Andersen buys 'darkly psychological YA novel' from Gray

Andersen buys 'darkly psychological YA novel' from Gray

Andersen Press has acquired Julia Gray’s second YA novel billed as a “lovechild of Tom Ripley and Taylor Swift”.

World rights were acquired from Louise Lamont at LBA Books by fiction editor Chloe Sackur. Gray’s 2016 debut, The Otherlife, was also published by Andersen in 2016 and was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award. 

Little Liar is a “darkly psychological YA novel” told as a confession from character Nora and will be published on 7th June 2018. When the new school art assistant crosses a line, Nora decides to take her revenge by destroying his reputation. But when it backfires, she seeks support from Bel, a beautiful, privileged girl who longs to make it as an actress. The pair’s friendship takes a “treacherous turn” and Nora is forced to decide where her loyalties lie.

Lamont described the novel as “the lovechild of Tom Ripley and Taylor Swift” and said it “confirms the dark brilliance of Julia Gray”. She added: “Andersen will be the ideal home for her beguiling cast of liars in this elegantly twisted tale of friendship and longing."

Gray is a writer, teacher and singer-songwriter. She studied Classics at UCL and has a diploma in Children’s Literature and an MA in Creative Writing from Birkbeck, for which she received the Sophie Warne Fellowship. She has released three albums with the trip-hop/jazz collective Second Person, and more recently two solo albums, “I Am Not The Night” and “Robber Bride”.