This autumn City Writes opens its doors once again with a writing competition open to all past and present City Writing Short Course Students. Submit by 17 November to win a chance to read alongside City short course alumnus Greg Keen, whose debut crime novel, Soho Dead, came out in July. Set up and run by The Book Edit's very own Rebekah Lattin-Rawstrone, the next City Writes event will be held on 13 December and is well worth attending, even if you don't win the competition! Tickets available here.
Novel Studio alumnus Greg Keen has signed a two book deal with Amazon Publishing’s Crime Imprint, Thomas & Mercer. His first book, Soho Dead, came out in July and is described as a “fast-paced, darkly funny crime novel” in which the hero, PI Kenny Gabriel, finds that “the further he investigates the unnatural death of an old friend's daughter, the more he confronts his own past.” This follows hot on the heels of Greg’s CWA Debut Dagger award which helped secure his agent, Veronique Baxter at David Higham. Soho Ghosts is due out next year.
Harriet Tyce has sold her debut thriller, Blood Orange, to Wildfire. Rights have also been sold in ten other territories. Set to be a ‘major debut launch’, Wildfire have described the novel as ‘a stunning piece of psychological suspense...’ with a ‘spectacularly dark and satisfying ending.’
Harriet was a criminal barrister for ten years before starting her writing career. A graduate of the Novel Studio in 2010, she is now part way through the MA in Creative Writing Crime Fiction at UEA, where she received a distinction in her first year. Blood Orange will be published in the UK in January 2019.
Last week saw the launch of Emma Claire Sweeney and Emily Midorikawa's hotly anticipated book about female literary friendships, A Secret Sisterhood. Based on their hugely successful blog, Something Rhymed, A Secret Sisterhood delves deeper into four transformative female friendships which have been largely overlooked. Writing in the foreword, Margaret Atwood notes that 'In digging up the forgotten friendships chronicled in A Secret Sisterhood, Emily Midorikawa and Emma Claire Sweeney have done much service to literary history.’ We couldn't be more delighted for Emma and Emily and wish them every success with this important book.
Delighted to hear that HarperCollins have bought Peng Shepherd's debut novel, M. Peng's agent at Curtis Brown describes the book as "a virtuoso debut by an unparalleled talent. Peng Shepherd has created a world filled with big ideas about mortality and self but it is the small intimate moments that pierce and stay with you long after you’ve finished reading".Read More