HarperNorth lands debut adult novel from Beashell

HarperNorth lands debut adult novel from Beashell

HarperNorth has landed the début adult novel from YA author Amy Beashel.

Publishing director Genevieve Pegg acquired UK & Commonwealth rights for Spilt Milk from Hannah Sheppard at the DHH Literary Agency. It will publish in spring 2023. Beashel is the author of the 2020 YA novel The Sky is Mine (Rock the Boat), which was longlisted for the Branford Boase Award and the Carnegie Medal.

The publisher describes Spilt Milk as "a powerful, controversial and ultimately empowering novel about modern relationships and the choices we make". It tells the story of a mother and her struggles around the complexities of motherhood.

Pegg said: “I was completely hooked from the first page of Amy’s story—while it’s bold and taboo-busting in its honesty, it also is alive with characters I recognise that give it a warmth and relatability that make it absolutely unforgettable. Full of twists and surprises, I can’t wait to talk about it with readers everywhere.”

Beashel said: “I am thrilled to be published by HarperNorth; they really grasped the spirit of Spilt Milk and connected with Bea’s complex relationship with motherhood, marriage, and grief. I’m so excited to work with Genevieve and the team and hugely grateful to my agent Hannah, who has been vehemently on Bea’s side from the off.”