Orion has acquired a new novel from former BBC Radio 4 producer Jane Sanderson.
Jemima Forrester, senior commissioning editor for Orion Fiction, acquired world rights including translation to The Dog Days of Annie Doyle from Andrew Gordon at David Higham Associates, to publish in mass market paperback and e-book in March 2017.
The Dog Days of Annie Doyle is the story of "fascinating character" Annie, a seemingly quiet and reserved woman in her seventies, who lives for walking her golden retriever, Finn. But, it transpires, Annie is hiding a terrible secret. When her husbands health takes a turn for the worse, Annie looks back at the events that have shaped her life and the secret she will do anything to protect.
Forrester said: "This is a really entertaining, compelling, multi-layered novel with a fascinating character at its heart. As the novel progresses you gradually build up a picture of Annie that is not quite in line with the woman we think we’re meeting on the first page. I adore this novel and I can’t wait to introduce readers to Annie and loveable, big-hearted Finn."
Sanderson has previously published three historical novels with Little, Brown. She added: "The Dog Days of Annie Doyle tells the story of the gradual unravelling of one woman’s complex and secret past, the redemptive powers of friendship, and the sustaining simplicity of the love of a good dog. It was inspired by my own dog-walking days – the bonds we form, the secrets we keep, the boundless enthusiasm of the dogs for a walk in the woods. It’s an honour and a pleasure to join Orion’s stellar list of authors, and I know that my new novel is in the very safest of hands."