Birmingham-based small press Splice has acquired world rights to Above the Fat, the début short story collection of Thomas Chadwick.
Chadwick is a co-editor of the literary magazine Hotel, described as "a bastion of avant-garde and innovative new writing in the UK", and was a finalist for the 2017 White Review Prize for his short story "Birch".
"Birch" will appear as one of 10 stories in Above the Fat, alongside a mixture of previously published stories and new material. New stories include a merciless satire of British gastropub culture, touching on themes of ageing and dementia and the demands placed on family carers.
Daniel Davis Wood, commissioning editor at Splice, said: "Thomas Chadwick does things that few literary writers today are able to do. He writes stories that place a premium on comedy as much as on emotional turmoil. I can’t think of many other books like this one, in which abject despair and bitterness combine so often with unexpected hilarity. It’s a delight to be able to bring Thomas’ beautiful, brisk prose and eccentric worldview to a wider readership."
As part of the world rights deal, done via Rebecca Carter at Janklow & Nesbit UK, Chadwick will also headline Splice’s first anthology of short stories. He will contribute newly commissioned work to accompany new material from Splice authors Dana Diehl and Michael Conley.
Above the Fat will be published in April 2019 and the anthology will be released in July.
The author also currently has a novel out on submission.