Deaf but hearing
Granta has signed debut novelist Louise Stern. Kinil, to be published in 2015, tells the story of three siblings Ismael, Rosie and Ceistina who live in a Mayan village in Mexico where the deaf and hearing communicate by sign language.This is Stern’s debut novel, after her acclaimed short story collection Chattering. Stern, who is deaf and grew up a in a non-hearing community in California, writes about arresting characters who just happen to be deaf.
Fifth writer signed from Curtis Brown course
Antonia Honeywell’s debut novel The Ship has been bought by Weidenfeld & Nicolson from Curtis Brown, Honeywell [below] is the fifth student from Curtis Brown Creative’s novel-writing course to sign a publishing deal. The Ship is the story of a dystopian world where a wealthy man buys a huge ship to transport a handpicked group of 500, including his daughter Lalla, to a safe destination. But as the journey progresses, Lalla challenges her tyrannical father. To be published in February 2015. Other successful CB students to sign deals are SD Sykes’s Plague Land, Jake Woodhouse’s After the Silence, Jessie Burton’s The Miniaturist, and Tim Glencross’s social satire Barbarians.
Sculptor publishes first novel
Our Endless Numbered Days, the debut novel by sculptor Claire Fuller, will be published by Penguin imprint Fig Tree. Heroine Peggy comes home after living for eight years in a forest with her survivalist father.
Frank Shaw, hero of Terms & Conditions, is a lawyer who loses his memory after a car crash. Bloomsbury has signed the debut novel by Robert Glancy in a two-book deal. To be published in the UK in February next year.
First two books for Novelicious
Poppy Dolan, previously self-published on Kindle, and debut author Rosie Blake are the first two signings for Novelicious Books. A newly-married amateur baker is the heroine of Poppy Dolan’s There’s More to Life than Cupcakes, to be published in October. Her Kindle book [above] The Bad Boyfriends Bootcamp, will also be repackaged. Valentine’s Day is the deadline for the uptight heroine of Rosie Blake’s [above] How to Get a (Love) Life who decides to find a boyfriend by February 14. The book will be published in January 2014.