Helen Dunmore to write for Hammer

Random House imprint Hammer has acquired the latest title by Orange-prize winner Helen Dunmore, in a special project for the Penguin author. Century and Arrow publisher Kate Elton bought UK and Commonwealth rights to The Greatcoat through Caradoc King at A P Watt.

Elton said: “It’s an absolute privilege to be publishing Helen in the Hammer list. Even the short outline for The Greatcoat is mesmerising, and it will be an extraordinarily powerful book”.

The book is a ghost story, about “the power of the past to imprint itself on the present, until the present is possessed by the past”.

The Greatcoat will be published in spring 2012. Hammer was set up last year by Arrow in partnership with the film company Hammer Films.