Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Legend Press Signs Write Stuff Winner Natalie Hart

DKW are extremely proud to announce Legend Press’s acquisition of Pieces Of Me, the debut novel from Natalie Hart.

The manuscript won the Write Stuff competition at the London Book Fair’s Author HQ Live Pitching event in 2016 and Lauren Parsons acquired World English rights from Ella Kahn at DKW Literary Agency. The book will be published 4th October 2018.

Emma did not go to war looking for love, but Adam is unlike any other. Under the secret shadow of trauma, Emma decides to leave Iraq and joins Adam to settle in Colorado. But isolation and fear find her, once again, when Adam is re-deployed. Torn between a deep fear for Adam’s safety and a desire to be back there herself, Emma copes by throwing herself into a new role mentoring an Iraqi refugee family. But when Adam comes home, he brings the conflict back with him. Emma had considered the possibility that her husband might not come home from war. She had not considered that he might return a stranger.

Ella Kahn, of Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency, said “When I first heard Natalie’s powerful and emotional pitch at the London Book Fair’s The Write Stuff competition in 2016, it sent shivers down the back of my neck and I knew this was one of those stand-out books that come along very rarely. I’m thrilled that Legend Press agree, and can’t wait for them to publish PIECES OF ME and share this incredibly special book with the world.”

Commissioning editor Lauren Parsons said “We were delighted to acquire this manuscript which stood out from the beginning out as a unique and engaging insight into the haunting of effects of conflict on everyone it touches.”

Author Natalie Hart said “‘I am incredibly excited to be working with Legend Press to release Pieces of Me into the world. I knew from my first meeting with Lauren that she would treat the manuscript with the sensitivity and careful consideration that such a complex subject requires. Many thanks to my wonderful agent Ella for finding such a great home for the book.”