HarperCollins has acquired the rights to Jacqueline Maley’s debut novel The Truth About Her.
Maley, an award-winning columnist and senior writer with The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age, has signed a two-book deal with HarperCollins imprint Fourth Estate. The Truth About Her tells the story of a journalist and single mother who finds out the subject of one of her investigations has died by suicide.
Publisher Catherine Milne, who oversaw Trent Dalton’s bestselling novel Boy Swallows Universe, said readers would find Maley’s fiction debut “tender, wry [and] compassionate”.
“As a reader, I gulped it down greedily but there’s so much there to unwind and think about,” she said. “This is vivid, beautiful and intelligent storytelling.”