Hot Key Books has acquired a novel by Julie Mayhew which imagines what society would be like if the Nazis had won the Second World War.
In The Big Lie, young girls must attend their local Bund Deutscher Mädel meetings and learn about being good mothers and housewives. Jessika Keller is an exemplary young girl but when her outspoken friend Clem falls foul of the regime she starts to question all that she has accepted for so long.
Hot Key acquired world rights from Louise Lamont at LBA and will publish in August 2015.
Senior editor Matilda Johnson said: “The Big Lie is a beautifully-told story which is both fascinating and thought-provoking as it explores and questions ideas of loyalty, protest, radicalism and belief. The Hot Key team was blown away when this manuscript came in and leaped at the chance to publish it.”
Julie Mayhew is also the author of Red Ink (Hot Key), which was shortlisted for the Branford Boase Award this year and nominated for the CILIP Carnegie Medal.