Lara Williamson

Lara Williamson

The Madeleine Milburn Agency is delighted to announce that, after a heated auction, Usborne Publishing has acquired World English language rights in two books for 9-12 year olds by début author Lara Williamson: A BOY CALLED HOPE and THE BOY WHO SAILED THE OCEAN IN AN ARMCHAIR.  Usborne will publish Lara’s debut as their lead middle-grade title in Spring 2014.

Please watch the trailer for a heart-warming introduction to A BOY CALLED HOPE:

A BOY CALLED HOPE is a refreshingly funny, tear-jerking but ultimately uplifting story about Dan’s adventure to be reunited with his dad.  Rebecca Hill, Fiction Director of Usborne, says: “Sometimes a book lands on your desk and it feels as if it were written just for you. Intoxicating from the very first page, A Boy Called Hope is a bold and bedazzling book about family life in all its shapes and sizes.”

Lara was born and studied in Northern Ireland.  After graduating with a BA (Hons) in Fashion Design she moved to London and worked for a number of magazines including J17 as Beauty Editor. The opening chapters of her début novel received an Honorary Mention in Undiscovered Voices 2012.

Read more about the exciting acquisition in The Bookseller