Head of Zeus has won a three-way auction for historian and broadcaster Yasmin Khan's debut novel, Edgware Road, in a two-book deal.
Editor Clare Gordon acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, in a three-way auction from James Gill on behalf of United Agents.
Set between Karachi and London in the 1980s and the early 2000s, Edgware Road is billed as a "powerful novel about identity and belonging, about family and the gulf between generations, about money and class, and about the way that London consumes people". The debut will be published in April 2022, with a second novel to follow in 2023.
Gordon said: "From practically the first page I knew I wanted to publish Edgware Road. It's a big story with big themes – Thatcher's Britain, the long shadow of partition, class, gender, what it means to be British – but Yasmin Khan has managed to make it feel extremely intimate. Her characters are so real they feel like old friends, and the fizzing 1980s London setting made this locked-in Londoner desperate to get back out exploring. Yasmin is a major talent and I can't wait to share Edgware Road with the world."
Khan said: "My novel is a love letter to London, a city where I no longer live. And it’s also about how global forces shape everyday lives. I’m so thrilled to be working with Clare Gordon, and the whole team at Head of Zeus, both on this book and on my next novel."
Khan has previously published non-fiction including The Great Partition: The Making of India and Pakistan (Yale, 2007) and The Raj at War: A People's History of India's Second World War (Vintage, 2015).
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