J.P. Pomare to be published by Hachette ANZ, Hodder UK and Mulholland Books US

Hachette Australia and New Zealand, Hodder UK and Mulholland Books US are delighted to announce the acquisition of ANZ, UK and US rights for the next two J.P. Pomare thrillers beginning with In the Clearing in 2020.

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J.P. Pomare (photo: James Howarth)

Hachette New Zealand, Managing Director, Mel Winder:
‘We are so proud to be the NZ publisher of this home-grown author. J.P. Pomare’s assured debut Call Me Evie burst onto the scene in early 2019 and instantly established J.P. as a force to be reckoned with. In the Clearing builds on that reputation and we are thrilled that J.P. has been picked up our UK and US colleagues.’

Hachette Australia, Head of Literary, Robert Watkins:
‘With Call Me Evie J.P. Pomare launched onto the scene as a top notch psychological thriller writer. Call Me Evie was a debut bestseller, was longlisted for a Ned Kelly Award and won the Ngaio Marsh Award for Best First Novel. In the Clearing cements his reputation for writing gripping novels that will leave the reader guessing to the final pages. I can’t wait to work with my Hachette colleagues in the UK and the US to grow J.P. into the global thriller brand he deserves to be.’

Hodder, Publisher General Fiction, Kate Howard:
In the Clearing is an exhilarating read. The eerie sense of endless space in rural Australia blended with the twisty, thrilling and emotionally intense plot kept me on the edge of my seat. It’s smart, entertaining writing at its very best. I loved it and we can’t wait to publish in the UK next year.’

Mulholland Books, Editor, Emily Giglierano:
‘It only took three words for me to pick up In the Clearing: ‘female cult leader’. But it was the flawless storytelling – the voices of the two narrators, and the inexorable ticking clock counting down to disaster – that compelled me to read it in one sitting. I can’t wait for our readers to experience this roller-coaster of a psychological thriller.’

About In the Clearing:


Amy has only ever known life in the Clearing. She knows what’s expected of her. She knows what to do to please her elders, and how to make sure the community remains happy and calm. That is, until a new girl joins the group. She isn’t fitting in; she doesn’t want to stay. What happens next will turn life as Amy knows it on its head.

Freya has gone to great lengths to feel like a ‘normal person’. In fact, if you saw her go about her day with her young son, you’d think she was an everyday mum. That is, until a girl goes missing and someone from her past, someone she hasn’t seen for a very long time, arrives in town.

As secrets of the past bubble up to the surface, this small town’s dark underbelly will be exposed and lives will be destroyed.

In the Clearing coverEarly praise for In the Clearing:
In the Clearing is a pared-back firecracker where the danger is clear and present – even if its exact shape remains opaque until the book’s climax and final gasp-inducing twist.’ – Books + Publishing, 4 star review
‘Clear your schedules, because after reading page one you won’t be able to stop. In the Clearing is another breathtaking page-turner from the author of Call Me Evie. A dark, chilling, atmospheric thriller populated with mysterious and wonderfully flawed characters.’ – Christian White, bestselling author of The Nowhere Child and The Wife and the Widow
‘A chilling depiction of the ferocious hold exerted by a cult and its adherents. This is totally absorbing fiction, made all the more shocking by the realisation that these stories recur again and again in Australian society.’ – Jock Serong, author of The Rules of Backyard Cricket and Preservation
‘Chilling, thrilling and terrifyingly believable’ – Robbie Arnott, author of Flames
‘J.P. Pomare captivates in this haunting novel, In the Clearing. I was utterly gripped with the stories of Amy and Freya from start to finish, and fascinated by the unexpected way the two came together. Thrilling, atmospheric and with twists abounding, this book held me in its spell long after the final page. A sure-fire bestseller. Bravo.’ – Sally Hepworth, author of The Mother-In-Law and The Family Next Door

In the Clearing will publish in New Zealand on 31/12/19
Trade Paperback ISBN 9781869713393
Contact your rep or ADS (adscs@alliancedist.com.au) to order copies.