Chatto & Windus will publish writer Shelley Klein’s “one of a kind” memoir journeying through her life in the Scottish Borders and returning home to care for her elderly father.
Clara Farmer, publishing director at Chatto & Windus acquired world English rights from Felicity Rubinstein at Lutyens and Rubinstein.
Threaded through the book is Klein’s father Bernat’s moving story: an orthodox Jewish childhood in former Yugoslavia, his separation from his family when he was sent to pre-war Jerusalem to study the Talmud, his rebellion and escape to art school in Leeds as the war ended and news broke of the loss of his mother and many other close relatives in the death camps of Nazi Germany.
Slated for publication in Spring 2020, The See-Through House “is a book about family, belonging, loss and grief – but also a celebration of colour, texture and light. After Bernat’s death, amidst the pain of grief, it is the familiar spaces – and views from – the See-Through House which offer Shelley great comfort,” said the publisher.
Farmer said: “Shelley’s story of her upbringing is remarkable and her family home is unique, so it’s no surprise that her memoir is one of a kind. Good design matters, but so does good writing – Shelley’s evocation of place and ideas, and of family relationships, are wry and insightful, and shot through with beauty.”