HQ acquires two novels from Sarah Stovell

29 September 2020

HQ, an imprint of HarperCollins, has acquired two novels from Sarah Stovell. Cicely Aspinall, Senior Commissioning Editor, acquired UK & Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, for Other Parents and a second book in an exclusive submission from Hattie Grünewald at The Blair Partnership.

Other Parents promises to do for small-town Britain what Celeste Ng has done for America and Liane Moriarty for Australia. It is a sharp, witty and sensitive portrait of a community in crisis, and the women at the heart of it.

Sarah Stovell said: ‘I am delighted to have become a part of HQ and to be working with Cicely. Her enthusiasm for the book and her ideas for it are inspiring and I know I am in a great pair of hands.’

Cicely Aspinall said: ‘Other Parents tackles some incredibly dark and urgent subjects and Sarah does that with astonishing insight and humour. Her wry observations of playground politics and small-town life plus clever plotting will keep you turning the pages, but it is Sarah’s ability to capture the raw emotions surrounding prejudice and trauma that will compel you to recommend Other Parents to everyone you know.’

Hattie Grünewald said: ‘I’m thrilled that HQ will be publishing the phenomenal Other Parents. Sarah writes with incredible empathy and a wicked sense of humour, and with the passion and expertise of the HQ team behind it, I am certain that Other Parents will be the book everyone’s talking about in 2022.’