Fourth Estate has acquired on proposal a book about American blues music that is “part travel, part memoir and part oral history” by Natasha Peskin.
Louise Haines at Fourth Estate signed world English language rights to A Soft Place to Lay: Stories of the Blues from Kirsty McLachlan at DGA Ltd.
The book is inspired by Peskin’s solo drive across America in search of the true soul of music, in which she travelled 7,600 miles over 4 months. Not only did she trace the history of modern music through the Deep South to the northern cities, but she also went on a personal journey as she discovered her own ‘soft place to lay’.
Peskin discovered blues music whilst studying Architecture. After taking a subsidiary module in the History of Blues, she wrote her final year architecture thesis on the relationship between blues and the American landscape, which won her the Nottingham Dissertation award, a nomination into the RIBA awards and first class honours. Subsequently, she quit architecture to work for a record label, where she has conceived and delivered music campaigns for brands such as Converse, Diesel, Southern Comfort, Soho House and Ted Baker, as well helping to bring a new product development to life for Random House and hosting a series of digital strategy seminars for Penguin staff. She lives in London.
Fourth Estate will publish A Soft Place to Lay in early 2017.