David Mitchell deal for Sceptre

David Mitchell deal for Sceptre

Sceptre has signed a three-book deal with David Mitchell, including a sequel to The Reason I Jump.

Carole Welch acquired to UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada from Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown for two novels, with the first slated for publication in 2018.

As well as the novels, Welch also signed a sequel to The Reason I Jump: One Boy's Voice from the Silence of Autism by Naoki Higashida, which Mitchell translated with KA Yoshida, his wife. The new book will combine Higashida's writings about his life life as a young adult with autism with Mitchell's own contributions on the subject. It will be published in summer 2015.

Mitchell, who has twice been shortlisted for the Man Booker Prize and was named one of Granta's Best of Young British Novelists in 2003, said: "Sceptre is the only publishing home I've ever known, and I'm indecently happy at the prospect of staying under its eclectic roof for my next three books. In Carole Welch I have a wise and thoughtful editor who, even after fourteen years, is more patient with me than I deserve."

Welch said: "David Mitchell is at the forefront of his generation, one of a handful of writers whose next book is looked forward to with great excitement by both critics and readers around the globe."

US rights to the books were signed by Random House.