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.Previous