A novel by Nigerian author, Femi Kayode, has been scooped by Bloomsbury imprint, Raven Books, following a four-publisher auction.
According to a statement released on The Bookseller’s website, Alison Hennessey, the editorial director of Raven Books, acquired UK and Commonwealth rights excluding Canada to Lightseekers and another title by the winner of the Little, Brown UEA Crime Fiction Award, from Harry Illingworth at DHH Literary Agency, in a four-way auction.
Hennessey who expressed her delight about Femi’s ingenuity, said: “I could not be more delighted to have acquired this extremely talented new author for Raven Books. Femi’s debut was a breath of fresh air – original, exciting and the start of what I know will be a brilliant new series.”
Lightseekers follows psychologist Philip Taiwo who is commissioned to investigate the lynching of three young students in a Nigerian university town, a brutal act caught on social media.
Femi who once described his work as “a kind of love letter to my home country, Nigeria” also disclosed his excitement of being published by Raven Books.
“To say I am excited about being published by Raven Books would be an understatement. I am a great admirer of Alison’s work and feel really lucky to have an award-winning team on my side,” he said.
Formerly a University of East Anglia creative writing student, Kayode had won the £3,000 Little, Brown prize in October last year with judges paying tribute to Lightseekers; describing it as “shocking and emotional.”
Bloomsbury imprint, Raven Books, publishes literary crime, thrillers and suspense with a commercial edge: books that will intrigue, unsettle and engage.