Harvill Secker snaps up two female writers

<p>Rebecca Carter, acquiring editor at Harvill Secker, has bought the rights to two new titles by female authors. <br /><br />Carter bought UK and Commonwealth rights for Clare Clark&rsquo;s <em>Savage Land</em> via Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander Associates. The book will be published in March 2010. Clark has previously written <em>The Nature of Monsters</em> and <em>The Great Stink, </em>both published by Penguin.<br /> </p><p>Carter also acquired UK, Commonwealth and Canadian rights for a debut novel by Alice Albinia from Sarah Chalfant at the Wylie Agency. The book is a work-in-progress, which is as-yet-untitled. It has been scheduled for publication in 2011.<br /><br />Carter she was &quot;looking to build a small list of writers I think are going to be major&quot;. </p><p>She added: &quot;In Clark&rsquo;s mesmerising novel about French colonists struggling for a foothold in Louisiana before the building of New Orleans, and Albinia&rsquo;s witty, exuberant social comedy set across the Muslim-Hindu divide in Delhi, I found a power to tell stories, and to get to the heart of what breaks and builds communities that I found truly exciting.&quot;<br /></p>