Crossan and Conaghan collaborate on YA novel

Crossan and Conaghan collaborate on YA novel

Bloomsbury Children’s authors Brian Conaghan and Sarah Crossan are teaming up to co-write a new YA novel, entitled We Come Apart.

We Come Apart tells the story of Nicu and Jess whose paths cross when they meet on probation. Nicu has emigrated from Romania and is struggling to adapt to life in Britain, whilst Jess’ home life is overshadowed by violence. However, friendship and romance grows between them.

The two authors met at a dinner organised by Bloomsbury to celebrate the fact they were both shortlisted for the 2015 CILIP Carnegie medal, for When Mr Dog Bites (Conaghan) and Apple and Rain (Crossan).

Crossan said: “We Come Apart is my first collaborative project. I've never been interested in working with another writer before, but when Brian suggested we co-write a book, I jumped at the chance as I'm such a fan of his writing.”

Conaghan added: “To be working and collaborating with an immense talent like Sarah Crossan is something that excites me enormously. In Sarah's own work she makes every single word matter and every quiet moment significant.”

Rebecca McNally, publishing director and Brian’s editor, acquired world rights for the title from Ben Illis of the Ben Illis Agency and Julia Churchill of AM Heath. We Come Apart will publish globally in hardback in early 2017.