Canongate has signed Anna by Niccolo Ammaniti (pictured), which is currently top of the charts in Italy. It is set in a lawless world in which adults have been wiped out by a virus and humans die when they hit puberty.
Jamie Byng, Canongate c.e.o., snapped up world English rights from Rosaria Carpinelli at Consulenze Editoriali.
The book was published last week in Italy by Einaudi and débuted at number one in the charts.
Canongate has published three of Ammaniti’s novels to date, which have combined to sell 103,000 copies through BookScan UK.
Canongate has licensed Australasian rights to Text Publishing, with Carpinelli reporting “much interest [from] the rest of the world”.
Byng called Ammaniti one of the “most exciting and talented novelists writing today”, adding: “We are delighted to have acquired Anna, a typically bold and beautiful book that will further his reputation and significantly increase his already substantial readership.”