John Murray is publishing Jessie Greengrass’s first novel, Sight, in February 2018.
The novel is about "being a parent and being a child, about X-rays, psychoanalysis and the origins of modern surgery, and about how we see others, and how we imagine ourselves".
Publisher Mark Richards bought world rights from Jack Ramm at Eve White, before Ramm went on to join Viking. Rights in Sight have already been pre-empted in the US (Hogarth), Germany (Kiepenheuer & Witsch) and Italy (Bompiani), from Joanna Kaliszewska at John Murray Press.
Greengrass’s collection of stories, An Account of the Decline of the Great Auk, According to One Who Saw It, was an inaugural title on the JM Originals list. It went on to win the Edge Hill Short Story Prize and a Somerset Maugham Award, and was shortlisted for the PFD/Sunday Times Young Writer of the Year Award.
Richards said: "I’ve thought Jessie was a true original from the moment I read a story by her, and Sight more than delivers on the promise of her collection. It is deeply intelligent, fiercely truthful and very, very moving. I am thrilled to be publishing it, and thrilled too that publishers around the world feel the same."