The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke

October, 2020

Transworld author Caroline Smailes will publish her long-awaited Christmas novel with RedDoor Press in October 2020. The move reunites Smailes with RedDoor publisher Clare Christian who published Smailes’ critically-acclaimed debut In Search of Adam in 2007.

Already described as ‘funny and touching and utterly brilliant’ by Rachael Lucas and ‘a remarkable, funny, truly redemptive read' by Miranda Dickinson, RedDoor is pitching The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke as A Christmas Carol meets Stranger Things in this funny, sweary and moving festive story.

Christian says ‘I have loved Caroline’s writing since the moment I read the submission for In Search of Adam, and am so excited to have the opportunity to work with her again. The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke is everything Caroline’s fans have been waiting for and more.’

Smailes adds, ‘I am so delighted to be joining RedDoor and working with Clare and Heather (Boisseau) again. I feel as though I have come back home and am really looking forward to getting The Unwrapping of Theodora Quirke out for Christmas – my favourite time of year!'

The publication of the novel is timed to coincide with the film premier of an earlier novel by Smailes, The Drowning of Arthur Braxton (HarperCollins).

About the author

Caroline Smailes' acclaimed debut novel, In Search of Adam, was published in 2007 (The Friday Project/HarperCollins). The Big Issue North declared the book 'an engrossing and touching read from a new talent'. Caroline’s subsequent novels include Black Boxes, international bestseller Like Bees to Honey, an experimental digital novel with eleven endings 99 Reasons Why and modern-day fairy tale The Drowning of Arthur Braxton (all HarperCollins). 

The film of The Drowning of Arthur Braxton is in post-production, with an expected 2020 release.
Caroline lives in the North West of England. She is also known as Caroline Wallace, author of The Finding of Martha Lost (Transworld).

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