Jonathan Cape buys second Wyld novel

Jonathan Cape buys second Wyld novel

Jonathan Cape has acquired a second novel from the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize-winning author Evie Wyld.

Senior editor Alex Bowler acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Wyld's All the Birds, Singing from Laetitia Rutherford at Mulcahy Conway Associates, and will publish in February 2013.

The book tells the story of damaged Australian sheep farmer Jake who has started life again on an English hill farm, yet is still haunted by the traumas of his early life.

Bowler said: "Very simply, Evie wrote a truly beautiful debut novel, has now written a glorious second, and will continue to write addictively beautiful books for a very long time to come—it's a thrill to be able to work with someone so gifted."

Wyld's first novel After the Fire, A Still Small Voice won both the John Llewelyn Rhys Prize in 2009 and the Betty Trask Award in 2010, and was shortlisted for the Orange New Writers Prize and IMPAC Dublin Literary Award. She was recently picked as one of the 12 Best New British Writers by BBC2's "The Culture Show".