Really thrilled to have signed the first novel for Retreat West Books.
All The Things That Made Me Are Broken Into Pieces, the new novel from Sophie Jonas-Hill, will be published in Spring 2019. It’s a heartbreaking and hopeful story of tattoo artist, Lydia, who’s lost herself after losing several babies. When she finds herself alone to deal with her grief she fixates on a young, teenage girl who she believes is in trouble, rather than facing up to her own problems. It’s raw, visceral and full of heart, and I knew I wanted to publish it straight away.
I’ve read lots of Sophie’s work over the years, both her published and unpublished novels, and she is a great talent and I’m delighted to have signed her to Retreat West Books.
Sophie said: ‘This is a book which was written in pain, anger and a lot of laughter, in about three incredible weeks two years ago. It means a lot to me, and after some near misses with agents who wanted to scrub it clean of passion, I’m delighted to be working on it with Amanda, whom I trust both to reign in its excesses and amplify its voice – and that last bit will make her smile! Really excited to be signed with someone looking for original writing, and to be part of a venture that’s going to be punching above its weight for years to come.’
More info coming soon…