Phoenix Yard buys Norwegian political satire

Phoenix Yard buys Norwegian political satire

Independent children's publisher Phoenix Yard Books has acquired world English rights to Norwegian novel Barna Som Forsvant, a political satire for children by Lars Joachim Grimstad.
 
The book, whose title means The Disappearing Children in English, will be translated by Don Bartlett, best known for his translations of books by Jo Nesbø.
 
Barna Som Forsvant is about Finn, the son of the prime minister of Norway. He acquires a new brother (a gift from a foreign dictator) and then the children in his class start to disappear.
 
Phoenix Yard plans to publish the novel, which it acquired from Norwegian publisher Aschehoug, in May 2015, to coincide with the UK’s general elections.
 
Publisher Emma Langley said: “We are always on the look out for clever, appealing, original fiction from overseas, and are very excited to have snapped this up.  It really is special: a brilliantly funny, surreal adventure of political intrigue, with layers of humour and satire which will appeal to everyone aged 10 to adult.”