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New Ventura Press imprint signs Meyer

The debut novel by Melbourne writer and Echo Publishing commissioning editor Angela Meyer has been acquired by Ventura Press’ new Peter Bishop Books imprint.

Martin Shaw, a literary agent at Alex Adsett Publishing Services, sold world rights to Meyer’s novel A Superior Spectre for publication in mid-2018.

A Superior Spectre takes place in the near future and the 19th century. It follows a dying man who holes himself up in the Scottish Highlands and takes ‘trips’ into the mind of a young woman.

‘I couldn’t be happier to bring together Peter Bishop, the revered former creative director of Varuna Writers’ House, and the tremendously talented Angela, whose career as a reviewer, book blogger and writer of short fiction and essays I’ve always followed with great interest,’ said Shaw. ‘I devoured this ever so artfully wrought, genre-bending novel, and I think it will delight many readers in 2018.’

Bishop said Meyer is ‘a writer who can explore the most shadowy, secret places with lucidity, panache and the most subtle humour’.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, Peter Bishop Books was launched as an imprint of Ventura Books in mid-2017 to publish emerging writers. Meyer’s novel will be the imprint’s first fiction release.



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