Published: 8 October 2010 at 16:28
Penny secures two-book deal with major publishing company
Anglia Ruskin University’s MA Creative Writing graduate, Penny Hancock, has secured a two-book deal with publishing giant Simon & Schuster.
The first of the two novels, Tideline, has drawn comparisons with the writing of Belinda Bauer, Sophie Hannah, Minette Walters and Nicci French and is a psychological thriller rich in atmosphere and suspense. Set by the Thames in Greenwich, it is the story of a respectable married woman, Sonia, who one afternoon answers the door to fifteen-year-old Jez, the nephew of a family friend. She invites him in – and doesn't let him leave. Sonia's estranged husband, her twenty-one-year-old daughter and Jez's own family, falling apart under the stress of his disappearance, all remain oblivious to Sonia's secret, and, as events run an increasingly sinister course, we realise she will stop at nothing to keep it...
The novel was subject to a bidding war between publishing houses and Francesca Main, Commissioning Editor at Simon & Schuster who secured the rights, said:
Penny, from Waterbeach, is delighted with her success and attributes it in no small part to the MA Creative Writing:
Simon & Schuster will publish Tideline in trade paperback and bespoke limited edition hardback in Spring 2012. The novel was the subject of substantial foreign rights interest at the Frankfurt Book Fair.
Simon & Schuster is a division of the CBS Corporation. The company was founded in New York City in 1924 by Richard Simon and Max Schuster. It is one of the four largest English-language publishers alongside Random House, Penguin and HarperCollins. It publishes over two thousand titles annually under 35 different imprints.
For more information about the MA Creative Writing at Anglia Ruskin University, visit our course page.