Two New Acquisitions for Legend

Legend Press are delighted to have signed two exciting new novels for 2017/2018, both acquired by Commissioning Editor, Lauren Parsons. World rights were acquired for The Winter's Child by Cassandra Parkin directly from the author and World rights (excluding US and Canada) for Fire on the Mountain from Veronique Baxter at David Higham Associates.

The Winter's Child by Cassandra Parkin
Out 15th September 2017

Amazon Rising Star shortlisted author Cassandra Parkin returns with a ghostly winter read, following the success of Lily's House (2016), The Beach Hut (2015) and The Summer We All Ran Away (2013).  A tale of twisted love, family secrets and hauntings, with a modern gothic flavour.

Wendy Holden, recently reviewing in The Daily Mail, described Parkin as 'a wonderful writer with a painterly eye for detail' and Jane Corry called her writing 'Fresh. Original. Spell-binding.'

Five years ago, Susannah Harper’s son Joel went missing without trace. Bereft of her son and then of her husband, Susannah tries to accept that she may never know for certain what has happened to her lost loved ones. She has rebuilt her life around a simple selfless mission: to help others who, like her, must learn to live without hope
But then, on the last night of Hull Fair, a fortune-teller makes an eerie prediction. She tells her that this Christmas Eve, Joel will finally come back to her.
As her carefully-constructed life begins to unravel, Susannah is drawn into a world of psychics and charlatans, half-truths and hauntings, friendships and betrayals, forcing her to confront the buried truths of her family’s past, where nothing and no one are quite as they seem.


Fire on the Mountain by Jean McNeil
Out Spring 2018

The hotly-anticipated new novel from Commonwealth Writers' Prize shortlisted author Jean McNeil, who was recently described by the New York Times Book Review as 'a sharp, unarguable talent'.

With echoes of Annie Proulx’s Brokeback Mountain and JM Coetzee, Fire on the Mountain is a moody, sensual novel about forbidden passion. Jean's most recent novel The Dhow House (2016) was described by The Daily Mail as 'Completely absorbing, eminently readable… You won’t read many better novels this year.’

When NGO worker Nick drops unexpectedly into the lives of Pieter and Sara Lisson, he feels he has found the parents he never had. Nick is enraptured by their lives of splendour and acclaim as much as the stirring setting of the African city where they live, but he soon senses a secret at the heart of his new family.
Nick then meets Riaan, the Lissons’ son, and so begins an intense connection that threatens to erupt into a relationship neither had ever considered. In the shadow of the Brandberg, the glowing mountain that stands at the heart of the desert, Nick will discover that his passion for Riaan is not the only fire which threatens his newfound home.