Picture credit: Peter Horrox Photography

We are celebrating the end of the week with the fabulous announcement that Olivia Horrox‘s dazzling debut novel Beautiful Little Fools has been acquired up by Embla Books, an imprint of Bonnier. Editorial Director Hannah snapped up world English language rights for Beautiful Little Fools and one other historical novel from Thérèse Coen.

Set at an art school on the beautiful Cornish coastline, Beautiful Little Fools has all the glamour of The Great Gatsby and the allure of Downton Abbey. It is set to be published this September in ebook, audiobook and print on demand, with the second title following in 2023.

According to the acquisition statement: ‘The first book in the deal is set on the Cornish coast and is described asThe Great Gatsby meets Downton Abbey.

Beautiful Little Fools follows the journey of Elizabeth “Birdie” Graham, a young woman who chafes against society’s expectations of marriage and female duty.

Birdie dreams of becoming a professional artist and cuts a deal with her parents: to let her spend a year exploring her creativity at the St. Agnes School of Art in Cornwall, after which she will return home and marry the insufferable but influential and wealthy Charles Bonham, as per her parents’ wishes.

Birdie however, has no intention of ever going back. Free of responsibility for the first time, she finds herself surrounded by a crew of bohemian artists who show her just how dizzying independence can be. And when she meets the magnetic, but troubled, Tremayne family, she will be forced to ask herself exactly what kind of woman and artist she really wants to be.

You can read the full Bookbrunch article here.