Actress and writer Carol Drinkwater has signed a two-novel deal with Michael Joseph.
The Penguin Random House division acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, including Canada, to the novels from Jonathan Lloyd at Curtis Brown.
Drinkwater, who starred in the BBC drama “All Creatures Great and Small”, is the author of the Olive Farm series of memoirs, published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson and about her life on a farm in Provence. She has also published two recent successful Kindle Singles, The Girl in Room 14 and Hotel Paradise.
The first novel in Drinkwater’s deal with Michael Joseph is The Forgotten Summer, a “sweeping and epic story of secrets and forbidden passions”, to be published in hardback and e-book in spring 2016.
Publishing director Maxine Hitchcock said: “Reading The Forgotten Summer on a typical rainy London day was such a tonic, whisking me away to the beautiful Provencal countryside and into the lives of some unforgettable characters. Carol has already proved, through her non-fiction success, that she is skilled at transporting her readers to aspirational locations but now she has shown she is equally adept at creating drama and passion as well as living, breathing protagonists in whose fate you become immediately invested. The Forgotten Summer is a feast for the emotions as well as the senses and we are delighted to be launching Carol as a major new star in the fiction world.”
Drinkwater said: “Stepping aboard with Maxine Hitchcock and her Michael Joseph team is a thrilling new adventure for me. I genuinely could not be more delighted to be amongst such a superb list of authors and in such exceedingly capable publishing hands.”