Former soldier's debut to Michael Joseph

Former soldier's debut to Michael Joseph

Michael Joseph has signed a novel about the war in Afghanistan from former soldier and debut author Barney Campbell.

Publishing director Roland White bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Rain in a deal with Annabel Merullo at PFD.

Rain follows a young officer at the heart of the conflict in Afghanistan, discovering who he is as he bonds with his fellow soldiers and experiences the hardships of war.

White said: "Rain had me hooked from page one. Not only did Barney Campbell’s hugely powerful, affecting debut continue to occupy my thoughts whenever I was forced to put it down, it then stayed with me long after I’d read the final chapter. I can’t wait for other readers to discover what a very special book it is."

Rain will be published as a hardback in July 2015, followed by a paperback in spring 2016.