Canongate buys new Yann Martel book

Canongate buys new Yann Martel book

Canongate has acquired the new novel by Man Booker Prize winner Yann Martel.

The High Mountains of Portugal “takes the reader on a road trip through Portugal in the last century – and through the human soul”, said Canongate.

The book follows three characters – a young man in Lisbon in 1904 who discovers an old journal, a Portuguese pathologist 35 years later who finds himself at the centre of a murder mustery, and a Canadian senator 50 years on, who is grieving the loss of his wife.

Francis Bickmore, publishing director at Canongate, acquired UK rights to The High Mountains of Portugal from Jackie Kaiser at Westwood Creative Artists.

Bickmore said: “The combination of warmth and curiosity in Martel’s writing makes him a true modern great. There are no tigers in this fabulous new book but it does explore our relationship to the natural world, and asks from where comes our humanity.”

Martel, who won the Man Booker Prize in 2002 for The Life of Pi (Canongate), said: “The adventure with Canongate continues. They are my books' home in the UK, my publishing bedrock, my accomplices in literary crime. I'm delighted to be with them again. Canongate is truly a great publisher, combining passion and flair with impeccable professionalism.”

The High Mountains of Portugal will be published on 2nd February 2016 and will be supported on publication by a UK author tour and a high-profile sales, marketing and publicity campaign.

Picture: © Emma Love