I’m beyond excited to announce that my book, THE SANATORIUM, has been acquired by the fabulous Tash Barsby at Transworld, a division of Penguin Random House. It will be out in hardback, ebook and audiobook in December 2020 and another book will follow a year later. Tash’s plans for the novel and her energy and enthusiasm are so exciting and I can’t wait to share it with readers.

I’m also thrilled to share that the novel has also been sold in Greece to Psichogios in a two-book deal, to the Netherlands, where it will be published by Ambo Anthos and to Eksmo in Russia. When I started this journey, I genuinely had no idea that I would have these amazing foreign publishers wanting to bring my book to their readers too so I am hugely grateful to everyone involved in helping this happen! (Huge thank you to my agent, Charlotte Seymour, and the wonderful team at Andrew Nurnberg Associates.)

So, over the next few months I’m going to be very busy. You’ll find me working on my next novel and the edits for THE SANATORIUM.

Such exciting times! I’ll be sharing more news here very soon…

Please see below the text from the article published in The Bookseller:

Transworld pre-empts ‘chilling’ Pearse debut in two-book deal

Transworld has pre-empted a “chilling” debut crime novel from Sarah Pearse in a “significant” two-book deal.

Editor Tash Barsby acquired world English language rights for The Sanatorium from Charlotte Seymour at Andrew Nurnberg Associates. It will be released as a lead hardback, e-book and audiobook in December 2020. Rights have also been sold in Greece (Psychogios, two-book deal), the Netherlands (Ambo Anthos) and Russia (Eksmo).

Its synopsis explains: “The Sanatorium follows Elin Warner, a detective on a career break after being scarred by a particularly brutal case back home in Devon. When her estranged brother Isaac invites her to celebrate his engagement in the Swiss Alps – at a luxury hotel, newly converted from an old tuberculosis sanatorium – she feels she has no choice but to accept. But the morning after she arrives, Isaac’s fiancée Laure goes missing. Asked by Isaac to investigate, Elin soon discovers that Laure is not the first person to have disappeared in suspicious circumstances at the old sanatorium .

Barsby said: “I was completely blown away by The Sanatorium – Sarah has brilliantly combined a detective novel with a locked-room mystery, set against the beautiful, dramatic and dangerous landscape of the Swiss Alps. She is an expert on setting and atmosphere, and I couldn’t be more excited to bring her tremendous talent on to the Transworld list.”

Pearse added: “I’m thrilled to be a part of the Transworld team, who publish so many of my favourite authors. Tash’s enthusiasm for the story and its setting, and her plans for the book, are amazing – I can’t wait for it to hit the shelves. I’m hugely grateful to them and to my brilliant agent, Charlotte Seymour, for her support and for finding the perfect home for my novel. I couldn’t be more excited about the journey ahead.”

Seymour commented: “It’s been a pleasure to see this novel develop from the early planning stages, when Sarah showed me her stunning scrapbooks and the fascinating, though sometimes tragic and unsettling, history behind some of the sanatoriums and other facilities, where women were sometimes sequestered for reasons other than ill health. The result is a crime novel I couldn’t put down and I can’t imagine a better home for it than Transworld.”

Please click HERE for the link to The Bookseller article.




Sarah Pearse lives by the sea in South Devon with her husband and two daughters. She studied English and Creative Writing at the University of Warwick and worked in Brand PR for a variety of households brands before following her passion for writing.

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