Transworld has acquired two new works of fiction from novelist and playwright Barney Norris, whose debut Five Rivers Met on a Wooded Plain was shortlisted for Debut of the Year at the British Book Awards.
Suzanne Bridson, commissioning editor at Doubleday, bought world rights in his third and fourth books from Laura Williams at PFD.
Norris’s second novel, Turning for Home, will be published by Doubleday in January 2018. It tells the story of a grandfather and granddaughter who are brought together at an annual family gathering – both have suffered a loss, and both for their own reasons are dreading the party, but it is set to become a turning point for both of them. The novel also tackles the issue of eating disorders, a subject Transworld said is "close to the author’s heart".
Bridson has predicted the author's star is set to rise even higher following his new book. "I’m incredibly proud of the way we launched Barney with Five Rivers, and of the recognition he has had for such an amazing debut" she said. "His star is going to rise even further next year with Turning for Home, another heartfelt, beautiful novel about family and loss and love – and with his play 'Nightfall' coming to Nicholas Hytner’s huge new Bridge Theatre in the spring. I’m delighted, as the rest of Transworld are too, that we’ll be continuing to build him from strength to strength beyond 2018."
Turning for Home will publish on 11th January 2018, with Norris’ third novel to follow in 2019.