HarperCollins has signed two major deals heading into Frankfurt, with a six-figure auction win for Susie Steiner, and a six-book deal with bestselling author Josephine Cox (pictured).
Publisher Katie Espiner at the Borough Press imprint, which launched at Frankfurt last year, signed UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in Steiner’s Missing, Presumed in an auction from Sarah Ballard at United Agents. Random House has pre-empted in the US. It will be published in summer 2015.
The book sees a surgeon’s daughter go missing and the ensuing hunt to find her.
Steiner was commissioning editor at the Guardian for 11 years, and her first novel, Homecoming, was published by Faber in 2013.
Espiner said: “It combines the very best of literary writing with the pace and tension of the finest crime novels and introduces a standout character in DS Manon Bradshaw.”
HarperCollins has signed six further novels from Cox in a deal which will run until 2020. The new deal will also accelerate Cox’s publishing schedule with a new venture into digital-first publishing. HarperFiction publisher Kimberley Young signed world rights in a “substantial” deal with Luigi Bonomi at LBA Associates.
Cox’s 50th book, The Runaway Woman, was released this year. Young said: “It’s an amazing achievement to write 50 books and to write 50 bestsellers is a triumph. I love working with Josephine because behind the bestseller is a very hard worker who’s utterly committed to her fans.”