Headline buys road trip debut

Headline buys road trip debut

Headline has acquired debut novel Mosquitoland, already pre-empted in the US, Italy and Brazil.

The novel, by David Arnold, tells of a 16-year-old who boards a Greyhound bus and begins an "epic" road trip to get to her sick mother, over 900 miles away in Cleveland, Ohio . The book is said to be "a ridiculous, dangerous, life-affirming journey peopled with a gloriously eccentric cast of characters".

Commissioning editor Frankie Gray bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Angharad Kowal at Writers House UK, on behalf of Daniel Lazar at Writers House US. She said the debut was "a story of immense difficulty, but with moments of real heart and warmth—it's very special indeed".

Viking Children's bought the book in the US in a "significant" pre-empt. Rights were also pre-empted in Italy (Rizzoli) and Brazil (Intrinseca), as well as sold to Germany (Heyne), Israel (Modan) and Norway (Gyldendal) at auction.