Award-winning digital first publisher HarperImpulse are thrilled to announce the acquisition of Historical author Deborah Carr. Editorial Director Charlotte Ledger bought World All Language rights after approaching the author about writing a novel to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the end of the First World War this year.
Deborah Carr lives on the island of Jersey in the Channel Islands with her husband, two children and three rescue dogs. She became interested in books set in WW1 when researching her grandfather’s time as a cavalryman in the 17th 21st Lancers.
She is part of ‘The Blonde Plotters’ writing group and was Deputy Editor on the online review site, Novelicious.com. Her debut historical romance, Broken Faces, is set in WW1 and was runner-up in the 2012 Good Housekeeping Novel Writing Competition and given a ‘special commendation’ in the Harry Bowling Prize that year.
The Poppy Field tells the story of a young nurse, Gemma, struggling with the traumas she has witnessed through her job in the NHS. Needing to escape from it all, Gemma agrees to help renovate a rundown farmhouse in Doullens, France, a town near the Somme. There, in a boarded-up cupboard, wrapped in old newspapers, is a tin that reveals the secret letters and heartache of Alice Le Breton, a young volunteer nurse who worked in a casualty clearing station near the front line.
Charlotte Ledger said: ‘I had read Deborah’s first novel, Broken Faces, and had fallen in love with her beautiful writing, so when it came to publishing a novel that would commemorate something so important as the anniversary of the end of the First World War, I knew I wanted to work with her. I am so incredibly excited to publish this stunning novel and can’t wait to get it in the hands of readers.’
Deborah said: ‘I’m pinching myself and still can’t quite believe that I’m writing for the brilliant imprint that is HarperImpulse and working with the wonderful Charlotte Ledger and her incredible team.’