Atlantic buys "bittersweet coming of age novel" by Forster

Atlantic buys "bittersweet coming of age novel" by Forster

Atlantic Publishing has bought a “witty, bittersweet, coming of age novel” by a debut author.

Publishing director Margaret Stead bought UK and Commonwealth rights to What a Way To Go by Julia Forster from Sophie Lambert at Conville and Walsh.

The novel is set in 1980s Britain and follows 12-year-old Harper, who is coming to terms with the changes wrought by the divorce of her parents.

Stead said: “We are all delighted to be publishing Julia Forster's charming, poignant, polished and incredibly assured debut. It is clever and laugh-out-loud funny, and Harper is a modern day Cassandra Mortmain, for anyone who loved I Capture the Castle. It is a brilliant exploration of the journey from teenager to adult, and a wonderful evocation of Britain in the eighties.”

Forster was previously a literary agent’s assistant and currently works at the literary magazine New Welsh Review.

Atlantic will publish What a Way To Go in January 2016 in hardback and e-book.