Clarke’s debut novel, The Sea Sisters, was chosen as part of Richard and Judy’s Summer Book Club. Now HarperFiction has signed two novels by Clarke which are scheduled for publication in 2015 and 2016. They will follow her next novel, On a Single Breath, which is inspired by her travels and is scheduled for publication in March 2014.
The Shore by Sara Taylor is an interconnected series of stories about residents in a group of islands off the coast of Virginia. The novel will be published by William Heinemann in 2015, in a deal signed at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Bristol, female pugilisits, the 18th century. This is the world of The Fair Fight by Anna Freeman,to be published by Weidenfeld & Nicolson in August 2014. Freeman was the winner of the Tibor Jones Pageturner Prize 2013.
Chris Chibnall & Erin Kelly
Broadchurch, the novel inspired by the ITV crime series of the same name, is to be published by Little, Brown. Co-written by the screenwriter of the TV series, Chris Chibnall, with thriller author Erin Kelly, the novel will include previously unseen material and elaborate further on the plot. More is promised on the back stories of the existing characters. The book will be published in August 2014. Broadchurch had viewing figures of 9m and won four TV Daggers at the Specsavers Crime Thriller Awards. A second series has been commissioned.
The Art of Baking Blind is a novel about four women taking part in a baking competition to find the new Mrs Eaden [a Delia Smith-type figure of the 1960s]. The novel by Sarah Vaughan, a former political correspondent on The Guardian, will be published by Hodder in July 2014. The deal included a second, un-specified novel. The Art of Baking Blind is intercut with extracts from Mrs Eaden’s cookbook The Art of Baking, showing how each of the women has her own reason for seeking the domestic perfection personified by Mrs Eaden.
Glory, to be published by Orion in April 2015, is the new novel by Rachel Billington. Inspired by her grandfather’s death at Gallipoli in 1915, it follows the fate of four soldiers and the women who loved them. Billington was awarded an OBE for services to literature in the 2012 New Year Honours list, and has written 21 novels for adults and 12 for children.