Faber has acquired Robert Hillman’s The Bookshop of the Broken-Hearted, a "life-affirming and warm-hearted" novel.
Editorial director Louisa Joyner bought UK & Commonwealth rights excluding Australia, New Zealand and Canada, from Sarah Lutyens at Lutyens & Rubinstein on behalf of Michael Heyward at Text Publishing.
Faber will publish the novel as a paperback original on 6th June 2019, as a special publication supporting next year's Independent Bookshop Week.
The blurb reads: "Tom Hope doesn’t chase rainbows. He does his best on the farm – he milks the cows, harvests the apples, looks after the sheep – but Tom’s been lonely since Trudy left, taking little Peter with her to go join the holy rollers. Enter Hannah Babel, quixotic smalltown bookseller: the second Jew – and the most vivid person – Tom has ever met. When she asks him to help her build Australia’s most beautiful bookshop, Tom dares to believe they could make each other happy.
"But it is 1968: twenty-four years since Hannah and her own little boy arrived at Auschwitz. Tom Hope is taking on a battle with heartbreak he can barely even begin to imagine.
"The Bookshop of the Broken-Hearted is for anyone who’s ever had their heart broken, anyone who’s ever had their broken heart mended and anyone who’s ever visited a bookshop."
Hillman said: "For me, it is a particular delight that it should be a publisher with the prestige of Faber offering The Bookshop of the Broken-Hearted to UK readers."
Joyner added: "I search high and low for that rare blend: a novel made up of sentences that waste nothing in the telling, suffused with a generosity of spirit that breathes life into each and every character, so it was a happy day when Tom Hope and his world fell into my hands. A funny story with a great big heart that isn’t scared of some pretty unresolvable questions. This is a life-affirming novel of the most enjoyable kind."
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