Second World War series for HarperCollins

<p>HarperCollins has bought a five book series about the Second World War for a six-figure sum. Kate Bradley, brand manager for HarperFiction, bought world rights, including e-book and audio, from Teresa Chris at the Teresa Chris Literary Agency.</p><p>The books, by Annie Groves, are about a group of young women living and working in London during the Second World War. The first book will be published as a paperback in February 2011 with a new title to follow every six months.</p><p>Bradley said: &quot;I am delighted that we will continue to publish Annie Groves. Annie writes warm, satisfying novels about women who are dealing with universal dilemmas that we can all recognise. Setting them against a backdrop of WW2 lends them a powerful emotional drama that few can equal in this genre. Annie shows that keeping the home fires burning was a battle in itself.&quot;<br /><br />Groves is the pseudonym of Penny Halsall who also writes as Penny Jordan.</p>