Daunt Books publishing has acquired the debut collection of short stories from BBC National Short Story Award shortlisted K J Orr.
Publisher Laura Macaulay bought British Commonwealth rights in the collection, titled Light Box, from Cathryn Summerhayes at WME.
Macaulay said: "Daunt Books is delighted to be publishing Light Box – a thrillingly original collection from an exciting new talent. Orr has a deft eye for life’s uncanny moments, and her exquisitely cadenced storytelling always packs an emotional punch."
Light Box explores lives in transition through stories spanning from Siberia to Papua New Guinea to New York, in a world where boundaries and human relationships are shifting. An astronaut struggles to adapt to life back on earth, a young man discovers he is going blind in a foreign city, and a retired plastic surgeon uncovers old wounds. "Orr’s stories are all charged with the irrepressible human urge to connect in the face of disorientating change," Macaulay said.
Orr is a graduate of the Creative Writing MA at the University of East Anglia. As well as being shortlisted for the BBC National Short Story Award, she has been shortlisted for The Bridport Prize and the KWS Hilary Mantel International Short Story Competition.