U.K. Novel Takes Int'l Market by Storm
Ghosted by Rosie Walsh, originating with Lizzy Kremer at David Higham Associates, has been racking up a flurry of foreign sales. The book sold to Pam Dorman in the U.S. at the end of February (via Allison Hunter at Janklow & Nesbit) and, at press time, had been sold in a total of 20 foreign deals. In addition to the U.S. sale, the book has been sold to Goldmann (Germany) and Longanesi (Italy), among others. Set to be released in the U.K. in spring 2018, under the title The Man Who Didn’t Call, the novel follows a woman who falls in love with a man who disappears. (The book is also slated to be released in the U.S. in spring 2018.) Walsh has previously written four books under the pseudonym Lucy Robinson; Ghosted marks her first book written under her real name. David Higham Associates controls foreign rights.
Italian Trilogy Sells in the Netherlands
The Soul of The Frontier by Matteo Righetto recently sold to Dutch house Atlas Contact in a three-book deal. Italy’s Piergiorgio Nicolazzini Literary Agency, which is handling foreign rights, said the book is a coming-of-age tale, set in the late 19th century, about a girl who must continue her father's line of work--smuggling tobacco--after he goes missing. Mondadori is publishing the book in Italy later this year. Righetto is the author of The Bear Skin, which was adapted into an Italian film and is in its eighth edition in print in Italy.
Swedish Debut Travels to Germany
Sweden’s Hedlund Agency has accepted a preempt from German publisher Rowohlt, in a two-book deal, for Anna Tell's Four Days in Kabul. The book is the first entry in a new series about hostage negotiator and military instructor Amanda Lund. The launch title of the series follows what happens when two Swedish diplomats go missing from the embassy in Kabul. Swedish house Wahlström & Widstrand will publish the novel in June. Tell has spent over 20 years serving in the Swedish military and as a policewoman.
Bestselling Finnish Novel Attracts Buyers
Antti Tuomainen’s The Man Who Died has recently sold to Zlin (Czech Republic), and U.K. publishing house Orenda (for world English rights). Released in Finland in September by Like, the book is being handled by the Salomonsson Agency. The novel, which the Salomonsson Agency compared to the film Fargo, follows a 37-year-old man who, after learning he is being slowly poisoned, sets out to learn who wants him dead. The book was on numerous Finnish bestseller lists for the first three months after it was published.
Danish Novel Sells In Germany
Kaspar Colling Nielsen's Mount Copenhagen recently sold to Markus Naegele at Germany's Heyne in a two book-deal. (The second book in the deal is a forthcoming work called European Spring.) Other sales have been made in Norway, Czech Republic and Iceland. Gyldendal, the original publisher, released the title in Denmark in 2010; the book went on to win the Danske Bank First Book Award. Salomonsson Agency is now handling all foreign rights. According to the agency, the book is about a 3,500-meter mountain being built in Copenhagen.