Canadian novelist Paul Cavanagh, winner of the inaugural International Lit Idol competition at the London Book Fair 2004, is to publish his winning novel in the UK for the first time.
Cavanagh’s novel After Helen is to be published by his own publishing house, named Not that London in reference to the fact he hails from London, Ontario.
After winning the competition, Cavanagh received representation from Ali Gunn for his manuscript for After Helen, followed by a publishing deal with HarperCollins Canada.
After Helen is told from the point of view of history teacher Irving Cruickshank and it interweaves the story of Sir John Franklin, who led a doomed 19th century expedition to find the Northwest Passage. It explores issues of love and grief, and the relationships between fathers and daughters, husbands and wives.
Not That London will publish After Helen on 20th November for £11.50 in paperback and £3.99 in e-book. Cavanagh’s second book, Missing Steps, will be published in spring 2015.
Orders may go to Bertrams.