The Bookseller – Rights – Orenda Books lands Fox’s “glorious” gothic novel

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Orenda Books landed Essie Fox’s “sparkling” gothic novel, Fascination.

Publisher Karen Sullivan has acquired worldwide English rights from David Headley of DHH Literary Agency for a hardcover publication in June 2023.

“Well known to the publishing industry, Orenda Books is an absolute powerhouse, so when Karen said she wanted to work with Essie on her new book, it just made sense,” Headley said. “It’s a privilege to represent Essie and her writing, which only goes from strength to strength. I know that Fascination has found his ideal home.”

Fascination is set in Victorian London and follows twins Keziah and Tilly Lovell and Theo, an orphan raised by a wealthy family. The editor wrote: “Forced to promote their father’s quack elixir, the girls are eventually sold to a mysterious Italian known only as ‘The Captain’. a sumptuous country house. When his grandfather remarries, Theo is forced to leave his home without a penny in his name and agrees to work as an assistant at Dr. Summerwell’s Museum of Anatomy. And it is here that the lives of the two sisters and Theo collide, with devastating effect.”

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