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21.09.09 | Catherine Neilan
Penguin imprint Viking has acquired a "heartbreaking and shocking story" of the erosion of a Kashmiri community as the young men enter Pakistan to train as militants.
Mary Mount, editorial director, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Mirza Waheed's In the Valley of Yellow Flowers for an undisclosed sum, via David Godwin from DGA. Viking plans to publish early 2011.
Told through the eyes of a young man who, along with his parents, is the last inhabitant of the village, Mount said it was a "wonderful debut".
She added: "This is the heartbreaking and shocking story of what happens to a community, and a family, that must live through a conflict that is all too real. It is one of the most urgent pieces of fiction I have read."
Waheed grew up in Kashmir and currently works for the BBC's Urdu Service at Bush House.