Transworld has acquired a novel about a couple's struggles to conceive a child by author Julie Cohen, whose previous books were published by Headline.
Corgi and Black Swan publishing director Catherine Cobain bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Dear Thing and one other novel. Bantam Press will publish in hardback in June 2013 and in paperback by Black Swan in 2014.
The first title follows a couple as they try to have a baby, and focuses on their best friend's decision to carry one for them as a surrogate.
Cobain said: "Julie is an incredibly talented writer whose books I have always been passionate about. Dear Thing touched all of us at Transworld who read it—it's brilliantly written, with a complex story that is quite simply heart-rending."
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