Transworld has acquired two novels by award-winning playwright Barney Norris.
Commissioning editor Suzanne Bridson bought world rights to Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain and a second novel by Norris from Laura Williams at PFD.
Norris won the Critics' Circle and Off West End awards for Most Promising Playwright for his first full length play, Visitors, and is Martin Esslin Playwright in Residence at Keble College, Oxford.
Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain tells the story of five small-town lives that collide at the moment of a fatal car crash.
Bridson said: “This is a lyrical, heartbreaking tale of the joys and tragedies that take place in everyday lives all around us, from an impressive new literary voice.
“It’s incredibly insightful about the human heart, from first love to first grief, and I’m very excited to be working with Barney on his leap from plays to novels.”
Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain will be published as a Doubleday hardback in April 2016.
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