Faber to publish poet's 'uncanny' debut novel

Faber to publish poet's 'uncanny' debut novel

Faber will publish the “uncanny” debut novel from poet Katharine Kilalea, about a concert pianist who becomes obsessed with a house, as part of a two book deal.

Mitzi Angel, publisher at Faber, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada for two books from Anna Webber at United Agents. US rights were sold to Will Wolfslau at Tim Duggan Books. Faber and Tim Duggan Books, an imprint of the Crown Publishing Group, will publish OK, Mr Field in June 2018.

OK, Mr Field is the story of a concert pianist who has an accident and is forced to abandon his career. He moves to South Africa with his wife to live in a house he has developed an obsession with—a house built by an architect inspired by Le Corbusier, a Swiss-French architect and designer, often heralded as a ‘pioneer of modern architecture. After his wife leaves him, Mr Field’s life spirals and he develops feelings of “desire, loneliness and obsession”.

Kilalea grew up in South Africa and was awarded an MA in Creative Writing at the University of East Anglia. In 2009 her debut poetry collection, One Eye’d Leigh (Carcanet) was shortlisted for the Costa Poetry Award and longlisted for the Dylan Thomas Prize.

Angel said: “OK, Mr Field is a book like no other: uncanny, sure-footed, and beautifully observed. Katharine Kilalea is a writer of unusual imaginative reach and I can’t wait to publish her next year.”