Editorial Director Laura Palmer at Head of Zeus has pre-empted world rights to the debut novel of South African author Miranda Sherry from Oli Munson at AM Heath for a six-figure sum.

Set against the heat and dramatic landscape of a South African summer, BLACK DOG SUMMER is a gripping and emotional story about a mother who is brutally murdered in a farmstead killing and must then watch from the heavens as her traumatized daughter moves in with her aunt’s dysfunctional family.

Shortly after the acquisition US rights were pre-empted from HoZ by Sarah Branham from Atria Books at Simon and Schuster. HoZ Rights Director Helenka Fuglewicz is now managing global interest in rights for the book.

HoZ will publish in e and hardback in August 2014.

Editorial Director Laura Palmer said; ‘I loved this novel for its beautiful writing, its gripping story, and its emotive themes of grief, guilt and sisterhood, all set against the mysterious and magical backdrop of South Africa. This book got under my skin and stuck there - I knew that I could not have sat by and watched someone else publish it.’

CEO Amanda Ridout said ‘This is an extraordinary debut novel which will thrill and inspire readers everywhere. We look forward to making it a global bestseller next year with all our international publishing partners.’