Bloomsbury signs HCCB's Nick Lake

Bloomsbury signs HCCB's Nick Lake

Bloomsbury has signed new two novels from HarperCollins Children's Books editorial director Nick Lake.

This year, Lake's last novel In Darkness (Bloomsbury) was shortlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and won the Michael L Printz Award.

The deal for world English rights was signed by Rebecca McNally, publishing director for children's books in the UK, and Cindy Loh, publishing director for Bloomsbury Children's Books in the US, with Caradoc King and Louise Lamont at AP Watt.

Bloomsbury plans to publish the first as-yet-untitled novel in the UK, US and Australia in 2014. It follows Shelby Jane Cooper, whose life is turned upside down when she is hit by a car and discovers her entire life could be a lie.

The second book will be released in 2015.

McNally said: "Nick has written a brilliantly twisty story whose amazingly engaging narrator is irresistible, both truthful and unreliable because of what she doesn't know. It's a book that rewrites itself retrospectively with each revelation, that makes you fell sick with anticipation of what's coming next."