Things 'dark and stirring' for Transworld

<p>Transworld has acquired &quot;dark and stirring&quot; novel <em>The Orphan Master&#39;s Son</em> by Adam Johnson. Senior editor Jane Lawson snapped up UK and Commonwealth rights from Joelle Dieu, associate director of foreign rights at Random House US.</p><p>Lawson said: &quot;A dark and stirring novel set in North Korea, possibly the most secretive, paranoid and brutal nation in the world, it tells of an orphan who murders a high-ranking commander and takes his place. In the tradition of 1984 and <em>The Wind-Up Bird Chronicle</em>, it is the bravest, most ambitious storytelling to come from the US all year.&quot;<br /><br />Transworld will publish on the Doubleday imprint in January 2012.</p>