Thriller writer Araminta Hall is moving from PRH to Orion Fiction in a two-book deal.
Publishing director Francesca Pathak acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Imperfect Women alongside one other novel from Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates, with Daphne Durham at FSG publishing in the US. It will be published in hardback in spring 2020.
Its synopsis explains: “Imperfect Women is an intensely dark and suspenseful novel exploring the lives of three women - Eleanor, Nancy and Mary - who met at college and have been friends ever since, through marriages, children and love affairs. So when Nancy is murdered, Eleanor and Mary are determined to uncover her killer. But as each of their stories unfold, they realise that there are many different truths to find, and many different ways to bring justice for those we love.”
Hall teaches creative writing at New Writing South in Brighton and has published three novels. Her most recent, Our Kind of Cruelty, was published in 2018 by Century. She has sold 52,741 print books in the UK via Nielsen BookScan's TCM data.
She said: “I am so thrilled to be joining Orion, who I've long admired for their innovative publishing. Francesca's enthusiasm and insight about my new book has been wonderful and I am extremely pleased and excited.”
Pathak added: “I’ve always loved Araminta’s writing but she has really upped her game with Imperfect Women. It’s incredibly dark whilst shedding a light about what it means to be a woman today – I fell in love with the manuscript and know it will have readers discussing the issues raised long after the final page. We are all delighted to welcome Araminta to Orion Fiction.”