Transworld secures Irving hardback rights

Transworld has acquired John Irving's next two novels, securing hardback as well as paperback rights for the first time.

Publisher Bill Scott-Kerr acquired British Commonwealth rights to Irving's next novel, In One Person, in a two-book deal through Dean Cooke of The Cooke Agency. Doubleday plans to publish on 10th May 2012, with the second book to be published at an as yet unscheduled date. Transworld already publishes the paperback editions of his work but Bloomsbury publishes his hardbacks.

In One Person is described by the publisher as "a story of unfulfilled love-tormented, funny, and affecting-and an impassioned embrace of our sexual differences." It is narrated by bisexual Billy, dedicated to making himself "worthwhile", and looks at his friends and lovers who "defy category and convention".  

Scott-Kerr said: "I have been reading John Irving since I borrowed a dog-eared copy of the Corgi edition of The World According to Garp from a friend in the early Eighties. Since then, I have avidly followed his work as he went on to write some of the cornerstones of the literary canon.

"His books were republished in Black Swan in 1986, and then and now, they represent everything for which that imprint stands: great stories, brilliantly, insightfully told. I am proud to welcome him to Doubleday in hardback for the first time with this magnificent landmark novel which once again demonstrates why he is among our most important contemporary writers."