Faber has bought a new title from acclaimed sports writer Adharanand Finn.
Sarah Savitt bought UK and Commonwealth rights for Ekiden Men from Oli Munson, in his first deal since joining A M Heath.
Finn has previously written Running With the Kenyans, also published by Faber, which was named Sunday Times Sports Book of the Year 2012, and shortlisted for the William Hill Sports Book of the Year.
The new title will explore the philosophy of long distance running in Japan, with Finn embedding himself in their training schedules as teams prepare for ekidens–relay marathons. The main ekiden, run on New Year’s Day, is the biggest event in Japan’s sporting calendar and attracts viewing figures comparable to the Superbowl in the USA.
Savitt says: “Running with the Kenyans has been so much fun to publish and I’m delighted that Adharanand has found such an original and exciting idea for his second book. Like Born to Run, it is an unknown story that will fascinate runners and travel writing enthusiasts alike.”
Faber plans to publish in April 2015.