Fool's tale to Bloomsbury

Bloomsbury fiction editorial director Helen Garnons-Williams has bought world rights in a “wildly original, devastating and funny” debut novel, The Gamal by Ciarán Collins.

The tale is narrated by Charlie, the “gamal” - meaning “fool” - of the title, and tells the story of the things he has witnessed and the secret he guards. Garnons-Williams describes it as “an unforgettable story of a latter-day Romeo and Juliet and the dark heart of an Irish village.”

The author was born in 1977 and teaches English at a school in West Cork. Garnons-Williams bought the book together with Nancy Miller at Bloomsbury US and Birgit Schmitz at Bloomsbury Berlin from Jamie Coleman at Toby Eady Associates. They will publish The Gamal in spring 2013.