Headline has bagged the “uniquely hilarious” debut novel from Kira Jane Buxton about a “foul-mouthed” crow’s battle to save humanity from extinction.
Jess Whitlum-Cooper, commissioning editor, bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Hollow Kingdom from Anna Webber at United Agents on behalf of Bill Clegg at the Clegg Agency in the US, where rights were sold to Grand Central. It will be published on 6th August.
The synopsis explains: “In this uniquely hilarious, big-hearted and beautiful novel, humanity's extinction has arrived and the only one determined to save it is a foul-mouthed crow. When domesticated crow S.T. realises there is something terribly wrong with his owner, he ventures out into a frightening new world, where the neighbours are devouring each other and there are rumours of dangerous new predators roaming Seattle...”
Whitlum-Cooper commented: "From the moment I read Kira’s novel, I fell in love with the world’s most unlikely apocalyptic hero. This is an incredibly special book and I am delighted to be publishing it here at Headline.”
Kira Jane Buxton's writing has appeared in the New York Times, NewYorker.com, McSweeney's, The Rumpus, Huffington Post and more. She lives in Seattle her time with three cats, a dog, two crows, a charm of hummingbirds and a husband.
She said: “I’m absolutely delighted to have the opportunity to share S.T. the crow’s adventures with UK readers, and couldn’t be happier with Hollow Kingdom’s home at Headline."
Webber added: "I am thrilled to have found the ideal home for Kira Jane Buxton’s riotous novel Hollow Kingdom in Headline. I know that Jess Whitlum-Cooper will create the perfect platform to introduce Kira’s foul-mouthed crow to UK readers. They are in for a treat.”