Fourth Estate has acquired on proposal a book about American blues music by Natasha Peskin.
Described as "part travel, part memoir and part oral history", A Soft Place to Lay: Stories of the Blues is inspired by Peskin's solo drive across the USA exploring the history of the music.
Louise Haines signed world English language rights in a deal with Kirsty McLachlan at DGA Ltd.
Peskin became interested in the blues while studying architecture, writing her final thesis on the relationship between the blues and the American landscape. She has since worked for a record label and delivered music campaigns for brands such as Converse and Southern Comforth, and worked on product development for Random House and hosted digital strategy seminars at Penguin.
A Soft Place to Lay will be published in early 2017.