Zaffre to publish Butland novel with ‘feminist message’

Zaffre to publish Butland novel with ‘feminist message’

Bonnier Zaffre has struck a deal to publish two more novels by Stephanie Butland. The first – as yet untitled – is slated for 2019 and is said to have “a distinctly feminist message”.

Eleanor Dryden, publishing director, Bonnier Zaffre, acquired UK and commonwealth rights from Oli Munson at A.M. Heath.

Butland has published two novels with Bonnier Zaffre to date. Her debut Lost for Words (Zaffre) sold over 65,000 copies according to Bonner Zaffre. Her latest book, The Curious Heart of Ailsa Rae, was published last month.

Dryden said the first novel under the new contract was about three women with a secret in their past. 

“Stephanie Butland writes the most beautiful, heart-rending and unforgettable novels, and has an ever-growing fan-base of devoted readers. I feel honoured to be her publisher, and working with her editorially is fun, thought provoking and endlessly creative. So we’re overjoyed to be able to work with her on two more unique and exciting novels,” said Dryden.

“The first – as yet untitled – is to be published in 2019, and has a distinctly feminist message along with acutely observed and completely compelling interweaving stories of three women with a secret in their past. It is going to be a treat.”

Butland said: “My team at Bonnier Zaffre are all that an author can wish for – creative, hard-working, and passionate people with vision and drive. I’m delighted to be working with them on two more novels.”