Wales-based publisher Graffeg has signed world language rights in The Offline Project, the second novel from Dan Tyte, in its first fiction acquisition.
Set in Wales and Denmark, The Offline Project focuses on modern social behaviours and the impact of technology on our lives, relationships and perceptions. The internet defines Gerard Kane. But after a death in the family and a dumping, can going off-grid save him? His pursuit of a life outside the internet takes him from Cardiff, and a web of family members caught in cycles of selfies and online gambling, to a new offline community in the Danish woodland.
Tyte said: "The Offline Project is a search for self, sex and wi-fi signal. If you live your life with your phone in your hand but really wish you didn’t, you’ll recognise a little of yourself in its characters. The tension in the story concerns itself with how the human race might reboot itself if the internet didn’t exist any more, if we could create a world without being able to Google things every two minutes, whether we’ve still got it in us."
Peter Gill, managing director, said: "We are delighted to welcome Dan’s distinctive voice to the Graffeg list with our first contemporary fiction title. The Offline Project is a bold and highly relevant novel that probes into our dependence on the internet, and to what extent we might be able to free ourselves from its pervasive grip."
The Offline Project will be promoted by live author events and an "exciting" digital marketing campaign. It will publish in paperback and as an e-book in May 2018 with cover art work by illustrator Max Low.
Tyte was born and raised in Cardiff before studying English Literature at the University of Liverpool. His debut novel Half Plus Seven was published by Parthian in 2014.