Indie Fairlight Books has sold US and Canada rights to Sophie van Llewyn’s Bottled Goods to HarperCollins US.
US and Canada rights to the Women’s Prize longlisted book were sold to vice president Sara Nelson at auction by David Forrer of Inkwell Management.
World rights for the title were originally bought by Oxford-based indie Fairlight Books, which published the novel as part of its Moderns series in 2018.
Set in 1970s communist Romania, the book’s synopsis explains: “When Alina’s brother-in-law defects to the West, she and her husband become persons of interest to the secret services, causing both of their careers to come grinding to a halt. As the strain takes its toll on their marriage, Alina turns to her aunt for help – the wife of a communist leader and a secret practitioner of the old folk ways. Told across a series of short chapters, each a perfect piece of flash fiction, the novel draws upon magic realism to weave a tale of everyday troubles that can’t be put down.”
The book went on to be longlisted for both the Women’s Prize and the Republic of Consciousness Prize.
Louise Boland, c.e.o. of Fairlight Books, said: “This is such a brilliant novel on so many levels – it’s clever, witty, scary and very difficult to put down. As a small press that is passionate about launching new authors, we’re so excited to know that Sophie’s writing will be finding a new readership in the US and Canada.”