Pan Macmillan’s Mantle imprint is to publish Kate Morton’s fifth novel later this year.
The Lake House will be published on 22nd October.
In June 1933, 16-year-old Alice Edevane is readying for her family’s Midsummer Eve party. That day the Edevane family will suffer a loss that causes them to leave their country home forever.
Seventy years later, Alice is a writer of detective novels when she is approached by Sadie Sparrow, a young police detective who has discovered an abandoned house in Cornwall while on a retreat, and learnt the story of a baby boy who disappeared from there without a trace.
Allen & Unwin will publish The Lake House in Australia on 21st October, and Simon & Schuster’s Atria Books will publish in the US and Canada on 20th October.
Morton is currently Australia’s highest selling international author, said Allen & Unwin. Her novels The Shifting Fog, published internationally as The House at Riverton, as well as The Forgotten Garden, The Distant Hours and The Secret Keeper (all Pan), have all won the Australian Book Industry Award for General Fiction Book of the Year.
She has sold 1,892,447 books in the UK through Nielsen BookScan.
To promote The Lake House, Morton will tour the UK, as well as the US, Canada and Australia.