Weidenfeld & Nicolson has bought a debut novel about a female astronaut and an aging scientist.
Publishing director Kirsty Dunseath bought UK and Commonwealth rights to Good Morning, Midnight by Lily Brooks-Dalton from Esmond Harmsworth at Zachary Shuster Harmsworth.
The book charts the journeys of two characters. The first is a female astronaut, who is on the return from a two-year voyage into outer space and the second is an aging scientist marooned at an outpost in the Arctic alongside a mysterious young girl.
When communications with the outside world vanish, they are suddenly faced with the idea that they may be the only survivors of a major catastrophe.
Dunseath said: “It’s wonderful, very filmic and haunting; a bit like Gravity meets Cormac McCarthy’s The Road.”
Brooks-Dalton has also written a memoir called Motorcycles I’ve Loved.
Good Morning, Midnight sold in the US at auction to Anna Pitoniak at Random House and was pre-empted in Italy by Nord and in France by Presses de la Cite.
Publication is planned for spring 2016.