Rebecca Ley's debut novel, SWEET FRUIT, SOUR LAND to Sandstone Press

We are over the moon and cannot wait to share that Rebecca Ley's debut work of speculative fiction, will be published by Sandstone Press this summer. 


The publisher acquired world rights to Ley’s book from DGA's Philippa Sitters.

When a wealthy client visits Mathilde’s dressmaking shop, she finds herself drawn into the only surviving circle of luxury left in a barren London. Attending parties offers a welcome escape from life governed by ration cards and a strictly enforced child policy. Here she meets enigmatic government minister, George, and piano-playing Jaminder, with whom an intense friendship blossoms. As Mathilde tries to discover where the illicit food is coming from and where non-conforming women disappear to, George’s grip on her tightens.

Assistant publisher Kay Farrell is "thrilled" to be adding Ley’s debut to the Sandstone Press list.

"Sweet Fruit, Sour Land is a modern, beautifully written work of speculative fiction exploring questions of identity and female solidarity. It’s an exciting new direction for the Sandstone Press List", she said.

Sitters added: "I couldn’t be happier that Kay, Bob and all at Sandstone Press are publishing Rebecca’s gorgeous book. The enthusiasm they’re putting behind her debut novel is just so important and I can’t wait see it out in the world."