Saga writer Fiona Ford has moved to Arrow for a "major" new series set in and around the shop Liberty's.
Deputy publisher of Arrow, Emily Griffin, acquired world English rights to Christmas at Liberty’s and a further title in the Liberty Girls series from Kate Burke at Diane Banks Associates.
Set against the backdrop of Liberty’s during the Second World War, the series follows the fortunes of a group of women working as silk cutters in the iconic Carnaby Street London store amid the turmoil of the war.
Ford last published The Spark Girl with Orion in 2017. Her first two sagas were acquired by Orion after a four-way auction in 2016 prior to which she also wrote two novels under the pseudonym Fiona Harrison for HQ.
Christmas at Liberty’s will publish in Arrow paperback and e-book on 15th November 2018. The follow-up, The Liberty Girls, will publish in paperback and e-book in April 2019.
Ford said: "It’s a dream come true to join Arrow, as I have long admired their stable of saga writers. For me, Liberty’s is not just a shop, it’s a magical place with a unique history – the perfect setting for a wartime novel with female friendship at its very core."
Griffin said: "Arrow is the market leader in saga, and we are delighted to bring this fresh new series, with its iconic setting, to the list. Fiona’s writing is full of warmth and in these novels she brings to life a unique group of women whom you instantly root for. We can’t wait to launch Christmas at Liberty’s at the end of this year."