Serpent's Tail buys debut by C&W's Christofi

Serpent's Tail buys debut by C&W's Christofi

Serpent’s Tail has acquired a debut novel, Glass, by Alex Christofi, an agent at Conville & Walsh.  

Publisher Hannah Westland bought world rights, excluding North America, from the Jonathan Pegg Literary Agency. German rights were pre-empted by Droemer on the eve of the London Book Fair. US rights are being handled by Doug Stewart at Sterling Lord Literistic on behalf of Jonathan Pegg.

Westland commented: “Glass is a brilliant debut from a hugely talented young writer. A completely winning story of a young man finding his way in the world, it features window-cleaning, skyscrapers, a cathedral, first love, last love, family bereavement, a closet fascist, and a German intellectual. And the most endearing lead character I’ve ever come across. Gunter Glass stole my heart, and is guaranteed to steal yours.”
 
Christofi said of the deal: “Working in the industry, I'm in the unusual position of knowing how great a compliment it is to be published by Hannah and Serpent's Tail. Hannah's such a terrific, brave editor, and Serpent's Tail have long been known as the champions of cult heroes from Michel Houellebecq to Nicholson Baker, so I couldn't be happier.”

Serpent’s Tail will publish Glass in February 2015.