Myriad signs Karnezis, Boehmer, Wasafiri collection

Rights - Fiction Tuesday, 18 September 2018

Three titles that will 'expand a commitment to publishing vital, global literary work'


Myriad has bought three books that it says will "set the tone of [our] autumn 2019 list and further expand a commitment to publishing vital, global literary work".

Publishing director Candida Lacey bought world English rights from Tracy Bohan at
Andrew Wylie in We Are Made of Earth by Panos Karnezis (right), for publication next September. Greek-born Karnezis is the author of four previous novels, including The Maze, which was shortlisted for the 2004 Whitbread (now Costa) First Novel Award. His work is translated into 20 languages. We Are Made of Earth is about the only survivors of a capzised dinghy fleeing war. The refugees - a doctor and a young boy who has witnessed a terrible crime - are offered shelter by a debt-ridden circus owner whose most valuable asset is an Asian elephant.

South, North by Elleke Boehmer (left) is a collection of short stories that track lives across continents from the perspective of the southern hemisphere. An African student in England longs for her desert home; a shy Argentine travel agent agonises about joining her boyfriend in New York; a soldier is haunted by his past; a writer's widow fends off the attentions of his predatory biographer. South African-born Boehmer is the author of five novels, as well as of a biography of Nelson Mandela and the bestselling Scouting for Boys. She is professor of world literature in English at the University of Oxford. Lacey bought world rights in South, North directly from the author; Myriad will publish in October 2019.

Brave New Words, edited by Wasafiri founder Susheila Nasta and Rukhsana Yasmin, collects 15 specially commissioned essays - by Bernardine Evaristo, Romesh Gunesekera, Tabish Khair, Blake Morrison, Marina Warner and others - to explore the value of critical thinking and the power of the written word in the face of fake news, threats to fundamental human rights, and the closure of national borders. Lacey bought world rights from the editors. Myriad will publish in November 2019 to celebrate Wasafiri's 35th birthday.

Lacey said: "Our partnership with New Internationalist last year marked an exciting new chapter in Myriad's development and strengthened our mission to make the personal political and the local international."

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