Michael Joseph has signed two more novels by Jane Shemilt, whose hit debut Daughter sold 160,366 copies through Nielsen BookScan..
Her second novel, The Drowning Lesson, will be published as a paperback original and e-book next week.
Publishing director Maxine Hitchcock bought UK and Commonwealth rights in a third and fourth novel from Eve White of Eve White Associates.
Hitchcock said: "Daughter was one of the success stories of 2014 and the most wonderful springboard from which to launch Jane’s career. Jane is such a skilful, emotionally attuned and impactful writer; the emotion contained within every one of Daughter’s pages simply takes one’s breath away, as does her exceptional writing, and readers have reacted to that in their hundreds of thousands. With Jane’s next book, The Drowning Lesson, we look forward to captivating even more.”