Beautiful debut for Beautiful Books

<p>Beautiful Books has acquired <em>Everything Beautiful Began After</em>, a debut novel by short story writer Simon Van Booy. Publisher Simon Petherick bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Carolyn Bodkin at HarperCollins USA, and will publish in hardback and e-book simultaneously on 7th July 2011.</p><p>Petherick said: &quot;I am absolutely delighted to publish Simon&#39;s first novel, a gorgeous feast of literary writing which examines love, isolation and longing in a thrilling way. I am so pleased that we have been able to continue what I hope to be a long-term relationship with this wonderful writer by securing the rights to his first novel.&quot;<br /><br /><em>Everything Beautiful Began After </em>is described by the publisher as &quot;a beautifully rendered novel set against the backdrop of Athens&quot;. It tells of the complicated relationships between Rebecca, a painter, George, a graduate and Henry, an archaeologist.<br /><br />Beautiful Books has published two short story collections by Van Booy, including <em>Love Begins in Winter</em> which won the 2009 Frank O&#39;Connor Short Story Award. </p>