Ruth Hogan’s début, a “perfect book-club read”, has hit a lucky seven in foreign rights sales with publishers acquiring before and during this year’s fair.
Laura MacDougall at Tibor Jones first sold UK and Commonwealth rights to The Keeper of Lost Things Federico Andornino. It is Andornino’s first acquisition at John Murray imprint Two Roads, as well as MacDougall’s first major sale as an agent, having joined Tibor Jones in March after working for Hodder & Stoughton for five years.
In recent days Rachel Kahan at William Morrow (US) pre-empted the book, with French rights also pre-empted, by Actes Sud, and Portuguese rights won by Presença at auction. The book had previously sold in Germany (to Ullstein, after a five-way auction), Italy (Rizzoli, six-publisher auction), Norway (Cappelen Damm, pre-empt) and Serbia (Vulkan, pre-empt).
The novel is about a retired writer and his assistant, and a “collection of lost objects spanning space and time”.
Andornino said: “The Keeper of Lost Things is a perfect book-club read, featuring a genuinely original premise and filled with unforgettable characters. It’s heartwarming, moving and completely irresistible.”