Hutchinson has acquired two books by award-winning short-story writer Annemarie Neary.
Senior editor Emma Mitchell bought world English rights to Siren and one other book from Zoe Waldie at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
Siren centres on Roisin Burns, who has spent years in exile concealing her troubled past in Belfast. When scandal starts brewing around a figure from her past, now a politician on the rise, she arms herself with evidence that could ruin him and travels to a remote island off the West Coast of Ireland to confront him, but finds someone waiting there to silence her.
Neary’s short stories have been published in literary magazines and journals in Ireland, the UK and the US. She has won awards including the 2014 Michael McLaverty short story competition, and was joint runner-up in both the inaugural KWS Hilary Mantel and the Sean O’Faolain international short story awards.
Mitchell said: “This brilliant novel grabbed me right from the dramatic opening scene. Annemarie is an outstanding storyteller and builds the tension, page after page, to an exhilarating denouement. I’m delighted to have her for the Hutchinson list.”
Siren will be published in hardback by Hutchinson in spring 2016 followed by a Windmill paperback. The second novel will follow in spring 2017.