Constable & Robinson imprint Canvas has acquired a "laugh-out-loud and heart-breaking" debut with plans to publish in hardback in 2013.
Commissioning editor Victoria Hughes-Williams bought UK and Commonwealth rights in the title by Angela Jackson through Anna Webber at United Agents, with the book provisionally titled The Emergence of Judy Taylor. It will be published in April 2013.
Hughes-Williams said: "I was completely won over by Angela's cast of characters, who are so deftly drawn that you feel as though you've known them for years. They really are as flawed, endearing and unpredictable as life itself.
"The Emergence of Judy Taylor is laugh-out-loud and heart-breaking in turn. Relationships are cleverly examined, thanks to Angela's unique insight into the psychology of the human condition."
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