To Alison Samuel at Chatto, NOAH'S COMPASS, the new novel by Anne Tyler. It concerns a year in the life of 61-year-old man let go from his school teaching job, who downsizes to a tiny out-of-town apartment, where he goes to bed early and alone on the first night, tucking himself in tightly - and wakes up in hospital. Publication in September 2009. The agent is Tim Seldes at Russell & Volkening. Knopf has US rights.