The Winter War is a debut novel by Finnish writer Philip Teir. Already published in Finland and Sweden as Vinterkriget, it will be published in the UK in spring 2015 by Serpent’s Tail.
Stone Rider is a coming of age YA tale by David Hofmeyr, set in the dustbowl town of Blackwater. Influenced by Westerns, the rival tribes of teenagers don’t ride horses but semi-sentient mechanical “bykes”. Penguin will publish Stone Rider in 2015.
Cornwell, granddaughter of John le Carré, has sold her ‘literary Da Vinci Code’ trilogy to Quercus. The first, The Serpent Papers, will be published in 2015.
The debut by Mark Haysom, Love, Love Me Do, will be published by Piatkus Fiction. It tells the story of a family forced to leave their Brighton home to live in a caravan,
Girl Runner, the debut novel by Carrie Snyder will be published by John Murray Press imprint Two Roads in the spring of 2015. The girl of the title is Aganetha Smart, an Olympic athlete who competed in the 1920s, but now lives in a nursing home at the age of 104, alone and forgotten. Aganetha is forced to confront her own secrets and difficult life choices.
Mitch CullinA novel about the final years of Sherlock Holmes, and due to be turned into a film starring Sir Ian McKellen, is to be published by Canongate. A Slight Trick of the Mind by Mitch Cullin was originally published in the USA in 2005. It is set in 1947 when the 93-year-old Holmes grapples with the diminishing powers of his legendary mind in a remote Sussex farmhouse. As people continue to turn to him for advice, he revisits a case from his past. The film will begin shooting in April 2014, Canongate plans to publish the book in May 2014. Cullin is the author of eight books, including Tideland which was turned into a film by director Terry Gilliam.