Myriad Buy Rights to Ashdown’s Latest Novel

Trio of titles for Myriad

11.08.10 | Victoria Gallagher

“Myriad Editions commissioning editor for fiction Vicky Blunden has acquired a trio of new titles for the publisher’s spring list.

Blunden bought world rights to a “powerful” first novel by Ed Siegle, directly from the author. Invisibles will be published in March 2011 and tells of a quest to trace a missing man. Siegle won the 2004 V S Pritchett Memorial Prize for his short story “Nine Lives, One Life”.

Blunden also bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Isabel Ashdown’s novel Hurry Up And Wait from Adrian Weston of Raft. Ashdown won the 2008 Mail on Sunday Novel Competition and her debut, Glasshopper, was also published by Myriad. Her new book will tell of one woman’s teenage experience of “dangerous friendships and sexual awakening”. It will be published in late spring.

Finally Blunden acquired world rights to police intelligence analyst Elizabeth Haynes’ debut Into the Darkest Corner, also from Weston, plus two further titles. Into the Darkest Corner will be the first of Myriad’s spring releases when it is published on 14th February 2011.

Blunden said: “We signed Elizabeth’s first novel on the strength of a rough but absolutely compelling first draft, and the finished book has already attracted international rights interest—the German and French deals concluded after tense bidding wars. Elizabeth is a talented crime writer with an exciting career ahead of her.” “