S&S signs world for Elliott Wright

Simon & Schuster has signed world rights in two novels by début author Susan Elliott Wright.

Clare Hey, senior commissioning editor, bought The Things We Never Said and a second untitled novel from Kate Shaw of the Viney Agency. The Things We Never Said is set in Hastings, Sheffield and London, between the 1960s and the present day. It follows Maggie, who has woken up in a mental hospital in the ’60s with no idea how she got there; and, in the present day, Jonathan, who is grieving for his father.

Hey said: “When I first read The Things We Never Said, I was blown away by the power of Susan’s writing . . . There’s great emotion and intelligence here, and a story that truly moved me.”

S&S will publish in paperback original in May 2013, as one of its major launch titles. Foreign rights will be on sale at next week’s London Book Fair.