Melbourne debut to Harvill Secker

<p>Harvill Secker has bought the rights to the debut novel by Melbourne-based author, Steven Amsterdam. Stuart Williams editorial director acquired Commonwealth excluding Australia from Nicola Barr at the Susijn Agency.</p><p><em>Things We Didn&#39;t See Coming </em>will be published by Harvill Secker in August next year. The book is set on the eve of the millennium and it looks at a world where an unspecified climate catastrophe has altered life forever.<br /><br />Williams said: &quot;The human stories Amsterdam tells against this backdrop are what set it apart from any other dystopian novel I have read recently. It&rsquo;s reassuring, in a strange way, to know that when the world ends people will still fall in and out of love and that many of our struggles are constant, even when civilisation is breaking down. It is a riveting, timely and bleakly funny book by a gifted new writer.&quot;<br /><br />The title has previously been published in Australia and will be published by Pantheon in America.<br /><br /><br />&nbsp;</p>