Julian Loose, who joined Yale University Press as editorial director for trade and academic books in July last year, has signed a book of “irresistibly brilliant” essays from Golden Hill author Francis Spufford among his first acquisitions for the publisher.
Loose was previously at Faber, which publishes Golden Hill, winner of last January's Costa First Novel award. He signed world rights in Spufford’s True Stories & Other Essays from Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander and will publish in October.
It is the first volume of collected essays from Spufford, who is also a senior lecturer in the English and comparative literature department of Goldsmiths, and will gather “an array of his compelling writings from the 1990s to the present”, including one “major new essay on a major theme of his work”.
Also joining Yale after previous publication at Faber is historian Roger Crowley; Loose acquired UK and Commonwealth rights through agent Andrew Lownie in End Game of the Crusades: The Siege of Acre 1291, "an epic story to be told with all of Roger's narrative power and panache”, for publication in autumn 2018.
Meanwhile from Bill Hamilton at A M Heath, Loose acquired world English rights in a new work of history from Matthew Lockwood, a young assistant professor at Warwick University "who writes in the mode of Linda Colley and Jenny Uglow". This Unhappy Rebellion will trace the profound repercussions of the American revolution on individuals around the globe, from the Crimea to China. The book is scheduled for 2019.