Transworld signs novel spanning China's history

Transworld signs novel spanning China's history

Transworld has acquired world rights to Susan Barker’s The Incarnations, being described by the publisher as a novel “with the grand scope of David Mitchell”.

Editorial director Jane Lawson made the deal with Andrew Kidd of Aitken Alexander Associates.

Lawson said: “This is a stunning tale of a modern Beijing taxi driver being pursued by his twin soul across a thousand years of Chinese history.

“Sweeping through the lives of slaves during the Invasion of Genghis Khan and concubines in the Ming Dynasty, to Red Guards during the Cultural Revolution and life in contemporary Beijing, Susan Barker’s imaginative vision and sense of history is ambitious and enthralling.”

Barker, whose novels include Sayonara Bar (Doubleday) and the Dylan Thomas Prize-nominated The Orientalist and the Ghost (Black Swan), said: “I have been overwhelmed by the support and enthusiasm for The Incarnations at Transworld.”

The Incarnations will be published in Doubleday hardback in July this year.