Picador has acquired the third novel of award-winning author, journalist and screenwriter David Whitehouse.
Picador editorial director Francesca Main acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to In the Box at the Bottom of the Sea by Whitehouse from Cathryn Summerhayes at WME.
The focus of the story is a young man in present day London who is flooded by recollections that don’t belong to him, rather to a rare flower collector from 1980s New York, after a black box flight recorder of a plane missing for 30 years is found at the bottom of the sea. The novel - about fatherhood, memory and rare flowers - is described as “a search for meaning that goes around the world and through the soul”.
Main said: “This is a bold, original, enchanting and beautiful novel, filled with unforgettable characters. It’s David’s most ambitious novel to date, but no less full of heart. I’m thrilled to be working with him again and excited about his future with Picador.”
Whitehouse is editor-at-large of ShortList magazine. His first novel, Bed, published by Canongate won the 2012 Betty Trask Prize and was longlisted for The Desmond Elliot Prize. Bed has been published in multiple territories and is being developed by Film4. Whitehouse moved to Picador for his second novel Mobile Library, about four people thrown together as a makeshift family and who take to the road in a stolen mobile library. It won a Jerwood Fiction Uncovered Award in 2015.
Picador will publish In the Box at the Bottom of the Sea in March 2017.