Verve Books signs Jesmond, Young and Wang

Verve Books signs Jesmond, Young and Wang

Verve Books is to publish new titles by Jane Jesmond, Heather Young and Kathy Wang, launching a new thriller series in addition to a "sharp and prescient" novel about women in the workplace.

Jenna Gordon, editor, acquired all of the new titles. The first of these books to be published is Jesmond’s On the Edge, the first in a new thriller series featuring intrepid climber Jen Shaw and set in the author’s native Cornwall. The acquisition of Jesmond’s novel came from a direct submission and is part of a two-book deal that Gordon struck for world rights in all languages.

Gordon has also acquired two books by  American author Young. Her debut novel The Lost Girls – a decades-old mystery of a missing six-year-old which haunts a family for generations – will be published in November. Young was named winner of the Strand Award for Best First Novel and nominated for an Edgar Award. Verve will publish her second novel, The Distant Dead in April 2022. Gordon acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, for both books from Rachel Clements at Abner Stein, on behalf of Aevitas Creative Management.

The publisher also signed Impostor Syndrome by Wang from Rachel Clements at Abner Stein, on behalf of Aevitas Creative Management, acquiring UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Impostor Syndrome will be published in the UK in May 2022, and explores broader cultural issues about "how women and BIPOC are treated in corporate America, and who has access to the American dream".

Gordon said: "At Verve, we’re aiming to build an exciting and varied list featuring original, page-turning fiction by women. We’re always on the lookout for compelling new voices and are thrilled with the selection of titles we have lined up for the remainder of this year and start of 2022."