|LBF pre-empts for Arcadia
Arcadia has secured rights to three new novels, after publisher Gary Pulsifer's pre-empts were accepted at the London Book Fair.
World English language rights were acquired in Jo Confesso by Catalan writer Jaume Cabre. The book has been compared to The Shadow of the Wind, and concerns a 60-year-old man diagnosed with Alzheimer's who begins to revisit his memories and a family mystery before the details are lost forever.
Cabre's books have sold more than a million copies in Spain, with rights to Jo Confesso bought in more than a dozen countries, according to the publisher. Arcadia signed the rights in a deal with Cristina Mora of the Cristina Mora Literary & Film Agency in Barcelona for a "significant" five-figure deal, with plans to publish in autumn 2014.
Another international title comes from Latvia, adding to Arcadia's stable of authors which spans 35 different countries. Pulsifer bought world English language rights in Flesh Coloured Dominoes by Zigmunds Skujins, a surreal fable that blends the author's contemporary life with the world of the 18th century Baltic gentry. The deal was done with Janis Oga of the Latvian Literature Centre, with publication planned for autumn 2014. Skujins is a novelist, playwright and essayist, who has been published in twelve European languages with sales of seven million copies.
From the UK, Arcadia has bought rights to the first in a crime series from Sam Alexander. Set in Northumberland and County Durham, the book follows two detectives DI Joni Pax, transferred to the north-east following a wounding in London, and DCI Heck Rutherford, recuperating from cancer treatment.
Together they investigate a brothel run by the Albanian mafia, and the sinister web that surrounds it. World English rights were signed from Boo Doherty of the Wade & Doherty Literary Agency, with a spring 2014 publication planned.
(source: The Bookseller)