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S&S UK signs debut Australian author

Simon & Schuster UK has purchased UK, Commonwealth and ANZ rights for a novel by Australian author Aoife Clifford.

All These Perfect Strangers is the first novel from Clifford, who was awarded an Australian Society of Authors mentorship to develop the novel in 2013. It tells the story of Penelope Sheppard, ‘whose young life is weighed down with scandal and tragedy’ until her ‘entry into university offers her the chance to run away from the past and reinvent herself among perfect strangers’. ‘Little by little, through Pen’s flawed narration and tantalising diary entries, her secrets and lies come to light and a dangerous dilemma unfolds, twisting and turning until the very last page.’

Clifford is the winner of two Australian crime writing prizes, the Ned Kelly SD Harvey Short Story Award and a Scarlet Stiletto Award. She has also been shortlisted for the UK Crime Writers’ Association Debut Dagger.

S&S Australia head of publishing Larissa Edwards said Clifford is ‘a wonderful and talented writer whose novel haunted me for days after the first reading’. ‘It is hard to believe this is a debut when you are drawn into the mystery and intrigue of this self-assured novel.’

All These Perfect Strangers will be published in Australia in March 2016 and in the UK in June 2016. The rights were purchased from Rebecca Ritchie and Clare Forster at Curtis Brown.

 

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