Seven international deals for Orion rom com Not Just for Christmas, written by a bookseller writing under a pseudonym
Rights to Not Just For Christmas by Natalie Cox have been snapped up across seven international territories following a clutch of deals signed by Felicity Rubinstein at Lutyens & Rubinstein.
US rights were bought by Margo Lipshultz at Putnam (who will publish as Mutts and Mistletoe) from David Forrer at Inkwell Management, and in the last few weeks translation rights have been bought by Meulenhoff Boekerij in The Netherlands, Penguin Random House in Germany, Aschehoug in Norway, Printz in Sweden, Swiat Ksiazki in Poland and Gabo Kiado in Hungary.
Natalie Cox is the pseudonym for Betsy Tobin (pictured), a bookseller who runs Ink@84 Books in Highbury, London. Clare Hey, publishing director at Orion Fiction, bought UK and Commonwealth rights and Orion Fiction will publish in paperback original in November.
The book is described thus by Orion: 'Charlie hates the holidays, and this year is shaping up to be her worst yuletide ever. Her boyfriend has left her for his personal trainer, her flat is out of bounds after a gas leak, and her mother has gone to spend Christmas in Melbourne with her fifth husband. Finding herself single, mildly concussed and temporarily homeless, Charlie hesitantly agrees to dust off her wellies and spend the festive season in Devon, looking after Cosy Canine Cottages, her cousin Jez's dog-care centre.
'However, her plans for a quiet rural Christmas with only the four-legged friends for company are dashed as soon as she meets Malcolm the deaf Great Dane, Hugo, his gorgeous (but engaged) owner, and Cal, the undeniably attractive but unbearably patronising local vet.'
Hey said: "I loved the warmth and wit of Not Just for Christmas – and everyone loves a dog at Christmas! Natalie Cox has a great future as a brilliant rom com author."
Rubinstein said: "As soon as I started reading Not Just for Christmas I was in a world that I never wanted to leave. Natalie Cox is the real thing."