A début novel billed as “Rebecca meets Room” has gone for a significant six-figure sum in the UK, with US, French and Dutch rights also going in the run-up to the fair.
The Borough Press commissioning editor Carla Josephson won the eight-way auction for Carole Johnstone’s Mirrorland, acquiring UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Hellie Ogden at Janklow & Nesbit. S&S US won North American rights from Allison Hunter at Janklow US. Heyday Television acquired exclusive TV rights, in a deal brokered by Tom Winchester for Heyday and Emily Hayward-Whitlock at The Artists Partnership.
Mirrorland explores the make-believe world created by sisters Cat and El in their Edinburgh home; a hidden den of imaginary pirate ships, clowns and witches. Decades on, Cat must revisit the world, after her sister sets her a treasure hunt to unmask “the realities of a childhood that wasn’t what it seemed”.
Glasgow-based Johnstone has had short stories published, but Mirrorland is her début novel.