W F Howes has signed BAFTA-winning actor Will Poulter to voice The Wall, a new novel by John Lanchester.
The audiobook version of the latest novel by Lanchester will be released by on 17th January concurrent with the print book, published by Faber.
The Wall is the first novel from Lanchester since Capital, released in 2012. It follows Kavanagh, who begins his life patrolling the Wall. The synopsis reads: "If he’s lucky and nothing goes wrong, he only has two years of this: 729 more nights. The best thing that can happen is that he survives and gets off the Wall and never has to spend another day of his life anywhere near it. He longs for this to be over; longs to be somewhere else."
Poulter, who has starred in films including Oscar-winner "The Revenant", Kathryn Bigelow’s "Detroit" and "The Maze Runner", said he is “honoured” to narrate the book.
On the choice of narrator, Lanchester said: “Will Poulter is an exceptional talent, and I’m thrilled that he will be reading the audiobook of The Wall. I can’t wait to hear it.”
General manager of W F Howes Miles Stevens-Hoare added: “We are thrilled to have secured such a well-known talent with an arresting voice to narrate this exciting book. With audiobooks being the fastest-growing sector in digital publishing at the moment, we hope to see more actors like Will take steps into audiobook narration.”
“Narrating an audiobook was a completely new experience for me, but I relished the challenge and have come to appreciate just how much work goes into their creation. Spending three days in a studio telling Kavanagh’s story aloud was an immersive experience and, at times, emotionally demanding,” said Poluter. “What John Lanchester has created is a bleak vision of what the world we are facing in the not-too-distant future could look like if we don’t take action. The Wall provides a fascinating projection of the world we live in and the many challenges faced by humanity. I urge people to listen to it.”
W F Howes have exclusive world audiobook rights for The Wall in the trade and library markets. Faber acquired UK and Commonwealth rights to the book, plus EU, excluding Canada, from Caradoc King at United Agents.