Steadman's debut Something in the Water was signed at LBF 2016 and became a New York Times bestseller
The two-book deal for UK and Commonwealth rights, including audio, has been brokered by Camilla Bolton of Darley Anderson Literary Agency with fiction publishing director Jo Dickinson. The first book will be published in hardback in January 2021, with book two following in 2022.
Actress Catherine Steadman’s debut novel, Something in the Water, was acquired by Simon & Schuster UK two years ago at the London Book Fair. The hardback was a New York Times bestseller and Reese Witherspoon Book Club pick. Rights have been sold in 28 languages so far and film rights have been optioned by Reese Witherspoon Hello Sunshine Productions.
Steadman said: "I’m absolutely thrilled to be working with editor Jo Dickinson and to have found such a supportive home at Simon & Schuster UK. Their creativity, passion and ambition for their writers is incredibly exciting."
Bolton said: "Two years ago at the London Book Fair Catherine celebrated her first UK deal with S&S and to be here now celebrating a very exciting new deal after all her huge achievements with Something In The Water feels like a perfect place to be. We’re incredibly excited to keep working together and for all the successes to come."
Dickinson said: "I am so thrilled to have bought two new novels from the amazingly talented Catherine Steadman. Something in the Water has launched her writing career in spectacular style and I feel certain she is destined for great things."