Kate Mills, publisher, bought world English rights from Broo Doherty at DHH Literary Agency. She has also acquired one previously published backlist title, The Judas Scar, which was originally published in 2014 by Cutting Edge Press.
HQ will publish the first book in the contract, The Haven, in hardback in March next year. It tells the story of a group of friends who decide to live off-grid, on the wilds of Bodmin Moor. What begins as a pleasant experiment in living off the land and shunning the rat race becomes something more sinister as a self-appointed leader of the group emerges with a darker agenda.
Mills said: "Amanda is a brilliant writer who cuts to the heart of her characters and weaves their stories against landscapes which can be both beguiling and threatening. The Haven feels an incredibly timely piece of fiction as so many of us seek to live more sustainably and work more remotely. It brings together Amanda’s powerful narration with an utterly compelling story of a dream going wrong. We can’t wait to share it with readers."
Doherty added: "Amanda is such a terrific writer: her insight into the human condition is fascinating and her sense of place is palpable. I am delighted that HQ are investing in Amanda’s future as well as her past and I am confident that Kate and the entire HQ team will do a magnificent job with these books."
Jennings said she was "over the moon" to be writing two new books with the HQ team, adding: "The energy and enthusiasm of every person involved is inspirational. I am also delighted they will be re-releasing The Judas Scar. I have a soft spot for this book and I'm thrilled it will have the opportunity to find a wider readership. Exciting times ahead!"
From The Bookseller article | Sian Bayley