Sphere buys two more from Clare Mackintosh in 'major' new deal

Claire Coughlan
Rights - Fiction Tuesday, 05 March 2019

Author's first three novels have sold 2m copies

Sphere has signed two new novels by number 1 Sunday Times bestseller Clare Mackintosh. Lucy Malagoni, Sphere fiction publisher, bought world rights to the novels in a "major" new deal from Sheila Crowley at Curtis Brown. The first novel in the deal will be out in 2020.

Mackintosh's first three novels have been translated into over 35 languages, selling over two million copies. Sphere will publish her fourth, After the End, in hardback, trade paperback, ebook and audio in June. It's the story of Max and Pip, a couple who "face the most impossible choice they ever have to make, with devastating consequences".

Malagoni said: "Working with someone as talented, creative and hard-working as Clare has been an absolute dream from the very beginning and seeing her star continue to rise with every book published is such a thrill for me and the rest of the team here."

Mackintosh said: "The Sphere team has published my psychological thrillers superbly, and already has incredible plans in place for June's release of After the End. I am delighted to be working with Lucy Malagoni on another two novels - there's no better editor out there."

Crowley said: "Clare is one of the hardest working authors I know. She connects with her many readers in the UK and around the world through her innovative newsletters and other social media. Her writing develops with every new story and she seamlessly surprises us with her memorable characters and special twists."

Charlie King, Little, Brown md, said: "It is such a privilege working with authors like Clare Mackintosh and seeing their writing evolve. I have loved every single word she has written, but After the End really blew me away and is going to take Clare's career to a whole new level, setting the tone for her future publishing."

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