Friction causes excitement

<p>Dan Franklin and Beth Coates at Vintage have bought Friction, a first novel by 24-year-old Joe Stretch, who sings in a Manchester band called Performance.

The novel is about sex as a commodity: "The writing is fresh, original, streetwise and the book is daring to the point of being transgressive," Franklin says. John Saddler, Stretch's agent, reports that there was "some controversy" at the publishers that considered the mansuscript. Vintage won the rights against competition from Faber.

Friction will be a Vintage original in spring 2008. Vintage has UK and Commonwealth rights.</p>

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