Arrow has signed up two new novels by saga fiction author Nancy Revell.
Emily Griffin, deputy publisher of Arrow, acquired world English language rights to two new titles in the Shipyard Girls series from Diana Beaumont at Marjacq Scripts. The first book in the new contract will be published in paperback and e-book in March 2019.
Set against the backdrop of Sunderland docks in the Second World War, the series follows the first group of female shipyard workers as they are thrown together amid the turbulence of the war.
According to Arrow, the first three titles have sold almost 100,000 copies across paperback and e-book formats to date. The fourth book in the series, Shipyard Girls in Love, is due to publish in March 2018.
Griffin said Arrow had "ambitious plans" for the author's continued growth. "It’s amazing how quickly Amanda’s star has risen since the publication of The Shipyard Girls last autumn. Her books deliver all the key ingredients of a bestselling saga and the reader response has been remarkable," she said, adding: "We have ambitious plans for future growth and we can’t wait to see where Amanda decides to take her characters next."
Nancy Revell is the pseudonym for writer and journalist Amanda Revell Walton, who, from Sunderland, comes from a long line of shipbuilders. She commented: "I’m delighted to be staying with Arrow – the market leader in sagas – and I’m over the moon the Shipyard Girls series is proving to be so popular."