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Aussie rules for Legend acquisitions in the run-up to LBF

As part of Legend Press’ plan for international growth, Commissioning Editor Lauren Parsons has acquired the work of two new authors from Australia ahead of the London Book Fair. The two acquisitions also mark an expansion of the Legend Press list into the field of historical fiction.

Skylarking by Kate Mildenhall was acquired from Sophy Williams at Black Inc (UK and Commonwealth, excluding Australia and New Zealand), and is a stunning debut novel about friendship, love and loss. The novel questions what it is to remember and how tempting it can be to forget, and is inspired by a true story. Kate and Harriet are best friends, growing up together on an isolated Australian cape in the 1880s. As daughters of the lighthouse keepers, the two girls share everything, until a fisherman, McPhail, arrives in their small community. When Kate witnesses the desire that flares between him and Harriet, she is torn by her feelings of envy and longing. But one moment in McPhail’s hut will change the course of their lives forever.  The novel will be published Spring 2017.

Lauren Parsons also signed a two book deal (World rights) with Australian author M.J. Tjia for her Heloise Chancey Mystery series, direct from the author. She Be Damned will be published Summer 2017, with the follow-up in 2018. Mirandi was longlisted for the 2015 CWA Debut Dagger Prize, and was shortlisted for the 2015 Luke Bitmead Bursary, the UK’s biggest prize for unpublished authors. She Be Damned is a crime novel, set in 1860s London. In the first book of the series Heloise Chancey is a famous courtesan who begins to investigate the disappearance of prostitutes in the Waterloo area. The books are perfect for fans of BBC television series Ripper Street and novels such as Tipping the Velvet.

Lauren Parsons, Commissioning Editor of Legend Press comments: ‘We are delighted to acquire these two fantastic historical fiction authors, expanding our list into the genre. Australia is a key market for growth, and we are excited about the wealth of talent Australian agents and publishers have to offer.’

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