Shappi Khorsandi, Bryony Gordon and Jenny Eclair have agreed to write books for the Hachette Children's Group's feminist YA collection, Bellatrix.
The collection – spanning genres but linking titles through "a passion for telling her whole story" – launched this summer with titles from Kit de Waal and Kiran Millwood Hargrave. De Waal's Becoming Dinah, a response to the classic Moby Dick, was published in July and Millwood Hargrave's The Deathless Girls, telling the story of the brides of Dracula, published in September.
The three new books for Bellatrix will publish throughout 2020 and 2021. Details of what the new books will be about will not be disclosed until the new year; however Thomas promised "out of this world" ideas and to "watch this space".
Helen Thomas, editor at large at Hachette Children’s Group, acquired world rights in deals made for each new author with Vivienne Clore at Vivienne Clore Agency for Khorsandi; Nelle Andrew at Peters Fraser & Dunlop for Gordon and Katie McKay at Avalon Management Group for Eclair.
“Our Bellatrix collection has had a wonderful launch, with breathtaking books from Kit De Waal and Kiran Millwood Hargrave," said Thomas. "We are delighted to be adding three more stellar female voices to the roster of writers contributing to this collection. Especially when their ideas are so out of this world. Watch this space for title reveals."