Jane Aitken, publisher at Gallic Books, has acquired World English rights to Roma Tearne’s new novel, THE WHITE CITY. Roma, previously published at Harper Collins and Little Brown, is the Costa shortlisted author of MOSQUITO, and was Asian Man Booker long-listed for her 2009 novel BRIXTON BEACH.
According to publisher Aitken, THE WHITE CITY is ‘quite simply brilliant – topical, heart-breaking and beautifully written.’ Opening in a future London emerging from the grip of a miniature ice age, the novel looks back on the day the narrator Hera’s brother was arrested on social media terrorism charges by London police, and the love affair Hera was having with a much older man, a survivor of the terror of Pinochet era Chile.
Roma Tearne said, ‘I am delighted to be with the wonderful Jane Aitken and Gallic Press for The White City. They’re an independent publisher with real courage and the enthusiasm they’ve shown for me and my work speaks volumes – I couldn’t be in braver, more exciting hands.’
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