Avon has bought two more crime novels from Nell Pattison beginning with the author's first standalone thriller Hide.
Windmill has pre-empted in 24 hours a "show-stopping" historical debut, Age of Monsters, by Lianne Dillsworth, for a "significant" six-figure sum.... Read more
Orion Fiction will publish Anna Mazzola’s "utterly immersive" historical novel, The Clockwork Girl.
Sphere has won a multiple-publisher auction to publish Twelve Secrets, the first in a crime series by Rob Gold — a pseudonym for PRH Group sales director Rob Waddington. ... Read more
Lia Louis has signed a new two-book deal with Orion Fiction, with the first title, Eight Perfect Hours, to be published in August 2021. ... Read more
Head of Zeus has won a three-way auction for the “sparkling” debut novel by Aliya Ali-Afzal.
HarperCollins has signed a history of Britain by Boris Starling with David Bradbury, told through figures from the Office for National Statistics.
Lake Union, an imprint of Amazon Publishing, has signed a two-book deal with Boris Starling.
Michael Joseph has acquired The Downfall and a second novel, Eden Lost, by debut author Laure Van Rensburg in a six-figure deal after a six-way auction. ... Read more
Doubleday has acquired debut novel The Flames about four women "muses" who inspired artist Egon Schiele, in a "major" six-figure pre-empt. ... Read more