Legend signs Aussie duo

Legend signs Aussie duo

UK indie Legend Press has snapped up two Australian writers; one will pen two thrillers and the other a “magical novel of love and loss”.

Commissioning editor Laura Parsons acquired the “dark” Medea’s Curse by psychiatrist Anne Buist, and another title, from Text Publishing. Medea’s Curse opens a series featuring Nadine King, a forensic psychiatrist who works with perpetrators of violent crime.

Parsons also bought The Strays by Emily Bitto [pictured] from Affrim Press. Set in a 1930s Melbourne artists’ community, it won Australia’s Stella Prize 2015, which recognises writing by women in all genres.

The novel sold in pre-empts to Twelve/Hachette in the US and Penguin in Canada.

Parsons said: “Buist’s writing ticks all the boxes for crime fiction fans and Bitto has produced a magical, personal story of families and friendships. We are incredibly excited.”