Pan Macmillan has acquired a book about sensitive children for six figures in a “fiercely contested auction”.
Carole Tonkinson bought The Orchid and the Dandelion: Why Some Children Thrive and Others Struggle to Survive by Dr Tom Boyce for her Bluebird imprint in a "competitive 12-way bid" from Doug Abrams at Idea Architects in a deal brokered by Chandler Crawford of the Crawford Agency.
North American rights were sold at auction in a seven-figure deal to Victoria Wilson at Knopf and Vintage, and German rights have been bought by Margit Ketterle at Pan Macmillan sister company, Droemer.
The Orchid and the Dandelion will reveal epigenetic research that suggests there are two kinds of people, the hardy and resilient ‘dandelions’ and the sensitive and susceptible ‘orchids’.
Tonkinson said: “The Orchid and the Dandelion is one of the most powerful, positive and ground-breaking non-fiction book proposals I have read in years. I think Dr. Boyce’s message will have a profound impact on how we treat sensitive children and adults.”
Pan Macmillan will publish simultaneously with the US in 2016.