Hot Key Books has acquired a YA rom-com, set in London, by author and journalist Sarra Manning.
London Belongs to Us follows Sunny and her friends as they cross London one night, chasing an errant boyfriend from Cyrstal Palace to Alexandra Palace. The story is a “love letter to being young, staying up all night and living in London”, said Manning.
Hot Key editor Naomi Colthurst acquired the world rights from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown, and publication is set for summer 2016.
“Sarra Manning is already well-established as a formidable talent on the UK YA scene, and I’m simply delighted that she and London Belongs to Us have joined the Hot Key list,” said Colthurst. “Sarra’s amazing knack for capturing contemporary teenage voices simply sings through in Sunny, and although her mission for romantic retribution is both wild and hilarious, it also provides a great message for teenage girls about not letting anyone push you around.”
Manning is also the author of several YA novels, including Adorkable (Atom) and the Diary of a Crush series (Hodder Children’s Books), and adult books such as It Felt Like a Kiss (Transworld) and Unsticky (Corgi).