Sandstone Press has acquired The Tyranny of Lost Things, the debut novel from The Vagenda blog founder Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett which it says will "resonate with the millenial generation".
As well as founding The Vagenda blog, Cosslett is also a Guardian writer and the co-author of The Vagenda: A Zero Tolerance Guide to the Media (Square Peg).
Her debut novel tells the story of Harmony, who, having dropped out of university, returns to the site of the urban commune where she lived as a child, now divided into flats. She rents a room in the hope of uncovering the source of her nightmares about a red-headed woman who haunts the house and her obsession with lost objects from her childhood.
As the London riots explode in the streets, the past and present converge, blurred by drugs and sex and cheap wine, and Harmony begins to discover what really happened at Longhope 20 years ago. Can she grow up at last, and build her own future?
Sandstone Press acquired UK, Ireland and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada from Diana Beaumont of Marjacq Scripts.
Beaumont said: "Rhiannon and I are delighted that Bob, Moira and all at Sandstone Press are such passionate champions of her debut novel which is written with her customary sharp wit and rich, poetic prose. It will resonate with many of those who feel they have been sold out by previous generations."
Robert Davidson, managing director at Sandstone Press, added: "Very much the voice of a disinherited generation, Rhiannon Lucy Cosslett reports from the front line of a new conflict. Highly gifted young people feel they have no hope, that they have been sold out by a complaisant, property owning middle class holding onto what it should be passing on. Adding now to her work as a Guardian columnist and founder/contributor to The Vagenda, she brings a new fiction of anger, lyricism, feminism, and compelling narrative drive, but never despair. Rhiannon’s is a voice we must attend to and allow ourselves to be moved by. Sandstone Press is proud to be her publisher in this new phase of her career."
The book is set to be published in June 2018.