Simon & Schuster is set to publish Sharon Gosling's debut adult novel, The House Beneath the Cliffs.
Publishing director Clare Hey bought two books at auction, in a deal brokered by Ella Kahn of Diamond Kahn and Woods.
Gosling’s novel tells the story of a chef who moves to Crovie to escape her past. There she discovers a community "nestled on a ledge by the sea", and sets up a small lunch club from her cottage. The book is partially inspired by real events, and explores the role of community, friendship and food.
Hey said: "Once we are all released from lockdown, I suspect people will want to seize the day and make the move they have always meant to—and this novel taps beautifully into that escapist sentiment. The House Beneath the Cliffs was the perfect antidote to my lockdown reading slump, engaging and compelling storytelling set in a place I am longing to visit."
Gosling has authored multiple children's books, including The Golden Butterfly (Little Tiger Press) and The Diamond Thief (Curious Fox). She started her career as an entertainment journalist and moved to Cumbria to run second-hand independent store, Withnail Books.
She said: "The villages of Crovie, Gardenstown and Pennan captured my imagination, and my heart, immediately from the very first time we visited Aberdeenshire. It’s a spectacular, wild coast that can be as difficult to live on and is as full of stories as it is beautiful. I love it, and I think readers will too."
The House Beneath the Cliffs will be published as a paperback original in spring 2021.