Canongate acquires follow-up to Life of Pi

<p>Canongate has acquired the follow-up to Yann Martel&rsquo;s 2002 Booker-winning novel <em>Life of Pi</em>.</p><p>Jamie Byng and Anya Serota negotiated the deal, for UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada and India, via Natasha Daneman and Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.&nbsp; </p><p>The new book has also been acquired by Knopf Canada, Text in Australia, Fischer Verlag in Germany and most recently Spiegel and Grau / Random House after a &ldquo;heated auction&rdquo; in America that was concluded late last week.</p><p>Canongate publisher and m.d Byng said: &ldquo;Writing another book when you have had a success as unexpected and huge as Yann had with <em>Life of Pi</em> is especially challenging. He deals with this very question in his mesmerising and remarkable new novel which is one of the most ingenious, heart-breaking and strangely beautiful books I have read in years. </p><p>&ldquo;The absorbing pair of relationships that lie at the book&#39;s heart, one between a donkey and a howling monkey and the other between a writer and an elderly taxidermist, also make this one of the most original books I have ever read. Everyone at Canongate feels similarly and we are all enormously excited at the prospect of helping to bring Yann&rsquo;s brilliant new book to readers the world over.&rdquo;</p><p>At the start of this month Canongate reissued a new edition of<em> Life of Pi</em>, changing for the first time the original cover that it commissioned Andy Bridge to paint and which was subsequently used by the many of the book&rsquo;s international publishers.</p><p>The publisher is running a world-wide reading group around the book, with readers from 35 different countries already signed up.&nbsp; </p>