THE PEARLER’S WIFE, an epic historical debut, sold to Penguin Random House Australia and Harper Impulse UK

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Lynne Drew, Publishing Director at Harpercollins, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, ex Canada and ANZ, in THE PEARLER'S WIFE, a stunning historical debut by Roxane Dhand, from Hattie Grunewald at Blake Friedmann. Australian rights were sold to Beverley Cousins at Penguin Random House Australia in a heated auction. Publication is scheduled for March 2018, in ebook and audio in the UK, and trade paperback in Australia, with the UK paperback scheduled to follow in Summer 2018.

Opening in 1912, this compelling novel follows 19-year-old Maisie Porter as she sails from England on the SS Oceanic. Her destination is Buccaneer Bay in Australia's far north-west; her fate, marriage to a distant cousin, Maitland Sinclair.

When Maisie arrives in the unfamiliar country she is shocked at her new husband's callous behaviour towards her. Drawn into Maitland's pearling business, she is thrown together with the intriguing William Cooper, a British diver who travelled out at the same time, and inhabits a world across the social divide. But Maisie's husband is harbouring secrets - deadly secrets. As Cooper and the divers sail out to harvest the pearl-shell, they are in great danger - and not just from the unpredictable and perilous ocean...

Maisie's story is based on true stories of the pearl shell industry and this unique trade in the early twentieth century. It is a story of passion against the rules of society and a portrait of a frontier town clinging to strict class rules, as well as the racial tensions of a multi-cultural continent.

Roxane Dhand was born in Kent and entertained her sisters with imaginative stories from a young age. She was educated at James Allen's Girls' School in SE London and studied English and French at London University. After university, she had a career in public relations in both Switzerland and London before teaching French in both the maintained and private sectors. She now writes full time and lives in Winchester, England.

Lynne Drew says:
'This is the kind of page-turning, vivid and evocative historical fiction that readers are crying out for. The Pearler's Wife introduces a fierce, brave heroine who is unforgettable in adversity and the book's basis in a true story leaves you fascinated and intrigued. Roxane Dhand has a real talent for creating memorable characters and this will launch a formidable career.'

Lithuanian rights have also sold to Baltos Lankos.

Eve Kalinik’s ground-breaking BE GOOD TO YOUR GUT published by Piatkus today

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The first cookbook from nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik, BE GOOD TO YOUR GUT, is published today by Piatkus. The book is already a #1 Amazon bestseller in the Food Allergies category, and Eve’s work has attracted praise from Nick Barnard, founder of Rude Health, who calls Eve 'The most relevant and provocative nutritionist I've ever met'.

In BE GOOD TO YOUR GUT: The Ultimate Guide to Gut , nutritional therapist Eve Kalinik shows you the path to better digestion and reveals the far-reaching effects of good gut health - from a stronger immune system and balanced hormones to a greater resilience to stress and reduced inflammation.

The real work on getting your gut to be as healthy and happy as it can be starts with what you feed it. Eve's advice is complemented with over eighty enticing, nourishing recipes you'll want to eat over and over again, including Miso Cod with Wasabi Broccoli, Chocolate Chia Fudgy Pancakes, Matcha Banana Bread, Turmeric Chicken with Laksa Zoodles, Amandino Ice Cream and Happy Cow Burgers.

If you simply want to improve your gut health and overall wellbeing but don't know where to start, or you are looking for further insight into digestive conditions such as IBS, the advice in BE GOOD TO YOUR GUT will help you feel fantastic, and proves that being good to your gut is great for your taste buds, too.

BE GOOD TO YOUR GUT was serialised in Stella magazine this weekend, including recipes for a celeriac and sauerkraut rosti, cauliflower polenta and a matcha banana bread. Eve has also featured in Red magazine, talking about why it’s so important to look after your gut, and you can find more recipes in Psychologies Magazine and on Matchesfashion.com.

Eve is a BANT and CNHC registered Nutritional Therapist with a BA in Psychology. Following a 13 year career in fashion & editorial, Eve left the wonderfully crazy corporate world to follow a passion in all things naturopathic; being a true foodie, nutrition was the obvious path. Eve doesn’t believe in diets, but rather in an individually-tailored approach focused on eating beneficial and therapeutic foods for optimum health and wellness. Eve is a columnist for Psychologies and at Matches. She contributes regularly to newspapers and magazines, runs nutrition masterclasses and is a consultant for leading naturopathic brands. She has also contributed to books promoting health and wellness.

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Praise for Eve Kalinik:

'Each page oozes wisdom and insight, mirrored with realistic tips and advice on nurturing your digestive health' – Get the Gloss

'In a world of food fads, Eve's approach is grounded, sensible and do-able' –  Suzy Greaves, Editor, Psychologies

'Eve is smart and practical; her advice is spot on and her recipes are distinctive and easy to make' – Ian Marber, nutritional therapist and author

Elizabeth Chadwick’s Eleanor of Aquitaine trilogy draws to a close as THE AUTUMN THRONE is published in paperback today

THE AUTUMN THRONE is published in paperback today by Sphere, concluding the glorious retelling of the life of one the most powerful women in medieval Europe, Eleanor of Aquitaine, by one of the most-loved historical writers today, New York Times bestseller Elizabeth Chadwick.

Chadwick’s ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE trilogy opened with THE SUMMER QUEEN and was followed by THE WINTER CROWN, and was described by Choice Magazine as ‘engrossingly written and well researched.’ The beloved trilogy is being published in the UK, the USA, Germany, Portugal, Poland, Latvia, the Czech Republic, Bulgaria and Russia, with more languages expected.

England, 1176. Imprisoned by her husband, King Henry II, Eleanor of Aquitaine, Queen of England, refuses to let her powerful husband bully her into submission, even as he forces her away from her children and her birthright.

Freed only by Henry's death, Eleanor becomes dowager Queen of England. But the competition for land and power that Henry stirred up among his sons has intensified to a dangerous rivalry.

Eleanor needs every ounce of courage and fortitude as she crosses the Alps on horseback in winter to bring Richard his bride, and travels medieval Europe to ransom her beloved son. But even her indomitable spirit will be tested to its limits as she attempts to keep the peace between her warring sons, and find places in the centres of power for her daughters.

Praise for THE AUTUMN THRONE

‘Fluid and entertaining… a novel packed with incident, interest and emotional depth. The medieval world she has created is rounded and convincing, the fruit of years of research… Highly recommended.’ – Historical Novel Society

‘THE AUTUMN THRONE completes Elizabeth Chadwick’s superb and, I would argue, definitive trilogy on the life of one of the most (if not THE most) astonishing female figures in medieval history. I’ve always said that reading an Elizabeth Chadwick novel is not like reading history at all, it’s experiencing it… I feel that I’ve been allowed into Eleanor’s thoughts and given a chance to see and know her as I imagine she may well have been. Eleanor was a truly remarkable woman, her story is the stuff of legend, and Elizabeth Chadwick has done her justice.’ – For Winter Nights

Praise for Elizabeth Chadwick and the ELEANOR OF AQUITAINE series

‘An author who makes history come gloriously alive.’ – The Times

‘Picking up an Elizabeth Chadwick novel, you know you are in for a sumptuous ride. Beautifully strong characters and a real feel for time and place.’ – The Daily Telegraph

‘A magnificent woman’s story told by a brilliant historical novelist; realistic, emotional, vibrant, exciting and unputdownable.’ – RT Book Reviews, July Top Pick

Read more about Elizabeth Chadwick on the Blake Friedmann website or her website.

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DEON MEYER’S THIRTEEN HOURS SHORTLISTED FOR THE ICEPICK AWARD

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Deon Meyer and his Icelandic translator Dísa Bachmann have been shortlisted for the Icepick Award 2017 for THIRTEEN HOURS (Hodder & Stoughton, 2011).

The Icepick is the Iceland Noir Award for best translated crime fiction in Iceland. The winner will be announced during the Iceland Noir Festival which is held from 14-18 November 2017. Other authors on the shortlist include Ann Cleeves and Jo Nesbø.

THIRTEEN HOURS is part of Deon Meyer’s the Benny Griessel series; the latest of which is ICARUS (Hodder and Stoughton, 2015). Benny Griessel is back, however, in THE WOMAN IN THE BLUE CLOAK, published this summer in Holland as part of their Crime and Thriller Week, with South African and German publications soon to follow. THIRTEEN HOURS is shortlisted for the Icepick Award because of its recent release in Iceland, where SEVEN DAYS will be following soon.

Meyer is the winner of the 2011 Boeke Prize in South Africa and shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger for Best Translated Crime Fiction. Meyer’s books have been sold in 23 countries, and have been awarded many prizes around the world: the Deutsche Krimi Prize in Germany, the ATKV Prize in South Africa, and Le Grand Prix de Littérature Policière and Le Prix Mystère de la Critique in France. COBRA was shortlisted for the 2015 CWA International Dagger, THIRTEEN HOURS was shortlisted for the 2010 CWA International Dagger, and HEART OF THE HUNTER, was longlisted for the 2005 IMPAC Prize and selected as one of Chicago Tribune's '10 best mysteries and thrillers of 2004'.

Deon Meyer’s stunning standalone post-apocalyptic thriller, FEVER was published in the UK and Holland earlier this year, and this month in the US and Canada by Grove Atlantic and House of Anansi respectively.