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Hodder wins 'action-packed' Hollow Crown at auction

Hodder has won a new young adult fantasy duology at auction, the Hollow Crown series, from author Zoraida Córdova in collaboration with Glasstown Entertainment.

Senior editor Emily Kitchin acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) at auction to the Hollow Crown series from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens, on behalf of Stephen Barbara and Lyndsey Blessing at Inkwell Management. North American rights were sold in an eight-way auction to Disney Hyperion in a "major" six-figure, two-book deal.

Hollow Crown is "action-packed" fantasy set in a Latin-influenced world, loosely based on the Spain of the 15th century. Kitchin called it an "opulent, gorgeous world", with high hopes the series will "explode onto the YA scene" in 2019. Paramount recently picked up the film rights to Córdova's previous book, Labyrinth Lost (Sourcebooks).

Córdova's new duology, publishing in hardback and e-book in summer 2019, re-imagines the Inquisition as a battle between a cruel, autocratic state and rebel magicians. Its protagonist is "mighty heroine" Renata, a highly dangerous thief trained in the art of stealing memories, bent on exacting revenge against the royal family. When a mission goes awry and her first love is captured, she herself must kill the leader of the mercenary King’s Justice — only to discover that he may be the most powerful illusionist of them all.

'Addictive' story of obsession to HQ

HarperCollins imprint HQ is to publish Indecent, an "addictive and thought-provoking" story from debut author Corinne Sullivan, in 2018.

HQ senior commissioning editor Anna Baggaley acquired UK and Commonwealth rights at auction, from Juliet Mushens at Caskie Mushens on behalf of Stephen Barbara and Alexis Hurley at Inkwell Management. 

The book follows shy, introverted college graduate Imogene Abney who takes a job at The Vandenberg School, an exclusive institution populated by privileged boys. When Imogene develops a relationship with a student - handsome, popular Adam Kipling - she crosses a line that could result in disaster of all kinds—losing her job, jail, and the total ruin of her reputation. 

Exploring issues of sexism, class, and sex, and complicating the seemingly black-and-white nature of their relationship, the novel raises questions of the true nature of victimhood, blame, and moral ambiguity, with the feel of Curtis Sittenfeld’s Prep (Black Swan) meets Zoe Heller’s Notes on a Scandal (Penguin), according to the publisher.

GOOD ME, BAD ME hits paperback bestseller list

Congratulations Ali Land - GOOD ME, BAD ME enters the Sunday Times bestseller list at no. 8 this week in paperback!