Bloomsbury wins auction for Sarah Crossan's adult debut

Rights - Fiction Wednesday, 16 October 2019

Novel in verse selling fast in international markets

In a "major deal" secured at auction, Sarah Crossan has signed with Bloomsbury for a debut adult novel in verse and a second title. Alexandra Pringle at Bloomsbury bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the novels through Julia Churchill at AM Heath. Bloomsbury is the publisher of Crossan's children's titles, including the Carnegie-winning One.

Little, Brown will be the US publisher, and rights have also gone to publishers in Denmark, France, Germany, Hungary, Italy, the Netherlands, and Sweden.

Crossan is the current Laureate na nÓg (Ireland's Children's Literature Laureate). In addition to the Carnegie, she has won the YA Book Prize, the CBI Book of the Year award, and the CLiPPA Poetry Award. Her work has been published in 24 languages.

Her adult debut, Here Is the Beehive, is a novel about grief, death and obsession. Ana and Connor have been having an affair for three years, keeping their love secret in hotel rooms, weekends away, swiftly deleted text messages. Nobody knows of their relationship except Mark, Connor's best friend. When Ana gets a phone call to say that Connor has died in a cycling accident, she has no place for her grief. Mark is reluctant to become Ana's confidante, so with no other place to turn, Ana seeks out friendship with the only person who shares her pain - Connor's grieving widow Rebecca.

Pringle said: "Sarah Crossan is already the jewel in the crown of Bloomsbury Children's, but in adult editorial Here Is the Beehive arrived like a bolt from the blue: the moment we read it, we knew we had to have it, and would do anything to get it. I have always felt that marriage is the best kept secret. It is the subject no one tells the truth about. In the beautifully written, entirely gripping novel, Sarah Crossan peels away the layers of two overlapping marriages, excavating grief, betrayal and loss. It's a novel you read with your heart in your mouth, obsessively, in one go; before charging out into the world desperate to discuss it with everyone you know."

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