Trapeze signs 'gripping and heartbreaking' novel from Laura Jarratt

Rights - Fiction Friday, 15 March 2019

Phoebe Morgan seals two-book adult deal for YA author

Editorial director Phoebe Morgan acquired World All Language rights for Mother by Laura Jarrett, together with a second book, The Disappeared, from Ariella Feiner at United Agents.

According to the acquisition statement: 'Mother explores every parent’s worst nightmare: when family lawyer Lizzie plunges her car into a lake one dark night, she is forced to choose between her daughters – for there is only time to pull one girl out of the water. As the consequences of Lizzie’s decision come to light, Mother takes the reader into a mystery full of grief, suspense and drama that will have readers on the edge of their seats until the very last page.'

Morgan said: "Emotional, relatable and with a side portion of suspense, Mother gripped me from the first page and I haven't stopped thinking about it since. Laura Jarratt creates an all-too-believable story that will resonate with readers the world over, and I cannot wait to launch her on the Trapeze list."

Jarratt said: "It was really important to me and to Ariella to find the right home for my first adult book and so we were really excited to have interest from Trapeze, and even more pleased when they offered for Mother and Disappeared. I'm delighted to be working with Phoebe and I'm looking forward to a successful partnership."

Jarratt has previously published Young Adult fiction and been shortlisted for the Waterstones Prize and nominated for the Carnegie Medal.

Trapeze will publish Mother in paperback, ebook and audio in 2020, followed by Disappeared in 2021.

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