Brow Books sells world rights to Prescott’s ‘The Town’
Brow Books has sold world rights to Shaun Prescott’s debut novel The Town to Faber.
Faber will publish The Town in the UK in August 2018 and is ‘actively selling rights to other territories’, with some ‘big deals’ yet to be announced, Brow Books publisher Sam Cooney told Books+Publishing.
This is the first international rights deal for The Lifted Brow’s new books imprint.
Cooney said the deal came about after he emailed the novel to a selection of editors and publishers in the US and UK. ‘I targeted the presses I thought were the best fit, and then tried to find the best editors at those presses,’ said Cooney, who added that he had ‘a slight feeling of extra hope’ when he emailed Faber creative director Lee Brackstone ‘as the writers he already works with and the music publishing stuff he does with Faber Social all seemed to point to him perhaps being a perfect reader for The Town’.
The Town ‘follows an unnamed narrator’s efforts to complete a book about disappeared towns in the Central West of New South Wales’, and is set in a ‘yet-to-disappear town’ where the inhabitants attempt ‘to carve their own identities in a place that is both unyielding and teetering on the edge of oblivion’.