Tinder Press buys 'special' Henshaw novel

Tinder Press buys 'special' Henshaw novel

Tinder Press has acquired a “smart, brilliantly written” novel by Australian author Mark Henshaw.

Associate publisher Leah Woodburn signed UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada, Australia and New Zealand in The Snow Kimono from Sarah Lutyens at Lutyens and Rubenstein, working on behalf of Text Publishing, which will publish the book in Australia and New Zealand.

The Snow Kimono, set in France, Japan and Algeria, tells the story of a retired French inspector of police and a mysterious Japanese professor of law whose paths intersect in Paris.

There they discover that they have both led lives that have been extraordinary and dangerous, and also somehow connected.

Woodburn said: “It’s smart, brilliantly written fiction with the tension and twists of a thriller, and there’s a very special atmosphere to it too - it cast quite a spell over me. It’s a very stylish piece of storytelling that comes together in a hugely satisfying way, but also, at unexpected moments, packs a hefty emotional punch.”

Henshaw currently lives in Canberra and before taking up writing full-time was a curator at the National Gallery of Australia.

Tinder Press will publish The Snow Kimono in spring 2015.