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Maguire’s ‘An Isolated Incident’ sold to UK

UK publisher Lightning Books has acquired Emily Maguire’s 2016 crime novel An Isolated Incident (Picador), reports the Bookseller.

Lightning Books editor-at-large Scott Pack acquired world English-language rights (excluding Australia and New Zealand) to An Isolated Incident from Charlie Viney at the Viney Shaw Agency.

In a statement on the publisher’s website, Pack said: ‘In An Isolated Incident, Emily Maguire subverts the traditional crime novel by focusing on the aftermath of the crime, the effect on those left behind, rather than the murder itself. In doing so she holds a mirror up to our modern obsession for 24-hour news, social media and the uncomfortable nature of public grief. It is a hugely powerful book and I am proud to be publishing it.’

An Isolated Incident will be published in paperback and ebook in the UK in August 2018.

As previously reported by Books+Publishing, An Isolated Incident was shortlisted for the Miles Franklin, the Stella Prize and the ABIAs in 2017. Maguire was also recently awarded the University of Sydney’s $100,000 Charles Perkins writer-in-residence fellowship.

Lightning Books recently acquired rights to Ryan O’Neill’s Henry Lawson-inspired short-story collection The Drover’s Wives (Brio Books), after acquiring rights to O’Neill’s Their Brilliant Careers (Black Inc.) in November 2017.



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