McGrandle's 'quirky' tale to Sandstone Press

McGrandle's 'quirky' tale to Sandstone Press

Sandstone Press is to publish Short Ride on A Fast Machine by Magnus McGrandle, a graduate of the Faber Academy and BBC journalist.

Robert Davidson, m.d. of Sandstone Press, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to the title, from Elinor Cooper of Diamond Kahn & Woods Literary Agency.

Short Ride on A Fast Machine is a "quirky and engaging caper" and tells the story of a young cycle courier from London who goes on an improbable journey to Norway, to pick up a stuffed owl for a mysterious client. For his oddest job to date, Sam enlists the help of his friend and fellow courier Poyntz. But as they make their haphazard journey to Mr Sorensen's mountain hut, its owner is attracting the attention of the Norwegian police.

Cooper said: "Magnus is a distinctive new voice who captures the exuberant joy of being young alongside the pain of life's heartbreaks."

The publisher added: "Short Ride on a Fast Machine is fast-paced and funny with a satisfying plot and lively characters. We’re delighted to be publishing such an original and accomplished debut."

The title will be published in June 2017.