In July this year, Picador won the rights for Kiss Me First by Lottie Moggach in a hotly-contested eleven-publisher auction.

How far can one person go to assume the identity of another online?  Kiss Me First asks this question as Leila, a computer whizz-kid who’s never been kissed, agrees to adopt the identity of the beautiful, urbane and fragile Tess. Tess wants to end her life whilst her family and friends will believe that she is alive and well on the other side of the world.  Leila spins Tess’s story – responding to emails, updating her Facebook page, posting photographs – but how long can the lie survive…?

Picador Editorial Director Francesca Main said: ‘Kiss Me First has affected me like no other book in recent memory.  It takes a high-concept premise and shows us how terrifyingly plausible it is, engaging with how we live and interact online in ways that few contemporary novels are bold or imaginative enough to do.  It is utterly intoxicating and the characters are brilliantly drawn – Lottie Moggach is a clever, original and dazzling storyteller and all of us here at Picador are honoured and thrilled to be publishing her.’

Lottie Moggach commented: 'Picador has such an exciting, high-calibre list, including some of my favourite writers: I'm beyond delighted to be joining them.' 

Lottie Moggach is a journalist who has written for The Times, Financial Times, Time Out, Elle, GQ and The London Paper.  She lives in north London and is the daughter of novelist Deborah Moggach.