Scribe signs Gavron memoir

Scribe signs Gavron memoir

Scribe has acquired an autobiographical title from novelist Jeremy Gavron, in which he investigates the loss of his mother at the age of four.

Philip Gwyn Jones acquired UK, EU and ANZ rights in A Woman on the Edge of Time: a Son’s Search for His Mother from Clare Alexander at Aitken Alexander, who retains North American and translation rights.

After Gavron’s mother Hannah dropped him off at nursery then went to a friend’s flat and gassed herself, his family banished discussion of her and his father remarried. In A Woman on the Edge of Time, Gavron finally faces up to what really happened.

Scribe describes it as “not simply a forensic reconstruction of his mother’s state of mind, and a portrait of her complex, charismatic short life and of the events that precipitated her suicide, but also a demonstration of the constrictions still suffocatingly in place on intelligent ambitious creative women in the 1950s”.
 
The book includes fragments of Hannah’s teenage letters and dissections of the complexities of the sexual politics of the period and the emotional backdraft at the publication of her controversial book The Captive Wife: Conflict of Housebound Mothers (Routledge & Kegan Paul PLC).  

Gavron is currently preparing a final draft of the book. Scribe will publish A Woman on the Edge of Time in hardback and e-book in the UK and ANZ in autumn 2015.