Ebury to publish Scarfolk story

Ebury to publish Scarfolk story

Ebury has acquired Discovering Scarfolk by Richard Littler, based on his cult blog, which gained over half a million hits in its first six months and has high-profile celebrity fans such as Caitlin Moran and Ian Rankin.

Editorial director Sarah Lavelle bought UK, Commonwealth and Europe English Language rights from Juliet Pickering at Blake Friedmann.

The imaginary town of Scarfolk, created by screenwriter and graphic designer Littler, satirizes the public information campaigns of the 1970s. In the book, Littler's realistic images will be threaded together by the frenzied archive of Daniel Bush, whose sons "disappeared" in Scarfolk in 1970.

Lavelle said; "Richard's created an extraordinary world where every image prompts a double-take – it's clever, it's dark and it's very funny. I grew up in the same era and it's all terrifyingly real to me."

Littler added: "Discovering Scarfolk re-imagines the flipside of the 1970s, taking aspects of the decade to absurd, sometimes disturbing extremes...It aims to make the reader simultaneously shudder and giggle."

Ebury is set to publish the book in October 2014 and will be supporting it with a unique, creative and integrated publicity and marketing campaign throughout Autumn 2014.