Bloomsbury has acquired a debut novel by prize-winning poet, rapper and playwright Kate Tempest, paying six figures for the novel and a follow-up.
World rights were sold at auction to Alexa von Hirschberg at Bloomsbury by Becky Thomas at Fox Mason.
Von Hirschberg described Tempest's debut, titled The Bricks That Built the Houses, as "a blazing, beautiful novel". She said: "Kate Tempest’s unique poet’s voice, with its tumbling, almost stream of consciousness style, shines on London with raw humanity."
Tempest is the youngest ever recipient of the Ted Hughes Prize, winning in 2013 with her poetry collection Brand New Ancients (Picador). Her first novel focuses on three young Londoners and explores a cross-section of contemporary urban life at the heart of the capital.
The Bricks That Built the Houses will be published globally in spring 2015.