Joanna Trollope is to move from Transworld to Pan Macmillan for her next two books.
Pan Macmillan’s Jeremy Trevathan, publisher of the adult division, acquired world English rights, including audio, to two new books by Trollope from James Gill of United Agents.
Transworld has been Trollope's paperback publisher for more than 20 years, and has published her hardback books since 2008, taking over from Bloomsbury. Her latest book, Balancing Act, was published in paperback by Penguin Random House-owned Transworld in February this year.
Larry Finlay, m.d. of Transworld, said: "We're enormously proud to have been Joanna’s publisher for more than 20 years - taking her back to the top of the bestsellers lists once we added her hardback publishing to our list.
"Whilst it is impossible not to be saddened by this news, everyone at Transworld who has worked with Joanna over the years wishes her the very best for the future. We will of course continue to publish her backlist with the passion and flair which has seen us enjoy so many years of success."
Mantle publisher Maria Rejt will be Trollope’s editor and publisher at Pan Macmillan. The first novel in the deal, The Money Girls, will be a superlead title for Mantle in autumn 2016.
Rejt said: "Joanna is one of the UK’s pre-eminent authors and she transcends genre with the quality of her writing, the intense realism of her fiction and psychological insight into her characters' relationships. She will be a jewel in the Mantle list."
Trollope has sold 3.1m books through Nielsen BookScan for just under £19m. Nine of her books have sold over 100,000 units, led by Marrying the Mistress, which has sold 439,000.
Trollope said: "After many wonderful years with Transworld, for which I am most grateful, I'm now looking forward to a new chapter. I’ve watched with admiration the extraordinary flair with which Pan Macmillan and Mantle have propelled the international bestselling careers of so many authors, and am hugely looking forward to being in that company, and to getting down to work with everyone at Pan Macmillan and Mantle."
Trevathan said: "We are so delighted to be welcoming Joanna to the Pan Macmillan family and we look forward to working with Joanna to attract a new generation of readers whilst continuing to engage her loyal fans."
The Money Girls tells of four working women in London whose lives and loves are dramatically interwoven as their work, families and interests collide.
Pan Macmillan described it as a "fantastically acute and moving picture of the practical, emotional and psychological realities for women who live and work in the fast-paced environment of a 21st century city, as well as an inspiring story of deep and lasting friendships, told with all Joanna’s trademark style".
Anthony Forbes Watson, m.d. of Pan Macmillan, said: "Everyone here is very proud to welcome Joanna and her magnificent new novel to Pan Mac. We look forward to expanding Joanna's readership and will start by building a dedicated publishing team around Joanna and her books."
Trollope is the latest high-profile author to move to Pan Macmillan.
Earlier this year it was announced that Kate Mosse would publish her next series with Mantle, after 10 years with Orion.
Danielle Steel signed a 10-book deal with Pan Macmillan, moving from Transworld. Her first book with Pan Macmillan will be published in summer 2018.