Aardvark Bureau has acquired a “chilling” new novel by Charles Lambert.
Publisher-at-large Scott Pack bought UK and British Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, to The Children’s Home and one other novel, Prodigal, from Isobel Dixon of Blake Friedmann.
Pack published Lambert’s memoir With a Zero at its Heart at HarperCollins’ The Friday Project.
In The Children’s Home shocking disfigured recluse Morgan never leaves the country mansion he is heir to. His isolation is only punctuated by the presence of his housekeeper, Engel, and the weekly visits of kindly Doctor Crane. But his solitary existence is disturbed when a young boy and girl arrive in the house, as if from nowhere.
Drawn to the mysterious children, Morgan lets them stay, and with the help of Engel and Crane, begins to care for them – and others who soon follow them, in a strange Pied Piper-ish reversal.
As the strangely wise children explore the corridors and abandoned rooms of the house, they reveal to Morgan a cabinet of curiosities – and bitter secrets of his own life.
Pack said: “I'll be honest, I got a bit emotional when Charles said he wanted to come with me to Aardvark Bureau. I was thrilled that I would still be working with him. And then he delivered his most remarkable book yet. The Children’s Home is a masterpiece – disturbing and beautiful in equal measure – and I cannot wait to share it with the reading public.”
Dixon said: “It’s a huge pleasure to seal this deal reuniting a great author-publisher duo. We’re getting passionate pre-publication praise for The Children’s Home and are excited to share this brilliantly eerie, unforgettable novel with more readers.”
Nan Graham and John Glynn of Scribner pre-empted for North American rights to The Children’s Home, which will be released in the UK and the US at the start of 2016.