Daunt Books acquires Afghan war story Green on Blue

Daunt Books acquires Afghan war story Green on Blue

Daunt Books' publishing imprint has bought debut novel Green on Blue about an Afghan boy whose world is shattered by war by Elliot Ackerman.

Daunt Books' publisher Laura Macaulay bought British Commonwealth rights from Cullen Stanley at Jankow & Nesbit.

Green on Blue is Ackerman's debut novel and was first published in the US by Scribner in February 2015. It tells the story of a young Afghan boy, Aziz, whose world is “shattered” when war arrives at his village. Green on Blue is a “gripping, morally complex novel, an astonishing feat of empathy and imagination about boys caught in a deadly conflict,” Macaulay said.

Decorated veteran Ackerman has served five tours of duty in Afghanistan and Iraq is the recipient of the Silver Star, the Bronze Star for Valor and the Purple Heart. He is a former White House Fellow whose essays and fiction have appeared in many publications including the New Yorker and the New York Times.

The novel has been praised by authors such as Khaled Hosseini and Kevin Powers. American critic Michiko Kakutani said in the New York Times that it is a “haunting” and “powerful" novel. She added that Ackerman demonstrates “a bone-deep understanding of the toll that a seemingly endless war has taken on ordinary Afghans who have known no other reality for decades.”

Macaulay said: “Ackerman’s writing is astonishing for its grace and poetry, as well as for the subtlety of his portrayal of Afghanistan, and the absurd, heartbreaking reality of war. It’s a thrilling coming of age story set in a world hidden to western eyes.”

Daunt Books will publish Green on Blue in paperback and e-book in spring 2016.