On the heels of its Booker shortlisting, U.S. rights to Indra Sinha’s Animal’s People are currently being auctioned, with agent Carole Blake reportedly entertaining bids from several houses. Based on the 1984 Bhopal industrial disaster, the novel is Indian writer Sinha’s second; William Morrow published his first, The Death of Mr. Love, in the U.S. in 2004.
Blake has already sold rights to Animal’s People in Greece (after a four-way auction), Romania (at auction), Italy, the Czech Republic, and Norway, in addition to the Netherlands, where the book was published by Querido earlier this year. Scribner published the novel in the U.K., and this is the first Booker shortlisting for that imprint.
Currently, Sinha's novel is the only title on the Booker shortlist without a U.S. publisher.