Atom, an imprint of Little, Brown, has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada and Audio, to a third YA novel by David Owen.
All The Lonely People is about two young people who have lost all meaningful connection with the world and explores online culture, both good and bad.
Editorial director Sarah Castleton, who struck the deal with Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency, said: “The internet can be a lifeline for lonely young people, an outlet for creativity and connection; but it can also leave them open to dangerous influences, victimised and vulnerable. All The Lonely People addresses these complex issues head on, with nuance and tenderness and real insight. This is David’s strongest novel yet, a book I know means a lot to him, and we are so proud to continue to publish him.”
Atom also published Owen’s first two novels: Panther (2015), which was longlisted for the Carnegie Medal, and The Fallen Children (2017), and will release All The Lonely People in January 2019.