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Legend Press to publish first ever hardback

Legend Press are delighted to acquire UK and Ireland rights for The Magician's Lie by Greer Macallister. The novel was bought by Legend Press's Commissioning Editor Lauren Parsons from Sara Hartman-Seeskin at Sourcebooks.

The Magician’s Lie was originally published by Sourcebooks in the USA in 2015, with film rights for the novel acquired by American actress and film producer Jessica Chastain, under her production company Freckle Films. The novel is a USA Today and MIBA Indie bestseller, an Indie Next, LibraryReads and Target Book Club Pick and was chosen by guest judge Whoopi Goldberg as a Book of the Month Club main selection.

The Magician’s Lie will be Legend Press’ first ever novel too be launched in hardback, published on 3rd April 2017. The paperback will follow on 2nd October 2017. The novel has been described as WATER FOR ELEPHANTS meets THE NIGHT CIRCUS.

A richly imagined historical thriller, The Magician’s Lie follows America’s most notorious female illusionist who stands accused of her husband's murder - and she has only one night to convince a small-town policeman of her innocence.

Lauren Parsons, Commissioning Editor of Legend Press comments: ‘We are delighted to be bringing this critically-acclaimed novel to the UK and Irish market. The novel is the perfect addition to our growing historical list for 2017. The Magician’s Lie is a smart, captivating thriller that will have you hooked.’

Raised in the Midwest, Greer Macallister is a poet, short story writer, playwright and novelist. Her plays have been performed at American University, where she earned her MFA in Creative Writing. Follow Greer on Twitter @theladygreer

Blurb

The Amazing Arden is the most famous female illusionist of her day, renowned for her notorious trick of sawing a man in half on stage. But one night she swaps her trademark saw for an axe.

When Arden's husband is found dead later that night, the answer seems clear, most of all to young policeman Virgil Holt.

Captured and taken into custody, all seems set for Arden’s swift confession. But she has a different story to tell. Even handcuffed and alone, Arden is far from powerless, and what she reveals is as unbelievable as it is spellbinding.