HarperCollins signs Treasure for two-book deal
HarperCollins has acquired world rights to White Horses by commercial fiction author Rachael Treasure in a two-book deal, via Margaret Connolly at Margaret Connolly and Associates.
White Horses tells the story of Drift, who has been raised by her stockman father in Western Australia, and who is drawn into a media storm after a famous pro-surfer goes missing.
HarperCollins head of fiction Catherine Milne said the novel is ‘everything a Rachel Treasure novel should be—and more’, and praised it as a ‘gorgeous, instantly appealing, all-consuming story’.
Treasure’s first novel, Jillaroo, was published by Penguin in 2002, and she subsequently published three more rural romance novels with the publisher. Treasure moved to HarperCollins in 2012, where she published four titles (Fifty Bales of Hay, The Farmer’s Wife, Don’t Fence Me In and Cleanskin Cowgirls), and afterwards returned to Penguin in 2016 to publish her memoir, Down Dirt Roads.
Treasure praised Milne and the HarperCollins team for their ‘tangible reverence for Australian books and good writing’. ‘Artistically in the past, they have also trusted me with wonderful creative freedoms and I’m honoured to be partnering with them,’ she said.
White Horses is scheduled for publication in Australia in September 2019.