The Borough Press has signed two books from Beth Lewis, a managing editor at Titan Books.
Deputy publishing director Sarah Hodgson signed UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, for two literary thrillers in a deal with Euan Thorneycroft at A M Heath.
The first book in the deal, The Wolf Road, is set in a remote land ravaged by an unnamed disaster, where a young girl is being brought up by a taciturn animal trapper. When she discovers the dark secret he is hiding, she flees to the frozen north to find her true parents.
Hodgson said: "The unique narrative voice that Beth has created in this novel hooked me from the very first page. I have rarely read a debut novel that felt quite so assured. Elka is such a powerful and engaging character, I was with her on every step of her extraordinary journey and couldn’t bear to tear myself away."
Lewis was raised in Cornwall and has worked as a bank cashier, a fire performer and a juggler. She is currently a managing editor at Titan Books.
The Wolf Road will be published in summer 2016. Translation rights have already sold to Bragelonne in France and Like in Finland.