We’re delighted to have acquired World rights to a new novel by Carrie Cox, via Lyn Tranter at Australian Literary Management. So Many Beats of the Heart is an uplifting commercial women’s fiction title that will be loved by fans of Maggie Alderson, Maria Semple and Marian Keyes.

Carrie Cox is a Perth-based journalist and author whose previous novel, Afternoons with Harvey Beam (Fremantle Press, 2018), was hailed as a ‘brilliant debut’ by the Australian Women’s Weekly and ‘sensitive and impressive’ by The Australian. She has also published a non-fiction book, You Take the High Road and I’ll Take the Bus, based on her weekly satirical column for multiple Australian newspapers.

So Many Beats of the Heart is a wonderfully warm and witty novel about a marriage counsellor who suddenly becomes her own case study when her husband abruptly leaves her.

Carrie Cox said: ‘I really wanted to explore the impact of time itself on long-term relationships – the improbability of two people travelling through it at the same pace and still wanting to be together.

‘I created a character who knows all the answers but is suddenly left with only questions. I wanted to take her on a journey from the depths of being blindsided to discovering a life beyond the one she’d locked in, and I’m absolutely thrilled that Affirm Press really understood what I was trying to achieve with the book and loved it. I’m in terrific hands.’

Kelly Doust said: ‘Carrie Cox’s writing is exactly what we’re looking for – smart, funny up-lit which, for all its lightness of touch, shares some deeply insightful truths about humanity, love and relationships.’

So Many Beats of the Heart will be published in the first half of 2022.