Bonnier Zaffre is to publish two new novels by Stephanie Butland.
Eleanor Dryden bought UK & Commonwealth rights to What Loveday Knew and an as-yet-untitled book from Oli Munson as A M Heath.
Set in York, the first novel, What Loveday Knew, tells the story of bookseller Loveday Cardew who "likes words and the literary treasures she handles more than she likes most people". The beautiful, quirky bookshop is her retreat, and she clings to it because she is trying to forget the darkest of family secrets. When mysterious books start arriving at the shop, with marked personal connections to her childhood, Loveday has to decide which path to follow: will she run away from those who love her, or confront her past and choose her own story?
Dryden said: "I’m already excited about what will be an event publication for Bonnier Zaffre in 2017. We have big plans. Stephanie writes beautiful stories, with characters one cares for immediately along with an irresistible passion for the redemptive nature of books, reading and spoken word. She touches on incredibly emotive issues – things women want to talk about and share – with a light tough that belies the hugely powerful way in which this novel wraps itself round your heart."
Butland added: "Eli and the team are bursting with ideas and enthusiasm and I'm delighted to be working with them."
Bonnier Zaffre will publish What Loveday Knew in February 2017, with the second novel to follow in 2018.
Butland has previously published with Transworld.