Their Lips Talk of Mischief is the eighth novel by Man Booker Prize-longlisted author Alan Warner. To be published by Faber in August, the book is set in the 1980s and follows two penniless writers who share a flat.
Debut crime novelist MP Wright has signed a contract for two novels with Black and White Publishing. Heartman follows the story of JT Ellington who has recently arrived from the West Indies in 1960s Bristol. The first of a series of books featuring Ellington, Heartman will be published in July this year. TV rights have been optioned by World Productions.
The Memory of Snow, an adult fantasy novel by self-published author Kirsty Ferry, has been bought by Choc Lit in a two-book deal. The Memory of Snow will be re-launched by Choc Lit this spring. Ferry’s second novel, a time-slip story, will be published in the autumn. Ferry is the second self-published author recently signed by Choc Lit, Melanie Hudson was signed in November 2013.
Debut author Carrie Patel has signed a two-book deal with Angry Robot. The Buried Life is to be published this summer, with Renaissance Land in 2015. The Buried Life is set in a world where history books are forbidden.
An un-named epic historical trilogy by David Thomas, writing as David Churchill, will be published in the UK by Headline. The novels cover the events of 1066 and William the Conqueror’s ascent to the throne. The Leopards of Normandy, the first of the three books, will be published in hardcover in January 2015.
Blogger and former Avon author, Stella Newman, has sold her third novel to Headline. The Dish, about a restaurant critic who falls in love with a chef after reviewing his restaurant, will be published first as an e-book and in April 2015 as a mass-market release. Newman’s first two novels, Leftovers and Pear Shaped, are published by Avon.
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