Hodder & Stoughton has acquired a “captivating, full-blooded" debut set in Celtic Britain.
Editor Emily Kitchin bought British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada and Australia New Zealand, to Skin and its sequel by Ilka Tampke from Sarah Lutyens at Lutyens and Rubinstein on behalf of Michael Heyward at Text Publishing in Melbourne.
Skin is set in AD 43, where the Caer Cad are a people who measure lineage by skin name. A young girl, Ailia, must protect her people and their pagan way of life from the dark forces of invading Rome. Hodder said Skin combined “epic storytelling with a strikingly unique plot set during a fascinating period of Britain’s history”.
Kitchin said: “Skin is an utterly spellbinding novel, and Ailia an unforgettable heroine, fierce and fearless. Ilka writes with extraordinary power and her ability to spirit the reader back into an era lost to us – one of tribalism and ritual and war – and to weave her own magic through it, captivated me from the first line.”
Tampke said: “As a white Australian, I will never know an ancestral connection to my country. Writing Skin was my way of imagining the possibility of my own ancient history. Along the way, I have fallen in love with the wild, magical, freedom-loving personality of iron-age Britain.”
Hodder will publish Skin in hardback and e-book in August 2015.