Agent: Laetitia Rutherford
In ONE MORE CHANCE, psychological suspense meets issues-rich commercial women’s fiction, in this story about Dani, an inmate of a London prison.
Dani is haunted by memories of the child she abandoned as a newborn. So when new cellmate Martha offers a way she could see the child again, she finds it difficult to refuse, no matter what the cost.
For readers who remember the international hit 1980s TV series Prisoner: Cell Block H and more recently the Netflix hit Orange is the New Black, this novel is also perfect for those who love gripping, contemporary, voice-driven drama like Chris Cleave’s Incendiary, and contemporary commercial women’s fiction and suspense like Lisa Ballantyne’s The Guilty One, and the novels of Martina Cole, Rosamund Lupton, and Alex Marwood.
Publication: July 2018 Dialogue Books/Hachette
Lucy Ayrton is Communications Manager of a prisons charity, and much of One More Chance is informed by the people she has met and visits she has made – especially to the Holloway Mother and Baby Unit. She has an MA in Writing from Warwick University, and is a lively presence on the performance poetry scene. She wrote and performed two full-length spoken word shows at the Edinburgh Festival: Lullabies to Make Your Children Cry, recipient of the PBH Best Newcomer Award, and adapted into a pamphlet with Stewed Rhubarb Press. The Splitting of the Mermaid, was a winner of the Ideastap Members Presents: Preview Season and was performed at Underbelly. Her blog Lucy In The Pub With Cider, about literature, feminism and baking. Lucy is thirty one and lives with her husband in Oxford. This is her first novel, and was a finalist for the Exeter Novel Award.