''The End We Start From'' auction rounds off London Book Fair 2016 fiction deals
''The End We Start From'' by Megan Hunter tells of a new mother and her baby who are turned into refugees after the UK becomes "a place of danger" following a mysterious environmental crisis.
Picador senior editor Sophie Jonathan acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Emma Paterson at RCW, to publish in 2017.
Jonathan said of Hunter's "exquisite" debut:
"It’s a book of real warmth and humour, it simply brims with love. But it also brings to the surface current fears about climate change, about what small event might trigger real disaster, and one particularly pertinent question: what if it was us who were the refugees?"
Rights have meanwhile sold in North America to Grove Atlantic, in French (Gallimard), Germany (Beck) and Holland (Hollands Diep).
ABOUT - Megan Hunter (age 32)
Megan Hunter was born in Manchester in the UK in 1984, and now lives in Cambridge with her young family. She has a B.A. degree in English Literature from Sussex University, and an MPhil in English Literature: Criticism and Culture from Jesus College, Cambridge. Her poetry has been shortlisted for the Bridport Prize and she was a finalist for the Aesthetica Creative Writing Award with her short story ''Selfing.''
Megan’s debut cli-fi novel, The End We Start From, describes the birth of a couple’s first child, an environmental disaster, and the year that follows. It will be published by Picador in the UK and Grove Atlantic in the US in 2017.
Emma Paterson has a BA in English Literature from Cambridge University and an MA in Gender Studies from SOAS. She worked for The Wylie Agency for two and a half years, before joining Rogers, Coleridge & White in 2013. In addition to working with Peter Straus and Georgia Garrett, she is now building her own list of authors. Her clients include: