Novelist Lucy Dillon is moving to Transworld from Hodder & Stoughton.
Her first novel for Transworld is Where the Light Gets In, a "bittersweet, life-affirming" story it will publish in April 2018 as a paperback original.
Set in the same fictional Herefordshire town as Dillon's previous novels, and touching on themes of bravery, art, sisterhood and community creativity, Where the Light Gets In follows a young woman, Lorna Larkham, who decides to face her fears to transform her life.
Senior commissioning editor Francesca Best, who previously worked with Dillon while an editor at Hodder, bought UK and Commonwealth rights to three novels from Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates.
Dillon won the Romantic Novelists’ Association Romantic Novel of the Year Award in 2010 for Lost Dogs and Lonely Hearts and won the Contemporary Romantic Novel award in 2014 for A Hundred Pieces of Me. Hodder & Stoughton published her latest novel, All I Ever Wanted, in December 2016.
Best said: "I am overjoyed to be reunited with Lucy Dillon, whom I edited when I worked at Hodder. I truly believe she is a star in the making and I know that Transworld will be a great new home for her fiction. Where the Light Gets In is a quintessential Lucy Dillon novel, combining beautifully drawn characters with a bittersweet, life-affirming story. We can’t wait to publish it."
Dillon said: "I’m thrilled to be joining Transworld’s energetic and innovative team, and, of course, to be working with Francesca again; it’s an inspiring place for a writer to be! I can’t wait to start exploring the next chapters for the residents of Longhampton."