Hodder signs First World War policewomen saga

Rights - Fiction Friday, 07 June 2019

Two-book deal with freelance journalist Johanna Bell for saga series about Britain’s first female police officers

Hodder & Stoughton has bought The Bobby Girls by debut author Johanna Bell, the first book in 'a gritty, uplifting new saga series about Britain’s first ever female police officers,' set at the outbreak of the First World War.

Commissioning editor Thorne Ryan bought world rights for the first two books in the series from Kate Burke at Blake Friedmann (during her time at Northbank Talent Management).

According to the acquisition statement: 'While men fight on the battlefields of France, at home in Britain women are finally seizing their own opportunities to make a difference. Maggie, Annie, Sarah and Irene come from very different backgrounds, but they do have one thing in common: they have all signed up for the Women Police Volunteers. As they work together to find their feet on the beat, will their new friendships get them through the darkest of times?'

Johanna Bell is a freelance journalist who writes real-life stories for national newspapers and women’s weekly magazines. She said: "I’m delighted to have signed my first book deal with Hodder. I’ve always had a passionate interest in the world wars so I have thoroughly enjoyed researching and writing The Bobby Girls, and am so grateful for the opportunity."

Ryan said: "The Bobby Girls brings together everything I love about saga. Johanna is a dream author, we’ve got the perfect package to kick off the series and I could not be more excited for it to publish."

Burke said: "I’m thrilled to be working with the Hodder team on this exciting new saga series. Jo’s impeccable research and wonderfully warm writing will delight saga fans!" The Bobby Girls will publish in paperback and ebook on 31 October 2019.

Bell can be found online at Twitter (@jobooftheshire), on Facebook (/JohannaJournalist) and on Instagram (/jobooftheshire).

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