Sarah Ward Faber & Faber has acquired two novels by debut UK author Sarah Ward. Crime Editor Katherine Armstrong bought world rights from Kirsty McLachlan at David Godwin Associates for In Bitter Chill and an as-yet-unnamed second book.
Armstrong said: ‘I am thrilled to be publishing Sarah Ward’s In Bitter Chill. This is a compelling debut from a new and exciting voice and it struck a chord with me from the moment I started reading. Two girls are abducted in Derbyshire in the late 1970s and only one returns home. Cut to the present day and the mother of the still missing girl commits suicide, re-opening old wounds for the girl who came back. This is a story that gets to the heart of a community and the legacy of a tragedy like this. It’s a story about loss and secrets – those we tell ourselves and those we tell each other.’