Constable & Robinson sign A D Garrett novel -
Constable & Robinson has signed a five-figure deal to acquire a new detective novel written under the pen name A D Garrett.
The book, jointly authored by thriller writer Margaret Murphy and forensic expert Professor Dave Barclay, was signed by C&R’s James Garbutt through agent Felicity Blunt at Curtis Brown, with Katie McGowan at Curtis Brown handling the translation rights.
The publisher has British Commonwealth rights to the book excluding Canada. Blunt said: "The combined talents of Professor Barclay and Margaret Murphy merge to create a truly twisted crime novel, with brilliant but flawed forensic scientist Nick Fenimore at its centre." The publication date is to be confirmed.
Headline to publish Mark Mills -
Headline has acquired two novels by Mark Mills, previously published by HarperCollins, and author of bestselling title The Savage Garden.
Publishing director for fiction Imogen Taylor bought world rights excluding North America in the two novels, as yet untitled, through Stephanie Cabot at The Gernert Company.
The first book, which will be a contemporary novel set around an Oxfordshire estate, will be published in 2013. The second will have "more of a period setting", with both containing elements of "surprise [and] intrigue".
Taylor said: "I'm truly delighted that we're to be Mark's publishers; I've admired his work for years, ever since he wrote The Whaleboat House, his very first book. He's brilliant on place, the psychological make-up of a character, and how the past infringes on the present. I couldn't be more thrilled."