In a heated 10-way auction, Transworld triumphs a major six-figure for the trilogy of the gothic fantasy debut, Weavingshaw by doctor Heba Al-Wasity.

With the first book publishing in Spring 2026, it follows a young woman, Leena who has a dark secret: she can see the dead. When her brother falls ill, she must trade in her secret with the Saint of Silence to obtain the medication. Unknown to her, he is hunting for the ghost of a nobleman. While helping him with this quest, Leena grows closer to the Saint and is plunged further into his world of danger, deceit and desire.

Commissioning editor, Lara Stevenson who bought the UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, praised the “gothic masterpiece” and said “Heba’s singular voice combined with the deliciously dark world building, compelling characters and slow burn romantic tension creates pure magic on the page.”

Chloe Seager, Director of Children’s & YA shared that “The global response to this book has been mind-blowing – it feels like from the moment we sent it out, we’ve been besieged with passionate pre-empts and auctions – and I can’t wait for readers to meet their new obsession in 2026.”

North American rights were sold in a whopping seven-figure pre-empt for three books to Anne Groell at Del Rey. Other international rights include six-figure deal in Germany (Ullstein) and pre-empts in Brazil (Globo) and Hungary (Maxim), with more ongoing auctions in further territories.

Based in Manchester, Heba was inspired by her experiences as an Iraqi refugee in Libya, growing up in Canada and attending medical school in the UK. Having worked in emergency care and psychiatric inpatient units as a junior doctor gained her first-hand insight of the ways poverty and deprivation can lead to social inequalities. “This is a story that comes from my own One Dark Window and raised between two cultures. Weavingshaw was written in the hopes that it will reach those whose story is yet untold.” 

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