Doubleday has acquired a literary novel by award-winning poet and Nothing on Earth (Doubleday Ireland, 2016) author Conor O’Callaghan.
Alice Youell at Doubleday and Fiona Murphy at Doubleday Ireland sealed an exclusive deal with Victoria Hobbs at AM Heath for UK, Irish and Commonwealth rights, including audio.
I Have You Now follows a father and daughter as they journey through present-day France in a haulage lorry. “Emerging from terrible heartbreak and personal trauma, man and girl confront their recent pasts in an attempt to rebuild themselves and each other,” said the publisher. “Written in the exquisite, haunting prose that established O’Callaghan as a major literary talent back in 2016, this is a powerful exploration of grief, shame, and the darker sides of love.”
Youell said: “I was knocked sideways by this novel, its intensity and its unflinchingly honest exploration of the pain that comes hand in hand with profound love. Conor surprises at every turn, not only with his literary acrobatics, but with his extraordinary ability to get to the very essence of human relationships. We’re overjoyed to continue publishing this exceptional writer.”
O’Callaghan said: “Publishing with an imprint like Doubleday - the history it has, the brilliant contemporary list - is a real privilege. Doubleday gives a writer room to take chances and makes gorgeous books and brings those books lovingly into the world.”
Murphy added: “Nothing on Earth was one of the first novels I worked on when I returned to Ireland in 2016 and one of the highlights of that year. I Have You Now proves that Conor is an exceptional talent and one with a very bright future ahead. Exquisitely structured, a father and daughter relationship delicately explored as we go back in time through the wreckage of his extra-marital affair. Raw, beautiful and unflinchingly honest, it is an unforgettable read.”
I Have You Now will be published simultaneously by Doubleday UK and Doubleday Ireland in Spring 2020.