Senior commissioning editor Emily Bedford has acquired world English language rights to two standalone novels by Hannah Treave from Kate Burke at Blake Friedmann Literary Agency in a two-book deal.
The first book to publish is The Notekeeper, a tender and uplifting story that follows Zoe, a care nurse in The Oaks hospice in Bath, who writes down the last words of her patients to deliver to their loved ones. Zoe has fled her own tragic past in Australia, finding a new life and purpose in England. When new colleague Ben joins the hospice, though, she is forced to face up to the life she left behind. Old wounds are reopened, but with a little help, this time Zoe might just be able to heal them completely. The Notekeeper is timely and life-affirming, perfect for fans of JoJo Moyes, Libby Page and Dani Atkins. German rights have already been sold in a multi-publisher auction, Chinese rights pre-empted, and audio rights were won at auction by Bolinda.
Hannah Treave is a national journalist and accomplished novelist. She lives in Berkshire and writes saga fiction under the name Fiona Ford.
Emily Bedford says: ‘It’s so rare to come across a story that has the power to utterly break your heart and then piece it all together again, but that is exactly what The Notekeeper does and I am thrilled to be publishing the novel. Hannah is an incredibly gifted writer, able to bring hope and joy even to the most heart-wrenching of scenes. I was utterly spellbound by Zoe’s journey throughout the story and her experiences are a gentle balm that will leave readers feeling both moved and soothed.’
Hannah Treave says: ‘I am beyond delighted to be published by Canelo and know The Notekeeper is in the best possible hands with the utterly fabulous Emily Bedford as my editor. Writing The Notekeeper was a real passion project, with a story that consumed me, which is something Emily understood immediately. I can’t wait to introduce readers to Zoe and Ben and am thrilled to be continuing my publishing journey with Canelo.’
Kate Burke says: ‘Emily’s passion and vision for The Notekeeper were clear from the start, and I’m delighted to have this deal in place with her and the Canelo team.’
The Notekeeper will be published in November 2022, in ebook and paperback, with a second standalone novel to follow in 2023. For more information please contact firstname.lastname@example.org