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Viking pre-empts Wroe debut

Penguin imprint Viking has pre-empted a debut novel by 30-year-old British writer Simon Wroe, with commissioning editor Will Hammond buying world English rights from Sue Armstrong at Conville & Walsh.

Chop Chop is set in a professional kitchen in Camden, with the story beginning as the narrator arrives from Northern England for his first day of work there.

Hammond described the novel as "fast-paced, boisterous and very very funny" with a "very crisp and sharp" writing style, likening it to Martin Amis' Money crossed with Anthony Bourdain's Kitchen Confidential. Viking will publish in spring 2014.

Salamander has pre-empted in Spain, with Rizzoli also pre-empting in Italy and US sold to Colin Dickerman at Penguin Press in the US.