Serpent's Tail has signed two books from Orange Prize-winner Valerie Martin, a novel and a collection of short stories.
Commissioning editor Rebecca Gray signed UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Peter Straus at RCW, on behalf of Molly Friedrich at the Friedrich Agency.
Short story collection Sea Lovers is described as "drolly macabre", exploring "obsession, justice, passion and duplicity".
Gray said: "I’ve loved Valerie’s writing since Property (Abacus) won the Orange Prize in 2003, so I’m delighted to have acquired her next two books. Sea Lovers is full of surprising storytelling and spiky characters, which make her writing perfect for the Serpent’s Tail list. Each story conjures up a whole world, sometimes skewering reality and sometimes a strange and mythical place. I can’t wait to get to work."
Sea Lovers will be published in January 2016.