HarperCollins acquires three from Joanna Hickson

HarperCollins has acquired three novels from debut historical fiction author Joanna Hickson. HarperFiction commissioning editor Kate Bradley bought world rights through Jenny Brown at Jenny Brown Associates, with the first book, The Agincourt Bride, telling the story of Catherine De Valois, who was wife and then widow to Henry V.

Bradley said: "The trio of books we have acquired will look at the early Tudor dynasty—a period rich with intrigue and drama. Joanna wears her considerable learning lightly and displays a sureness of touch that belies her debut status. I'm confident that Joanna will take her place in the firmament alongside such household names as Phillipa Gregory and Conn Iggulden."

The Agincourt Bride will be published as a paperback original in February 2013, with the second title following in November 2013.