Bonnier Zaffre has acquired Amanda Mason’s debut novel, The Wayward Girls - a supernatural coming-of-age story exploring the relationship between two sisters.
Sophie Orme, editorial director, Bonnier Zaffre, acquired world rights – including audio, film and TV – from Julia Silk at MBA.
Described as a “vivid coming-of-age tale with a ghostly twist,” Mason’s novel is set in the summer of 1976 and explores the life of Loo and her sister Bee who live in a run-down cottage in the middle of nowhere with their artistic parents and their wild siblings. The plot follows what happens when strange, unexplained occurrences in the house begin to disturb their every waking moment and the family gains even more notoriety.
Orme said: "From the moment I read the opening chapters of The Wayward Girls I just knew I had to publish it. This is an incredibly special debut – a brilliant coming of age story with a ghostly twist, which moves between the 1970s and the present day. It is reading group fiction at it’s most intoxicating, gripping and timely. I can’t wait to begin sharing it with everyone."
Silk, agent at MBA, added: "Amanda has a special talent for evoking the supernatural hovering around the edges of everyday life - I felt an instant connection with her work and can't wait to see it brought to life by the vision of Sophie and the team at Bonnier Zaffre."
The Wayward Girls will publish in hardback and e-book in September 2019.