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A new YA novel from Rhiannon Wilde, plus a US deal for Henry Hamlet's Heart
Posted 22.10.2021

A new YA novel from Rhiannon Wilde, plus a US deal for Henry Hamlet's Heart

UQP have acquired world rights to Where You Left Us, the second young adult novel from Rhiannon Wilde, following the publication of her buzzy 2021 debut Henry Hamlet’s Heart.

Where You Left Us fizzes with energy,’ says UQP Publisher Clair Hume. ‘Set in a rambling seaside mansion, the story follows the two Prince sisters as they come to terms with their rock star father’s most recent breakdown. Then, in a clifftop graveyard an empty coffin is unearthed, challenging everything they thought they knew about their family and the legendary Sadie Prince.

'Following the wonderful reception for Henry Hamlet’s Heart, we are excited to have Rhiannon’s next YA novel hot on its heels. It's a beautiful story that deals with family secrets, first love and how to find your way when you feel left behind.’

Rhiannon Wilde says, ‘Where You Left Us is a YA mystery-coming-of-age-romance that was initially inspired by my living back by the sea on 2020 and thinking about what it means to belong to a place where you grew up. It’s about sisters, mental health, love and hate, history, and ghosts; think Wuthering Heights meets Sherlock Holmes, if Kristen Stewart played Heathcliff and Holmes and Watson were teenagers with social anxiety – all set on the beach.’

Meanwhile UQP has sold North American rights for Rhiannon’s debut, the queer young adult romance Henry Hamlet’s Heart, to Charlesbridge.

‘We think the love story of Henry Hamlet and his best friend, Len, will steal the hearts of American YA readers,’ says Monica Perez, Executive Editor at Charlesbridge.

Rhiannon says: ‘I’m so pleased that Henry Hamlet’s Heart has found a publishing home in the US with Charlesbridge. I hope that new readers see a little piece of themselves in the book and feel affirmed by the enduring importance of LGBTQIA+ characters in YA.’

Kate McCormack, Contract and Rights Manager at UQP, expects plenty of interest from other territories at this week’s Frankfurt Book Fair.

Where You Left Us will be published in Australia and New Zealand in the second half of 2022.

Charlesbridge will publish Henry Hamlet’s Heart in the North American fall of 2022.

For more information, please contact Louise Cornegé on louise.cornege@uqp.com.au or 07 2246 7932.