Bloomsbury has signed a new book from writer Katharine Norbury following an auction.
Alexa von Hirschberg signed The Fish Ladder in a deal for world English rights with Caradoc King at AP Watt. It will be published globally in spring 2015.
The book follows Norbury, who was abandoned as a baby at a Liverpool convent, as she journeys with her nine-year-old daughter to follow a river from the sea to its source. Coming in the wake of a miscarriage of a child, Bloomsbury said: "what begins as a diversion from grief evolves into a journey to the source of life itself, and to the door of the woman who abandoned her."
Von Hirschberg said: "For the exquisite nature writing alone The Fish Ladder is a book to savour, but Katharine’s journey upstream is also a captivating and moving story of self-discovery. This combination of travelogue and memoir put me under a spell from which I didn’t want to wake."
The Fish Ladder is Norbury's first book. She is a trained film editor who worked for years with Liverpool writer Alan Bleasdale, before completing an MA in creative writing at UEA.