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Blood Orange: The Novel Studio alumna set to release debut thriller

World rights to Harriet Tyce’s debut novel sold at auction in major book deal


Wildfire Books have acquired UK rights to Blood Orange, the debut novel by City short course alumna Harriet Tyce. Rights to the book have also been sold in ten territories around the world, including North America (Grand Central), Germany (Random House), Italy (Mondadori) and Spain (Penguin Random House).

Harriet studied law at City and practised as a criminal barrister for ten years before she took the Novel Studio short course and began focusing on her writing career.

Blood Orange has been described as a ‘dark’ novel filled with ‘psychological suspense’, exploring themes of desire, jealousy and betrayal. It follows main character Alison Wood, - a criminal barrister as she leads a murder case, while in her personal life an affair threatens to spin her world out of control.

Commissioning editor Kate Stephenson said: "Blood Orange is a stunning piece of psychological suspense that demonstrates Harriet’s deep understanding of and passion for the genre. Her twists are perfectly engineered to take the reader completely by surprise. This book is utterly addictive, with a spectacularly dark and satisfying ending. Our colleagues in the US were equally quick to fall under Harriet’s spell, and thrilled at the prospect of sharing this exciting debut launch with us."

The Novel Studio offers 15 selected students the chance to work on their novels for a year. Professional writers and editors lead the course that covers everything from plotting, planning and researching to character, pace, narrative voice and style. The Novel Studio has strong links with the publishing industry and at the end of the course, students have the opportunity to present their work to agents and publishers.

Other notable alumni from The Novel Studio include Greg Keen, whose debut novel Soho Dead was published by Amazon Publishing’s Crime Imprint and Anna Mazzola, who published historical novel The Unseeing in July last year.

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