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Royal Holloway student secures £1m book deal

Posted on 25/05/2010

Talented writer Kate Williams

MA student Kate Williams’ debut novel ‘The Pleasures of Men’ has taken the world by storm as publishers battle to secure a deal with the talented writer.

Kate, who is studying an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, University of London, has landed a one million pound book deal with Penguin, as well as publishers in the US, Canada, Italy and Brazil.

Her agent Simon Trewin submitted the manuscript just before 5pm and after a major bidding war Penguin secured the deal by 9.30am the next day. ‘The Pleasures of Men’ is set in 1840’s London and focuses on a girl who becomes obsessed with a serial killer and finds herself entangled in a web of betrayal and murder that not only threatens her but the lives of those around her.

Kate says, “I wanted to explore the underworld the Victorians tried to hide. When I started writing, the story possessed me.”

As for the book deals and worldwide interest, Kate says she is delighted: “I’m really thrilled and am looking forward to seeing it on the book shelves. I have really loved the MA course at Royal Holloway and the input of my tutors and fellow students has been so invaluable.”

Sir Andrew Motion, Professor of Creative Writing at Royal Holloway and former Poet Laureate said, “Everyone who knows Kate is delighted by her great success, and none more so than her colleagues and tutors at Royal Holloway. She′s an exceptionally gifted person, and we′re proud to have her on the Creative Writing MA course here.”

'The Pleasures of Men' will be published in May next year.

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