Quercus invests in youth with rights deal

Quercus has acquired two books from 26-year-old debut author, Prajwal Parajuly, who becomes the youngest writer at the publisher.

Editor in chief Jon Riley bought UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories, and Land Where I Flee, a novel, for a five-figure sum from Susan Yearwood at the Susan Yearwood Literary Agency.

The Gurkha's Daughter: Stories will be published in hardback in December 2012. The collection chronicles the lives of Nepali-speaking people around the world. Land Where I Flee will be released in December 2013.

Riley said: "The colour and intensity of Prajwal Parajuly's language, and the world he peoples his work with, make him an astonishingly accomplished young writer and one we are excited to be publishing."

Prajwal is currently reading for a Masters in Creative Writing at Kellogg College at the University of Oxford.