Isabelle Broom signed by Hodder

Rights - Fiction Thursday, 07 February 2019

Novelist, and books editor at Woman & Home magazine, moves to Hodder & Stoughton from Michael Joseph in two-book deal

Editorial director Kimberley Atkins, who previously worked with Broom whilst an editor at Michael Joseph, bought World English Language rights including audio, to two novels from Hannah Ferguson at Hardman & Swainson.

Broom was the book reviews editor at heat magazine until the end of last year and joined Woman & Home last month. Since 2016, Broom has published five novels, with sales exceeding 56,000 copies through Nielsen BookScan TCM. Her final novel with Michael Joseph, One Winter Morning, will be published in October.

Atkins said: "I am over the moon to be reunited with Isabelle Broom, whose first novels I acquired when I worked at Michael Joseph. Isabelle is a supremely talented author, brimming with passion and brilliant ideas. I’m thrilled that Hodder & Stoughton will be the new home for her unforgettable fiction and am so looking forward to publishing her next books."

Broom said: "I was fortunate enough to begin my publishing adventure with the incredible team at Michael Joseph, and I'm extremely proud of the six novels I have done with them. Leaving was not an easy decision but getting the opportunity to work with the utterly brilliant and super-talented Kim again was one I simply could not pass up. I'm overjoyed to be joining the wonderful Hodder & Stoughton family, and can't wait to share our exciting future plans with readers and booksellers."

Ferguson added: "Isabelle is such a talent and has seen a huge amount of success at Michael Joseph since her first novel was published in 2016. And I am thrilled to see Izzy and Kim reunited now as Izzy starts work on her seventh novel. They have a wonderful working relationship and I’m certain that Izzy will thrive under Kim’s guidance."

Broom’s first novel for Hodder & Stoughton will be published in 2020 as a paperback original.

Pictured: Isabelle Broom (cr Heloise Toop)

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