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Juno Dawson to Publish her First Adult Trilogy

By February 4, 2021News

Publisher HarperVoyager has acquired the rights to YA writer, Juno Dawson’s first three adult novels. Juno Dawson is already the author of countless YA fiction and non-fiction books including; This Book is Gay, Clean, Meat Market, and Wonderland and now, she’s writing a trilogy aimed at adult readers.

Dawson’s trilogy is about a government agency for witches and the first book in the series in wittily entitled HMRC. HMRC tells the story of Her Majesty’s Royal Coven, based in Manchester and established by Queen Elizabeth I as a covert and secretive department. When the genocide of all witches is prophesized by HMRC’s oracle, the consensus between the witches on how to tackle knowledge threatens to tear apart this group of lifelong friends.

Publishing director Natasha Bardon acquired the UK and Commonwealth rights for Juno Dawson’s HMRC, contemporary witchcraft trilogy from Sallyanne Sweeney at MMBcreative. While a French-language deal has also been agreed, with Pygmalion.

The publisher said: “Through HMRC, Juno explores topics concerning women today—gender, feminism, the patriarchy and the corrupting nature of power—in a fun, sharp, provocative and joyous novel that will enchant Juno’s fans and charm new readers alike.”

While Natasha Bardon explained “I’ve admired Juno’s work for years and was absolutely thrilled to see her turn her talents to adult fiction. She has deftly created a brilliant and believable world with a host of characters readers will love. HMRC is a perfect blend of topical plotting, magic and heart. It’s exactly what I’ve wanted to read in this crossover area for a long time.”

Juno Dawson herself stated: “I am delighted HMRC has found a home at Voyager with Natasha, an editor I’ve wanted to work with for many years. HMRC is honestly the most fun I’ve ever, ever had on a novel. I completely lost myself in the mythical world of these very modern witches, and I hope readers do too.”

HMRC, the first book in Juno Dawson’s witchcraft trilogy for adults is due to be published in 2022.

Natasha Bardon also added: “Juno’s adult debut is everything I hoped for and much more: a smart and compulsive joy from the opening page,” said Sweeney. “HarperVoyager’s vision for the trilogy blew us away, matching Juno’s own ambition for it, and I can’t wait to see her readership reach new heights in 2022.”

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