UK & Commonwealth rights to Robin Morgan-Bentley’s debut psychological thriller, The Wreckage have gone to Orion / Trapeze.

Due to be published in 2020, the novel was bought by the editorial director at Trapeze, Phoebe Morgan, in a two-book deal.

The novel tells the story of Ben, a schoolteacher whose whole life changes in a split-second…

One fatal crash.  Two colliding worlds.  Three wrecked lives.

Ben is driving on the motorway, on his usual commute to the school where he works.

A day like any other…

Except for one man, who in one final, despairing act chooses Ben’s car to jump in front of, turning the teacher’s world upside down in a single horrifying instant…

Wracked with guilt and desperate to clear his conscience, he develops a friendship with Alice, the dead man’s wife, and her 7-year-old son Max.

But as he tries to escape the trauma of the wreckage, could he go too far in trying to make amends?

How would you cope, knowing you’d caused someone’s death?

Phoebe Morgan said of the deal: “The Wreckage had me absolutely gripped from start to finish – it is a phenomenal read that explores so many fascinating themes including male anxiety and guilt, and asks the reader that all-important question: what would you do if you caused someone’s death? Would you cope? Or would you start to slowly fall apart? I am hugely excited to bring Robin to the Trapeze list and cannot wait to launch him next year.”

Robin said: “I am so delighted to have signed with Trapeze. I’ve admired their work for the last couple of years and there is the most exciting buzz and momentum about everyone there and everything they acquire. I knew from my first meeting with Phoebe and the wider team that this would be the right place for me. The Wreckage is a novel about male mental health, and I know that together we will publish it with the boldness and sensitivity that the topic deserves.”

After graduating from Cambridge with a First Class degree in Modern and Medieval Languages, Robin Morgan-Bentley worked for five years at Google.

Since 2014, he has been the Senior Editorial Manager at Audible, responsible for deciding which audiobooks they promote to their customers and how. He also runs their podcast, Audible Sessions, and has interviewed multiple authors including Fiona Barton, Clare Mackintosh, Ian Rankin, Val McDermid, Anthony Horowitz and Jeffery Deaver to name a few.  His conversations with them are what inspired him to start writing.