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HarperCollins division another Chapter has signed two “path-blazing” debuts following its open submission drive for reports from underrepresented backgrounds.
HarperCollins division a different Chapter has signed two “path-blazing” debuts following its open submission pressure for experiences from underrepresented backgrounds.
via its open submissions portal, assistant editor Bethan Morgan received world all language rights to both books, publishing in summer 2021 in paperback, e-ebook and audiobook.
the primary book, The ultimate Beekeeper by way of Siya Turabi, which publishes in August 2021, is “a lyrical historic novel of family unit, friendship, and self-discovery superb for fans of Khaled Hosseini and Yann Martel”. It follows a boy named Hassan in 1970s Pakistan as he wrestles with a call: locate the remaining beekeeper and salvage a precious jar of his legendary black honey before the floods come or risk losing his mother, his community and his existence.
Morgan talked about: “here's probably the most impressive books I’ve ever study, a hovering story set between the bustling courtyards of 1974 Karachi and the sprawling fictional woodland and close-knit neighborhood of Harikaya, where poetry is the oxygen breathed out via the trees and in by means of the villagers. It strikes a mesmerising counterpoint between historical, contemporary and speculative – an increasingly insatiable vogue that this booklet now not most effective meets but also subverts and transcends.”
Siya Turabi, who's from a family of poets and storytellers, turned into born in Karachi and got here to the uk as a two-yr historic along with her folks. She changed into introduced up in Manchester and moved to London to study biochemical engineering. After an extended, winding path as a student, trainer and art therapist, she all started her first novel at the age of 40 on a Curtis Brown creative direction
She spoke of: “i'm fully delighted that my debut The final Beekeeper has been welcomed by means of one more Chapter – domestic to such world of books. I know my book is within the arms of a really committed group and i'm blown away via their aid, enthusiasm and attention to aspect.”
The second acquisition, Sisters of Shadow with the aid of Katherine Livesey, which publishes in September 2021, is pitched as “cottagecore meets sapphic witches in a whimsical fable event that follows a younger witch abducted by way of a legendary cult, the scarred warrior she falls in love with, and the apothecary who sets out to retailer her”.
Morgan said: “The brilliance of Sisters of Shadow is within the fusion of splendidly whimsical escapism with coronary heart-pounding action that so beautifully and nostalgically evokes historical-school British YA (before it become referred to as YA) whereas also weaving a beautifully sparkling new world epitomised by found family unit and friendship forged in fire. There’s been a ancient scarcity of homegrown YA myth in the UK, chiefly in the digital market, and it’s been so interesting to look that paradigm birth to shift.”
Livesey a YA myth writer residing in the Northumberland geographical region, noted: “i am thrilled to be joining the an extra Chapter family and that my debut trilogy has found such a fantastic home. I have already been blown away by using the keenness of the group and that i feel very lucky to be published alongside some in fact marvelous titles.”
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Publishing director, Charlotte Ledger, referred to: “we are concentrated on widening our acquisitions method and guaranteeing readers from all backgrounds are represented within the reviews we publish. Our open submissions portal is just one point of this. In February we have been delighted to partner with spread the notice on a publishing seminar and callout to their contributors and we will’t wait to look the submissions that come from that. In the meantime, we're hugely excited to welcome new authors to our listing from our different initiatives.”