We are so delighted to announce amazing news for our Writer-in-Residence Claire Askew: she has just signed a two-book deal with Hodder & Staughton in a four-way auction for her debut novel All the Hidden Truths and a sequel! The Bookseller Magazine revealed the following exciting details…

The first in the deal is All the Hidden Truths, the story of a tragic shooting at an Edinburgh college and its aftermath. It is narrated by three women at the heart of the story – the mother of a victim and the mother of the shooter, and DI Helen Birch who is tasked in solving the case. According to Hodder’s Crime and Thriller publisher Ruth Tross, who acquired British and Commonwealth rights, including Canada, from Cathryn Summerhayes at Curtis Brown, the book is both a “knotty crime novel” and a story of grief “trying to make sense of something that defies reason”.

All the Hidden Truths is one of the most remarkable debuts I’ve read – a powerful, clever, knotty crime novel that takes a shocking moment and follows its impact on the families, police, and society,” said Tross. “It’s about how grief plays out amidst social media speculation and tabloid conspiracy theories; about trying to make sense of something that defies reason; and people at their best and worst. Everyone at Hodder shared my enthusiasm; I’m not sure I’d have been forgiven if we’d lost the auction. Readers of Kate Atkinson, Denise Mina and Susie Steiner will love it – along with anyone who wants their fiction both moving and gripping. It marks the start of a fantastic writing career and I can’t wait to share it with the world.”

Summerhayes said: “I knew Claire was a special writer from page one. I didn’t anticipate that she’d ruin the next 48 hours of my life because I couldn’t put my Kindle down, but I’m glad she did. Claire has an amazing writing career ahead of her and I know Ruth and the team at Hodder will maximise this opportunity with their passion for this novel and many more.”

We’ve already heard a sample of Claire reading from her novel and can’t wait to read it! Since Claire joined the Golden Hare as Writer-in-Residence early this year, she has been an incredible force of good. She has supported Golden Hare Books by setting up and mentoring a fortnightly writing group, Golden Hare Writers, helped us apply for funding to put on special events and been an all-round advocate for everything we do as independent booksellers.

Claire’s own writing career has always been inspiring. Winner of the Lucy Cavendish Prize for Fiction, a Jessie Kesson fellow and nominee for the Saltire First Book Award and many other prestigious awards, and with her debut poetry collection This changes things she was already impressive enough! She is not only a fantastic writer, teacher and friend of the shop but a real asset to the burgeoning literary scene here in Edinburgh. We feel so lucky and excited to have Claire connected to our shop.

All the Hidden Truths will be hitting the bookshelves – and this bookshop! – in July 2018. We can’t wait! In the meantime, you can buy her fantastic debut poetry collection This Changes Things from Golden Hare Books in-store and online.

"I'm obviously absolutely thrilled to be working with Hodder, and to know that my novel is soon to go out into the world! Over the past few days I've been thinking a lot about the as-yet-unpublished writers I know and work with, and want to say to anyone still striving at their laptop -- keep going! Look what can happen!" -- Claire