Hachette acquires new Max Barry novel
Hachette Australia and Hodder & Stoughton have jointly acquired British Commonwealth rights to a new ‘high-concept’ novel by Max Barry, reports the Bookseller.
Hodder & Stoughton associate publisher Oliver Johnson said the book, with the working title Providence, ‘is a high-concept, cross-genre story’ that ‘combines pulse-pounding action with profound questions about where the hell our species is going, and what it means to give up so much autonomy to algorithms we barely understand’. ‘Also, it is set on a fascinating, godlike spaceship and there are aliens who spit black holes,’ said Johnson.
Johnson and Hachette Australia group publishing director Fiona Hazard acquired the title via Tom Dussel at Putnam and Luke Janklow of Janklow & Nesbit. Providence will be published in April 2020.