Hodder & Stoughton has acquired two books by a debut novelist at auction.
Francesca Best, commissioning editor at Hodder, bought world rights to My Everything and one other novel by Katie Marsh from Hannah Ferguson at the Hardman & Swainson Agency.
My Everything is about Hannah, an unhappily married young teacher. On the day she is going to leave her husband Tom, he has a stroke.
Best said: “I was captivated by My Everything as soon as Hannah sent me her submission letter, and the novel packed every bit of the emotional punch that I was hoping for and more. It’s a wonderful, clever love story that keeps you guessing till the very end. I think Katie Marsh has huge potential and I am thrilled to be publishing her.”
My Everything will be published as a paperback original and e-book in August 2015, with the second book following a year later.