Sceptre acquires Hustvedt memoir and debut

<p>Hodder &amp; Stoughton imprint Sceptre has acquired a memoir by bestselling author Siri Hustvedt, plus a &quot;bold first-person debut&quot;.</p><p>Carole Welch acquired British Commonwealth excluding Canada rights to Hustvedt&rsquo;s memoir, which tracks the author&rsquo;s attempt to solve a &quot;mysterious nervous condition she has suffered since her father&rsquo;s death&quot; via Karolina Sutton at Curtis Brown, on behalf of Amanda Urban at New York-based ICM. </p><p>Sceptre described it as &quot;a brilliantly incisive, clear account of the differences between psychoanalysis, psychiatry and neurology, and brings philosophy, feminism and history to bear on the subject of nervous disorders and their treatment&quot;. </p><p>Oliver Sacks has endorsed the book as &quot;provocative but often funny, encyclopedic but down to earth&quot;. Sceptre will publish next spring, and the book will be released simultaneously in the US by Holt. </p><p>Meanwhile Jocasta Hamilton acquired British Commonwealth rights, including Canada, to a debut by Emma Henderson, entitled <em>Grace Williams Says It Loud</em>. The deal was struck via Veronique Baxter at David Higham.&nbsp; </p><p>Hamilton described it as &quot;a spirit-soaring love story that has never been told before&quot;. The tale begins in 1957, centering on 11-year-old Grace and her life in the Briar Mental Institute &quot;but most of all the secrets, humiliations, laughter, triumphs and heartbreak of an extraordinary romance&quot;.</p><p>Sceptre will publish in hardback in spring 2011 and in paperback in summer 2011. <br />&nbsp;</p>