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Abacus goes modern
27.11.09 | Katie Allen
Abacus has acquired "a perfectly pitched comic novel" about modern life, written by début author Ceri Radford.
Rowan Cope, editor at Little, Brown and Abacus, acquired British & Commonwealth rights to A Surrey State of Affairs from Peter Robinson at the Peter Robinson Literary Agency for what the publisher said was a "good sum for a début author".
Cope described the book as "a kind of contemporary take on E M Delafield's classic The Diary of a Provincial Lady". She said: "I am delighted to have acquired the book and to be working with Radford, who is a hugely talented writer, and set to be a star."
Radford is an assistant editor on the comment desk at the Daily Telegraph. She conceived the character of Constance as a fictional blogger on the Telegraph website, before developing her into the heroine of the novel.
"The Telegraph are thrilled that Ceri has written the book," said Cope, who described the book's heroine Constance as "unworldly and—usually unwittingly—very funny".
Abacus will publish A Surrey State of Affairs as a trade paperback original in March 2011.