Trapeze Books pre-empts on US attorney Erica Katz's debut The Boys' Club

Rights - Fiction Thursday, 21 March 2019

Superlead for summer 2020, the novel lifts the lid on workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination in Manhattan law firm

Sam Eades, publishing director at Trapeze, has pre-empted English Language rights (excluding the USA, its dependencies, the Philippines and Canada) for debut novel The Boys’ Club by Erica Katz. The deal was struck by Stephanie Koven at Cullen Stanley on behalf of Allison Hunter at Janklow & Nesbit. North American rights were acquired at auction in a major deal by Emily Griffin at Harper.

According to the acquisition statement: 'Written by a New York attorney under a pseudonym, The Boys’ Club is a dark coming-of-age novel about a young woman starting her career at a large Manhattan law firm, seduced by the money and by her colleagues. She realises that the only way to get ahead at the firm is to be one of the guys, both in the office and after hours.'

Eades said: "The whole team were electrified by Erica Katz’s debut The Boys’ Club which takes the reader behind the scenes of the world of corporate law. Part Devil Wears Prada and part Suits, The Boys’ Club is an addictive page-turner that manages to tap into conversations around workplace bullying, harassment and discrimination without feeling exploitative. It is destined for the screen, and we can’t wait to launch this as our Summer superlead for 2020."

Katz said: "I’m thrilled to be published by the team at Trapeze. It was so important to me that a publisher approach publishing my work with the same passion and care that I took in writing it. I feel supremely grateful to have found my book a home at Trapeze." The author graduated from Columbia Law School in 2009 before working at a large Manhattan law firm.

The Boys’ Club will be published by Trapeze in hardback, trade paperback ebook and audio in June 2020

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