Gallic Books has acquired two "characteristically dark and gripping" novels from Charles Lambert.
Emily Boyce, editor, bought world English language rights in both novels from Isobel Dixon at Blake Friedmann. The Bone Flower will be published in September 2022 and Birthright will follow in May 2023.
The Bone Flower is a "deliciously gothic and atmospheric" novel set in 1880s London. It is billed as a story of love and guilt, of friendship and betrayal, where the boundary between the living and the dead becomes ever less certain. Birthright is a literary novel with the plot elements of a psychological thriller, the publisher said.
Boyce said: "A particularly gloomy January was brightened for us when Charles Lambert delivered the manuscripts of not one but two fantastic new novels, written during last year’s lockdowns. Charles is an immensely versatile writer and these are two very different novels – one a Victorian gothic ghost story, the other a contemporary drama set between the UK and Italy – but both are characteristically dark, gripping, and beautifully realised."
Lambert commented: "I am thrilled to be working once again with the wonderful team at Gallic on these two novels, confident that they are in the best and most professional of hands. Thank you for your faith in me and in my work. It’s a joy to have you on my side."
Lambert's 2008 debut novel Little Monsters (Picador), was longlisted for the International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award and his novel Prodigal (Aardvark Bureau), was shortlisted for the Polari Prize for LGBTQ writing. He is also the author of memoir With a Zero at its Heart (The Friday Project).