Zaffre is to publish Reputation, the debut novel by YouTuber Lex Croucher, in July 2021.
Sarah Bauer, senior editor, acquired world all-language rights from Chloe Seager at the Madeleine Milburn Agency.
Set in the Regency era, Reputation follows the new girl in town, Georgiana Ellers. She meets the enigmatic Frances Campbell and falls in with her unfathomably rich, deeply improper crowd. Georgiana is introduced to a new world, the upper echelons of Regency society, and it's anything but dull. But the price of entry to high society might just be more than Georgiana is willing to pay.
Bauer said: "I knew from page one that Reputation was a special novel. Lex’s writing is the perfect blend of belly-laughs and heart–something readers are crying out for. I am thrilled to be publishing Lex’s witty, feminist and modern take on a Regency romance."
Croucher added: "I am overjoyed to be working with the team at Bonnier Books UK. Reputation is the result of both a lifelong obsession with writing and a prolonged and sordid love affair with Jane Austen. I can’t wait for the world to meet this rowdy bunch of high-society reprobates, navigating love and friendship in a time when reputation was everything."
Croucher has over 120,000 subscribers on YouTube.