Hodder acquires new fiction from bestselling saga author Kate Thompson, previously published by PanMac
The two new novels Hodder has acquired are set in the East End during the Second World War. Editorial director Kimberley Atkins bought UK and Commonwealth rights, including Canada, and audio rights, to Secrets of the Homefront Girls and Secrets of the Lavender Girls from Kate Burke at Northbank Talent Management.
According to the acquisition statement: 'Set in Stratford, in the heart of East London, the novels follow a cast of feisty women working in the Yardley factory supporting the war effort and surviving the horrors of the Blitz.'
Thompson has previously published four novels with Pan Macmillan, the first of which, Secrets of the Singer Girls, was sold in a seven-way auction in 2014 and has been optioned for television by Bandit Television. Thompson is also the author of a non-fiction book published last month, The Stepney Doorstep Society (Michael Joseph).
Atkins said: "Kate has long been an author who I have loved reading – her novels are gritty, gripping and authentic, with vivid and unforgettable characters that leap off the page. I’m thrilled to be publishing Kate at Hodder, and to introduce readers to the heroic stories of the women on the home front, living and working in London in World War II."
Thompson said: "I cut my teeth as a ghostwriter on my first ever book for Hodder & Stoughton, so, all these years later, it feels fitting to return to them with Secrets of the Homefront Girls. I'm thrilled to have someone with Kimberley's energy, talent and tenacity as my editor. She shares my passion for social history, extraordinary wartime women and authenticity. I'm so excited to see what the future holds."
Burke said: "Kate's writing is stellar – wonderfully researched and emotionally engaging – and we're delighted to be working with Kimberley and the Hodder team." Secrets of the Homefront Girls will publish on 8 August 2019 in paperback at £6.99, with Secrets of the Lavender Girls following in 2020.