Commissioning editor Emily Bedford has acquired World English language rights to a new contemporary adult series by Cas Lester from Gaia Banks at Sheil Land Associates in a two-book deal.
After the One follows Charley, recently widowed while barely into her thirties and landed with an unexpected new flatmate: her mother-in-law, Pam, who is reeling from the shock discovery of her husband’s infidelity. Both are at a crossroads in life, and Charley and Pam support one another as they take an exciting step into the unknown. Packed full of humour, heart and misadventure, the book is a gorgeous take on life after love. Cas Lester has previously written nine works for young readers and middle grade audiences but this is her first novel for adults.
Emily Bedford says: ‘I am so excited to be publishing Cas’s new novel – I stayed up way past my bedtime reading After the One and I know that others will feel the same compulsion to follow Charley and Pam’s story. Cas has a brilliant gift for crafting characters and experiences which live with you long after you’ve put the book down.’
Cas Lester says: ‘After the One will be my adult fiction debut and I couldn’t be more delighted that this new step in my writing career will be with the truly innovative and cutting-edge Canelo. I’m hugely looking forward to working with the wonderful Emily Bedford on this book and its sequel. It’s the start of an exciting new adventure!’
Gaia Banks says: ‘I’ve long been impressed by Canelo’s energy and publishing acumen, and am thrilled that they will publish Cas’s first adult fiction. I can’t wait for readers to discover After the One in 2021!’
After the One will be published in April 2021 in ebook, with paperback to follow in May 2021. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org