W&N wins MacIntyre auction

W&N wins MacIntyre auction

Weidenfeld & Nicolson has won a four-publisher auction for The Letters of Ivor Punch by Colin MacIntyre.

Sophie Buchan, commissioning editor at W&N fiction, bought UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada from James Gill at United Agents for a "solid five-figure sum".

Set on the island of Mull, The Letters of Ivor Punch is a "story about home and leaving of it, about fathers and sons, and about an eccentric community steeped in generations of folklore and secrets".

Buchan said: "I fell head over heels with The Letters of Ivor Punch. It's a wonderfully heartfelt, gloriously anarchic novel from a natural born storyteller. Colin MacIntyre inhabits his characters with such wit and wisdom that you can't help but be drawn into his deliciously strange island world."

MacIntyre is a musician and performs most notably under the name Mull Historical Society.