Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency

Avon’s Beth Wickington buys Clare Marchant debut in first acquisition

Avon Books has acquired World All Language rights to The Secrets of Saffron Hall from Clare Marchant. Beth Wickington at Avon found the submission via the Avon open submissions process and negotiated rights from Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency, with the book slated for publication in summer 2020.

The Secrets of Saffron Hall follows university archivist Amber who, upon discovering an ancient book of hours in her Grandad’s home, learns about the life of Eleanor Lutton, a Tudor noblewoman whose secrets have never been unveiled. As Amber delves further into Eleanor’s past, she begins to realise that the two women could be bound together in ways she never thought possible.

Beth Wickington, Editorial Assistant at Avon said: ‘I am delighted to be bringing Clare and her debut novel to Avon, which is historical fiction at its very best: tumbling with secrets, full of mystery, infused with fascinating historical detail and with strong heroines at its heart. I can’t wait for readers to discover The Secrets of Saffron Hall and fall in love with Amber and Eleanor just as much as I did.’

Clare Marchant said: ‘I’m thrilled to be working with Beth at Avon and I love her vision for my debut historical time slip The Secrets of Saffron Hall. The novel reflects my love of Norfolk and its rich history, and I’m so excited to have this opportunity to work with the team at Avon.’

Clare Marchant completed the RNA New Writers Scheme in 2016 with excellent feedback and is an active member of the RNA.