Hesperus buys 'bold' debut for Nova imprint

Hesperus buys 'bold' debut for Nova imprint

Hesperus Press has bought a “bold and intuitive” debut novel set in 1950s small-town England, which will be the lead title for its contemporary fiction and non-fiction imprint Hesperus Nova for summer 2015.
 
World English rights for The Unforgotten by Welsh author, Laura Powell, was acquired from Norah Perkins of Curtis Brown.
 
The novel centres on 15-year-old Betty Broadbent, who helps her mother run a boarding house in a Cornish seaside town house, which has become besieged by reporters following a string of murders of young girls. Among the newspaper jackals, the mysterious Mr Gallagher stands out and Betty longs to be noticed by him but as their relationship grows, Betty is putting herself in even more danger.
 
Powell has worked as a features writer at the Daily Mail and the Mail on Sunday and is now deputy editor of Economia. She completed The Unforgotten after undertaking a Novel Writing course at the Faber Academy, enabled by a New Writer’s Bursary from Literature Wales.
 
Richard Skinner, director of the Fiction Programme at Faber Academy, said: “Laura is a very natural writer and it was a pleasure to see this novel come together”.
 
Hesperus Press will publish The Unforgotten on 3rd July in paperback at £8.99 and will have a simultaneous e-book release.