Serpent's Tail signs debut 'full of emotional wisdom' by Victoria Gosling

Rights - Fiction Wednesday, 10 April 2019

Author is founder of the Reader Berlin and organiser of the Berlin Writing Prize

Rebecca Gray and Leonora Craig Cohen at Serpent's Tail have signed The Mysteries, a debut novel by Victoria Gosling, founder of the Reader Berlin and organiser of the Berlin Writing Prize. Serpent's Tail has world rights through Judith Murray at Greene & Heaton.

Gray and Craig Cohen said: "One long, hot summer Andy and her friends break into a crumbling mansion and begin a game that will take their whole lives to play out. The Mysteries is about hope, metamorphosis and escaping the prisons we create for ourselves. We loved the way Victoria wove together Andy's complicated backstory with her quest in the present day - the novel is gripping, full of emotional wisdom and we couldn't be more excited to have acquired it."

Gosling said: "It's such a pleasure to work with editors Rebecca Gray and Leonora Craig Cohen and an honour to join Serpent's Tail's list of authors. I was inspired by classic story elements - the country house mystery, a jewel theft, an unexplained death - but I also wanted to write an unconventional love story dealing with class, addiction and consumerism."

Gosling studied English literature at Manchester University and at the University of Amsterdam, and has lived in London, Australia, Brazil and the Czech Republic. In 2008 she was shortlisted for the Mslexia Unpublished Novel prize.

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