Publishing 5th July this year…
Emily Thomas’s semi-autobiographical debut novel, Mud, acquired by Andersen Press.
The author worked as editor and publisher at Hodder Children’s Books and Bonnier’s Hot Key Books, where she launched Dawn O’Porter’s debut novels, and, as editor, in 2015 won the Branford Boase Award, with the author Rosie Rowell for Leopold Blue.
World rights for Mud have been negotiated by Charlie Sheppard, Andersen Press’s Publishing Director, and Gillie Russell of Aitken Alexander Associates.
Described as Adrian Mole meets I Capture the Castle, according to the Press Release Mud is a funny and touching story based on the author’s own adolescence, with strong themes of loss and grief, friendship and parental breakdown filtered through the lens of a 14-year-old-girl’s diary.
Andersen Press will publish with a cover [see above] created by Helen Musselwhite, the paper artist known for her collaborations with Royal Mail, Audi and Cadbury’s.
Charlie Sheppard, publishing director at Andersen Press, has said of the deal, “We all know that Mud sticks. Well this Mud certainly does. It’s the story of an extraordinary adolescence; a novel which I desperately wanted to publish the moment I read it. It’s bittersweet and unique – and it will stick with you. I’m immensely proud that Emily has chosen Andersen Press to be its publisher.”
Emily’s agent, Gillie Russell, has said, “Reading Mud for the first time, I experienced one of those rare, delightful moments – it quite literally captured my heart. Warm, funny, real and universal in its appeal, the characters come to life on every page through Lydia’s engaging young voice.”