Faber snaps up a debut by a 19-year-old

<p>Faber has acquired the world rights to a debut novel by a 19 year-old Nigerian author, Chibundu Onuzo. <br /><br />Editor Sarah Savitt bought world rights from Capel and Land for an undisclosed sum. Set in Nigeria, <em>The Spider King&rsquo;s Daughter</em> tells the story of a romance between two young people from different backgrounds &ndash; a 17 year-old poverty-stricken hawker and the cosseted daughter of a wealthy businessman.</p><p>It was described by Faber as &quot;a modern-day Romeo and Juliet, set against the backdrop of a changing Lagos, torn between tradition and modernity, corruption and truth, love and family loyalty&quot;.<br /><br />Onuzo, a history student at King&rsquo;s College London, was born in Nigeria in 1991 and is the youngest of four children. She said: &quot;I&rsquo;ve been writing since I was ten and fantasising about being published since I was fourteen, so to say I&rsquo;m excited is an understatement.&quot; The novel is due to be published in summer 2011.</p>