Hamish Hamilton signs Gretel and the Dark

Hamish Hamilton signs Gretel and the Dark

Penguin imprint Hamish Hamilton has signed a new literary novel which takes its inspirations from Grimm’s fairytales.

Gretel and the Dark by Eliza Granville is set both in Vienna in 1899, where psychoanalyst Josef Breuer is investigating the case of a girl who insists she is a machine, and Germany 40 years later where a girl tries to shut out the world around her by taking refuge in Grimm’s stories.

Anna Kelly, assistant editor at Hamish Hamilton, signed world rights to the book from Jon Elek at AP Watt.

Kelly said: “I couldn’t be more delighted that we are going to publish this highly original and thought-provoking book. Its subjects and ideas are eternally compelling—the dark places in human history and in the human mind; the unlimited world of the imagination; the power of stories–and Eliza Granville is a natural storyteller who has created a vivid, haunting novel in which to explore them.”

The book will be published in March 2014.