Orion Fiction has been awarded a two-book deal, including The Jokerby budding novelist and former international tennis player Judy Murray.
Charlotte Mursell, Editorial Director, has acquired all worldwide language rights from Kerr MacRae to Kerr MacRae LPA. The Joker will be published in hardcover, e-book and audio in the summer of 2023.
“Judy is one of the most inspiring people I’ve met, a natural storyteller and has lived a life full of new experiences and accomplishments,” MacRae said.
Murray has 64 national titles to her name and in 1995 became Scotland’s national coach. Alongside her tennis and coaching achievements, Murray was a ‘Strictly Come Dancing’ nominee in 2014, a Costa Book Award judge in 2021 and will make her Edinburgh Fringe debut.
The Joker is a “fresh and uplifting” story about how it’s never too late to achieve your dreams, following Abigail Patterson who, after putting her tennis career on hold, finds herself entered into tennis’ biggest championship of the country as a wild card. However, her success in the competition means it’s only a matter of time before the press starts to uncover the secret Abi has been hiding for so long.
Mursell commented: “I’m so thrilled to release Judy Murray’s brilliant debut at Orion Fiction. Full of twists (and tennis), The Joker is a brilliantly heartwarming tale of second chances and the pursuit of forgotten dreams. A perfect, evasive holiday read that will be one of next year’s summer hits – best read with a punnet of strawberries and cream!”
Murray added: “If I hadn’t been a tennis coach I think I would have become a writer or an editor, so I’m delighted to be working with the fabulous team at Orion on my first book of fiction. It’s a tale of triumph over adversity and it is set in a major event on the tennis calendar.”