Myriad makes first ACE-supported buy

<p>Brighton-based Myriad Editions has made its first acquisition since receiving Arts Council England funding to develop the publisher&#39;s fiction list.<br /><br />Candida Lacey, managing director of Myriad, bought UK and Commonwealth rights to a debut novel by Isabel Ashdown, entitled Glasshopper, from agent Adrian Weston at Raft.<br /><br />An extract from the novel has already been awarded the 2008 Mail on Sunday Novel Prize, and was praised by judges such as Fay Weldon and John Mortimer.<br /><br />Lacey described Ashdown as &quot;a very exciting new voice&quot;. She added: &quot;Glasshopper is expertly crafted with a strong sense of time and place, and passages of almost unbearable poignancy.&quot;<br /><br />The book is told from the perspective of teenage Jake during the 1980s, and his mother in the 1960s, &#39;70s and &#39;80s, as he deals with the question of his paternity and his mother&#39;s &quot;drunken ramblings&quot;. As he travels from Portsmouth to the Dordogne, Jake stumbles across &quot;the long-held secrets of another generation&quot;.<br /><br />Myriad said the book &quot;reflects on the powerlessness of childhood, while celebrating the enduring optimism of youth, even in the face of tragedy&quot;.<br /><br />It will be published in October this year.</p>