Jonathan Cape has bought a debut novel by short story writer Anneliese Mackintosh at auction.
Editorial director Alex Bowler signed UK and Commonwealth rights to So Happy It Hurts by Mackintosh from Juliet Pickering at Blake Friedmann Agency.
Bowler said: "So Happy It Hurts is the story of a year in the life of Ottila McGregor. A particularly significant year, given that 30-year-old Ottila has led what you might call a ‘colourful life’ to date.
"But now she’s going to give up the drink and plough a monogamous furrow and become so happy it hurts. But life, of course, doesn’t work like that.
"In this book Anneliese has conjured a remarkable, hilarious and starkly honest voice; a beautifully confused and ever-hopeful heroine, who you can’t help but root for; and a book – a grangerised scrapbook of a diary, composed of receipts, emails, a boyfriend’s note rescued from the bin, and various other found objects – that looks like nothing else.
"An infectious, one-off of a novel, from an uncategorisable young writer with the brightest of futures."
Mackintosh is the author of short story collection Any Other Mouth (Freight Books). It won the Green Carnation Prize, and was shortlisted for the Saltire Society’s First Book Award and Edge Hill Short Story Prize.
So Happy It Hurts will be published in spring 2017. Audio rights were sold at auction to Audible.