William Boyd's next novel 'most daring yet'

William Boyd's next novel 'most daring yet'

Bloomsbury has signed a global deal for the next novel by William Boyd, titled Sweet Caress.

Editor in chief Alexandra Pringle signed world English rights, excluding Canada, on behalf of Bloomsbury UK and US in a deal with Jonny Geller at Curtis Brown and Amanda Urban at ICM.

The book will be published in the UK and US in September 2015. Pringle said: "We are absolutely thrilled to be publishing Sweet Caress on both sides of the Atlantic. We couldn't be more ambitious for this, William Boyd's most beautiful, daring and enthralling novel to date."

Geller compared the book to Boyd's 2002 novel Any Human Heart (Hamish Hamilton), which was adapted for a BAFTA-winning TV drama, and said: "For those readers who regard Any Human Heart as one of their all-time favourite books, Sweet Caress will be for them a sweeping story of a remarkable woman photographer’s life through the turbulent 20th century. It will be his biggest book yet."

Sweet Caress follows the life of Amory Clay, born in Edwardian England where she discovers photography from her uncle. After working for a fashionable magazine, she travels to Berlin in the 1920s, New York in the 1930s, and on to the Second World War where she becomes of the first female war photographers.

Boyd is the author of twelve novels, including his most recent, the James Bond novel Solo (Vintage).