Picador has acquired Emma Chapman's second novel, The Last Photograph.
The book tells the story of an award-winning photographer still carrying "the hidden scars of war". In the wake of his wife’s death, the protagonist leaves his son to pick up the pieces and flies to Vietnam for the first time in 50 years to confront painful memories. It is described as the reflection of "a life defined by loss, his past unspooling backwards through the decades".
Picador editorial director Francesca Main has acquired UK and Commonwealth rights from Antony Topping at Greene & Heaton.
Main said: "Emma Chapman was the first author I acquired for Picador and I’m thrilled to be publishing her new novel. She’s a remarkable talent and The Last Photograph is astonishingly powerful – bold, vibrant, deeply moving and ingeniously structured. It’s an unforgettable story of a life lived behind a lens, remembered in reverse."
Chapman grew up in Manchester. She studied English Literature at Edinburgh University, followed by an MA in Creative Writing at Royal Holloway, and now lives in Yorkshire. Her debut novel, How to Be a Good Wife, was published in 2013 and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize and the Waverton Good Read Award.
A "passionate supporter" of independent bookshops, in 2014 she embarked upon a nationwide ‘Indie Book Crawl’, visiting as many independent bookshops as she could in a month.
Picador will publish The Last Photograph in hardback in Summer 2016.