Faber & Faber has signed a "wildly entertaining, whip-smart" debut about modern love by Luke Tredget titled Kismet.
Editorial director Louisa Joyner bought UK and Commonwealth rights to the title and US and Canadian rights were bought by Jean Garnett at Little, Brown. The rights were acquired from Georgia Garrett at Rogers Coleridge and White.
Set in a world where traditional dating has been replaced by a matchmaking app called Kismet, the novel tells the story of Anna, a young woman struggling to decide whether to embrace the life she has or risk everything for the life she imagines. It also explores how romantic technology shapes our desires and what it means to “settle". "With the romance of David Nicholls and the off-kilter charisma of Phoebe Waller-Bridge’s 'Fleabag', Kismet is a love story about imperfect people in a world obsessed with perfect matches", said the publisher.
Joyner added: "I still remember the first time I read Kismet. I couldn’t believe that I was in the company of such brilliant, flawed, complex and contradictory characters in Luke Tredget’s utterly fresh novel. Two weeks later I was watching Phoebe Waller-Bridge lose her boyfriend over an inappropriate reaction to a Barack Obama speech and was taken straight back to Luke’s wonderful novel and just how timely it is. If Kismet doesn’t make you laugh, feel a tiny bit awkward and bring back memories of fab nights out with mortifying consequences, I’ll give you your money back myself."
Tredget added: "Faber and Little, Brown are responsible for so many of my favourite books, both old and new. It's an absolute delight to be published by them, and to have the support and insights of such talented editors and teams. It's all a dream come true."
Tredget works in international development for the Red Cross. His journalism has been published in the Guardian and he completed the Birkbeck Creative Writing MA in 2015. He lives in London.
The book will be published in May 2018.