Debut author Jax Miller has signed a two-book deal with HarperFiction. The first, Freedom’s Child, will be published in summer 2015. It tells the story of Freedom, a woman who has spent 18 years living under the Witness Protection programme after murdering her husband. When the daughter she gave birth to in prison, and gave up for adoption, goes missing, Freedom is determined to find her child. The deal also includes a second un-named title.
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The Gracekeepers by Kirsty Logan will be published by Harvill Secker in Spring 2015. Described as a combination of Angela Carter and Michael Faber, Logan writes in the magical realism tradition. In The Gracekeepers, North and her bear live on a circus boat, floating between the scattered archipelagoes that are all that remains of the land. To survive, the circus must perform for the few fortunate islanders in return for food and supplies. Meanwhile, in the middle of the ocean, Callanish tends the watery graves along the equator, as penance for a long-ago mistake.
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How I Lost You is the story of Susan Webster, released from Oakdale Psychiatric Unit where she was put after being convicted of killing her son. She sets up house alone, under an alias, but soon receives a photo which suggests her son is still alive. So, she searches for the truth. Who was betraying who? This is Jenny Blackhurst’s debut thriller, to be published by Headline as an e-book at the end of 2014 and paperback in spring 2015. Follow Jenny Blackhurst on Twitter at @JennyBlackhurst
The Faithful Couple is the new novel by AD Miller, author of the 2011 Man Booker Prize-shortlisted Snowdrops. It will be published by Little, Brown as hardback in the spring of 2015, and Abacus paperback in 2016. In The Faithful Couple, two young British men Neil Collins and Adam Tayler meet at a hostel in San Diego. It is the Nineties. On a camping trip to Yosemite National Park, they behave in ways that, years later, they regret.
Lori Lansens’ next two novels will be published by Simon & Schuster. A Mountain Story, to be published in 2015, is narrated by Wolf Truly who got lost on his 18th birthday with three women for five days in the mountain wilderness just outside Palm Springs. Now an adult, Wolf writes an account of what happened for his son Danny because he owes him the truth.
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Michael Joseph is to publish two books by Eve Chase. The first, published next year, is Black Rabbit Hall, so called because of the house at the centre of the novel, Black Rabbit Hall. “When the sun sets over its vast green lawn the rabbits are silhouetted on the horizon”. The Alton family joke is that a Black Rabbit hour lasts twice as long as a London one, but you don’t get a quarter of the things done. And then one day, something happens and life is never the same again.