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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.
 

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cambridge needs to catch up

Are short stories making a comeback then? Didn't they die in 1959?

Joanna Lumley must be jumping with joy...

LOLLLL @ richie

I hate it that when a young writer gets a deal (or two in this case) its always an Oxbridge student.

These young writers make me feel so old and useless!

Must be why quercus think they will be among the top 5 publishers in the next 3 yrs -:)

Short's are back

@Dreamon: I am confused about your comment. What is there to hate? If you are implying that Oxford opens doors for people then you are correct. If you are implying that this particular author will be published because he is an Oxford student then you are sadly mistaken. Oxford attracts and accepts the brightest - a correlation between Oxford and successful people that you may have missed. As a recent graduate from Oxford, I can say that a great majority of Oxford students are down to earth, driven and talented. Truthfully, there is no need for hate.

@ElissaAA - Thumbs-up. @Dreamon - Sour grapes. Didn't Zadie Smith go to Cambridge?

stop being a hata, be a lova instead.

quercus is too big to be in the indie alliance any more, all these 'indie' publishers like faber, quercus and canongate are simply piggybacking on the indie label for the cool factor. they all have gone the blomsbury way.

Id say Granta and Portobello are truly indie. Canongate is edgy enough, Serpents Tail, Profile and Short are still small enough to be indie. But what exactly is this 'indie' of which we talk so much? Is anything edgy indie? is faber more idependent than say random house? does it make quercus different from chatto because chatto is still under the random house umbrella?

It's not all graduates and intellectuals getting the new author signings. There is debate via the Not the Booker Prize on the Guardian site, that has the youth market excited about an 'interesting' Author, signed to Cutting Edge Press. The forthcoming book 'Malice in Blunderland' has had much underground swell about it, even before it is published. What a wonderful situation, motivation and excitement from the youth, why not be the first to exploit it? It has been an age since there has been such enthusiasm. 26 year old signings? Fantastic.

gives me hope. both as a budding writer and being from cambrdige.

i think its commendable that amidst all negative news of shrinking publishing houses quercus are brave enough to confidently announce their growth and take on what are considered high risk books like short story collections by first time writers. how many publishing houses would risk signing a student and on top of that signing short stories? we should be applauding quercus.

The youngest Indian to get an international big deal. Wow! He is pretty impressive and it takes guts for a 27 year-old to write a collection of short stories in an era where only novels sell. He definitely reminds me of Salman Rushdie and Arundhati. He even goes to Oxford. Wooohhhh.

I hope he is as good as the publishers think he is. I am definitely going to read his work. His topic is a very sensitive one. The issue of the Nepali-speaking population. Who would have thought of basing an entire short story collection on that matter? Hats off!

I keep hearing that he's the 'next big thing' but I'm not sure if he'll live up to the expectations. All I do is read about him these days.

I google this guy. Pretentious?

http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/one-of-those-grammatical-errors/

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cambridge needs to catch up

Are short stories making a comeback then? Didn't they die in 1959?

Joanna Lumley must be jumping with joy...

LOLLLL @ richie

I hate it that when a young writer gets a deal (or two in this case) its always an Oxbridge student.

@Dreamon: I am confused about your comment. What is there to hate? If you are implying that Oxford opens doors for people then you are correct. If you are implying that this particular author will be published because he is an Oxford student then you are sadly mistaken. Oxford attracts and accepts the brightest - a correlation between Oxford and successful people that you may have missed. As a recent graduate from Oxford, I can say that a great majority of Oxford students are down to earth, driven and talented. Truthfully, there is no need for hate.

stop being a hata, be a lova instead.

These young writers make me feel so old and useless!

Must be why quercus think they will be among the top 5 publishers in the next 3 yrs -:)

Short's are back

@ElissaAA - Thumbs-up. @Dreamon - Sour grapes. Didn't Zadie Smith go to Cambridge?

quercus is too big to be in the indie alliance any more, all these 'indie' publishers like faber, quercus and canongate are simply piggybacking on the indie label for the cool factor. they all have gone the blomsbury way.

Id say Granta and Portobello are truly indie. Canongate is edgy enough, Serpents Tail, Profile and Short are still small enough to be indie. But what exactly is this 'indie' of which we talk so much? Is anything edgy indie? is faber more idependent than say random house? does it make quercus different from chatto because chatto is still under the random house umbrella?

It's not all graduates and intellectuals getting the new author signings. There is debate via the Not the Booker Prize on the Guardian site, that has the youth market excited about an 'interesting' Author, signed to Cutting Edge Press. The forthcoming book 'Malice in Blunderland' has had much underground swell about it, even before it is published. What a wonderful situation, motivation and excitement from the youth, why not be the first to exploit it? It has been an age since there has been such enthusiasm. 26 year old signings? Fantastic.

gives me hope. both as a budding writer and being from cambrdige.

i think its commendable that amidst all negative news of shrinking publishing houses quercus are brave enough to confidently announce their growth and take on what are considered high risk books like short story collections by first time writers. how many publishing houses would risk signing a student and on top of that signing short stories? we should be applauding quercus.

The youngest Indian to get an international big deal. Wow! He is pretty impressive and it takes guts for a 27 year-old to write a collection of short stories in an era where only novels sell. He definitely reminds me of Salman Rushdie and Arundhati. He even goes to Oxford. Wooohhhh.

I hope he is as good as the publishers think he is. I am definitely going to read his work. His topic is a very sensitive one. The issue of the Nepali-speaking population. Who would have thought of basing an entire short story collection on that matter? Hats off!

I keep hearing that he's the 'next big thing' but I'm not sure if he'll live up to the expectations. All I do is read about him these days.

I google this guy. Pretentious?

http://www.oxonianreview.org/wp/one-of-those-grammatical-errors/

Definitely pretentious. Who writes to magazines to correct their grammar then tells the story in an article? Gloat fail.

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Ummmm. Hand in the mouth!!
http://myrepublica.com/portal/index.php?action=news_details&news_id=36703

He's 26 and not 27

He is a little on the heavier side but kind of cute !

I went to school with this guy in Missouri and he's the most entitled person on earth. He thinks he's a reincarnate of the Vishnu. Seems to be paying off now. Truman State University was too small for him, it suffocated him.

after seven long years Oxfords joke of a creative writing masters finally has a success.

Might've read his poem and story in the most recent issue of Mays. This isn't surprising at all. Theres often a strong correlation between selection in Mays and publishing success.

Are Bookseller and Quercus one and the same company!