London Book Fair week was an especially exciting one for Tinder Press this year, with two new acquisitions and a prestigious prize shortlisting for Maggie O’Farrell.

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Tinder Press have acquired two novels from debut London author Guy Gunaratne.  Set in North West London, IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY centres on five characters over the course of 48 hours when tensions between the different communities living on and around a council estate flare into violence. Mary-Anne Harrington (Publisher) described it as ‘an extraordinary debut, impassioned and heartfelt, which offers an unforgettable insight into the lives of characters contemporary fiction seems all too often to ignore, and dares to ask some timely and urgent questions of our divided society’.  Focussing on three young men on the cusp of adulthood whose stories are  interwoven with those of their parents’ generation, it is ‘a book as filmic and entertaining as it is provocative and fresh: I think Guy is a huge talent for the future and I’m thrilled we’ll be launching his career at Tinder Press.’  We will publish IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY in hardback in May 2018.

Guy Gunaratne (pictured right) grew up in North West London and has worked as a designer, documentary filmmaker and video journalist covering post-conflict areas around the world, as well as co-founding two technology companies.  He was shortlisted for the 4th Estate/Guardian Books B4ME Short Story Prize. He said: ‘I’m thrilled to be bringing IN OUR MAD AND FURIOUS CITY to Tinder Press. It’s a story that is bound to shake a few people up and I could ask for no better publishing team to work with in the coming months and years ahead.’

Sarah Schmidt – second novel and event news

Sarah+Schmidt+credit+Nicholas+PurcellWe were also overjoyed this week to announce we have bought a second novel from Sarah Schmidt, author of forthcoming debut See What I Have Done.

Leah Woodburn (Associate Publisher) said ‘Sarah’s already deep into the writing of her new book, and it sounds incredible. The whole house has embraced See What I Have Done, and we believe very strongly that Sarah has a dazzling literary career in front of her, so it felt completely natural for us commit to another book now and start looking further into the future.’

Schmidt will be coming to the UK for publication and to attend a range of events including a Waterstones Piccadilly #BadGirls event, a panel celebrating literary true crime with Emma Flint (2nd May), a Waterstones Liverpool event with Paula Hawkins (3rd May), and a Rooftop Book Club with fellow Tinder Press author Sarah Winman (4th May). The PR campaign will be supported with a PR and print advertising package with the Times, Guardian, Telegraph and Stylist.

Gordon Wise said: ‘It’s been so exciting seeing how the Tinder team have been building towards publication of See What I Have Done and we couldn’t resist the invitation to come back for more as we look forward to Sarah’s second novel – which has a different terrain, but no fewer dark and compelling paths to follow.’

In further exciting news, TV rights for See What I Have Done have been optioned by Tessa Ross’s House Productions.

THIS MUST BE THE PLACE – Fiction Book of the Year shortlist

Finally, it was announced on Wednesday that Maggie O’Farrell’s superb seventh novel THIS MUST BE THE PLACE has been shortlisted for the British Book Awards Fiction Book of the Year. It sits alongside Days Without End by Sebastian Barry, The Sellout by Paul Beatty, The Muse by Jessie Burton, Cartes Postales from Greece by Victoria Hislop and The Essex Serpent by Sarah Perry. Full lists can be found here.

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