Hachette acquires new novel by Hannah Richell
Hachette Australia has acquired Australian and New Zealand rights to Hannah Richell’s new novel, The Peacock Summer, in a joint deal with Orion UK.
Hachette describes the novel as ‘an utterly compelling story of secrets, betrayals and the consequences of a long-ago summer’.
Hachette publisher Vanessa Radnidge said The Peacock Summer is ‘a deeply moving novel about family secrets and the damage that can carry down through generations’. ‘It is heartbreakingly good and utterly captivating as it explores themes of love, control, duty and the redemption and hope that comes from forgiveness,’ said Radnidge.
Richell’s debut novel Secrets of the Tides was published in 2012 and her second novel The Shadow Year was published in 2013. Work on The Peacock Summer was put on hold after the death of her husband, Matt Richell, in a surfing incident in 2014.
The Peacock Summer will be published simultaneously in Australia, New Zealand and the UK in July 2018. Translation rights have been sold to Germany, France and Sweden.