Dialogue Books publisher Sharmaine Lovegrove has acquired a "stunning" début about a woman who works as a carer for a fine art student with cerebral palsy.
The Art of The Body by Alexander Allison is described as an "original, intimate and unflinching account of caring for a broken body, one that expresses both rage and tenderness and is incredibly powerful and arresting".
Lovegrove acquired UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from Zoe Ross at United Agents. She said: "Alexander’s stunning début sheds a light on a person who is empowered by his disability and reveals to us the extent to which creativity can embolden.
"I was taken by Janet’s character, which has a ‘Fleabag’ quality, and above all I am delighted to have Alexander as a vital part of the Dialogue family. His talent and original ideas bring to the novel a fresh perspective on the world."