PRH acquires two new novels from Evie Wyld
Penguin Random House (PRH) has acquired two new novels from Miles Franklin Award-winning UK-Australian author Evie Wyld, reports the Bookseller.
UK and Commonwealth rights were jointly acquired by Nikki Christer, group publishing director at Penguin Random House Australia, and Michal Shavit, publishing director at Jonathan Cape, from Laetitia Rutherford at Watson, Little.
The Bass Rock, Wyld’s first novel to be set in England and Europe, ‘will explore women’s experiences over time, by telling the stories of three “distinct” women in three different times’. The novel’s characters include ‘a woman from North Berwick in 1590, who stands accused of being a witch and is “frightened by her own mind”; a woman who moves to a large house in a “haunted landscape” in North Berwick to take care of her new husband’s two sons, both traumatised by the recent death of their mother; and a 21st century novelist travelling in the south of France to research a ghost story her parents told her when she was a child’.
Wyld won the Miles Franklin Award in 2014 for All the Birds, Singing (Vintage). She is also the author of After the Fire, a Still Small Voice (Vintage) and the graphic novel Everything is Teeth (illus by Joe Sumner, Knopf).
The Bass Rock will be published in 2018.