Quercus buys Irish newcomer

<p>Quercus has signed a two-book deal for world rights with Julia Kelly, who recently won the Irish Book Awards&#39; best Irish newcomer title for <em>With My Lazy Eye</em>. </p><p>Quercus will publish this book as a paperback original in September, and Kelly&#39;s second novel will be published in 2009. The publisher will also release the Irish paperback in June, and there has been &quot;much international interest&quot;.</p><p><em>With My Lazy Eye</em> is the story of troubled Lucy&rsquo;s coming of age in 1980s Dublin. She is also struggling with a sight defect which worsens until her whole life reaches crisis point.</p><p>It is not an autobiographical novel but there has been media speculation that there are elements of Kelly&#39;s own life incorporated into the book.</p><p>Marianne Gunn O&rsquo;Connor, Kelly&#39;s agent said: &quot;Julia Kelly is a mesmerising, beautiful and evocative new voice in Irish literary fiction. She is an absolute find. I&rsquo;m delighted to be working with Quercus and especially with Jon Riley who is the perfect editor to nurture this very gifted writer.&quot;</p>