The Borough Press has snapped up UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada, exclusive to Europe) to Natasha Walter’s debut novel, A Quiet Life, from Anna Webber at United Agents.
Walter is the author of non-fiction books The New Feminism (1998) and Living Dolls: The Return of Sexism (2010), both published by Virago, and a previous judge on both the Booker and Women's Prize for Fiction.
Inspired by the life of Melinda Marling, the American wife of Cambridge spy Donald Maclean, the novel is, in Walter’s own words, “a story of Cold War espionage, but above all it's the story of a woman's survival”. She said: " I am honoured that Borough Press, which is home to many writers I admire, is publishing A Quiet Life. The novel has been many years in the making and I am looking forward to finding out how readers will respond to the story I wanted to tell".
Suzie Dooré, publishing director at The Borough Press, said: “Natasha is such an exciting writer, and I’m delighted that we are to publish her first novel. In it she fulfils and exceeds the promise of her ground-breaking non-fiction – A Quiet Life has both epic sweep and heartbreaking intimacy, and brings something truly new and thrilling to the field of Cold War fiction.”
A Quiet Life will be published by The Borough Press in June 2016.