John Murray pre-empts McLaughlin stories

John Murray has pre-empted a collection of short stories and debut novel from Irish writer Danielle McLaughlin.

Editorial director Mark Richards signed UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada for the novel, and UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada and Ireland for the short stories, in a deal with Lucy Luck at Lucy Luck Associates. The short stories will be published by Stinging Fly in Ireland.

McLaughlin's writing has appeared in numerous anthologies and magazines, including the New Yorker, while she has also won several prizes including the Willesden Short Story Prize 2013.

Richards said: "Her short stories are so subtly delineated and brilliantly packed, and extremely accomplished by anyone’s standards, let alone for someone so early in their writing career. She has, I’m sure, a big future ahead of her."

The story collection will be published next year, with the novel following in spring 2017.