Jane Lawson at Transworld has won UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) to a “soaring” début, after triumphing in a six-publisher auction with a significant six-figure bid.
Lawson bought Book of Echoes, plus one untitled novel, by Rosanna Amaka from Niki Chang at The Good Literary Agency.
Book of Echoes is narrated by a dead female slave in search of her lost children, and roams “across time and place, from the sugar plantations of the turn of the 19th century, to Brixton and Nigeria in the 1980s”.
Amaka hails from Brixton and is of Nigerian and Jamaican heritage. She has worked as an engineer and is currently training to be a physics teacher.
It is the first major deal struck by The Good Literary Agency, which was launched earlier this year by author Nikesh Shukla and agent Julia Kingsford to represent British writers from backgrounds that are under-represented in book publishing.