Picador has acquired three backlist titles by Emily St John Mandel, whose Station Eleven is being billed as one of the publisher’s “biggest 2014 releases”.
Sophie Jonathan acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to Last Night in Montreal, The Singer’s Gun and The Lola Quartet, which have not previously been published in the UK, from Anna Webber at United Agents.
Jonathan said: “The buzz surrounding Station Eleven – which I would put in the same camp as much of Margaret Atwood’s writing for its genre-bending and stylistic beauty – has been just incredible, with praise flying in from authors, booksellers and bloggers, so when the opportunity to also acquire Emily’s tremendous backlist came up, I jumped at the chance.
“All three novels have that combination of gorgeously precise plotting and sweeping beauty that I loved so much in Station Eleven, and I know there are going to be scores of Station Eleven readers desperate to discover more of Emily’s work.”
Station Eleven will be published in September, with Picador commissioning exclusive artwork for an insert – a single page torn from the comic Station Eleven – from Nathan Burton.
Picador will publish Last Night in Montreal, The Singer’s Gun and The Lola Quartet in 2015.