Fig Tree lands Quinn's 'brilliant debut' in four-way auction

Fig Tree lands Quinn's 'brilliant debut' in four-way auction

Fig Tree has landed The Whalebone Theatre, a “brilliant, beguiling” debut novel by Joanna Quinn, in a four-publisher auction.

UK and Commonwealth rights were signed from Clare Alexander of Aitken Alexander by new publishing director Helen Garnons Williams in her first deal since joining from Fourth Estate. The book, billed as a “brilliant, beguiling novel about family and inheritance, courage and loss”, will be published in hardback as the imprint's lead debut in summer 2022.

Its synopsis explains: “Chilcombe is a crumbling dark Dorset mansion where feckless parents and briskly affectiona...

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