Caroline Scott's The Photographer of the Lost has also gone to William Morrow in the US
Simon & Schuster has signed a debut novel by Caroline Scott, who originally submitted her manuscript to the publisher's Books and the City open day. Jo Dickinson, publishing director, signed world rights in The Photographer of the Lost and a second novel through Teresa Chris. US rights have been pre-empted by William Morrow.
The Photographer of the Lost (November) is set during the aftermath of the First World War, when many soldiers remained missing. Scott's heroine Edie receives in the post a photograph taken by her husband, and travels to France in search of him.
Dickinson said: "Several of us read The Photographer of the Lost as part of the One Day submission process and raved about it, and word has spread throughout Simon & Schuster UK - this is a novel we have all fallen in love with. Caroline Scott is a wonderful new voice for the list, a freelance writer and historian specialising in WWI and women's history - The Photographer of the Lost is partially inspired by her own family history."
Scott said: "I'm thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Simon & Schuster UK. Jo and her team have such a perfect empathy with the spirit of my story and are full of inspired ideas and energy. As a writer who is new to fiction, I feel so lucky to have their support and know-how on my side. I couldn't be working with a better team."
Chris said: "This is the novel I speak to everyone about. It is compelling, obsessive and the most deeply moving account of WW1 and its aftermath I have ever come across. Prepare to cry!"