MCB acquires Scheherazade novel at Bologna

MCB acquires Scheherazade novel at Bologna

Macmillan Children’s Books has paid a six-figure sum for the UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, of a new YA novel from E K Johnston, in a buy made at the Bologna Book Fair.

A Thousand Nights is a dark fantasy which tells the story of Scheherazade and was only sent out on submission in the UK last week.

Fiction publishing director Venetia Gosling made a pre-empt offer for the rights for two books to Caroline Walsh for David Higham, sub-agents for Adams Literary in the US.

A Thousand Nights took me totally by surprise, it didn't fit any of the obvious criteria I was looking for, but it just stood out a mile,” said Gosling. “Scheherazade has such a fresh and distinctive voice, and her story is utterly beguiling - the whole team fell in love with this and we moved very fast to secure it. We are thrilled to be the UK publisher.”

UK-born - but US-based - author Johnston is a forensic archaeologist who has worked in Egypt and Jordan.  Her debut novel, The Story of Owen, was published last week by US house Carolrhoda LAB.