Angry Robot signs 'original' Manchester-set sci-fi

Angry Robot signs 'original' Manchester-set sci-fi

Angry Robot has signed a novel from author Matt Hill, described as a mix of Under the Skin, The Handmaid's Tale and "The Fifth Element".

Graft is set in the near future in Manchester, where local mechanic Sol becomes embroiled in a trans-dimensional human trafficking conspiracy after finding a mute three-armed woman in the back of a stolen car.

The book, which is scheduled for an early 2016 release, was signed from Sam Copeland at Rogers, Coleridge and White.

Hill has previously published The Folded Man (Sandstone Press), which was a runner up for the 2012 Dundee International Prize.

Angry Robot consultant editor Phil Jourdan said: "Sometimes you get sent a book that ticks every single box for you — plot, character, prose, mood, originality, sheer madness — and you just think, ‘Am I actually ready to take this on?’ Well, the good news is we're ready. Graft is the perfect addition to Angry Robot’s catalogue: a truly unique science fiction book, dark and twisted but gorgeous all the way through."