HarperCollins scoops 'mesmerising' futuristic thriller

HarperCollins scoops 'mesmerising' futuristic thriller

HarperCollins has scooped an “utterly mesmerising” thriller set in an eerily recognisable future world from Australian writer Kate Mildenhall.

Editorial director Phoebe Morgan bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada and Australia, to The Mother Fault from Alice Lutyens at Curtis Brown. The book is scheduled for hardback publication in May 2021.

According to the synopsis: “The Mother Fault tells the story of Mim, a mother of two living in suburban Australia, whose worst fears come true when her husband mysteriously disappears from an Indonesian mine site, and is suspected of treason by the Department – a futuristic government who insist on all citizens wearing implants in their hands."

Mildenhall is the author of Skylarking (Legend Press), which was longlisted for the 2017 Indie Book Awards and the 2017 Voss Literary Award. She currently teaches creative writing to students and hosts “The First Time Podcast” with Katherine Collette.

She said: “I’m delighted that The Mother Fault has found a home with Phoebe Morgan at HarperCollins UK. When I began to write The Mother Fault I was driven by one question: what would I be prepared to do to protect the people I love? Today, that question feels even more crucial. I'm so looking forward to sharing Mim’s story with readers.”

Morgan said: “Utterly mesmerising, thrilling, and beautifully written, Kate Mildenhall blew me away with The Mother Fault. Mim’s quest to reach her husband whilst protecting her children will pull at your heartstrings – this is at once an epic adventure story, a fast-paced literary thriller, and a disturbing look at a dystopian future – so clever and compelling. I defy anyone not to adore it.”