Housman study to Union Books

Union Books editorial director Rosalind Porter has bought a book about poet A E Housman by Peter Parker, author of The Last Veteran.

Porter bought UK and Commonwealth rights (excluding Canada) from David Miller at Rogers, Coleridge and White. Housman's Country will be published in 2013. The book explores how although Housman had never set foot in Shropshire when he wrote his best known work A Shropshire Lad, it became a touchstone for notions of 'Englishness.'

Porter said the book "promises to be 'a small masterpiece'; an expansive examination of how our constructions of place inform out sense of who we are, as seen through a publishing and cultural phenomenon."