Quercus strikes fresh two-book deal with Beth O'Leary

Quercus strikes fresh two-book deal with Beth O'Leary

Beth O’Leary will publish two more books with Quercus, after signing a "significant" new deal with the publisher.

Publisher Cassie Browne bought UK and Commonwealth rights in O'Leary's third and fourth books from Tanera Simons at Darley Anderson.

No details of O'Leary's third or fourth novel have been shared, but her publishers have promised book three "sounds fantastic and her enormous fanbase will not be disappointed".

The new two-book deal follows O’Leary’s acclaimed debut novel The Flatshare, which was published by Quercus in 2019. It has sold over 100,000 copies in all editions to date, according to Quercus, and through Nielsen has shifted 11,725 in hardback and 3,635 in trade paperback to date. It has also sold into 32 languages, is in active development for TV and has just been announced as WH Smiths’ Fiction Book of the Year with an exclusive festive cover to be sold by the retailer.

Her second novel The Switch – about a grandmother and granddaughter who swap lives for two months – is due to be published in April 2020.

Browne said: "I’m absolutely over the moon to have acquired two more novels from bestselling author Beth O’Leary, and the whole team at Quercus could not be more delighted. Beth is one of the most exciting new authors writing today and it’s been a thrill to publish her debut, The Flatshare, earlier this year. Beth has worked tirelessly at every stage of the campaign and its success could not be more deserved."

Emma Capron, acting editor while Browne is on parental leave, said: "Beth is a true talent. It has been an absolute pleasure working with her on The Switch these last few months, and I cannot wait to read Book 3 early next year. It sounds fantastic and her enormous fanbase will not be disappointed."

O'Leary's agent Simons added: "I’m thrilled that Quercus will be publishing Beth’s third and fourth novels. Beth is such an exciting voice in commercial women’s fiction, and I know that she has an exciting future with the wonderful and dynamic Quercus team."