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Manilla Press to publish Rowan Beaird’s ‘dazzling’ debut The Divorceés

Manilla Press, the boutique literary imprint of Bonnier Books UK, has acquired a ‘dazzling’ exploration of female friendship, desire, and freedom by US debut author, Rowan Beaird.

Publishing Director Sophie Orme acquired UK and Commonwealth English language rights (excluding Canada) for The Divorcées from Kerry Nordling at St Martin’s Press. 

In 1951, unhappiness is hardly grounds for divorce – except at the divorce ranches of Reno, Nevada. Here women from different backgrounds live together for the six weeks it will take to earn their freedom. Six weeks of fun, friendship, casinos and flirting with cowboys. Six weeks to discover who they could become. And if their new friends are who they say they are…

Rowan Beaird said: ‘I’m so thrilled that The Divorcées has a UK home with the incredible team at Bonnier Books UK. From dark casinos to sun-soaked pools, Reno in the 1950s was a fascinating time and place in America’s history, and I’m excited for readers overseas to experience the desires, glamour, and mystery of this era.’

Sophie Orme said: ‘The Divorcées is completely irresistible – a captivating, unsettling read, peopled with complex and luminous characters, brimming with atmosphere and depicting such a fascinating setting and moment in history for women. Rowan is a hugely talented author and I can’t wait to introduce her stunning debut novel to readers in the UK.’

The Divorcées will be published in hardback, audio and eBook on 28th March 2024