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'Bewitching' debut for Virago
24.08.12 | Charlotte Williams
Virago has acquired a debut "novel-in-parts" by Rosa Rankin-Gee, daughter of author Maggie Gee.
Junior commissioning editor Victoria Pepe pre-empted UK and Commonwealth and translation rights in the novel, The Last Kings of Sark, from Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown. Virago plans to publish at the end of 2013 or early 2014.
The book is set on the Isle of Sark, and is described as "a bewitching story about love and friendship between three young people who, over a long hot summer, learn to leave childhood behind".
Pepe said: "Rosa Rankin-Gee's subtly crafted debut belies the fact that she's just twenty-five, and the story of Jude, Pip and Sofi is spell-binding."
Rankin-Gee was one of Esquire magazine's 75 Brilliant Young Brits of 2010. She publishes an arts journal, A Tale of Three Cities, and runs a book club held at le Carmen in Paris.
This rights deal was wrongly attributed to Headline in this week's issue of The Bookseller.