London-based indie Onwe has acquired three titles from debut authors to be published across 2021: Ashaye Brown's Dream Country, Di Lebowitz's The Marks Left on Her and Rab Ferguson's The Landfill Mountains.
The publisher acquired world rights for all three titles directly from the respective authors. Each title will be published in print, e-book and audio.
The first title, Brown's Dream Country, is a YA fantasy novel which draws on world mythologies to explore family, murder and envy. The title will be published on 23rd February 2021.
Inspired by the #MeToo movement, Lebowitz's The Marks Left on Her is a novel based on true events and will explore themes of sexual assualt, identity and mental illness. The title will be published on 29th September 2021.
Following Lebowitz, on 12th October 2021, is Ferguson's The Landfill Mountains, another YA fantasy title which will explore climate change.
The publisher said: "Dream Country is a groundbreaking novel and we’re so excited to share it with the world. With her fantastic imagination, Ashaye transports the reader to a far-removed version of our world, while still displaying fascinating insights into what it means to be human.
"The Marks Left on Her is a powerful account of a woman’s journey as she learns to triumph despite the pain inflicted on her. Di’s literary voice is brilliant and unique. We were blown away by her ability to tell this heartwrenching story with commendable delicacy.
"The Landfill Mountain is a remarkable and relevant story, giving voice to a generation set to pay the price for the mistakes of those that came before them. The book depicts a rich community of characters, with a thrilling plot and a powerful message that is bound to stay with its readers for years to come."
Brown commented: "I am proud to be working with the team at Onwe, whose highlighting of original narratives makes them the ideal pairing for my debut novel." Ferguson said: "It is amazing to be working with the team at Onwe. I can think of no-one better to help me share this story about the devastating impact of climate change. I’m so excited for readers to have the chance to climb the landfill mountains, which for so many years existed only in my own head."