Canongate has signed a debut novel from Tasha Kavanagh, who has previously published picture books under her maiden name, Tasha Pym.
Editorial director of fiction Louisa Joyner acquired world English language rights to Things We Have in Common in a deal with Sue Armstrong at Conville & Walsh.
The book, described as "dark and utterly compulsive", is narrated by a 15-year-old social outcast, who is desperate to become friends with popular girl Alice. When the narrator, Yasmin, sees a sinister man watching Alice from the school fence, she is convinced he plans to take Alice, and fantasises about saving her to win her friendship. She begins to build a relationship with the man, and realises she may not need Alice after all – before Alice disappears.
Joyner said: "Things We Have In Common is an extraordinary debut novel, exceptional in the originality of its voice. Yasmin is an unnervingly well-realised character who takes us on a journey that is as funny and original as it is dark and disturbing."
Kavanagh worked in film editing for 10 years, working on productions such as "The Talented Mr Ripley" and "Seven Years in Tibet". She has an MA in creative writing from UEA. The book will be released in May 2015.