Headline has acquired two novels by Mark Mills, previously published by HarperCollins, and author of bestselling title The Savage Garden.
Publishing director for fiction Imogen Taylor bought world rights excluding North America in the two novels, as yet untitled, through Stephanie Cabot at The Gernert Company.
The first book, which will be a contemporary novel set around an Oxfordshire estate, will be published in 2013. The second will have "more of a period setting", with both containing elementsof "surprise [and] intrigue".
Taylor said: "I'm truly delighted that we're to be Mark's publishers; I've admired his work for years, ever since he wrote The Whaleboat House, his very first book. He's brilliant on place, the psychological make-up of a character, and how the past infringes on the present. I couldn't be more thrilled."