Ebury is publishing two more books from Rowan Coleman, author of 2015 Richard and Judy selection The Memory Book (Ebury Press).
Ebury fiction publishing director Gillian Green bought British Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada), from Lizzy Kremer at David Higham.
First in the deal, The Summer of Impossible Things, is a "high-concept" epic love story, described by the publisher as "The Time Traveller's Wife for a new generation". It will be published in May 2017.
The plot follows a daughter who finds herself able to travel back in time and is given the chance to stop "something terrible" happening to her recently deceased mother some 30 years ago. The question is, if she saves her mother’s life, will she be sacrificing her own?
Green said: "We’re all thrilled to have commissioned Rowan for more fiction and she has truly excelled herself with Impossible Things. It’s a big, bold, beautiful and utterly magical novel. At its heart is a lush, gorgeous story about love, courage and sacrifice which spans thirty years but it also allows readers to imagine what would happen if you were the offered the opportunity to travel back in time and change the life of someone you love. It's a measure of the power of Rowan's writing that never once did I question, as a reader or her editor, her ability to make me believe in time travel, the 'impossible things' of the title."
Coleman said: "I couldn't be more thrilled to be publishing more books with Ebury, and working once again with Gillian Green and the whole team."
The Summer of Impossible Things will be published in hardback in May 2017.