Orange Prize-winner Helen Dunmore left is moving from Penguin to Hutchinson, with Cornerstone publisher Selina Walker acquiring her next two books. Walker bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in two novels by Dunmore from Caradoc King of A P Watt at United Agents. The first, The Lie, is set during and just after the First World War. It tells the story of the relationship between two young men from very different backgrounds, one of whom is killed in France.
Walker said: “The Lie is a heart-wrenching story about love, memory and loss, about growing up in Cornwall in the 20th century, about the horrors of war on the Western Front as well as its traumatic aftermath.”
Dunmore has published nine novels with Penguin, including the Orange Prize-winning a Spell of Winter, and her 2010 novel the Betrayal which was longlisted for the Man Booker Prize.
In 2012, Cornestone’s Hammer imprint published Dunmore’s novella The Greatcoat, in what was then a one-off in Hammer’s series of horror novellas.