Transworld pre-empts for poetic London journey

Rights - Fiction Friday, 15 March 2019

Five-figure deal for London Clay, a series of explorations through the capital by Tom Chivers

Susanna Wadeson, head of non-fiction, has acquired London Clay by published poet Tom Chivers (Dark Island, How to Build a City). Wadeson secured UK & Commonwealth rights from Sophie Scard at United Agents after a five figure pre-empt.

According to the acquisition statement: 'Armed with just his tattered Streetfinder map, in London Clay Chivers leads his reader down forgotten waterways into abandoned catacombs and buried stations, exploring the nooks and crannies of a forgotten city. In a route that covers much of his own personal history, this is a bold exploration of the city’s secrets and asks us also to consider important questions about its future.'

Wadeson said: "Tom’s knowledge of history, geography and geology provide him with a unique perspective, allowing him to hold up the past alongside the present but it is the beauty of his prose that makes this so truly outstanding. It matters not if you are London born or bred of if you don’t know the city at all; the writing takes you somewhere wholly new.’

Chivers said: "I’m bowled over by the response to London Clay and incredibly excited to be working with Susanna and her team at Transworld. Writing this book has transformed the way I see the city, the natural world and our relationship to the past, and I hope it will inspire others too."

Pictured: Tom Chivers (cr Travis Elborough)

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