Two Roads has acquired three "glamorous social histories": Maiden Voyages by Siân Evans, The Barbizon by Paulina Bren and Kiki Man Ray by Mark Braude.
Maiden Voyages: Women and the Golden Age of Transatlantic Travel publishes on 17th September 2020 as "a fascinating portrait of the pioneering and intrepid women who sailed between the old and the new worlds in the interwar years in search of opportunity, romance and reinvention".
Publisher Lisa Highton acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Martin Redfern at Northbank Talent Management, after Two Roads published Evans’s previous social history, Queen Bees: Six Brilliant and Extraordinary Society Hostesses Between the Wars in 2016. Maiden Voyages will be published by St Martin’s in the US.
The Barbizon: The Hotel that Set Women Free by Paulina Bren is meanwhile slated for March 2021. It tells the story of the Barbizon, a New York women-only hotel that, built in 1927, became the place to stay for ambitious, independent women during the '30s, '40s, '50s and '60s. Over the years its 688 tiny pink rooms housed, among others, Joan Crawford, Grace Kelly, Joan Didion, Candice Bergen, Liza Minnelli and Sylvia Plath, whose novel The Bell Jar was based on her stay there.
Editorial director Kate Hewson acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Kate Johnson at MacKenzie Wolf on behalf of Gillian MacKenzie. Simon & Schuster will publish in the US.
The Barbizon has already been optioned for a HBO mini-series, to be produced by Game of Thrones’s Emilia Clarke.
Finally Kiki Man Ray: Forgotten Muse of 1920s Paris by Mark Braude will publish in October 2021. It tells the story of Kiki de Montparnasse, artist, performer, muse and Paris’ "it girl" in the 1920s, of whom Hemingway once wrote, "Kiki dominated the era of Montparnasse more than Queen Victoria ever dominated the Victorian era". The book charts her tumultuous relationship with photographer Man Ray and "restores the forgotten ‘queen of Montparnasse’ to her rightful place in history".
Senior editor Kate Craigie acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Caspian Dennis at Abner Stein on behalf of Aevitas. Norton will publish in the US.