Harlequin UK’s Mills & Boon imprint has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to two women’s fiction novels by debut author and Telegraph journalist Radhika Sanghani.
The first title, Virgin, is a “warm, funny, contemporary” novel, which tackles the sex and relationship concerns that young women face “with a refreshing relatable candour.”
Editor Anna Baggaley acquired the rights from Madeleine Milburn of the Madeleine Milburn Literary, TV and Film Agency. Baggaley said: “Radhika is an incredible new women’s fiction talent. Virgin is an absolute standout debut, which I fell completely in love with from the moment I first read it.”
Harlequin will publish Virgin as a paperback original on 1st August 2014, with Sanghani’s second novel following summer 2015.
Milburn said: “Virgin is an X-rated Bridget Jones for the younger end of Generation Y. Funny and daring, the novel offers a powerful observation on the societal pressures that young women face concerning sex and status today.”
Sanghani is a 23-year-old full-time journalist for the Daily Telegraph where she specialises in writing about women and women’s issues.
Rights have also been sold in America, Croatian, Czech Republic, France, Hungary, Italy, Japan, Norway, Poland, Portugal and Serbia.