Hot Key Books has acquired two titles for teens from Stuart David, a founding member of the band Belle & Sebastian.
Editor Naomi Colthurst bought world rights for Jackdaw and the Randoms and a further untitled Jackdaw book from agent Joanna Swainson at Hardman & Swainson.
Bass player and song writer David was a founding member of Belle & Sebastian, but left the band in 2000.
Jackdaw and the Randoms is a humorous story about fifteen-year-old Jack Dawson, aka “The Jackdaw”, who is between two parents with very different visions of his future. Jack is determined to find a path of his own choosing and daydreaming in class one day, he is struck with the idea to make an app that will stop you from getting into trouble for daydreaming in class. There’s just one problem – Jack doesn’t know the first thing about building an app the only person who does is designated school weirdo Elsie Green.
Colthurst said: “Having always been a huge fan of Stuart’s musical work, I couldn’t wait to start reading Jackdaw, and as soon as I did I knew I had found something – and someone – truly special. Stuart’s prose is wry, charming and thoroughly hilarious, and I am delighted to have acquired what I am sure is one of Britain’s next great writers for teenagers.”
David said: “Their vibrant energy and alternative approach make Hot Key the perfect home for the Jackdaw. I'm really looking forward to working with them.”
David is already the author of the novels Nalda Said, The Peacock Manifesto (both published by I M P Fiction) and A Peacock’s Tale (Barcelona Review). His memoir, In the All Night Café, will be published by Little, Brown imprint Abacus in April 2015.
Hot Key will publish Jackdaw and the Randoms in November 2015.