Liz Trenow is to move from Avon to Pan Macmillan for her next two novels.
Senior editor Catherine Richards acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Caroline Hardman at Hardman & Swainson.
The first novel, as yet untitled, is a story of silk and illicit romance, set against the backdrop of religious persecution, mass migration, racial tension and wage riots in 18th century Spitalfields in London.
Trenow was born into a silk-weaving family originating in Spitalfields and now based in Sudbury, Suffolk, and the main character in her novel is inspired by Anna Maria Garthwaite, a famous 18th century English silk designer who lived and worked in Spitalfields.
Richards said: “I’m thrilled to welcome Liz to Pan Macmillan. Her writing transports you instantly to the intriguing era of the silk trade in Spitalfields – and the story of Anna and Henri’s forbidden romance within this world is utterly compelling and heartwrenching.”
Trenow said: “The subject of this book is very dear to my heart and I am so delighted that it seems to have captured Catherine’s heart too. I am very excited to be joining Pan Macmillan – it feels like a wonderful new chapter in my career.”
Trenow is a former journalist and the author of three novels published by Avon, most recently The Poppy Factory.