Waterstones social media co-ordinator Barnaby Walter has scooped a two-book deal with Avon after commissioning editor Phoebe Morgan acquired world English-language rights from Joanna Swainson at Hardman & Swainson.
The first book in the deal is a thriller called The Deviant, slated for publication in 2019. The novel is about a woman who discovers “a dark and complex underworld” at an elite university.
Morgan said: “I am so excited to bring Barnaby to the Avon list. He is an incredibly talented young writer and his début sent chills up my spine. This is a brilliant, dark look into a secret elitist world, and I can’t wait to share it with readers.”
The 25-year-old author, who is an alumni of the Faber Academy writing course, added: “I am overjoyed to be signing with Avon and joining such a terrific, passionate team. I have avidly read and enjoyed many of its titles over the years and it is a dream come true for my book to find a home within its brilliant family.”