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Picador acquires Spargo-Ryan memoir in ‘heated’ auction

Picador has acquired ANZ rights to an as yet untitled work of nonfiction by Anna Spargo-Ryan.

Picador publisher Mathilda Imlah won a ‘heated’ auction to acquire the rights via Tara Wynne at Curtis Brown Australia. Spargo-Ryan’s new work will be an investigation of intergenerational suicide and mental health, a blend of memoir and analysis inspired by the author’s Horne Prize-winning essay, ‘The Suicide Gene‘.

Imlah said, ‘Since reading Anna Spargo-Ryan’s Horne Prize-winning essay “The Suicide Gene”, it’s been very clear that this is a book she is uniquely qualified to write. With her gifts, it will be a clear-eyed and exceptional work of nonfiction which animates difficult subjects in entirely novel ways.’

‘This is the book I have always wanted to write,’ said Spargo-Ryan. ‘Mental health is so important. I’m grateful for the opportunity to add light and shade to this conversation, to make ideas accessible and readable.’

Spargo-Ryan’s novels The Paper House and The Gulf were also published by Picador. Her memoir will be published in 2021.


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