Little, Brown has acquired a new novel by Rosamund Lupton.
Emma Beswetherick, with Little, Brown publisher David Shelley, bought UK and Commonwealth rights in The Quality of Silence from Felicity Blunt at Curtis Brown.
Set in Alaska, The Quality of Silence follows Yasmin and her deaf daughter Ruby. After arriving in Alaska to be told her husband Matt has died in a catastrophic accident, Yasmin sets out into the frozen landscape with Ruby in search of answers. As a storm closes in, Yasmin realises a human danger is also keeping pace with the pair.
Beswetherick said: “Rosamund Lupton is a unique novelist and The Quality of Silence is her most astonishing accomplishment to date. The vast and unforgiving Alaskan landscape provides a powerful backdrop for a novel that is both atmospheric and haunting, and the characters of Yasmin and Ruby and the incredible journey they go on will stay with me for a very long time.”
Lupton's debut novel Sister has been translated into 30 languages, with Little, Brown citing sales of over 1.5m copies internationally. It won the Richard and Judy Best Novel of 2011 award. Film rights are currently under option with Studio Canal and a script is in development, with Emily Blunt attached to star.
Nielsen BookScan recorded sales of 569,762 copies for Sister and 163,280 for Lupton's follow-up Afterwards.
The Quality of Silence will be published by Little, Brown in hardback in July 2015, with a paperback release the following year.