The Swimmer, the debut novel by Swedish writer Joakim Zander [below], was signed by Head of Zeus after a heated auction.
Jimmy Rice and Laura Tait
Journalists Rice and Tait have co-written The Best Thing That Never Happened to Me which tells the stories of friends Alex and Holly. Rice writes as one, Tait as the other. Transworld has bought the rights to two books, with The Best Thing that Never Happened to Me published in e-book in spring 2014. A Corgi paperback will follow in early July.
A new historical crime series by LC Tyler [below] will be published by Constable & Robinson, starting with the first in November 2014.
Bannan, head of literature at Arts Council Ireland, has signed a publishing deal with Bloomsbury for her first novel. Weightless is narrated in the collective first person by a group of girls at an American high school, delving into the world of teenage friendship, peer pressure, responsibility and guilt.
The Well, by Catherine Chanter, portrays a modern-day Britain where it has not rained for three years except on a piece of farmland known as The Well.
Two new titles from Teri Terry [below], author of the Slated trilogy, will be published by Orchard Books. Game of the Few, to be published in autumn 2014, is a futuristic thriller about a power-hungry organisation which manages the Game, a virtual world that the majority of people now live half their lives in. The second book is untitled.