Hitchcock makes first S&S buys

<p>Maxine Hitchcock has made her first acquisitions since joining Simon &amp; Schuster as editorial director last year, buying a novel by Channel 4&#39;s head of daytime television, and a book dubbed &quot;next year&#39;s <em>Labyrinth</em>&quot;.</p><p>Simon &amp; Schuster will publish <em>RSVP </em>by Channel 4&#39;s Helen Warner&mdash;who has worked on &quot;Come Dine with Me&quot; and the relaunch of &quot;Countdown&quot;&mdash;in April 2011. Hitchcock bought UK and Commonwealth rights to two books from Sheila Crowley at Curtis, Brown for an undisclosed sum. </p><p>She described the book as &quot;a warm, escapist, emotive and brilliantly high-concept young women&#39;s fiction&quot;. She added it &quot;tells the story of four women, one wedding and a whole heap of trouble&quot;.</p><p> Hitchcock also bought UK and Commonwealth rights for a six-figure sum at auction to <em>Altar of Bones</em> from Lisa Keim at Simon &amp; Schuster US. Keim had previously bought world rights.</p><p>The book, by an as-yet-unnamed pseudonymous author, will be published in hardback in early summer 2011. Hitchcock said the plot included &quot;one of the biggest 20th-century conspiracies, a multi-millionaire with nefarious plans and a woman trying to escape from her family&#39;s secrets&quot;. <br /> </p><p>&nbsp;</p>