Sceptre is to publish a new novel by Chris Cleave in April 2016.
Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a “stunning, unconventional wartime epic”, which follows a newly recruited teacher who resolves to stay in London at the outbreak of the Second World War.
The novel moves from Blitz-torn London to the Siege of Malta, and is a story of “passion, loss, prejudice and incredible courage”.
Suzie Dooré acquired British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to the novel from Peter Straus at Rogers, Coleridge & White.
Drummond Moir, Sceptre’s associate publisher, took over as Cleave’s editor this month, as Dooré has now joined HarperCollins’ Borough Press.
Moir said: “Chris is one of Sceptre’s most cherished authors, and Everyone Brave is Forgiven is his most remarkable novel yet: an unforgettable story of love, loss, and redemption. It is a book that will mesmerise readers around the world, and one that has galvanised the entire team here at Hodder practically overnight. We couldn’t be more excited, or proud, to be publishing it.”
Cleave said: “Our narrative of the Second World War is in the bedrock of how we see ourselves, and yet we’ve forgotten some amazing truths about the period – and therefore about us, as we are now. Everyone Brave is Forgiven is a love story that takes an intimate journey through a time I once imagined I knew by heart. For me it was like finding something completely new in the fossil record, and realising I was descended from it.”
Everyone Brave is Forgiven will be released on 21st April.