Zaffre – the flagship adult fiction imprint of Bonnier Books UK – has signed three new debut authors to its Memory Lane list: Shirley Mann, Katherine Mezzacappa, writing as Katie Hutton, and Gillie Holmes.
Editor Claire Johnson-Creek acquired world English language rights in two books by Shirley Mann from Kate Barker at The Kate Barker Literary Agency, world rights in two books by Katie Hutton from Annette Green at The Annette Green Authors’ Agency and world English language rights in a new three-book series by Gillie Holmes from Teresa Chris at The Teresa Chris Literary Agency. Zaffre, Bonnier Books UK’s flagship adult fiction imprint, will publish the first book from each author in 2020.
Lily’s War by Shirley Mann is a World War II saga about Lily, a young girl from Manchester who joins the WAAFs and meets an unlikely group of strong women, all doing their bit for the war.
The Gypsy’s Bride by Katie Hutton is a cross-cultural love story set between the wars about a Methodist preacher’s granddaughter who meets and falls in love with a member of a recently arrived Gypsy community.
Gillie Holmes’s series is set in and around a café in Dover during World War Two, run by the Castle family. The series will follow the family as they try to navigate life in a town that became known as hellfire corner during the war.
‘From the moment I dipped in to each of these unique, but equally heart-warming, tragic and uplifting stories, I knew they would be assets to our saga list, which is an area we at Zaffre are committed to growing.’
Claire Johnson-Creek, Editor, Zaffre
Johnson-Creek said: ‘I’m so excited to be welcoming Shirley, Katie and Gillie to Zaffre’s Memory Lane. They are brilliant new voices in the genre and it’s a thrill to have so much talent come all at once. From the moment I dipped in to each of these unique, but equally heart-warming, tragic and uplifting stories, I knew they would be assets to our saga list, which is an area we at Zaffre are committed to growing.’
Memory Lane is a community set up by Zaffre to celebrate the very best of saga writing and is the home of bestselling authors such as Rosie Goodwin and Sheila Newberry. It brings together readers who share an interest in heart-warming stories about women’s lives and connects them to the authors of the books they love.