New Boyne to RHCP

New Boyne to RHCP

Random House Children's Publishing is to publish a new novel by The Boy in the Striped Pyjamas author John Boyne, with plans to release in August 2012. It will be illustrated by Oliver Jeffers.  

Fiction publisher Annie Eaton bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Simon Trewin at United Agents, and will publish the novel, The Terrible Thing that Happened to Barnaby Brocket, as a Doubleday hardback on 2nd August 2012.

Knopf at Random House Inc and Doubleday Canada will also publish the novel in hardback, in January 2013.

The publisher described it as "fast-paced and warm-hearted with colourful, Dahl-esque characters, it will be beautifully illustrated by the award-winning Oliver Jeffers." Barnaby shocks his "boring, respectable" parents by floating, from Australia to Brazil, New York, Canada, Ireland and off into space.

Eaton said: "Barnaby Brocket is one of the most courageous and engaging little boys I have ever met in a book - we could all learn a thing or two from him about loyalty, tolerance and love for our fellow-man."