Quercus' SF, fantasy and horror imprint signs collaboration by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar
Molly Powell, assistant editor at Jo Fletcher Books, has bought This Is How You Lose the Time War, "an epic love story spanning time and space" by Max Gladstone and Amal El-Mohtar. Jo Fletcher Books has UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Ben Fowler at Abner Stein on behalf of DongWon Song at Howard Morhaim Literary Agency, and will publish in paperback and ebook in July.
Powell said: "Astonishingly powerful, beautifully written, this novella swept me away with its intelligence and lyricism. Both Jo and I dropped everything to devour it within 24 hours - Max and Amal's collaboration has produced a work of complete, heart-wrenching brilliance."
The novel is about warring soldiers who discover that they have a bond. Jo Fletcher said: "It was immediately clear that this incredibly rare jewel of a novella belonged on the JFB list: it sang to both of us from the first page, and more than that, it captivated our hard-nosed colleagues just as quickly and deeply. I don't break my acquisition rules for very many books, but when such a gloriously deep, clever and unforgettable story charms so many disparate people, well, that's when rules are meant to be thrown away."