Legend Press has signed a novel from Sophie Duffy in a sea with Broo Doherty at DHH Literary Agency.
Commissioning editor Lauren Parsons signed world rights to Bright Stars, and will publish on 1st October 2015.
The book follows four university friends, whose lives are ripped apart by a terrible accident. Years later, the opportunity for a reunion comes up, forcing them to relive the fateful night.
Parsons said: "Sophie is a fantastic writer, who’s charming and multi-faceted characters endear and captivate the reader."
Duffy won the 2010 Luke Bitmead Bursary, administered by Legend Press, which supports young writers. Her previous novels The Generation Game and This Holey Life were also published by Legend Press.