Hamish Hamilton wins three-way auction for Aislinn Hunter

Hamish Hamilton wins three-way auction for Aislinn Hunter

Hamish Hamilton has secured Aislinn Hunter’s The World Before Us, after a competitive three-way auction lasting through the weekend.

Anna Kelly acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Suzanne Brandreth at The Cooke Agency International on behalf of originating publisher Doubleday Canada. Lynn Henry will be the book’s editor.
 
Kelly said: “The World Before Us is an arresting, complex and richly layered novel about what it is to be alive, what it means to die, and whether there is anything between the two…Aislinn Hunter is an incredibly talented writer overflowing with imagination and empathy – and I’m very excited and proud to be publishing her novel at Hamish Hamilton.”

The World Before Us is Hunter’s second novel. Her first book, Stay (Anchor Books) was recently adapted into a film starring Orange is the New Black’s Taylor Schilling, which premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival this September.
 
The novel follows thirty-something archivist Jane Standen, whose research at a museum in contemporary London uncovers connections between the museum, a Victorian asylum in the north of England, and a country estate where two girls have disappeared.

US rights to The World Before Us previously sold to Alexis Washam at Hogarth in a six-figure pre-empt. UK publication is scheduled for spring 2015.