Zaffre signs debut writer Caroline Day

Zaffre signs debut writer Caroline Day

Zaffre is publishing Caroline Day's debut novel, Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life, next spring.

The book, written from the perspective of a 25-year-old woman who has Foetal Alcohol Syndrome (FAS), was acquired in a two-book deal for world rights by Sarah Bauer, senior editor at Zaffre, through literary agent Sarah Lutyens at The Lutyens & Rubinstein literary agency.

Day's debut is described as "a heart-warming coming-of-age novel about loneliness, friendship, acceptance and, above all, hope". The plot follows narrator Hope Nicely as she joins a writing group to help her finish her autobiography, which she is writing in a bid to find her birth mother. It will be Zaffre’s lead debut fiction, published in hardback, for spring 2021.

Day said: "Hope Nicely started life as a ‘National Novel Writing Month’ exercise and I hadn’t thought it through much beyond the challenge of writing 50,000 words in a month. But within a few pages, I realised that I cared so deeply about my protagonist that I had to complete her story. I was thrilled when my amazing agent, Sarah Lutyens, fell in love with Hope Nicely too, and my sense of finding the perfect fit was complete when I met Sarah Bauer and the superb team that make up Bonnier Books UK. I feel so excited and so unspeakably lucky to have them publishing my novel."

Bauer, senior editor at Zaffre, commented: "As soon as I started reading this novel, I knew it was special. Hope Nicely is one of those characters who really stay with you and I can’t wait to introduce her to readers – I know they’ll love her too. Caroline is a true talent – I still can’t believe this is her first novel – and I am thrilled to be working with her."

Lutyens added: "I am so delighted that Hope Nicely’s Lessons for Life, a book very close to the hearts of everyone here at Lutyens & Rubinstein, will be published next year with such passion by Sarah and the team at Zaffre. In a confusing and often unkind world we all have a lot to learn from Hope Nicely."