Harvill Secker buys Cusk trilogy

Harvill Secker buys Cusk trilogy

Novelist Rachel Cusk is to move to Harvill Secker in what is described as a "major" publishing deal.

Harvill Secker deputy publishing director Michal Shavit has bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) in the paperback of her novel Outline, and two further books. Together, the novels will form a trilogy, Harvill Secker said.

Cusk's Outline, yesterday shortlisted for the Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, was published in hardback by Faber. The novel, about a female writer who goes to Athens to teach a writing course, and the stories of the people she meets along the way, was also shortlisted for the Folio Prize and the Goldsmiths Prize.

Vintage will publish the paperback on 7th May, with the following book, Transit, due out in September 2016.

Shavit said: "It is a huge honour and privilege to welcome Rachel Cusk to the Harvill Secker list. Rachel is without a doubt one of the most daring and talented writers at work today."

Publishing director Rachel Cugnoni added: "Rachel Cusk is a writer I have admired from a distance for many years. She writes consistently intelligent and thought­provoking books and is without doubt one of the best writers of her generation. I am thrilled to now have the opportunity to publish her on the Vintage list and look forward to a happy and successful partnership."

The deal was done with Sarah Chalfant of The Wylie Agency.