Mitzi Angel has acquired a biography of eight women who worked in Mecklenburgh Square, London, during the interwar period as her first acquisition for Faber.
Angel preempted UK and Commonwealth rights to Square Haunting by Francesca Wade from Caroline Dawnay and Sophie Scard at United Agents, for publication in autumn 2018.
Square Haunting, the winner of the 2015 Tony Lothian Prize from The Biographers’ Club, is a group biography featuring eight women who lived and worked in Mecklenburgh Square, London during the interwar period. It includes the writers Hilda Doolittle (H.D.) and Dorothy L. Sayers; the historian and suffragist Eileen Power; Lorna Wishart, muse to Laurie Lee; as well as Virginia Woolf and several others.
Faber said the book will “unspool the stories of the Bloomsbury set we don’t yet know about” providing an “incisive exploration of art, culture and experimental ways of living in a period of intense upheaval.”
In July Faber appointed Angel to the new role of publisher for all its adult publishing, from Farrar, Straus & Giroux in New York.
Angel moved back to the UK to take up the position, joined the Faber Board at the same time and will report to c.e.o and publisher Stephen Page.
Author Wade has worked at Persephone Books and the Folio Society, and is now associate editor of The White Review, and a researcher on the forthcoming biography of Angela Carter by Edmund Gordon (Chatto and Windus, 2016). Her writing has appeared in the London Review of Books, Times Literary Supplement, Telegraph, Financial Times, The Junket, Prospect and Literary Review.
Angel said: "Francesca Wade approaches her subject with unusual authority and flair. She combines intricate research with an ability to capture the texture of lives lived under exceptional circumstances. I have no doubt that this book marks the start of a major writing career.”
US, Canadian and translation rights, and film & TV enquiries are being handled by Caroline Dawnay and Sophie Scard at United Agents.