Bloomsbury bags 'razor-sharp' novel from Lauren John Joseph

Bloomsbury bags 'razor-sharp' novel from Lauren John Joseph

Bloomsbury has acquired world English and audio rights to Lauren John Joseph’s novel At Certain Points We Touch.

Editor-in-chief Paul Baggaley and editor Allegra Le Fanu struck the deal with Zoe Ross at United Agents.

At Certain Points We Touch is described as "a riotous, razor-sharp bildungsroman", narrated by a trans writer living in Mexico City, still coming to terms with the death of a lover.

The synopsis states: "With caustic wit and deep sorrow, [Lauren John Joseph] deftly unpicks the story of their doomed love affair while conjuring a vivid backdrop of queer London in all its colour, struggle, decadence and resilience."

Lauren John Joseph (formerly La JohnJoseph) is a British-born American-educated artist and writer, who works at the intersection of video, text, and live performance. They have presented performances internationally including at the Deutsche Oper Berlin; La Java, Paris; Dixon Place, New York; and Museu de Arte Contemporânea de Niterói, Rio de Janeiro. Their fine artwork has been shown in group exhibitions in the UK, US, Germany and Mexico.

They have written extensively on contemporary culture, performance, pornography, and gender theory, contributing in print and online to publications including iD, the Independent, Guardian, Time Out, Attitude, and the 'zines 21st Century Queer Artists Identify Themselves, and Not Here: An Anthology of Queer Loneliness. Joseph's first novel, Everything Must Go, was published by Itna press in 2014. 

Le Fanu said: "Lauren John Joseph is a rare talent, and At Certain Points We Touch is a rare book: joyous, whip-smart and heart-breaking. I can’t wait for the world to fall in love with this extraordinary novel."

Baggaley added: "‘I was lucky enough to read an early version of At Certain Points We Touch before I came to Bloomsbury and it was the first book I shared with my colleagues, so I couldn’t be more delighted to be able to send this wonderful book out into the world."

Joseph said: "I'm thrilled beyond words to be joining such an enviable list as Bloomsbury's. Paul and Allegra have encouraged me to be as dogged, brazen, and ruthless in my writing, as the characters in the book are themselves; I can't wait to share it."

Ross added: "Never have I encountered writing that so intimately entwines the cerebral and the visceral. I am thrilled that Paul and Allegra recognised the same electricity in Lauren’s work, and can’t wait to see At Certain Points We Touch become a living, breathing book in their hands."

Publication is planned for spring 2022 will be accompanied by a high-profile marketing and publicity campaign.