secrets she unravels that relate to her own life. She realises that her choices also have dire consequences. Can you go back after learning someone's true nature?
Fatale Keuzes Nina Verheij

Fooled by the romantic background, seduced by secrets, enjoyed this debut, eagerly awaiting more from this author.

Moon Kager

Hebban

Hamley in the snow

Youth - The little black kitten Hamley lives with her mother and her sisters in a big house with a beautiful garden. One winter morning, the world is buried with snow. Curious, Hamley moves into the garden. She runs through the snow to the meadows beyond. There she sees strange tracks in the snow of animals she does not yet know. Hamley curiously sets off to investigate, ending up in a magical winter world with unusual animals.

Magic splashes from the pages!

Ramonaleest

Hebban

Hamley's birthday

Meet Hamley, the adventurous black kitten who understands people. Together with her sisters and her mother, she lives in a cosy house, and is pampered by her owner Viola. Viola has a birthday, and a birthday involves cake. Only, say the other cats: animals never get cake, and their birthdays are never celebrated. So Hamley decides to change this. She goes in search of cake for her animal family, and ends up in a bakery.

We have taken little Hamley into our hearts!

Ramonaleest

Hebban

About us

A few years ago we, Sandra Vets and Cathy Carlier, had a dream. Sandra has been writing and publishing books herself for years. She is a creative at heart, just like Cathy, with whom she started a business years ago.

The dream of turning our passion for books into our profession came true in the summer of 2018, and thus Hamley Books was born. This name was not chosen at random. We named our publishing house after our quirky jet-black cat.  And we just love cats a lot.

In 2021, Melissa Vandeputte joined our team. She is responsible for the foreign rights and makes sure the books travel the world. Thus far many book rights have been sold to different countries.