Deepa Anappara’s début Djinn Patrol on the Purple Line has been one of the hottest titles this Frankfurt Book Fair, with a hard-fought UK auction concluding on the eve of the fair.
In a joint acquisition with Penguin Random House India, Chatto & Windus publisher Clara Farmer signed UK and Commonwealth rights from Peter Straus at RCW. She heard of the news when "on platform 6a in Brussels Midi en route to Frankfurt”.
The Bookseller understands that a UK pre-empt was turned down before the auction with five publishers competing for the final round. German rights went to Rowolht, Random House has US rights while other foreign-language deals include Companhia das Letras (Brazil) and Destino/Planeta (Spain).
University of East Anglia PhD student Anappara won the second annual £10,000 Deborah Rogers Foundation Writers Award, run by RCW in honour of its late co-founder.