Faber has acquired two books by Boy Parts (Influx Press) author Eliza Clark, including a novel about the murder of a teenager on the eve of Britain's Brexit vote.
Her as-yet-untitled second novel is scheduled for publication in spring 2023 and explores the events leading up to the brutal murder. Set in a deprived seaside town, the story is told via the contradictory accounts of suspects, interviews with friends and loved ones, and the strange, dark history of the town itself.
Faber also acquired rights in She’s Always Hungry, a collection of cinematic body horror and speculative fiction. The synopsis explains: "Taking readers from California to Newcastle, from frontier-era America to an unexplored planet in the near future, from a pub down the road to an incel-occupied office IT department, She’s Always Hungry celebrates a darkly comic revelry in everything it is to be human."
Libby Marshall, assistant editor, acquired world English language rights from Rachel Mann at the Jo Unwin Literary Agency.
Clark received a grant from New Writing North’s Young Writers’ talent fund in 2018. Her debut novel, Boy Parts, was released by Influx Press in 2020 and was named Blackwell’s Fiction Book of the Year and shortlisted for the Books Are My Bag Readers Awards.
She said: "I am absolutely delighted to be working with Faber on my next books. Becoming a part of Faber’s roster is a dream come true, and I am humbled by their decision to take me on. I am also immensely grateful to Influx Press for everything they did for Boy Parts; their integrity and hard work is evident in every book they publish and I wish them immense success as they continue to grow and shape the UK publishing landscape into a brighter, more diverse place."
Marshall added: "Consistently unsettling, uncanny, acerbic, and shot through with an ineffable glint of joy, Eliza’s writing got its claws into me at word one. I could not be prouder or more thrilled to be welcoming this incandescent writer to the Faber list."