Annie Stanley, All at Sea
Mantle/Pan Macmillan, 2021
From The Bookseller:
“Pan Mac imprint Mantle has landed the Shipping Forecast-inspired debut novel from Sue Teddern in a two-book deal.
Associate publisher Sam
Humphreys acquired world
rights to Annie Stanley,
All at Sea from Gaia Banks
at Sheil Land, for publication in 2021.
The novel follows Annie, whose father has just died and whose ashes she decides to take – without the rest of her family’s consent – on a tour of the 31 sea areas that make up Radio 4’s Shipping Forecast, which she and her father used to listen
Humphreys said: “This is Sue’s first novel, but she’s an accomplished and wonderfully engaging story teller, having previously written for both radio and TV, and that shines through on every page. I was immediately invested in Annie Stanley and her madcap idea to take her recently deceased father on one final journey. Annie Stanley, All at Sea is,
at its heart(and it has plenty of that), a love story, encompassing romantic love, family love, and a very British love for the institution that is the Shipping Forecast. Sue writes with sympathy, warmth and wit about universal themes – and I can't wait to introduce Annie Stanley to the world.”
My research trip, from Scarborough to Swanage, Cromarty to Canvey Island
The Year of Bad Choices
Mantle/Pan Macmillan, 2022
Gemma is cup-half-empty. Ned is cup-half-full. Both are newly single parents, after being dumped by their partners. Both feel hurt, damaged and raw. Can they move on? Are they ready to meet someone new? Can they offer each other support and empathy while they get their confidence back? Who will be happy first and what are friends really for?
The Year of Bad Choices is set in Brighton & Hove, with Gemma and Ned living at opposite sides of the city.