Piccadilly acquires Bethell middle-grade novel

Piccadilly acquires Bethell middle-grade novel

Piccadilly Press has bought A Kingdom of Horses, a middle-grade children’s book by Zillah Bethell.

The story follows 12-year-old Serendipity Gouge, who lives in the enclosed city of Lahn Dahn, where rich and poor lead very different lives. When her mother dies, Serendipity knows she is destined for the workhouse so comes up with a plan to escape.

Piccadilly Press editor Matilda Johnson bought the UK and Commonwealth rights to the book, plus a second title, from Julia Churchill at A M Heath at auction. Piccadilly will publish in hardback in autumn 2016.

North American rights were auctioned to Liz Szabla at Feiwel & Friends by Miriam Altshuler.

Bethall, who lives in Wales, is also the author of two adult novels, published by independent publisher Seren.