Constable buys YA novel on depression

Constable buys YA novel on depression

Constable & Robinson has bought a debut YA novel by author David Owen.

Sarah Castleton acquired World English rights in the novel, titled Panther, from agent Ella Kahn at Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency. The novel will be published on Constable & Robinson's YA imprint, Much-in-Little.

Panther is described as a funny, touching, and occasionally unsettling coming-of-age story. It tells the story of Derrick, whose family is being torn apart by his sister’s depression and her recent suicide attempt.

Castleton said: "The way that David talks about anger, guilt, and fighting for control is extremely refreshing and extraordinarily empathetic. Panther is a perfect match for Much-in-Little, and I think it will strike a chord with readers of all ages."

Kahn added: "[Owen's] prose is striking and original, and this is a bold novel with strong emotional impact."

Owen, who studied and taught Creative Writing at the University of Winchester and is now a freelance games journalist, commented: "The book deals with a sensitive, personal subject, and [Constable & Robinson's] understanding of that shows that they're the ideal home for my writing."

Panther is due to be published in early 2015.