Dark, psychological YA novel
Chloe Sackur, fiction editor at Andersen Press, has signed Julia Gray's second young adult novel, Little Liar. Andersen has world rights from Louise Lamont at LBA. Gray's 2016 debut, The Otherlife, was nominated for the Carnegie Medal and longlisted for the Branford Boase Award.
Little Liar (June 2018) is a darkly psychological YA novel, told as a confession from the caustically clever Nora. When the new school art assistant crosses a line, Nora decides to take her revenge by destroying his reputation. But when the scheme backfires, Nora finds an escape in Bel, a beautiful, privileged girl who longs to make it as an actress.
Lamont described the novel as "the lovechild of Tom Ripley and Taylor Swift", adding: "Little Liar confirms the dark brilliance of Julia Gray. Andersen will be the ideal home for her beguiling cast of liars in this elegantly twisted tale of friendship and longing."
Sackur said: "Little Liar is another brilliantly unique, spine-tinglingly dark novel from Julia Gray. I can't wait for readers to be sucked into this electrifying tale of dangerous devotion from the very first compelling page."
Gray is a writer, teacher and singer-songwriter. She studied Classics at UCL and has a diploma in children's literature and an MA in creative writing from Birkbeck, where she received the Sophie Warne Fellowship. She has released three albums with the trip-hop/jazz collective Second Person, and more recently two solo albums, I Am Not the Night and Robber Bride.