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Phaedra Patrick

Phaedra studied art and marketing and has worked as a stained glass artist, film festival organiser and communications manager.

Her short stories have won competitions run by Penguin and Darley Anderson and she now writes full time. She lives in Saddleworth with her husband and son. 

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Rise and Shine, Benedict Stone

Benedict Stone’s fifteenth wedding anniversary to Estelle is on the horizon, but his marriage is breaking down.

In trying to have a child for many years, Benedict and Estelle have focused on nothing else. They’ve forgotten how torelate as a couple in their own right. When Estelle moves out of their home, after Benedict’s reluctance to accept their childless fate, he is devastated. Benedict vows to win Estelle back – but he doesn’t know how.

One rainy night, after a disappointment with Estelle, Benedict is alone in his house once more, when there’s a knock at the door. Thinking his wife has returned Benedict answers to find a young stranger on his doorstep. The girl announces that she is his sixteen-year-old niece, Gemma, and that she’s arrived from America to stay with him for the summer.

Gemma and Bill decide to make a deal. She can stay with him for the summer but, in turn, she will help him with operation WEB - Win Estelle Back…

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth HQ (MIRA)
North America MIRA
Germany Random House BTB

The Curious Charms of Arthur Pepper

In the loneliness of his Yorkshire home, widower Arthur Pepper begins to clear out his late wife Miriam’s wardrobe. But he soon makes a surprising discovery – a mysterious gold charm bracelet.

Intrigued by his find, Arthur sets off on an adventure to uncover the story behind each of the charms. It’s a journey which finds him fending off a ravenous tiger, reconnecting with his estranged children, and shedding his clothes for art.

But as the story of each charm unfolds, more mysteries materialise, and Arthur realises that his wife led a secret life before they met. And after forty years of marriage he begins to wonder if he ever knew her at all….

A search to know his wife. A journey to find himself.

Territory Publisher/Agent
World Darley Anderson Agency
UK & Commonwealth MIRA Harlequin
North America MIRA Harlequin
Unabridged Audio UK & Commonwealth WF Howes
Brazil (Portuguese) Rocco
Bulgaria Ciela
China (simp. Chinese characters) Beijing White Horse Time
Croatia Naklada Ljevak
Czech Republic Mlada Fronta
France Bragelonne
Germany Random House BTB
Hungary Művelt Nép
Italy Garzanti Libri
Japan Shueisha
Korea Dasan Books
Norway Cappelen Damm
Poland Albatros
Portugal Topseller 20/20 Editora
The Netherlands Luitingh Sijthoff
Russia Sindbad
Serbia Laguna
Spain Ediciones B
Sweden Forum
Taiwan Delight Press
Turkey Arkadya

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