Serpent's Tail has acquired Adrien Bosc's Constellation, a literary sensation in its native France.
The novel is based on the true story of the crash of a Lockheed Constellation passenger plane which went down when travelling between Paris and New York in 1949. The book combines stories of the passengers onboard with the story of the crash itself.
Serpent's Tail publisher Hannah Westland signed UK and Commonwealth rights, including exclusive Europe, from The Other Press in the US. It was originally published in France by Editions Stock in September 2014, where it has sold 150,000 copies, and won the Grand Prix du roman de l’Académie Française.
Westland said: "Constellation completely bowled us over and Bosc’s expert handling of this expansive story into a sharp, elegant and immensely moving 200 pages demonstrates that he is one of the most exciting young writers at work in Europe today."