Century has acquired the next novel by Simon Sebag Montefiore, which will be the final novel in the Russia-set trilogy that began with Sashenka (Bantam Press) and One Night in Winter (Century).
Publisher Selina Walker acquired UK and Commonwealth rights, excluding Canada, from Georgina Capel of Capel & Land to the as-yet-untitled novel.
The book is set on the steppes of southern Russia near Stalingrad during the Second World War and will feature the characters of the earlier novels.
Sebag Montefiore’s most recent book was Jerusalem (Weidenfeld & Nicolson), a 3,000 year history of the city.
Walker said: “Not many authors can pull off the feat of writing brilliant non-fiction and fiction but Simon indisputably can, and this novel, while showcasing his gift for lyrical description, authenticity and historical accuracy will also, I know, pull at the heart-strings while keeping one glued to the pages. I am super-excited, and cannot wait to publish it.”
Century will publish the new book in 2017.