Arrow has acquired a new series by writer and journalist Amanda Revell Walton [pictured], writing under the pseudonym Nancy Revell.
Publishing director Jenny Geras bought world rights to The Shipyard Girls and two other books from Diana Beaumont of The Agency Group.
Walton was brought up in Sunderland, and comes from a long line of shipbuilders.
The books will follow the fortunes of the first female workers in the Sunderland shipyards during the Second World War.
Geras said: “Arrow is the market leader in saga, and there are always certain ingredients we look for when taking on a new writer in this area. Nancy Revell has it all – she has just the right background and family history to be writing these books, and the topic is perfect for the market.”
Walton said: “I'm incredibly excited about The Shipyard Girls. These amazing women who helped build ships during the Second World War, and the city of Sunderland itself, are very close to my heart.”
The Shipyard Girls will be published as an Arrow paperback and e-book in September 2016, followed by two more books in 2017.