Nosy Crow has acquired a sibling story for children aged 9+ by debut author S. E. Durrant.
World rights for two books were acquired from Gillie Russell at Aitken Alexander Associates. Russell said: “Reading Little Bits of Sky made me miss my tube stop! Real, sad – but ultimately uplifting, it is that rare thing, a truly child-centred book with a strong heart and the ability to captivate anyone who reads it and leave them feeling moved and inspired.”
Little Bits of Sky tells the story of Ira, christened Miracle, and her younger brother Zac as they grow up in the care system. It is described as “an uplifting story of loss, love and finding your place in the world”.
Kirsty Stansfield, Nosy Crow fiction editor, said: “This is the only time a book has ever made me sob in a hairdressers. The voice is so strong and so immediate, I couldn’t stop reading, even with Grazia so near to hand. It gave me that tingly ‘we must have this’ feeling which was why I sent it to everyone else at Nosy Crow immediately. And I started reading it to my ten-year-old, who loved it too, and finished it on his own. It’s a very special book.”
Nosy Crow founder and m.d. Kate Wilson added: “I started reading Little Bits of Sky at 11p.m., and gave in to sleep at 1a.m. I woke up the following morning, and, without getting out of bed, finished it before going in – late – to work, by which time I’d sent it to various colleagues urging them to read it immediately.” She called the book “a remarkably assured piece of writing”, saying: “I was astonished that it’s a debut – and it feels extraordinarily authentic, to the point that we thought that this was maybe the author’s own story. It’s not.”
The book will be given a cover and “atmospheric” chapter head drawings by new illustrator Katie Harnett and Nosy Crow said it plans a “stand-out marketing and PR campaign”.
Little Bits of Sky will be published in May 2016.