Bluemoose Books has sold Ronan Hession’s debut Leonard and Hungry Paul to Melville House in America following a three-way auction.
The novel will be published in North America in the spring of 2020 after Bluemoose publisher Kevin Duffy sold North American rights to Melville House publisher and co-founder Dennis Johnson. The deal concluded after a three-way auction and is the third rights deal Bluemoose has struck in North America over the last nine months.
Johnson said: “We are honoured to bring Ronan Hession to North America. Leonard and Hungry Paul has been a word of mouth success in the UK and I think in Ronan we have a writer whose unique voice and storytelling will delight readers for a long, long time.”
Leonard and Hungry Paul was published in the UK on 20th March 2019 chosen for the BBC Radio 2 Book Club in spring 2019. It follows "two quiet friends who see the world differently", according to Bluemoose.
The Hebden-based indie signed another two books from Hession in January 2019. Paneka, to be published in 2021, followed by Ghost Mountain which is slated for 2023.
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