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Hot Key Books acquires sweeping romance from New York Times bestselling author David Arnold

Hot Key Books is delighted to announce the acquisition of the poignant new romantic novel, I Loved You in Another Life by multi-award-winning and bestselling author David Arnold. 

Emma Matthewson and Georgia Murray at Hot Key Books acquired UK and Commonwealth English language rights from Alessandra Birch on behalf of Daniel Lazar at Writers House.                                         

I Loved You in Another Life follows the story of two teenagers Evan and Shosh: the only two people who can hear the voice of a mysterious singer, whose lyrics bring their souls together time and time again through the ages.

David Arnold said: “Every book feels personal, but this one cuts deep. There’s a character based on my young son, a love based on my love, original songs I wrote and recorded for the book, and a few of my own mental health struggles on the page. As such, I couldn’t be more thrilled to be working with Emma, Georgia, and the incredible team at Hot Key. As someone who’s lived and travelled through England, imagining I Loved You in Another Life on UK bookshelves is an absolute dream.”

Emma Matthewson, executive publisher at Hot Key Books said: “From the very first page I fell for the sweeping romance of David Arnold’s ambitious storytelling, the original and distinctive voices of the central characters, and of course that high-concept hook. We cannot wait to publish!”

Georgia Murray, commissioning editor at Hot Key Books comments: “This wonderful novel captures perfectly the joy, heartbreak and messiness of love, however old you are, wherever you might be in the world, whatever time you might have lived in. If you’re going to read one romantic novel this year, this has got to be the one.”

David Arnold is the New York Times bestselling author of The Electric Kingdom, Mosquitoland, Kids of Appetite, and The Strange Fascinations of Noah Hypnotik. He has won the Southern Book Prize and the Great Lakes Book Award, and was named a Publishers Weekly Flying Start for his debut. His books have been translated into over a dozen languages. He lives in Lexington, Kentucky, with his wife and son. @iamdavidarnold

I Loved You in Another Life will be publishing in paperback in October 2023.

Author photo credit: Daniel Meigs