HarperCollins bags Tilly trio

<p>HarperCollins has paid a high six-figure sum for the next three books by <em>Adored</em> author Tilly Bagshawe. HarperFiction publishing director Wayne Brookes bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the books from Tif Leohnis at Janklow &amp; Nesbit. Bagshawe&#39;s first new book, as yet untitled, will be published in hardback in summer 2010.</p><p>Brookes said: &quot;Tilly is an amazing woman with a rare and exciting talent. She lives a lifestyle that many of us can only dream of and channels that genuine insider knowledge into her novels. Couple this expertise with racy plots, edge-of-the-seat twists and copious amounts of sun-drenched glamour, and you have a genuine summer blockbuster. Tilly is the real deal and HarperCollins will ensure she&#39;s crowned queen of her genre.&quot;</p><p>Bagshawe worked in the City before enjoying a successful career as a journalist, contributing to the Sunday Times and Evening Standard. Her d&eacute;but, <em>Adored</em>, was a bestseller on both sides of the Atlantic. According to figures from Nielsen BookScan, Bagshawe, who was previously published by Orion, has lifetime sales of 113,538 worth more than &pound;570,000.</p><p>Amanda Ridout, HarperCollins m.d., said: &quot;We are delighted to welcome Tilly to the HarperCollins list&mdash;the home of bestselling women&#39;s commercial fiction. We have helped to ensure that the genre of the summer blockbuster is back and with Tilly we will be able to ensure it reaches new bestselling levels.&quot;</p><p>Meanwhile, Julia Wisdom, publishing director at HarperCollins, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to three psychological thrillers by bestselling US author <em>Jilliane Hoffman.</em> The deal was struck through Luke Janklow at Janklow &amp; Nesbit.</p>