Quercus has snapped up rights to a “quirky and delightful” Swedish debut from author Axel Lindén in a major pre-empt within hours of receiving the submission.
Quercus non-fiction publisher Katy Follain bought UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to Counting Sheep: My 1021 Days in The Field through Amanda Bértolo Alderin at Bonnier Rights in Stockholm.
It is the first foreign rights deal signed for the title ahead of Frankfurt Book Fair, which begins on 10th October.
The book follows Lindén, a literary graduate who curtails his doctoral studies to move to the fully working farm he unexpectedly inherits, where he gets the responsibility of caring for a flock of sheep. He starts keeping a record of his days in the field, recounting the joys and sorrows of life in the country, the big events as well as the seemingly trivial.
A spokesperson for Bonnier said: “In this contemplative and irresistibly charming little book, Axel Lindén delves into the small wonders of our world, leading the reader to realise that it’s often the little things in life that mean the most, while teaching us about ourselves and our place in the universe.”
Follain said the title was a “rare book” which was all at once meditative, complex, funny, simple, transient and haunting.
“Lindén’s voice as the lone shepherd who minds his flock is mesmerising,” she said. “The result is a beautiful book that surprises the reader in its profundity and immediacy.”
Amanda Bértolo Alderin, literary agent at Bonnier Rights said the deal was a “great start” on the book’s international journey.
Quercus will publish in Autumn 2018.
Rights are still available in North America and the rest of the world. Bértolo Alderin can be contacted on firstname.lastname@example.org