Allen & Unwin to publish Francesca Haig's first adult title

Allen & Unwin to publish Francesca Haig's first adult title

Allen & Unwin, an imprint of Atlantic Books, will publish The Cookbook of Common Prayer, YA author Francesca Haig's first novel for adults.

Senior editor Kate Ballard acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Juliet Mushens at Mushens Entertainment. Publication is scheduled for June 2021. 

The Cookbook of Common Prayer is the story of a Tasmanian family whose lives are turned upside down by the drowning of their eldest child in a caving accident in the UK. In a bid to protect their teenage daughter from the truth, Gave and Gill decide to hide what happened from her at all costs. 

The Cookbook of Common Prayer will explore the things parents will do for their children, and the things they will do to their children, and how it’s possible to find a way forward against all odds.

Ballard said: "The way in which Francesca injects hope into a novel revolving around grief thanks to a combination of brilliantly believable characters and their multiple perspectives is impressive and makes for a gripping, heart-in-your mouth read that you want to talk about as soon as you finish the last sentence."

Haig commented: "From the moment Allen & Unwin read this novel it’s been clear that they ‘get’ it—by which I mean that the aspects that matter to them are the same aspects that matter to me. It’s been a joy to experience A&U’s insightful grasp of what I’m trying to achieve with The Cookbook of Common Prayer, and their enthusiasm for bringing it to readers. I care so deeply about this novel and its characters, and it’s wonderful to know that they’ve found the best possible home."

Haig grew up in Tasmania but now lives in London. She has previously published many YA titles, including the Forever Ship series with Harper Voyager: The Fire Sermon (2015), The Map of Bones (2017) and The Forever Ship (2018).