S&S has acquired two novels from author, illustrator and Guardian comic strip creator Joe Berger at auction.
Jane Griffiths, senior commissioning editor for children’s fiction, bought UK and Commonwealth rights for the two books from Caroline Walsh at David Higham Associates. The North American rights were bought by Ruta Rimas, senior editor of Margaret K. McElderry Books, for S&S US via Tracey Adams of Adams Literary on behalf of Caroline Walsh.
The first book in the deal, All The Lies I’ve Ever Told, is told in a mixture of illustrations, cartoon strip and narrative text, and is the story of Sam, a “notorious fibber who decides to confess all the stretched truths and white lies he’s ever told.”
Berger said: “Having spent my childhood and teens immersed in comics of all kinds, and a good deal of my adult life writing and drawing cartoons and comic strips, I’m completely thrilled to be producing my first long-form cartoon story with S&S – it’s a dream come true!”
Griffiths said: “I’ve been a fan of Joe for a long time, so I’m completely thrilled to be working with him on his first long fiction title. All the Lies I’ve Ever Told is hilarious, brilliant and wonderful, and Joe’s perfect mix of comic book sections, sketch illustrations and a sweetly funny text is going to prove a hit with children everywhere.”
All The Lies I’ve Ever Told will be published by S&S UK in Spring 2017 in paperback with a sequel following a year later.