The Kenya-based literary network Kwani Trust has acquired debut novel Taty Went West by author Nikhil Singh, in a deal with Sarah Such at the Sarah Such Literary Agency.
The book is the first in a planned trilogy following the story of Taty, a character described as "a new modern literary heroine akin to Lara Croft, cast adrift in a futuristic 'Game of Thrones'".
Kwani Trust signed Kenyan book rights after Taty Went West was longlisted for the Kwani? Manuscript Project, a prize for unpublished novel manuscripts by African writers. Taty Went West will be published in April 2015, the third novel in the Kwani? Manuscript Project series, edited by Ellah Wakatama Allfrey.
Billy Kahora, managing editor at Kwani Trust, said: "With chapter heading illustrations that match the beauty and imagination of its prose, Nikhil Singh’s Taty Went West is exactly the kind of boundary shifting novel that Kwani Trust has been looking for to build its literary fiction list."
Singh, who is originally from South African and has lived in the UK for several years, is an artist, musician and filmmaker who has fronted several South African bands and illustrated multiple graphic novels.