Lex Croucher has landed a deal with Zaffre, an imprint of Bonnier Books, for her YA crossover fiction debut to be published next summer.

Reputation was acquired by Sarah Bauer, Senior Editor at Zaffre, from Chloe Seager, and is scheduled for release in July 2021.

The novel is a whip-smart romantic comedy set in the Regency era. It follows lonely new girl in town Georgiana Ellers, who falls in with the enigmatic Frances Campbell and her unfathomably rich, deeply improper crowd. Georgiana is introduced to a new world, the upper echelons of Regency society and it’s anything but dull. But the price of entry to high society might just be more than Georgiana is willing to pay . . .

Lex Croucher enthused: “I am overjoyed to be working with the team at Bonnier; Reputation is the result of both a lifelong obsession with writing and a prolonged and sordid love affair with Jane Austen. I can’t wait for the world to meet this rowdy bunch of high society reprobates, navigating love and friendship in a time when reputation was everything.”

Sarah Bauer, Senior Editor at Zaffre confirmed: “I knew from page one that Reputation was a special novel. Lex’s writing is the perfect blend of belly-laughs and heart – something I think readers are crying out for. I am thrilled to be publishing Lex’s witty, feminist and modern take on a Regency romance.”

Agent Chloe Seager commented: “Reputation is the dream book for modern day lovers of Austen wanting a fresh, feminist take on the genre. I’m thrilled Lex’s sharp, witty debut has found the perfect home with Sarah and the Bonnier team.”

Lex Croucher is a writer, producer and YouTuber based in London, with over 100,000 followers across her social media platforms. Lex published a YA non-fiction book in 2019, called You’re Crushing It.