Curtis Brown has signed a series of territorial rights deals for author Nicholas Searle, a former student on the Curtis Brown Creative Writing School.
Curtis Brown joint c.e.o. and books m.d. Jonny Geller snapped up Searle's novel A Reckoning and has sold it at auction to Mary Mount at Viking in the UK. Meanwhile, US and Canadian rights have sold via Amanda urban at ICM to Claire Wachtel at HarperCollins, who won the rights after a "significant pre-empt."
Rights sales have also been concluded in by Fayard in France and via pre-empt from Kindler in Germany and Rizzoli in Italy.
Nicholas Searle, who has recently retired from a senior post in the civil service, took part in Curtis Brown Creative’s Six-Month Online Novel-Writing Course earlier this year, and was taken on by Jonny Geller just days after sending his finished novel in to the agency.
A Reckoning tells the story of two octogenarians, Roy and Betty, who come together after meeting on an internet dating site, but all is not what it seems. "As their relationship develops, we are taken back decade by decade to Roy’s past and his series of confidence tricks and schemes to reveal a dark secret from just before the Second World War," Curtis Brown said.
Geller said: "We are very proud that our creative writing school’s newly launched online course has produced a talent like Nicholas Searle. As soon as I finished A Reckoning, I knew we had something very special. It felt like an early Patricia Highsmith with its twists and turns, and shows once again how vibrant and fresh fiction is in this country."