Quercus acquires new Hearn novel

<p>Quercus has bought the rights to &quot;an epic story of life, love and the struggle to be recognised&quot;.<br /><br />Charlotte Clerk, executive editor, fiction, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, Australia and New Zealand from agent Sarah Lutyens at Lutyens and Rubinstein.<br /><em><br />Blossoms and Shadows </em>by Lian Hearn is set in 19th-century Japan and tells of a young woman living through &quot;Japan&#39;s most tumultuous period in history&quot;. The title is due to be published in May next year.<br /><br />Clerk said: &quot;It is a joy to bring an author of Lian&rsquo;s calibre to the list. Her talent in writing about Japan&rsquo;s culture and history is second to none and her characters live and breathe on the page. <em>Blossoms and Shadows</em> is an epic story of life, love and the struggle to be recognised. We are so pleased to be her new home.&quot;<br /><br />Lutyens said: &quot;I am very happy that Lian Hearn will be published by Quercus where she has such enthusiastic support and where she is also reunited with David North who oversaw the highly successful publication of the Otori trilogy at Macmillan.&quot;<br /><br />Hearn has previously written titles including <em>Heaven&#39;s Net is Wide, The Harsh Cry of the Heron</em> and <em>Brilliance of the Moon </em>all published by Picador.</p>