HC signs three from Brooke

HC signs three from Brooke

HarperFiction has signed a further three novels from Amanda Brooke.

Publisher Kimberley Young and editor Martha Ashby bought world English rights in a deal with Luigi Bonomi at LBA Books.

The new deal with see Brooke published twice a year, with a new packaging direction, backed by a "grassroots PR campaign", including a nationwide tour.

The first book to be published under the new deal, The Missing Husband, is described as a "change in direction", looking at the secrets within marriages and the way one white lie can change a life forever. It will be published in July this year.

Brooke's first novel, Yesterday's Sun, was chosen as a Richard & Judy Book Club pick in 2012. It revolved around a young woman who had visions of the future, and was forced to choose between her own life and that of a future child. It was followed by two more novels and two e-only short stories.

Young said of Brooke: "She is an amazing writer, who connects with her readers on a particular emotional level. Her novels get to the heart of what readers want to feel and two books a year will take Mandy’s publishing to a new level."

Brooke said: "While three books is a tall order, the first novel is already coming to life. It's set in my hometown of Liverpool and will be centred around a missing child and the shocking events that led to her disappearance. I can't wait to share it with my readers."

This week, The Bookseller reported on a wave of "domestic noir" novels which centre around toxic marriages and missing children.