Penned in the Margins acquires Kathryn Bromwich’s ‘exquisite’ fiction debut Between the Trees

Blog | Published on May 4, 2022

Independent publisher Penned in the Margins has acquired an ‘exquisite’ fiction debut by writer and journalist Kathryn Bromwich.

Between the Trees tells the story of a woman, Laura, who finds herself living alone in a cabin deep within a forest in the Italian Alps, where she makes a living translating medical documents and teaching the children of affluent locals. She spends her days roaming the woods and climbing the mountains outside her front door, and soon begins a relationship with a waiter some years her junior, which brings new rhythms to her life. But late one night there is a knock on the door, and on the other side stands someone from her past who has finally found her.


Kathryn Bromwich - author photograph by Gabby Laurent

Author photograph by Gabby Laurent


Publisher Tom Chivers says, ‘I am entranced by this remarkable novel; by the poise of Kathryn’s exquisite prose of course, but also by its rich sense of place and the strangeness that is always threatening to break through. It’s a book that has really got under my skin, a powerful meditation on female oppression – and of self-discovery through isolation – and I can’t wait to share it with readers.’


Kathryn Bromwich says, ‘I am thrilled that Penned in the Margins will be publishing Between the Trees. Writing the novel was a way for me to process my thoughts and feelings at a very difficult time in my life, and I hope readers enjoy getting lost in these strange and mysterious woods as much as I did. Tom and the rest of the team understood completely what I was trying to achieve and I am grateful that they will be helping me tell this unsettling story.’


UK and Commonwealth rights were acquired from Matthew Turner at RCW Literary Agency. Between the Trees will be published in spring 2023.

Kathryn Bromwich is a writer and commissioning editor on the Observer New Review, having previously worked as acting deputy editor of the Guardian Guide. She writes about all aspects of culture, including music, film, TV, books, art and more, and has contributed to publications including Little White Lies, Dazed, Vice, Time Out and The Independent.

She has a BA in English Literature from the University of York, an MA in English: Issues in Modern Culture from University College London and an MA in Magazine Journalism from City, University of London. She has lived in Italy, Austria and the UK and is currently based in Hackney.

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