Bloomsbury wins debut at auction

<p>Bloomsbury has won a four-way auction for a novel and debut collection of stories by an author who has been tipped by literary names such as Philip Hensher and Michel Faber. </p><p>Helen Garnons-Williams, editorial director for fiction, bought UK &amp; Commonwealth rights to both of Lucy Wood&#39;s books from Elizabeth Sheinkman at Curtis Brown. The first to be published is the collection, entitled<em> Diving Belles and Other Stories. </em></p><p>The publisher said the works took the magical elements of archetypes such as giants, mermaids and witches and expose them to contemporary ideas about family, love, aging and loss. </p><p>Garnons-Williams said: &quot;We were all captivated by these highly original stories and by the imagination behind them. Funny, moving, sometimes mischievous and always beautifully wrought they mark the arrival of a real literary talent.&quot;</p><p>Foreign rights will be handled by Betsy Robbins at Curtis Brown<br /><br /></p>