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One of the year’s most anticipated debuts

 Village Roadshow Pictures has already acquired rights to adapt the book into a feature film


About the book

From the moment Jane Quinn steps barefoot onto the main stage at Island Folk festival, her golden hair glinting, her voice soaring into the summer dusk, a star is born – and so is a passionate love story.

Jane’s band hits the road with none other than Jesse Reid, the musician whose bright blue eyes are setting hearts alight everywhere. And as the summer streaks by in a haze of crowds, wild nights and magenta sunsets, Jane is pulled into the orbit of Jesse’s star.

But Jesse’s rise could mean Jane’s fall. And when she discovers a dark secret beneath his music, she picks up her guitar and writes her heartache into the album that could make or break her: Songs in Ursa Major.

Set against the heady haze of the 70s and alive with music, sex and sun-soaked hedonism, Songs in Ursa Major is an unforgettable debut and the soundtrack to a love story like no other.

Read a sample chapter.


About the author

Emma Brodie has worked in book publishing for a decade, most recently as an executive editor at Little, Brown’s Voracious imprint. She graduated from the Johns Hopkins University’s Writing Seminars program, and is a longtime contributor to HuffPost and a faculty member at Catapult. She lives in Brooklyn with her husband and their dog, Freddie Mercury.

Visit Emma’s website


Praise for Songs in Ursa Major

‘I got chills … I could drink a case of this book, and I’d still be on my feet.’
—Kevin Kwan, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Crazy Rich Asians

‘Sexy, atmospheric, and entertaining—this novel is pure joy on the page.’
—Christina Baker Kline, #1 New York Times bestselling author of Orphan Train

‘… Splashy, engrossing reading. Songs in Ursa Major is pure sun-soaked summer fun.’
—Kate Quinn, bestselling author of The Alice Network

Songs in Ursa Major breathes new life into a familiar tune and will work its way into your heart and not let go.’
 —Cynthia D’Aprix Sweeney, New York Times bestselling author of The Nest and Good Company

‘Emma Brodie is a gifted storyteller, taking us from exhilaration to heartbreak and back again, all the while tackling issues of sexism in the music industry, the stigma of mental illness, and the way artistry can cost us fame and vice versa. I loved this book.’
—Angie Kim, author of Miracle Creek



To win one of 10 copies of Songs in Ursa Major, please email HarperCollins.


Emma Brodie provides her Spotify playlist to accompany Songs in Ursa Major




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