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Sandstone Press signs beautiful speculative fiction by debut novelist

Sandstone Press has acquired World rights to Rebecca Ley’s debut novel, Sweet Fruit, Sour Land, from Philippa Sitters at David Goodwin Associates.

When a wealthy client visits Mathilde’s dressmaking shop, she finds herself drawn into the only surviving circle of luxury left in a barren London. Attending parties offers a welcome escape from life governed by ration cards and a strictly enforced child policy. Here she meets enigmatic government minister, George, and piano-playing Jaminder, with whom an intense friendship blossoms. As Mathilde tries to discover where the illicit food is coming from and where non-conforming women disappear to, George’s grip on her tightens.

Assistant publisher Kay Farrell is thrilled to be adding Ley’s debut to the Sandstone Press list. ‘Sweet Fruit, Sour Land is a modern, beautifully written work of speculative fiction exploring questions of identity and female solidarity. It’s an exciting new direction for the Sandstone Press List.’

Philippa Sitters at David Goodwin Associates says ‘I couldn’t be happier that Kay, Bob and all at Sandstone Press are publishing Rebecca’s gorgeous book. The enthusiasm they’re putting behind her debut novel is just so important and I can’t wait see it out in the world.’

Publication Date:19th July 2018
Format: B paperback
Extent: 320
Category: Contemporary
RRP: £8.99

Rebecca Ley

Rebecca Ley