Piatkus has signed debut author Nicola Mostyn’s first novel - a fantastical story about love, pitched as "Bridget Jones by way of Neil Gaiman", to publish on Valentine's Day 2018.
Editorial director Anna Boatman bought UK and Commonwealth rights, and translation rights, in The Gods of Love and its sequel, The Love Delusion, from Susan Armstrong of the C+W Agency.
The book, promised to be "a smart and quirky story will change the way you look at love forever", follows Frida, a divorce lawyer, cynic and secret descendant of the immortal love god Eros, who finds out she is fated to save the world.
Boatman said: "A sharp, witty fantasy, Nicola’s debut is a super-heroine story for the modern age. Simply put: I fell in love. I can’t wait to publish this wonderful and completely unique novel."
Armstrong said: "The Gods of Love is a fresh, exciting and totally sassy debut. I absolutely adore Nicola’s writing and can’t imagine a more perfect home for her than with the wonderful team at Piatkus."
Mostyn said: "I knew I wanted to explore the inner workings of romantic love, and how better to do that than through a female hero story complete with gods and monsters? (Dating metaphor right there.) Luckily for me, Anna and the Piatkus team totally ‘got’ the book and we were on the same wavelength from the start. It’s so brilliant to be published by such a passionate bunch of people. I might not believe in love at first sight but publishing-love at first sight? That’s definitely a thing."
The Gods of Love will be published on 14th February 2018.
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