We are thrilled to announce that Bestselling author Shelley Wood’s THE LEAP YEAR GENE, has been acquired by Iris Tupholme at HarperCollins Canada, in a pre-empt (Canadian English rights), and Claire Wachtel at Union Square Press (World English ex. Canada), for publication Fall 2024!

THE LEAP YEAR GENE is an inspired, sweeping historical epic tracing the remarkable life story of a baby girl born on the leap year who grows one year older every four years, part love story, part medical mystery, part historical romp through WWI, the dawning eugenics movement, and beyond.

Shelley Wood is a writer, journalist, and editor. Her short stories and essays have appeared in a range of international journals, magazines, and newspapers and her debut novel, The Quintland Sisters (William Morrow, 2019) was a #1 bestseller in Canada. Born and raised in Vancouver, she has lived in Montreal, Cape Town, and the Middle East, and now has a home, a man, and a dog in British Columbia, Canada.

Deal arranged by Samantha Haywood at Transatlantic Agency.