Simon and Schuster is to publish a new novel from Graham Swift in February next year.
Mothering Sunday: A Romance will be out on February 25th as a Scribner hardback at £12.99.
The book features Jane Fairchild, an orphan and housemaid, who on Mothering Sunday 1924 is said to be wondering how to occupy her time, given that she has no mother to visit. The events of that never-to-be-forgotten day will go on to shape her future, in a novel said to be "constantly surprising, joyously sensual and deeply moving", beginning with an intimate assignation and going on to cover decades.
S&S c.e.o. and publisher Ian Chapman said: "This is an extraordinarily powerful book. The language has a potent delicacy that truly captures the desires of the body and the struggles of the heart. Each page demonstrates the masterful control of an author who is fully alert to the complexities of life and death – and everything in between. Following the critical and commercial success of England and Other Stories, we consider it a privilege to publish another brilliant book from Graham."
The publisher acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Mothering Sunday: A Romance from Caradoc King at United Agents. Short story collection England and Other Stories was Swift's first book for S&S after previously publishing with Picador and Hamish Hamilton.
Nielsen BookScan has recorded sales of 7,304 for the collection in the UK across all editions. Tomorrow (Picador), Swift's most recent novel, has recorded sales of 23,056.
Swift's novel Last Orders won the Booker Prize in 1996.