Picador acquires Stevens' book at auction

Picador acquires Stevens' book at auction

Pan Macmillan's Sophie Jonathan has acquired Bleaker House by Nell Stevens in a "hotly contested" auction.

Jonathan bought UK and Commonwealth rights from Rebecca Carter at Janklow & Nesbit.

Kris Puopolo at Doubleday in the USA and Lynn Henry at Knopf Canada also acquired rights in their territories.

Bleaker House - part memoir, part travelogue, part short-story collection - documents one woman’s self-imposed exile to the Falklands in attempt to write a novel. 

Carter at Janklow & Nesbit called it "a special delight" to do a deal for a book that is "in part, about having previously failed to get a book deal". 

Jonathan, editor at Picador, said: "There’s a growing hunger for sharp, young female writers who talk openly about their struggles and endeavours to be and do what they want and Nell answers that call perfectly; her voice is still ringing in my ears."

Author Stevens said: "Writing Bleaker House gave me the chance to rehabilitate and laugh at an experience that felt, at times, like a disaster - its publication with Picador is a great happy ending to that adventure."

Stevens is currently researching a PhD in Victorian literature at King’s College London. She was a finalist in the 2011 Elle magazine Writing Talent Contest, and a runner up in both the 2014 Mslexia Memoir Competition and the 2015 Mslexia Short Story Prize.

Picador will publish Bleaker House in 2017.