Picador signs new Sarah Moss novel

Rights - Fiction Friday, 07 June 2019

A Day Like Today acquired after 'heated' nine-way auction

Editor Kishani Widyaratna at Picador has acquired UK & Commonwealth rights, including audio, for A Day Like Today by Sarah Moss after a 'heated' nine-way auction. The rights to the new novel were acquired in a 'major' two-book deal from Anna Webber at United Agents.

According to the acquisition statement: 'The breathtaking new novel A Day Like Today is a multi-voice narrative set in a Scottish holiday park over the course of one fateful rainy summer’s day. It follows a group of residents and their growing animosity to a noisy outsider family staying at the park, with tension mounting to a devastating climax. Swift, sharp and dark, it promises to be the perfect follow up to Ghost Wall.

'A Day Like Today and the move to Picador mark a significant development in the scope of Sarah Moss’s publishing. The novel will be the standout literary publication for Picador in autumn 2020. It will also bring Sarah’s US and UK & Commonwealth publishing under one roof at Macmillan as she is published by Jenna Johnson at FSG in the US.' Moss has previously been published by Granta in the UK.

Widyaratna said: "There are few writers at work today writing with the ambition, intellect and skill of Sarah Moss. Acquisition announcements are often prone to hyperbole but none is needed with Sarah as her body of work more than speaks for itself. It’s an honour for all of us at Picador to welcome her to the list, and we can’t wait to get started on A Day Like Today. As a novel of our current moment, it is heart-stopping while remaining deeply humane and clear-sighted. It is a novel that only Sarah could write."

Moss (pictured) said: "This is an exciting new beginning for me, and I can’t wait to start working on the new book with Kishani."

Webber said: "It was wonderful to see how passionate all the publishers in this hotly contested auction are about Sarah’s work. In the end, Picador carried the day with an ambitious and carefully thought-out publication plan, and I am hugely looking forward to working with Kishani Widyaratna and the whole Picador team to take Sarah Moss’s publishing to the next level."

Moss is the author of six novels, and a memoir of her year living in Iceland, Names for the Sea, shortlisted for the RSL Ondaatje Prize. Her novels are Cold Earth, Night Waking (Fiction Uncovered Award), Bodies of Light (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize), Signs for Lost Children (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize) and The Tidal Zone (shortlisted for the Wellcome Book Prize). Ghost Wall, her most recent novel, was longlisted for the Women’s Prize and shortlisted for the Ondaatje Prize.

She is also professor of Creative Writing at Warwick.

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