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The Space between The Stars

February 11, 2016 - 3:17 pm No Comments

Pan Macmillan is delighted to announce a new deal – the acquisition of The Space between the Stars by debut novelist Anne Corlett. Senior Commissioning editor Bella Pagan bought World Rights from Lisa Eveleigh at the Richford Becklow Literary Agency.

The Space between the Stars is an enthralling novel of love, loss and second chances. It’s also a dramatic road-trip across the stars, as a woman journeys across a plague-ravaged universe to the place she once called home, and the man she once loved. After a virus wipes out most of humanity, Jamie heads for Earth. She must reach the Northumberland coast, to see if Daniel is still alive. She’ll struggle to survive, while wrestling with loss and heartache, to gain one last chance at happiness. We’d compare this wonderful novel to Emily St John Mandel’s Station Eleven and The Book of Strange New Things by Michael Faber.
During her MA in Creative Writing at Bath Spa, Anne was mentored by Maggie Gee who says ‘Anne Corlett is a natural writer, full of stories. It’s wonderful to hear she has the deal she deserves with a great publisher – now she will fly!’ Fay Weldon also tutored Anne and called her ‘an original thinker and a very, very effective writer.’
Anne Corlett commented: ‘I’m really looking forward to working with Bella and the rest of the Pan Macmillan team. I’ve been blown away by the warmth and enthusiasm that has been apparent throughout the acquisitions process.’

Pagan enthused: ‘I was utterly captivated by Jamie’s plight and her incredible journey – which is one of self-discovery as well as a hazardous push for home. Anne has an incredible talent and I can’t wait for others to discover it too.’
Anne Corlett has an MA in Creative Writing from Bath Spa University and has won a number of awards for her short stories, including the H E Bates Award. She works as a criminal solicitor and freelance writer, and lives with her partner and two young boys in Somerset. Pan Macmillan will be publishing The Space between the Stars in late spring 2017.

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Pan Macmillan is the UK general book publishing arm of the Macmillan Group, which operates in over 70 countries. Its imprints include Macmillan, Mantle, Pan, Picador, Bluebird, Boxtree, Sidgwick & Jackson, Bello, Tor, Macmillan Children’s Books, Campbell Books, Macmillan New Writing and Macmillan Digital Audio. Pan Macmillan was named Publisher of the Year at The Bookseller Industry Awards in May 2015.

Lost Girl

December 1, 2015 - 6:15 pm 1 Comment

Author: Adam Nevill
Publisher: Pan Macmillan
Page Count: 448pp
Release date:22nd Oct 2015
Reviewer: Theresa Derwin

Two years ago, a daughter was abducted, and the memory haunts the father every day. Blending thriller and climate change debate, Nevill creates a background of deep unrest where the banks and government have moved from London to Birmingham after the Thames has flooded one too many times. Every inch of available green space has been given over to crops, as meat and fish vanish from the stores. The protagonist has moved his family to Torquay where the population have been vegetarian for a decade through necessity. This is a truly grim setting. The mixture of ecological decline, and one man’s search for answers on a self-destructive path for revenge makes for a tense backdrop to the action. Disturbing, thoroughly researched and yes, depressing, this depiction of impending desolation is very believable, adding to the reader’s horror. Though I’m not sure I would class this as horror nove ; more ecological thriller, Though there is horror within it,if that makes sense. The horror comes in the development of the ‘Father’ which is frighteningly believable. Plus there is plenty of gore for those who like a little blood and meat in their books.
Having read the majority of Nevill’s work, I found this notably different from his traditional horror novels, Last Days, The Ritual and Apartment 16, yet the authorial voice is still recognisably that of Adam Nevill; strong, eloquent, lyrical and frightening in his ability to present characters of strength. This is truly a superb book, that blends genres and grips the reader to the very end. Nevill has done it again.