Hodder & Stoughton has bagged a First World War saga series on Britain’s first female police officers from debut author and journalist Johanna Bell.
Commissioning editor Thorne Ryan bought world rights for the first two books in the series from Kate Burke at Blake Friedmann, during her time at Northbank Talent Management. The Bobby Girls will publish in paperback and e-book on 31st October.
The synopsis explains: “While men fight on the battlefields of France, at home in Britain women are finally seizing their own opportunities to make a difference. Maggie, Annie, Sarah and Irene come from very different backgrounds, but they do have one thing in common: they have all signed up for the Women Police Volunteers. As they work together to find their feet on the beat, will their new friendships get them through the darkest of times?”
Bell said: “I’m delighted to have signed my first book deal with Hodder. I’ve always had a passionate interest in the world wars so I have thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing The Bobby Girls, and am so grateful for the opportunity.”
“The Bobby Girls brings together everything I love about saga,” Ryan said. “Johanna is a dream author, we’ve got the perfect package to kick off the series and I could not be more excited for it to publish.”