The Photographer of the Lost by Caroline Scott
2019/03/15  |  By:   |  Features  |  


Simon & Schuster has signed a debut novel by Caroline Scott, who originally submitted her manuscript to the publisher’s Books and the City #DigitalOriginals #OneDay open day in 2018. Jo Dickinson, publishing director, signed world rights to The Photographer of the Lost and a second novel through Teresa Chris. US rights were pre-empted by William Morrow.

The Photographer of the Lost (publishing in hardback and eBook 31st October 2019) is set during the aftermath of the First World War, when many soldiers remained missing. Scott’s heroine Edie receives in the post a photograph taken by her husband, and travels to France in search of him.

Dickinson said: “Several of us read The Photographer of the Lost as part of the #OneDay submission process and raved about it, and word has spread throughout Simon & Schuster UK – this is a novel we have all fallen in love with. Caroline Scott is a wonderful new voice for the list, a freelance writer and historian specialising in WWI and women’s history - The Photographer of the Lost is partially inspired by her own family history.”

Scott said: “I’m thrilled to have the opportunity to work with Simon & Schuster UK. Jo and her team have such a perfect empathy with the spirit of my story and are full of inspired ideas and energy. As a writer who is new to fiction, I feel so lucky to have their support and know-how on my side. I couldn’t be working with a better team.”

Chris said: “This is the novel I speak to everyone about. It is compelling, obsessive and the most deeply moving account of WW1 and its aftermath I have ever come across. Prepare to cry!”

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Juliet says : ‘The Photographer of the Lost is an outstanding debut novel from Caroline Scott. She writes with such passion and understanding, empathy and compassion that rise from the page and into the reader. This really is one of the most beautiful books I have read in a long time, and one that I will never forget reading.’  Read her full review here.

Shelley says : ‘Beautifully written and heartbreaking…a novel that will stay with me for a long time.’ Read her full review here.

Jo says : ‘I was absolutely fascinated by the author’s ability to bring such a poignant period in history alive with such emotional detail.’ Read her full review here.

Alex says : ‘I was immediately hooked by the prologue of this one. The writing flows absolutely beautifully and I was completely swept away in the story.’ Read her full review, and an extract of the novel, here.

BookSocialUK says : ‘To all books yet to be read by me this year, you’re going to have to go some if you’re wanting to beat this one as Book of the Year’. Read their full review here.

Julie says : ‘This is an almost painfully beautiful book, full of unresolved feelings, love and other emotions which come to dominate the narrative.’  Read her full review here.

Karen says : ‘An outstanding and memorable book. Easily one of my favourite reads of 2019!’ Read her full review here.