Award-winning composer's debut to Jonathan Cape

Award-winning composer's debut to Jonathan Cape

Penguin Random House is to publish an "atmospheric debut" by alternative-folk artist Kerry Andrew entitled Swansong.

Not to be confused with Hutchinson's recently-won debut Swan SongSwansong is about a streetwise but unworldly English 20-year-old escaping from a drug incident in London. 

The book follows protagonist Polly Vaughan out of London and to the remote West Highlands, where she finds herself suddenly immersed in a volatile, haunted wilderness that is far more frightening.

Robin Robertson acquired World rights all languages to Swansong from Louise Burns at Andrew Mann. It will publish with Jonathan Cape in early 2018.

Robertson said: "Kerry Andrew is a true original. Hers is a new voice in British fiction; one that comes not from the creative-writing classes but from a deep understanding of the folk songs, mythologies and oral traditions of these islands. Her powerful metaphoric language gives Swansong a charged, hallucinatory quality that is unique, uncanny and deeply disquieting."

Andrew is a London-based composer, performer, writer and educator. She has a PhD in Composition from the University of York and has won three British Composer Awards. As an alternative-folk artist, she also performs as You Are Wolf. Her 2014 album was "Hawk to the Hunting Gone", a collection of "avian folk songs".