Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Virago to publish exciting debut novel from Caroline O’Donoghue

DKW are thrilled to announce that Sarah Savitt, Publisher at Virago, has acquired Caroline O’Donoghue’s debut novel, PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN, in a passionately fought auction.

She acquired UK & Commonwealth rights for PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN plus a second untitled novel from Bryony Woods at Diamond Kahn and Woods.

PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN is a gothic, darkly witty novel about sex, power, work and being a young woman in a man’s world. Twenty-six-year-old Jane is recently single and adrift at her job – but her alter-ego, the online agony aunt Jolly Politely, has all the answers. When Jane and her older married boss kiss at a party, Jane does not follow the advice she would give to her readers as Jolly: instead she plunges head-first into an affair – one that could jeopardise her friendships, her career and even her life.

Caroline O’Donoghue is a Contributing Editor for The-Pool.com who has written for Glamour, The Irish Times and Buzzfeed. She also co-hosts the podcast, School for Dumb Women. Find out more on Twitter @Czaroline or at https://www.czaroline.com/.

Caroline O’Donoghue says: ‘This is a novel about women at work and I’m so grateful for the women who are working with me to make it possible: most of all the fantastic Sarah Savitt, and the incredibly dedicated Bryony Woods. When I started writing this book, I never thought it would end up in the same stable as some of my biggest writing heroes: Daphne Du Maurier, Angela Carter and Sarah Waters to name just a few. I have the best team, on a great imprint – only I can screw it up now!’

Sarah Savitt says: ‘Caroline is such a talented writer and I’m delighted that she chose to join the Virago list. PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN is a funny, unsettling, whip-smart page-turner. It’s a novel which brings a fresh voice and perspective to urgent contemporary concerns, from gaslighting to infidelity to women in the workplace. It also has a brilliant, surprising gothic edge which really makes it stand out. I can’t wait to publish this debut and to work with Caroline on her second novel.’

Virago will publish PROMISING YOUNG WOMEN in June 2018.